Explore the heart of Downtown Toronto with St. Regis Hotel
Marriott International has taken over the former Trump International Building and brought the St. Regis to Toronto. In November 2018, the building finally shifted to The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts brand. I decided to take a look inside the newly renovated and revamped St. Regis Toronto to see if they live up to their highly respected luxury brand and what kind of vibe they got going on now.
The St. Regis Toronto remains in the centre of everything in Downtown Toronto. If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the city and in the middle of Bay St. financial district. It’s surrounded by the city buzz in downtown and continues to provide for travelers, businessmen and women, and other city dwellers alike because of their convenient locale. If you’re looking to be at the heart of everything in Toronto, then the St. Regis is a great option to consider.
We were set up inside a one-bedroom corner suite with two bathrooms. The suite was revamped and revitalized but still had some remnants of the old Trump brand. The rooms are nice, classy but still lack a modern feel to them. It just didn’t scream ultra luxury to me. I could be nit-picking here.
I’m not sure if it’s the Trump name that has me tainted, but the property’s roots seeped through playing a role in killing the vibe and the overall “wow-factor” that you normally experience at the St. Regis Hotel brands.
The bathrooms had really great high-end toiletries and a great rain shower and separate bathtub which is always nice to see. They kept the signature TV screens built into the mirrors from the Trump brand which is always a nice feature to have.
You’ll definitely feel great unwinding in these white marble bathrooms.
St. Regis has an indoor pool and a hot tub which doesn’t get too busy. Personally I like having the option to take dip in the mornings, so a pool is always welcomed for me. The gym was another amenity I didn’t get to try out, although I do always appreciate a good gym at any hotel I stay at.
As with all St. Regis brand hotels, they do have a butler service that is included with your room rates, but unfortunately we weren’t given the opportunity to take advantage of this until the next day which was a bit disappointing. Check-in did not explain what butler service was or what they provided. After we discovered that we could use butler service, there seemed to be some miscommunication between them and room service which caused some delays and inconveniences. However, they will pack your bags for you if you’d like which can be a nice perk, but be warned that it takes a long time since they individually fold and wrap each garment before packing it. There is a Spa on-site, however it was not ready when I visited so unfortunately didn’t get to try it out this time.
Louix Louis is a real standout at The St. Regis. It has pretty good food, service and an extensive cocktail selection. The vibe is great in there and usually buzzing with diners. The place also attracts locals as a hot spot in the city so it’s definitely not just a convenient spot for hotel guests. I didn’t have time to do a full dinner, but did get to spend an hour or so at the bar getting a feel for the vibe on a Saturday night.
The bartender and service at Louix Louis are also pretty top-notch, so you’re definitely getting the luxury vibes with this restaurant.
Other dining options include Astor Lounge on the hotel’s lobby level which is just as elegant, but slightly more laid-back for drinks or mid-day snacks.
Probably the highlight of the whole experience was the morning breakfast which you can have delivered right to your bed (the perfect cure after a few too many cocktails at Louix Louis). The breakfast was absolutely fantastic, and we couldn’t have asked for more delicious food. I especially appreciated that they had Turkey sausage available and everything was on point and delicious.
They even sent us their epic 13-layer chocolate cake the next morning having run out the night before which was a nice little bonus to finish the stay.
The Standout Feature
The standout at St. Regis for me was definitely Louix Louis restaurant. It had great vibes. Not too quiet, not too loud or rowdy — that great mixture of busy but still luxurious. The food for the breakfast room service was also a a treat and a highlight for me.
There’s still a ways to go before The St. Regis Toronto reaches the same level as its hotel counterparts throughout the rest of the world, but for now it’s working its way up there.
The hotel vibes were much quieter and sleek. There were a decent amount of guests when I stayed but it definitely still felt quiet. You’ll mostly find a lot of business people and city travelers from all over the world. There are a few locals who wander into the hotel but it’s often for dinner at Louix Louis.
The St. Regis definitely has a few kinks to work through, and hopefully, they find their feet in the next few years to maintain the same St. Regis quality we see in the rest of the world.
Location: 325 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 4G3
Contact: 416.306.5800, Website
Crowd: Business, Family Friendly, Pet Friendly
Community: Financial District
Amenities: Spa, Indoor Pool, Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Free Wifi, Free Breakfast, Paid Parking, Air Conditioned, Business Centre
Reservations: Website, Google
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The Overall VIBE
They definitely have some great features and potential to be something special. I just didn’t get the level of service I was expecting. They slightly missed the mark on a few occasions. They need more time to get settled into the newly converted hotel, but the location is great, the breakfast is stellar and the VIBE of Louis Louix will keep me coming back to the property.