Toronto is a wonderful city with many museums, which you can reach with the help of car rental in Toronto Airport. One of these museums, the Royal Ontario Museum is having both an important cultural and architectural significance. Under its arches, unique exhibits are collected. The scientists obtained part of them during the expeditions. Some of the exhibits are connected not only with the history, but also with the classical and modern art, as well as cultural traditions.
In addition to the expositions’ value, the architecture of ROM (this is the way the museum is abbreviated by local residents) deserves special attention. The fact is that the building of the museum was built in several stages, at different times, each time expanding. Various years of construction left their marks on the architecture. After the appearance of the flaking building, designed by Libeskind, the popularity of the Royal Ontario Museum became stunning.
Not only had the province of Ontario directed its attention to the museum, but the whole of Canada and even the whole world. Despite contradictory responses from the press and experts, “Crystal” was recognized as a masterpiece of modern architecture. The designer also carefully took care of the museum’s interior, which is, (in contrast to the exterior), classical and even elegant. Vestibules and exhibition halls of the flaking building are perfectly adapted to the functions, which were assigned to them. On the fifth layer, at the top of the “Crystal”, there is a restaurant, from where you can enjoy a stunning view of the city.
The museum is in the University of Toronto district, north from Queen’s Park. This place of the city is attracting many visitors. Here is a list of four best hotels, where you will be staying near the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Windsor Arms Hotel (5 stars)
Location: 18 St. Thomas Street, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
This hotel is in the city center, close to many sightseeing and retail areas. The Royal Conservatory of Music would be in a distance of 10-minutes’ walk from your stay. The local nightlife is easy obtainable for the guests of the hotel, as there are many bars and clubs nearby.
This is a Victorian hotel, providing its guests with a swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant and a valet parking. The staff is friendly and ready to provide you with the information, useful for tourists, in any time of the day.
There is a Spa, equipped with indoor pool with salt water, an exercise room, and beauty/health services for your enjoyable stay. The hotel offers its own, working every day, tearoom. There are three settings and an original fireplace from the year 1927, which pleases the visitor’s eye with retro elegance.
The four-stored building of Windsor Arms Hotel was built in 1927, combining new-millennium and historic architectural marvels. The ‘Three Small Rooms’ restaurant was opened in the hotel in 1966. Today, they are having a variety of not only classic, but also kosher dishes.
In year 1991, the hotel was closed with no plans of reopening, but four years after, the new owner decided to rebuild the building completely and to add condominium homes on the top floors. The grand reopening was in May 1999.
Now the style of the interior is based on French décor of 1920s. There are 28 modern luxury apartments at the hotel, which are having cozy fireplaces and bathrooms with limestone walls and floors.
The Windsor Arms Hotel is also a popular place for exclusive parties and fashion shoots.
Four Seasons Toronto at Yorkville (5 stars)
Location: 60 Yorkville Avenue, Annex, Toronto
There are almost 260 modern spacious rooms in the hotel, 42 of them are luxury apartments. You may visit spa, a fitness center and a sauna. Its convenient location (alongside Yorkville) makes it possible to visit different places of interest, such as the Bata Shoe Museum, The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum.
The visitors of the hotel are provided with such facilities like valet parking, free Wi-Fi and a kids club. In addition, there are different services for families. For example- big rooms for the clients with children, child activities and babysitting. The rooms are having mini bars and DVD players.
Inside the Four Seasons hotel, there is a ‘Café Boulud’, where you can have your meal, comfortably sitting on the terrace, with no need to leave the hotel.
The Hazelton Hotel (5 stars)
Location: 118 Yorkville Avenue, Annex, Toronto
The Hazelton Hotel is located in downtown Toronto, just in the heart of Yorkville. The hotel is very close to the Toronto Public Library, the Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Legislative Building and the Royal Ontario Museum. It was Toronto’s first luxury hotel with 62 beautifully designed rooms and 15 exceptional luxury apartments, inspired by magnificence and gloss of 1940s Hollywood.
The visitors of hotel are provided with such facilities as a beauty center, a valet parking, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a spa bath in the room. The walls and floor of the bathrooms are covered with dark-green granite. For the visitor’s complete comfort, there are separate glassed-in rainfall showers, deep bathtubs, TVs in the mirrors and heated floors in the bathrooms. The rooms also feature custom-designed furnishing and 2.75-meter ceilings. Each visitor is having their own dressing room with zebrawood wall coverage and tall mirrors.
If you are a judge of good taste, you would appreciate The Hazelton Hotel’s dramatic interiors, sensational art collection and ‘ONE’ restaurant, which is offering excellent cuisine, suitable for the most fastidious guests.
InterContinental Hotel Yorkville Toronto (4 stars)
Location: 220 Bloor Street West, Annex, Toronto
InterContinental Hotel is situated in walking distance from trendy bars and restaurants, art galleries and boutiques, as well as major museums and the University of Toronto. There is a popular shopping area around the hotel, and the Dupont Station is just in the distance of 20-minutes’ walk. The staff is friendly and helpful, speaking about 30 languages.
The guests of the hotel are welcome to visit a beauty center, golf courses and a sauna. There is also has a business center and a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The interior of this boutique hotel is sleek and luxury, but still very cozy and likable. There are 208 rooms in the hotel, with Wi-Fi, mini bar, an AC and the necessary facilities for making coffee and tea.
This vibrant hotel, situated in the arts and university district of Yorkville, would please you with a stylish bar and a ‘Signatures’ restaurant, which is an ideal place to enjoy your meal.
Have a drink at the ‘SkyLounge’ bar, which was recognized ‘Toronto best patio’, or relax on the terrace making the most of the warm evening sun.