We have been following it for six years, from sales launch to excavation to giant continuous concrete foundation pour to topping off, and now the new Four Seasons is open. Here's a quick photo safari from the event.

A crowd builds for the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by C WhiteA crowd builds for the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

A crowd builds for the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by C WhiteA crowd builds for the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Isadore Sharp at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteIsadore Sharp at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The full party on the podium below includes from left to right, Sam Herzog; Principal Lifetime Developments, a representative from Kingdom Hotels, Kathleen Taylor; President and CEO Four Seasons, Dimitrios Zarikos, General manager of the Four Seasons Toronto, Murray Menkes; Chairman of Menkes Developments, Alan Menkes; President of High-Rise Residential Menkes Developments, Michael Chan; Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, Isadore Sharp; Founder and Chairman Four Seasons, and renowned chef Daniel Boulud; Owner Café Boulud.

Cutting the ribbon at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons,Cutting the ribbon at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The ribbon is cut at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by C WhiteThe ribbon is cut at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The crowd at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe crowd at the opening of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Inside the doors are a tall, elegant, alomst stately hallway running past reception and concierge desks, and linking elevator lobbies for the function spaces and the hotel suites, as well as opening onto the hotel's main floor bar, and at the west end of the hall where you can see natural light, Bay Street. The hotel's interiors by Toronto-based and internationally renowned Yabu Pushelberg are warm, detailed, and dignified without being stuffy, cluttered, or pretentious. Art refers to natural objects, with a playful take on Toronto's unofficial flower, the dandelion, in the reception spaces.

The warm, handsome interior of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe warm, handsome interior of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

A giant dandelion head graces the ground floor hall of Toronto's Four SeasonsA giant dandelion head graces the ground floor hall of Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Reception at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteReception at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The concierge desk at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe concierge desk at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The concierge desk at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe concierge desk at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Along the Bay Street frontage of the Four Seasons is d|bar, the name referring to chef Boulud's first initial, with extensive seating and lots of filtered natural light from huge windows opening to the west and south.

d|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig Whited|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

d|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig Whited|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Stair to Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteStair to Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

d|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig Whited|bar at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

d|bar features a full menu of bistro items along with signature drinks, while up a showcase stair and just above d|bar is Café Boulud, Toronto's new home for the fine-dining cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud.

Stair to Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteStair to Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Hall outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteHall outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Café Boulud's interior design is a bit edgier more conciously contemporary than found elsewhere in the hotel, featuring a gallery's worth of pop art paintings and art glass pieces by noted Canadian artists which promises to evolve with time. Designer Rosalie Wise brings warmth through a stone floor quarried in southwestern Ontario, and accents with local woods. 

Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteCafé Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteCafé Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteCafé Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteCafé Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Hall outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteHall outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

It will be no surprise that the washrooms here are also the most serene and luxurious you could expect.

In the mens' room outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by CrIn the mens' room outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

In the mens' room outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by CrIn the mens' room outside Café Boulud at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Time to head up to the hotel's ninth floor to get a look at the spa's pool area.

Space to relax by the pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteSpace to relax by the pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Space to relax by the pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteSpace to relax by the pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe spa pool at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

The spa hot tub at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteThe spa hot tub at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Finally, it's time to check out a typical suite at the Four Seasons.

A suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteA suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

A suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteA suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

Bathroom in a suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig WhiteBathroom in a suite at Toronto's new Four Seasons, image by Craig White

So that's the tour. To see more, you'll have to venture inside for yourself! We welcome your comments here, or in the Four Seasons threads linked below along with the Four Seasons dataBase entry.