Though Toronto had been considered to be a bit behind other cities of its size when it came to accommodations, it seems that the city is going to catch up over the next year or so. Toronto has quite a few new hotels planned for the next couple of years; most of them in the boutique hotel niche.
There will be a large new Thompson Hotel between Wellington and Bathurst. The hotel is referred to as a boutique hotel, though it is certainly to be larger than most boutique hotels, since it encompasses nearly a whole city block. The hotel will open in the spring of 2010 with 102 regular hotel rooms and 336 condo suites, 90 percent of which are already sold. The hotel will offer a rooftop pool bar, a 24 hour diner and a restaurant overlooking Victoria Memorial Square.
There’s also a small boutique planned called Hotel on Queen, which is scheduled to open spring or summer of next year. The hotel is located on the Queen West strip near Beverly. Little has yet been announced regarding the amenities that Hotel on Queen will offer.
There’s likely to be a third player in the boutique hotel game in Toronto, too, though little is known about the number of rooms or planned amenities. However, there is word that a new hotel named Bisha will break ground on Blue Jay Way early in 2010. Completion date, along with other details have yet to be announced.
There have been other plans for hotels in Toronto, but some, such as the planned Gansevoort Hotel, to be located on Richmond, have been put on hold. Still, it may seem to locals that there are lots of hotels in Toronto going up at once. However, considering that Toronto is North America’s fourth largest city, there’s still a bit of catching up for the city to do to have a comparable number of accommodations for a city of its size. And, all these new hotels should help Toronto expand its reputation as a great place for both leisure and business travellers to visit.