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Thompson Hotel - Toronto, ON

Uber Trendy, Superior Service


Thomson Toronto is located at the corner of Bathurst and Wellington near the King West neighborhood in Toronto. The first international branch of the Thompson chain, this hotel is close to Chinatown and all the happening spots on King Street West and Queen Street West.

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The exterior of the uber trendy Thompson Hotel resembled a glass box. This 16-floor hotel has 102 ultra-sleek guestrooms with dark-stained, hardwood floors. The main lobby was appointed with chairs in shades of brown, black and burnt orange. The main highlight of the lobby was the 152 square-feet black and white abstract mural of Toronto’s skyline by Barcelona-based artist Javier Mariscal.

The staff at Thomson were beautiful, remarkable and service oriented. This was so unlike similar hotels where the staff feel the need to be rude in order to be deemed trendy. Check-in was a breeze. I saw a couple of their lower category rooms while one our way to the Thompson suite and they were really tiny.

Our Thompson suite was huge. It consisted of a bedroom, dining room, living room and bathroom. All were done up in warm brown color tones. Floor to ceiling windows offered a sweeping view of the city’s skyline. The living and dining room were appointed with sleek furniture in shades of dark wood and metal. A kitchenette and a work desk were available in the dining room. The bedroom followed the same theme and had a dark wood colored bed done up in white SFERRA linens. The marble bathroom was equipped with a soaking bathtub, separate shower and amenities from Tocca.

The Thompson suite is definitely a place where you can entertain guests. However, it really showed a lot of wear and tear such as scuffed floors, scratched paints on the walls and stained counter tops.

The dining options at Thompson Hotel were Thompson Diner, Scarpetta and Wabora Sushi. The Thompson Diner is an interpretation of the quintessential American diner while the Scarpetta is an upscale Italian restaurant headed by New York Chef Scott Conant. A modern Japanese restaurant, Wabora Sushi features a variety of rolls, grilled meats and a seafood menu. The lobby bar offers signature cocktails in an intimate atmosphere while the 1812 Lounge located in the lower lobby is ideal for a luxury lounge experience.

But the star of this hotel was definitely the rooftop lounge which offered stunning 360 degree views of Toronto’s skyline. The wraparound patio of this lounge featured a small infinity pool, bar, banquettes and lounges. This lounge is packed on weekends. Hence, the amount of people coming in through the lobby and the elevators gets a bit annoying when the bar kicks into high gear. The hotel almost turns into a night club atmosphere during this time. If you are into the whole night club scene, great, but if not, then Thompson may not be a good choice during weekends.

Service at all levels was stellar. In fact, I was quite surprised at just how good the service was. And it’s the service that has helped Thompson Hotel get a rating of Bombastic (even though the suite was in tough shape). However, based on a lower category room, we would probably give it a slightly lower rating. Our rating for Thompson Hotel is Bombastic.

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