Navigating Toronto hotels and the Toronto dating scene require much of the same considerations. If you have preferences to suit your lifestyle, your practical needs, or if you just feel like experimenting, we’re here to help, not judge.
Nothing makes or breaks a family vacation, business affair or solo getaway like the place you stay. It’s important to find something compatible with your personality and needs, which is why the Toronto Entertainment District is catering to you. Yes. When in Toronto, if you’re in the Entertainment District for TIFF, watching a show on King St. or meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the options for accommodations are as varied as the people who stay here. Some people have their go-to spots, while others like to play the field.
We personified some of the best hotels in the #TorontoED for you to find your perfect match.
Check out these hotel dating profiles, and you might just fall in love!
80 Blue Jays Way | (416) 551-2800
The Bisha Hotel & Residences promises a few things: marble bathrooms, Italian bed linens, top of the line Nespresso machines, free Wi-Fi and flat screens. Some suites offer terraces and sitting areas, and some have separate living rooms and pool tables.
With understated luxury and breezy sophistication, it perfectly encapsulates the urban energy of the Toronto Entertainment District. For all the swanky amenities it offers, some of its best qualities are less tangible – it’s simply an experience to be there, and it’s totally elevating the concept of hospitality.
With intriguing architecture and décor reminiscent of a bygone era, every aspect of the Bisha’s design is thoughtful & thought-provoking (there’s an entire floor designed by Lenny Kravitz… enough said). It’s not surprising the hotel is already establishing itself as a landmark cultural hub, despite its relative newness to the scene. An example? This summer, in partnership with Taglialatella Galleries Yorkville, the Bisha is gathering misfits, visionaries and creative vanguards to create the Creative Collective. The group is already leaving its mark on the city and the hotel with live art installations and other unexpected, boundary-pushing fun, like artist meet and greets.
If Charles Khabouth and Lenny Kravitz had a love child, it’s me. Bold, sophisticated and ambitious, I’m an experience unlike any other. I come with a strong sense of 70s nostalgia, even though I was only born in 2017. I’m full of soul and always down to shake up the routine and try something new. I swear we’ll never have a dull moment.
Style: Sophisticated but edgy – fun, modern and vibrant.
Likes: Art, live music, architecture & design
Major: Art history/Architecture
Ideal partner: Thoughtful, well-traveled, culture-seeking, adventurous
370 King St W | (416) 343-1234
Undergoing ownership changes over the years, this Toronto Entertainment District landmark is now known as the Hyatt Regency Toronto! Central and reliable, this massive 394-room hotel has been a go-to for families seeking the perfect balance between the hustle and bustle of the city and an escape to paradise (tip: first thing’s thing, check out the rooftop pool). With 20 floors of comfort and fun, business and pleasure has never been easier.
Steps away from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, it makes film-hopping a breeze. Not in town for the festival? You’ll be among the famous Restaurant Row with culinary delights like La Fenice, Pancho y Emiliano and Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine! Boredom won’t find you at the Hyatt!
Easy-going but knows what I like. Seeking a stable and dependable relationship (but not too stuffy!) Fun loving is a must – bonus points if you’re into entertainment. I love spending time with friends and family, I’m kid-friendly and consistent. Just as happy having a night out as I am having a casual night in (hello, room service).
Style: Business casual
Likes: Film, events, coffee
Ideal partner: Business mindset, creative flair, independent
181 Wellington St W | (416) 585-2500
For a global brand recognized around the world as being synonymous with luxury, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto surpasses expectations. At 688 ft. tall, the luxury hotel and condominium skyscraper is notable for being Toronto’s fifteenth tallest building, holding a distinct profile in Toronto’s skyline. Even more impressive? Inside, it houses a 23,000 sq. ft. spa (it’s one of the best in Toronto) and an entire one-of-a-kind, temperature-controlled cheese cave.
Only the best will do. If you’re looking for commitment and an unforgettable experience, look no further. I’m not afraid to be the centre of attention, but I’m also a mature professional and hopeless romantic. I’m experienced and know what I like. Seeking a long-term partner who appreciates the finer things in life.
Style: Classic/classy, elegant, formal
Likes: Weddings, weekend brunch, special events
Ideal partner: Someone who appreciates quality, relaxation and pampering.
348 Adelaide St W | (416) 479-0847
Nesting on the corner of Peter and Adelaide Sts., The Templar is the A-List hotspot you never knew about. With 27 suites, including four penthouses, the boutique hotel has hosted its fair share of wealthy elite and celebrity shenanigans: Kobe Bryant’s farewell retirement party after the 2016 NBA All-Star Game was here, as was the photoshoot for the release of Drake’s album Views. Although it’s been up and running since 2012, The Templar enjoyed a glow-up in 2016 after new ownership, a successful online marketing campaign and top-notch renovations. With a sleek, minimalist interior and exterior, elegant custom-designed furniture and decadent marble and wood interiors, it’s a place you can go to feel like you’re at home, but a little bit of a celebrity yourself.
I’m the hidden gem you’ve been looking for. Attentive yet low key, energetic yet welcoming, I’ll bring out the best in you – or simply be there to help you unwind, be yourself and feel inspired. I’m all about creative energy and want to create a special and unique bond with someone who’s low key and not too flashy.
Style: Contemporary, distinct, sleek and modest
Likes: Travel, meeting new people, simple pleasures, exploring the city
Major: Interior design
Perfect date: Intimate dinner at Mother Tongue for Asian eats and fun cocktails
Ideal partner: Artistic, independent, creative, seeking inspiration
75 Bremner Blvd | (416) 649-7575
If location is as important to you as luxury during your next stay, you should probably check out Le Germain Hotel at Maple Leafe Square. Integrated into the Maple Leaf Square complex, the hotel is walking distance to virtually all the major sports and entertainment venues in the city (Scotiabank Arena is literally steps away, so there’s always something happening!) Other perks? It’s next to the waterfront, connected to the PATH, adjacent to the Financial District, and beside Union Station. Whether you’re driving or travelling via the GO train or the Union Pearson Express (UP Express), you couldn’t find a more convenient location. The best part? It still feels like a boutique hotel, but with the buzz of being in one of the most bustling areas of the downtown core.
Motto: We’re here for a good time, not a long time. I’m active, adaptable, fun-loving and open to anything! I’m also attentive to detail and promise to put your needs first so you always feel at home. I thrive in the hustle and bustle of downtown, and I’m always up for an adventure – whether it’s a staycation or jetting off to the next city through Billy Bishop Airport.
Style: Comfortable, modern, sleek
Likes: Sports and technology
Ideal partner: The more varied your interests, the better!
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