Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
General information
Type Hotel
Location Toronto, Canada
Opening October 5, 2012
Technical details
Floor count 55
Design and construction
Architect architectsAlliance [1]
21 Avenue Road, 2005
Four Seasons at 60 Yorkville Avenue, still under construction

The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is a luxury hotel and condominium complex located in the Yorkville district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which opened on October 5, 2012. Located at 60 Yorkville Avenue, at its intersection with Bay Street, the complex is one block east of the previous Four Seasons Hotel Toronto at 21 Avenue Road.

The 55-floor complex contains 259 hotel rooms and 210 private condo suites. It offers a two-story spa, Café Boulud and bar by international restaurateur and Chef Daniel Boulud, glass-enclosed event spaces. It was designed by architectsAlliance, with Page and Steele as Architect of Record. The project was developed by Bay-Yorkville Developments Ltd., a joint venture of Alcion Ventures, LP, Menkes Developments and Lifetime Homes, and uses the "Four Seasons" trademark under license.[1]

Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, Four Seasons chairman and founder Isadore Sharp proclaimed of the new location as "...in a category by itself, a true Four Seasons in our hometown, our flagship hotel. It is a landmark development for the city of Toronto". [2]

History[edit]

415 Jarvis Street[edit]

The first Four Seasons operated hotel in Toronto was the Four Seasons Motor Hotel, opened in 1961 at 415 Jarvis Street near Carlton. Built by architect Peter Dickinson, it operated as a motor inn and was later demolished and replaced by townhouses.

Inn on the Park[edit]

The next hotel operated by Four Seasons was the Inn on the Park, which no longer serves as a hotel.

21 Avenue Road[edit]

The third hotel was located on 21 Avenue Road at the intersection with Yorkville Avenue, consisting of a 31-storey Brutalist-style tower, as well as a podium that stretched south to Cumberland Avenue.[3] It was originally built in 1972 as the Hyatt Regency Toronto, then it changed ownership and was renamed Four Seasons Toronto in 1978. It closed on March 28, 2012.

The structure was sold to developer Camrost-Felcorp and is being converted to Yorkville Plaza Condominiums, with completion scheduled for 2014.[2][4][5] The hotel's facade will be renovated with glass corner balconies, while the existing podium containing the driveway and below-grade retail will be demolished and replaced by a new retail complex.

The 21 Avenue Road location was popular with celebrities when the Toronto International Film Festival used to be centered around the Yorkville area.[6] However Four Seasons chairman and founder Isadore Sharp said that 21 Avenue Road location “felt like driving into a garage.”[7]

See also[edit]

Hotels in Toronto

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=4seasonsyorkvillehotel-toronto-canada Emporis
  2. ^ http://yorkvilleplaza.com/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°40′10″N 79°23′38″W / 43.6695°N 79.3939°W / 43.6695; -79.3939