A definitive list of 15 of the best hotels in Canada. These properties are the pinnacle of design and amenity. From Victoria to St. John’s, the hotels in this list complement and add to the wonderful cities in which they are found.
The property, a registered historic landmark with the City of Vancouver, re-opened in 2011 as a Rosewood Hotel after an extensive renovation and is still favoured as a celeb haunt.
The property, a brainchild of lifestyle impresario Charles Khabouth (INK Entertainment) and developers Sam Herzog and Mel Pearl (Lifetime Developments), has a sexy, bold aesthetic which is a result of Toronto-based firm Studio Munge, along with Lenny Kravitz, who designed the seventh-floor suites.
The first St. Regis hotel famously opened its doors on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1904 and has covered a lot of territory since. Canada’s first, a 258-key property at the corner of Bay and Adelaide in Toronto, bears little resemblance to its previous iteration, the Adelaide Hotel, with a lighter, more natural decor palette and almost half the total room count consisting of suites.
To walk in to the Fairmont Empress is to feel surrounded by true grandeur—a dramatic staircase leads way to two Juliet balconies, while silver vein-cut limestone laid in intricate patterns underfoot evoke old world palaces.
“The château is more than a hotel—it’s an icon, it’s a symbol of our culture, it’s a landmark,” says general manager Robert Mercure. “I often refer to us as the Statue of Liberty for Canadians and Quebecers.”
From Fairmont Banff Springs’ perch in the Rocky Mountains, warm yourself to the bone with a soak in the mineral pools and waterfalls of the hotel’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa, or take a short trip up the hill for a dip in the natural Banff Upper Hot Springs, one of the area’s main draws.
In the open-concept lobby of the Alt Hotel St. John’s, where communal seating and a pool table encourage the local friendly spirit, you’ll find your eye drawn to the kaleidoscopic Alt Expo wall. A signature in all eight Alt Hotels across the country (another two are set to open soon), the photo wall showcases the province through a local photographer’s lens.
At day’s end, there is a familiar comfort in passing through the arched entranceway and being greeted personally by the forest green button down–clad doormen. Rendering the old cliché true, but with a twist, the Kimpton Saint George is an elevated home away from home.
Head straight to the very top floor of Hôtel Place d’Armes and you will be greeted by this gorgeous bar and lounge. Terrasse Place d’Armes has bragging rights for one of the most unique views in the city.
Inside its reflective walls, two distinct luxury hotels welcome guests—the hip, young The Douglas, with its selfie-ready mirrored elevators and D/6 bar and lounge, which thrums with bass and beautiful people come evening, and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, an oasis of elegance and serenity with its flower-filled, cream marble lobby and spectacular east-facing, sunrise views over False Creek.
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