The Hazelton Hotel
WITH THE HAZELTON, principals George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg give Toronto its first five-star boutique hotel. The designers were responsible for the 77 plush guest suites and all public spaces, including the lobby, One restaurant, the spa, the theater, and the lobby for the Hazelton's 18 private residences—165,000 square feet of muted elegance in total. Quiet drama and luxury reign throughout: Walls are paneled in charcoal-gray cowhide or leather; flooring is veined green marble slabs; decorative bronze screens stand floor-to-ceiling; accents of mother-of-pearl and mirror sparkle. "We design interiors for the emotional response," Pushelberg says. "The Hazelton captures a romantic glamour," adds Yabu. It's playful, too: At the entry to One, the designers echo Dennis Lin's cedar cube sculpture with wall paneling of beveled squares covered in sumptuous earth-toned suede. [InteriorDesign.net - Dec.08]
Silver Screening room
MAYBE IT'S the private screening room, with mohair-lined walls, unsurpassed technology, and custom theater seating for 25 guests. Or maybe it’s the undeniably swanky guest rooms with leather furnishings, private balconies, and LCD TVs built into the bathroom mirrors. The bathroom alone, raves the New York Times, is a third the size of the bedroom. Did we mention the lap pool lined with imported Bissaza mosaic tile? Or the spa that can handle everything from massages to eyelash tinting? Centrally located in the middle of the Yorkville district, the 77-room Hazelton Hotel has rightfully been described as Toronto’s first real five-star hotel. We’re not alone in dishing praise on this gem. Fortune rated it one of the world’s best new business hotels of the year for its 24-hour business center on every floor, on-call tech engineer, and in-room safes that will charge your devices. [The Informed Traveler - Dec.08]
A CORNERSTONE of the spa facility is the spectacular two-story swimming pool crafted of stone, with a private elevator to the lap pool with imported Bissaza mosaic tile, and the spacious professional fitness centre, which offers state-of-the-art equipment in comfortable surroundings. [SpaFlyer.com - Nov.08]
THE THREE-BEDROOM, four-bathroom Suite 502 features over 4,200 sq. ft. with its own private elevator, wine cellar, eight flat panel HDTVs, Crestron A/V, Lutron lighting controls, motorized blinds, butler's pantry, and steam shower. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen with Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances. The dining room and great room feature a 7' long linear fireplace covered in imported slab marble, Baker furniture and fixtures. The 600 sq. ft. outdoor terrace features custom irrigated planters, built-in BBQ, and stainless steel outdoor kitchen. [SpaFlyer.com]
IF YOU really require to withdraw from society for a bit, why not spring for Suite 502 at The Hazleton, heralded as "the most refined and exclusive hotel suite in Canada." Plan to shell out $35,000 a month for the masterpiece's three bedrooms with two terraces, or go completely expat and buy the freaking place for a cool $7.9 million. [HotelChatter.com - Nov.08]
Service Disaster at One Restaurant
Ugh, where to begin? I booked a table for two at One Restaurant in the Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville. It was a Friday, and it was during the film festival. Before the collective groans begin, yes, we knew that there may be some slippage in service during such a high profile event, but we were willing to overlook "some" service issues. Unfortunately, the service was not just average, it was terrible. [...]
As far at the Hazelton Hotel is concerned, it is a nice hotel, but not really what it thinks it is, or is trying to be. While the location is nice, we were out most days, so could have stayed elsewhere. I would not say don't stay there, but I also wouldn't say that you must!
So, here's the deal: the Hazelton has good service and the location is great. However, half the rooms are REALLY dark facing another building. The dark colors of the rooms make it much worse. You cannot really tell that from their web site, so you kind of have to come stay once, figure out which room category is the right one to book, then come back. Not a great experience.
Had the opportunity to stay at the Hazelton with my Fiancee this past weekend. Coming from NYC, where there are many fine hotels, I can honestly say that the Hazelton far exceeds any other establishment we have stayed at in the world.
Top notch service, with attention to detail in the little things that really put it over the top.
I was brought to Toronto on business, but I now plan on returning for pleasure. And when I do, I plan on staying at The Hazelton. Their guest rooms are exceptionally stylish and you feel like a celebrity as soon as you walk in the lobby. The location in the Yorkville area gives an abundance of shopping, nightlife, and dining options. I stayed on a Wednesday and I was suprised to see how busy the bar, lounge, and restaurant were. Even so, the dining service was prompt and the food extraordinary good. I wish I could have stayed longer, but all the more reason to visit there again. I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants 5 Star Service in a trendy and exciting hotel.
THE HAZELTON PRIVATE RESIDENCE
118 Yorkville Ave.
> 3,500 - 5,000 sq ft
> 3 + 1 bedrooms
> 5 bathrooms
Hotel & residence amenities:
> Indoor pool
> Fitness centre & spa
> 24 hour concierge