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Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

HOTEL INSIDER: Trump International Hotel & Tower

BY LINDA LUONG

ABOUT THE HOTEL
The name Trump is synonymous with luxury, and guests of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto are pampered with impeccable service and the utmost attention to detail during their stay at the 65-storey tower. From the first step into the lavish lobby, which is adorned with a Swarovski crystal art installment and the Trump signature scent of champagne and caviar, guests are welcomed into opulent environs.

Guest rooms start at 550-square feet, and can go up to 2,300 square-feet—larger than some homes in Toronto! With a modern aesthetic by II by IV Design Associates, the hotel is awash in a neutral but warm palette. Rooms and suites are outfitted with a range of features including bedside touch panel control for lights and curtains, fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, a rainfall shower head, deep soaker tubs, complimentary digital newspaper and magazine services, and perhaps the most unique offering: an aromatherapy pillow menu from which guests can choose from pillows designed to help restore balance, revitalize energy, renew the spirit or provide tranquility.

BY THE NUMBERS
Rooms 
A 65-storey tower with 263 hotel rooms and suites, which range in size from 550- to 2,300-square-feet.
Price  Starting from $395 per night.
Conference Facilities  Fittingly for the former Apprentice host, a reality television show that was known for its heated boardroom antics, Trump Tower boasts three floors of meeting spaces located on the ninth, 10th and 30th floors. The Grand Ballroom can host more than 300 people, while more intimate rooms are available for groups up to 30 people for conferences, seminars, workshops and more.

AMENITIES
The well-equipped fitness centre boasts treadmills, free weights and other cardiovascular equipment to help guests maintain their exercise regime while travelling. There is also a studio for yoga, pilates and aerobics, as well as personal trainers to assist guests. And if they’ve left their gear at home, guests can partake in the hotel’s Travel Fit program, which can lend Under Armour fitness apparel and footwear, as well as pre-loaded iPod shuffles for use.

Or go swimming with a view of the city skyline from the infinity salt water lap pool located on the 32nd floor, which measures 65 feet long by 16 feet wide. Adjacent to the pool is a raised clean-stream whirlpool with a cascading waterfall and dry saunas.

Get pampered at Purebeauty, a full-service salon and spa offering an extensive menu of treatments including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, blow outs and more.

FOOD
Hotel guests looking to dine in can tuck into breakfast, lunch and dinner daily or Sunday brunch at America restaurant. Two teams from the city’s most respected dining conglomerates, Ink Entertainment (of La Société and Patria fame) and Oliver & Bonacini (of Canoe and Luma), are responsible for the hospitality dished out here. (Ink Entertainment also co-operates Late Night America, which is open every Saturday night from 10 p.m.) Inventive and beautifully-plated mains include Sichuan pepper duck breast and scallops, shrimp and squid linguine, finished with a cheese board, white Russian sundae or bourbon chocolate tart.

The Calvin Bar is a sleek and contemporary space for creative cocktails like a spiced sazerac or barrel-aged negroni.

Don’t want to leave the confines of your hotel room? A Quick Bites program provides express in-room dining options in 15 minutes or less for busy guests on the go.

325 Bay St., 416-306-8800 or 1-855-888-7867; trumphotelcollection.com/toronto

Hot Dining: Sky-High Ambition at Stock

After a few years where scruffy spaces and sharing platters became the gastronomic norm, it seems that top-flight fine dining is slowly making a comeback in Toronto. The latest no-expense-spared dining room rises above the fray, quite literally, on the 31st floor of the new Trump International Hotel and Tower. At Stock, the city’s elite savour the cosmopolitan plates of chef Todd Clarmo—from whole grilled spigala ($35) to beef short ribs ($34)—in a swank dining room dominated by a floor-to-ceiling wine wall that boasts bottles from some of the world’s most celebrated vintners. Though its name may imply otherwise, there’s nothing commonplace about this new haven for epicurean indulgence.

Toronto Dining on High: Stock at the New Trump International Hotel

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Gizelle Lau

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Hot Shopping: Donald Trump Says Indulge

OPENS JANUARY 31 Real Estate tycoon and reality TV host Donald Trump may be synonymous with New York City, but this year he’s put down roots in Toronto, too, thanks to the completion of his 65-storey Trump International Hotel and Tower at 325 Bay St. In addition to its immaculate rooms, fine dining restaurant and grand ballroom, the hotel and residence also features the two-level, 18,000-square-foot Quartz Crystal Spa. The full-service facility on the building’s 31st and 32nd floors offers a lengthy menu of treatments for men and women, from relaxing massages to rejuvenating skincare remedies. Also featuring a heated indoor pool, steam baths and full exercise studios, this luxurious destination promises pampering both for hotel guests and city-dwellers seeking a sky-high haven.