You wouldn’t expect anything less than perfection from the Four Seasons’ flagship property – after all, this haute-hotel brand is headquartered in Toronto, so this is surely all about face. But locals will tell you that it hasn’t always been this way and the old Toronto Four Seasons was in desperate need of an upgrade. But instead, the bosses decided to start completely afresh, adding some interior design magic courtesy of Yabu Pushelberg, resulting in a breathtaking, towering property in super-chic Yorkville, Toronto’s glamourous shopping, art and foodie quarter – just a short stumble home from the playground of Church and Wellesley. The hotel, despite being a couple of years old, feels relatively new and operated smoothly as a result – our room looked like we were the first to grace it – it’ll be interesting to return to see how it is maintained. More big names add to the hype, with Daniel Bouloud taking charge of the hotel’s international restaurant. All in all, the Four Seasons Toronto Yorkville delivers an experience that is perfectly on-brand; multi-cultural and vibrant, urban yet escapist – boasting the glamour of a global hotspot whilst maintaining a modest, local authenticity.

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