Cosmopolitan Hotel

November 9th, 2008 8:08 pm

My husband and I tend to travel quite a bit; we go to places where we have never been before unless it is Las Vegas, of course (we know that city like our own house – we have been there WAY too many times but that’s not what this post is about). In April 2007 we decided to travel abroad to Toronto, Canada for the weekend. It was one of our best trips thus far. The weather was great, the city was awesome but most of all, we have fallen in love with the hotel we stayed in – The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Spa. Located right in downtown Toronto, it is a must to check out for anybody who values great interior design, delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere all around.

Since it is quite a hike from the airport to the downtown area, we decided to take a cab. You know that’s its not a very popular place when a taxi driver asks you twice for the name of the hotel..and then has this weird wondering look on his face….”That’s not a good sign” – we thought to ourselves. “He has no idea where we are going”. Despite the little confusion, just about 30 minutes later, we pull up to the front of the Cosmopolitan. First impression – subdude exterior, welcoming service, calm and relaxing interior…..and it only got better from there.

Just as we entered our Premium One Bedroom Suite, it became clear to us that that weekend was going to be all about spiritual cleansing and relaxation. We loved every little bit of the room; to start with we really liked the unusual layout of the 570sq ft room: fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar opened to the living room where you could not miss the floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma TV and contemporary furnishings; private sleeping quarters allow for privacy and quality sleeping experience, and a clean and modern style bath with a walk-in shower topped it all. It wasn’t only the great design execution that we enjoyed, but also inexplicit attention to details like bamboo plants carefully placed through the space, MP3 player filling the room with calming tunes of nature, a meditation mat, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linens, warm and cozy terry cloth robes and slippers, and at the end of the night, a made up bed with a unique gift left on the comforter and good night wish. All these elements contribute to the distinctive feel of the hotel, which incorporates the ancient art of Feng Shui, transforming each suite into a Zen-like haven.

But it’s not just about the suites. Available on site, is a true mind, body and soul escape spot – Shizen Spa. Japanese in nature, this Toronto only 5 Star spa offers a wide range of services from manicure/pedicure treatments to couples massages and acupuncture. Designed to incorporate natural elements, the waiting area is finished in Brazilian oak plank, it has huge opaque glass windows, bench seating around and a 12 persons Jacuzzi tub in the middle. Thanks to my husband’s generosity, I enjoyed a treatment package at the Shizen and as you may imagine, it was fabulous. I enjoyed every bit of my time there. From the relaxing cup of tea served right at the welcome, an enjoyable wait in the hot tub, indulging aromas changing by area, and lastly the graciousness and professionalism of the staff.

After a relaxing visit to the spa, how about an appetizer and a cocktail at Doku 15, on-site trans-Asian modern restaurant which serves breakfast for the guests, then lunch and dinner for the public. From the get go, we were both amazed by the atmosphere inside – dark and mysterious, yet elegant and high end with a row of cube style tables at the entrance leading to the main dining in the back of the area. The uniquely designed bar offered a wide range of wine and specialty drinks.

We slept in, had breakfast in the room, enjoyed the view from our balcony, read books while listening to relaxing music (did not turn the TV on once….even though they look sleek). We took the nature of the hotel literally and truly RELAXED all weekend long. Even though it seems like we did not leave the hotel for a second, we found time to explore the area; we walked to the lake front, took a ferry over to the nearby island, walked through the Financial District, did some shopping and ate out. For one weekend, it seems that we did a lot, but honestly, the relaxing mode of our trip helped to keep us on track.

I strongly recommend Cosmopolitan Hotel and Spa to anyone who is wondering where to stay at during their future visit to Toronto. Thanks to Core Architects, an architectural firm responsible for the design of the Cosmopolitan, the hotel provides a tasteful balance a mix of Eastern design sensibilities with Western technology….and much much more.

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