The Urbanist’s Toronto: Where to Stay

Where Locals Would Stay if They Weren’t Locals

Photo: Courtesy of the Gladstone

“I’ve always wanted to check out the Gladstone (from $175; It’s a nineteenth-century flophouse that was revamped into a boutique hotel five years ago. It has held on to its indie cred despite the condos now surrounding it. I have a friend who did a burlesque photo shoot in one of the rooms, and it looks awesome.” —Anna Solomon, legal-education consultant

Photo: Coutesy of the Thompson

“The Thompson (from $209; is where my husband and I go if we want to escape our own city (though we live just five blocks away). The bar on the roof is one of the more special spots in Toronto, with the best view of the skyline, and the rooms are sleek, minimal, and cool.” —Jesse Rolin, divorce consultant

Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz Carlton

“The new Ritz Carlton (from $505; has gorgeous waterfront views from the rooms, which are cantilevered out slightly. The price is worth it for the soaker tubs and terry-cloth bathrobes alone.”—Matthew Slutsky, founder,

The Urbanist’s Toronto: Where to Stay