By Mark Chesnut
As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is logically an important hub for business travel. It’s also a great place to wow colleagues, clients and friends, thanks to its impressive array of sophisticated accommodations, dining, cultural sites and meeting spaces. Here are a few ways to tap into the excitement of this wonderful metropolis.
1. Choose a Great Hotel. Art lovers should consider properties like the Drake Hotel, where Salon Rooms are lined with artwork from the hotel’s permanent collection. Sports fanatics do well at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel, located at Rogers Centre, which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays—so guests can actually watch the game right from their rooms. Travelers seeking ultimate luxury choose properties like the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto and the Four Seasons Toronto, located in the upscale Yorkville district. A good budget choice is the Bond Place Hotel, a recently renovated property located less than two blocks from the popular Eaton Centre shopping mall downtown.
2. Entertain with a View. Toronto is a city that reaches into the sky, so take advantage of that upward momentum when it’s time to dine or make a toast. At the Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville, the Roof Lounge is a place to see and be seen—all while enjoying the view. Or head to the nearby Royal Ontario Museum’s C5 Restaurant Lounge, where diners sit under a dramatically peaked aluminum-and-glass structure that offers wonderful views of the city. Even taller is 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of the tallest towers on the planet; the dining venue offers spectacular views and holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s highest wine cellar.
3. Add Some Free-time Excitement. Toronto is a cultured, sophisticated destination, so be sure to make time to explore attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the nation’s largest natural history museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, which exhibits an impressive array of Canadian and international artwork. For a truly breathtaking experience, head back to the CN Tower, where the EdgeWalk experience allows visitors to walk along the edge of a platform some 116 stories above the ground, secured by nothing more than some very strong cables. Defying gravity sounds like a great way to celebrate a business deal.
Mark Chesnut is a travel writer, editor and publisher of LatinFlyer.com, which focuses on travel to Latin America. He celebrated New Year’s Eve in Toronto.