Hotels in Canada

The Royal York, which officially opened in 1929, is one of Toronto's grand dames of hotels. Back then, it was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and was considered the benchmark-setter of hospitality standards.

Located in the heart of the downtown core, the Shangri-La Toronto is mere steps away from the Art Gallery of Ontario, the theater district, the waterfront, and plenty of high-end shopping.

Downtown’s 1927 landmark has been revamped with Art Deco–inspired rooms (in soothing palettes of ivory, chocolate, and light blue), a world-class spa, saltwater lap pool, and a slick, dark-wood-and-gold-paneled restaurant run by star chef David Hawksworth. Looking to branch out?

Thick stonewalls, a Breton façade, and iron shutters hint at the heritage of La Maison Pierre du Calvet, built in 1725. Located on a cobble stone street in Old Montreal, the hotel has a library for guests, plus an outdoor garden terrace and indoor greenhouse with parrots.

Several of the tastefully decorated modern rooms include whirlpool tubs, perfect after a long day of outdoor activity.

Located in Yorkville, this 55-story hotel is popular with visiting celebrities and VIP’s. The lobby is adorned with dark walnut panelling and flower arrangements, while the 259 guestrooms contain custom furnishings, plush bathrobes, and Etro of Milan bath products.

For panoramas of the rocky shore and snowcapped mountains, reserve one of the three rooms at this inn,  set atop a 400-foot bluff.

Possible travel options include a nine-day railroad excursion through the Rocky Mountains; a ski trip to the 2010 Winter Olympic host resort Whistler; and a family adventure trip to Jasper and Banff national parks.

With its understated blue awnings and relatively small size (83 rooms), this Relais & Châteaux property is sometimes overlooked by visitors drawn to more toweringly opulent Downtown hotels—but that’s their loss.