Large rooms with exquisite decorations and private terraces
Central location close to public transportation, shopping,
Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast
Highly-rated restaurant on-site
Opulent spa with large indoor pool (for women only)
Diverse meeting rooms and lounge areas equipped for large or
No in-room coffee- and tea-making facilities
No on-site parking
Spa and fitness center are women-only (a con for some
The Ivy at Verity is a stylish hotel with four rooms set in downtown
Toronto. With its understated entrance, this four-and-a-half-pearl hotel feels secluded
despite being located within half a mile of popular shopping and dining areas. Large
rooms feature striking decor reminiscent of an elegant Parisian apartment, plus
offer private terraces and huge bathrooms. With fashionable lounges and meeting
rooms as well as a swish spa and an upscale restaurant, the hotel is ideal for relaxation
or productivity. Men are free to stay at the property, but the hotel facilities are geared towards women. The women-only spa and fitness center in particular may come as a
disappointment for male guests.
hotel with an atmosphere suited for business or leisure
The Ivy at Verity is set in a 19th-century former chocolate
factory, a building with a handsome brick facade that echoes the timeless
elegance of its interior. From the soft lighting to the Victorian chairs, every
aspect of the hotel looks carefully-chosen. Like masterpieces in a fine art
museum vying for attention, each subtle detail of the hotel’s decor feels like
it’s begging to be admired.
The Ivy is part of Verity, a private women’s club which aims
to foster personal and professional development. This balance between rejuvenation
and determination plays out in the hotel’s decor, with flowing lines and floral
patterns offset by functional spaces and business-like stripes. The dominant
color scheme of pinks, purples, and burnt oranges is feminine, yet also bright
and self-assured. It’s clear that the Ivy caters towards women, although men
are also welcome to stay at the hotel.
Downtown location, an
eight-minute walk from bustling Dundas Square
The Ivy is set in Toronto’s Garden District, a six-minute
walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre and Massey Hall as well as diverse shopping
and dining options. Slightly further away are attractions like the Four Seasons
Centre for the Performing Arts, Air Canada Centre, and Roy Thomson Hall, all of which can be reached
in less than 20 minutes on foot. Both the Queen and Dundas subway stations are
accessible from inside the Toronto Eaton Centre, allowing for further exploration
of the city.
Facing towards a parking lot and a few pawn shops, the
hotel’s location doesn’t immediately seem appropriate for a neighborhood called
the Garden District; however, there are a number of green areas and gardens
found less than half-a-mile away, including Moss Park and Saint James Park.
Lavish guest rooms
feature individual designs, private terraces, and large bathrooms with Bvlgari
Rooms are large and beautifully laid-out with small sitting
and dining areas. Decorated with chic, European-inspired decor, each room features
a distinct design but bold wallpapers, colorful furniture, and intricate
patterns are a common theme. All rooms include a Hästens hand-crafted bed with
Italian linens, as well as iPod docks and lovely branch-like overhead light
fixtures. Private terraces with seating areas overlook a seasonal courtyard.
Enormous marble bathrooms include separate deep soaking tub,
shower, and water closet. Soaking tubs feature a selection of aromatic bath salts, and
large counters are stocked with high-end Bvlgari bath products.
Sleek meeting rooms
and lounges; beautiful spa with ozonated swimming pool; and award-winning
The reputation of on-site George Restaurant extends far beyond
the hotel; Chef Lorenzo Loseto was awarded the gold medal at the Canadian
Culinary Championships in 2014. The restaurant’s sophisticated,
made-from-scratch menu attracts guests and non-guests alike. With its muted rosewood-colored
chairs and ornate details, the restaurant’s decor is more masculine compared to
the rest of the hotel but mirrors its European-style elegance. The restaurant also provides in-room dining, as well as catered food and beverage service in the hotel's meeting rooms.
The meeting rooms and lounges show the same attention-to-detail
as the guest rooms, with textured wallpapers, chaise loungers, and fresh
flowers dotted throughout. There are six meeting rooms, ranging in size from a
four-seat salon to a large conference room with space for 80 people. Meeting
rooms are equipped with presentation screens, and a compact business center offers several computer stations as well as a printer. There’s a gorgeous members’ lounge adjacent to the
lobby, which serves afternoon tea, cocktails, and light meals; as well as a
shared honor bar found near the guest rooms, where an excellent selection of wines
and spirits is presented on a gleaming marble pastry table.
Room rates include free Wi-Fi and a daily continental breakfast. The hotel also offers a full-service women-only spa with an ozonated
pool, whirlpool bath, steam shower, and luxurious lounge. The massive fitness center features treadmills, weight machines, and free weights. Like the spa, the fitness center is reserved for women only, with male guests given the option to buy day passes to a choice of two other locations.
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