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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
It will be no surprise that the washrooms here are also the most serene and luxurious you could expect.
Time to head up to the hotel's ninth floor to get a look at the spa's pool area.
Finally, it's time to check out a typical suite at the Four Seasons.
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.