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Unwind at urban retreat at Hilton Toronto Hotel

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First of all, this is not your grandmother’s Hilton. Far from it – although if your grandmother is as sophisticated, urban, and stylish as Carmen Dell’Orefice, she’ll have a wonderful time in residence at this cosmopolitan urban retreat.

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Located between the financial and entertainment districts of downtown Toronto, the Hilton Toronto Hotel is right next door to the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts (home of the Canadian Opera Company) and a few short blocks from Hudson's Bay Company’s flagship store and Toronto’s largest downtown mall, Toronto Eaton Centre.

Built in 1980 and renovated in 2000, the Hilton Toronto Hotel recently put the finishing touches on a new renovation of the main lobby and restaurant, which has resulted in an open floor plan and a buzzing night scene at Tundra, the Hilton Toronto Hotel’s celebrated cocktail bar, lounge, and restaurant, helmed by Chef Kevin Prendergast.

Rooms on the Executive floors are contemporary and elegant, with jaw-dropping views of the Toronto skyline. Amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet, nightly turndown service, and ergonomic desk chairs.

Guests on the Executive floors have access to the Executive Lounge on the 32nd floor, where a breakfast buffet is served alongside panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the CN Tower.

Evening cocktails and an honor bar are supplemented by hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, making the Executive Lounge a lovely perch from which to witness the segue from day into evening.

In clement weather, the hotel’s heated indoor/outdoor pool is framed by a lushly landscaped terrace (and herb garden) with lounge chairs and bird’s eye views of neighboring office towers. What’s more gratifying than relaxing by the pool while others work furiously all around you?

One of the joys of a respite at the Hilton Toronto Hotel is the well-managed and courteous staff, all of whom are as professional as they are friendly. Your grandmother would be impressed – and you’ll be happy hosting a cocktail party in her honor in your Hilton Toronto Executive suite.