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At the corner of Blue Jays Way and Wellington Street West is Toronto’s luxury Soho Hotel, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as well as a multimillion dollar renovation by Toronto interior design firm Gluckstein Design.

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The lap pool is now salt-water-filled; adjacent to it is a state-of-the-art gym designed and managed by trainer/two-time heavyweight champion Dalton Brown, plus steam rooms in both men and women’s changing areas.

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Guests are greeted with world-renowned Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly’s flowers encased in thick plexiglass above the entrance, particularly stunning at night.

Another lobby highlight is the large Steve Jobs black and white photograph, the very one used for his book cover. To give you an idea as to how much of an avid art collector the owner is, only five of these are in existence. Unique works of varying media are sprinkled throughout the property’s spaces.

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COVID-safe features include touchless check-in, room service and special requests via direct message on the SoHo Hotel app, as well as individual HVAC in every room and an ion air filtration system.

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The Soho contains 89 luxurious rooms and suites plus 56 furnished residences (many of which are currently occupied by Toronto’s film industry).

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[80-square-foot dressing areas now feature Canadian maple millwork]

All but one of Soho’s 400-square-foot rooms contain king-sized beds; all are outfitted with Italian-made Frette linens. The marbled bathroom (with heated floor and Dornbracht fixtures) is stocked with Molton Brown amenities, while the space near the entrance and closet houses a mini bar and complimentary coffee maker with Nespresso pods.

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Curtains open electronically to allow natural light to spill into the room by way of floor-to-ceiling windows.

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And while on the subject of electronics, this is the first time I’ve seen a safe with an outlet inside of it. You can stow laptops and other devices in there and charge them at the same time!

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Rooms contain windows that open. If you’re sleeping with them closed, know that individual HVAC systems filter the air from within the room and then throughout the hotel floor.

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Cozy king beds invite a good night’s sleep; the remote-controlled curtain switch bedside is handy when you’re ready to tuck in.

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Moretti Caffe

The lobby level is shared by both Moretti Cafe and Moretti Restaurant, a bustling Montreal-based eatery (this is Moretti’s first Toronto location).

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Solo diners can take a seat at the bar by the open kitchen and watch the chefs prepare their Italian-inspired creations and pizzas at two wood-fired ovens.

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On the menu are light breakfast options, pastries, cookies, coffee drinks, sandwiches, panini and pizza slices during the day.


In the Hood

As The Soho is located in the heart of the city’s Entertainment District, many celebs and musicians have called the hotel home while in town.

Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame

CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, plus dozens of theatres, clubs, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance, as is Scotiabank Centre for major sports events and concerts.

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The hotel is also a 15-minute walk to the TCC subway system on King Street (St. Andrew station). The SoHo Hotel is located at 318 Wellington Street West in Toronto.

I was hosted by The SoHo Hotel for the purpose of this feature. Opinions, as always, remain my own.

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