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Toronto Beckons with Bolder, Brighter Buildings

Toronto Beckons with Bolder, Brighter Buildings

Toronto: (MW) Toronto is undergoing a profound transformation. The city skyline is alive with 53 new corporate towers, two major arts and entertainment centres, luxury hotels and gleaming condos. A new construction crane seems to join the skyline every week.

The current building boom will add four million square feet of office space, some 15,000 condo units and 850 hotel rooms to Toronto’s core. Not only has the building boom kept up throughout the recession, but all projects follow a sustainability guideline developed by the Toronto Green Standard for New Construction. This is a city-wide guideline that sets out environmentally-friendly construction practices and ways to increase the energy efficiency of new buildings.

Located in Toronto’s art and design district is the Thompson Toronto Hotel opening spring 2010, Toronto is the first location outside of the U.S. for the prestigious Thompson chain. Its 102 rooms of artful luxury provide an ideal location for visitors to experience Toronto’s vibrant nightlife and cutting edge cuisine. The rooftop features a bar lounge, swimming pool with private cabanas and stunning views of Toronto’s skyline and lakefront.

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto will open in fall 2010, standing at 53-stories it will be an architectural icon. The only Ritz-Carlton in Canada, it will feature 267 rooms and 159 condominium residences. Offering world-class dining and classic amenities this five-star hotel will join the club of Toronto’s elite hotel destinations.

The new luxury boutique hotel, Le Germain Maple Leaf Square opens its doors in August 2010, discerning travellers and sports fans alike will appreciate the modern decor and high-tech amenities each room features. The eight-storey boutique-hotel, will have 171 guest rooms, 5,000 square feet of meeting space, 8,000 square feet of fitness facilities and a 2,000-square-foot hotel cafe.

Donald Trump’s first Canadian venture, Trump International Hotel and Tower features luxury at its finest. The 60-storey mixed use building is slated to open in 2011 in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.

The renowned Shangri-La Hotel and Residences is slated to open in 2012, this 65-storey tower features 17 floors of sumptuous hotel rooms decorated in a contemporary classical style with Asian highlights.

In 2010 the Bisha Hotel & Residences will open with 41-stories. A hotel and residence building with its 1920s -inspired interior Bisha will feature a 24-hour cafe, two restaurants and a rooftop swimming pool.

Scheduled to start construction in 2011 and open in 2013, Hotel in the Garden will be located on the grounds of Exhibition Place along with the Direct Energy Centre and the newly-opened Allstream Centre convention and tradeshow facilities. The 320-room, 26-storey hotel will offer guests resort-style amenities and stunning views of neighbouring Lake Ontario and the city skyline.

Together the steadily rising Toronto hotels, condos and office towers culminate to offer a glimpse of the vertical city to come.

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