Nestled amongst the soaring bank towers of Toronto's financial heart, the Trump International Hotel and Tower has quickly become known for its luxurious five star suites. Of the 118 residences within the building, about half remain on the market as Talon International Development relaunches sales in Canada's second tallest skyscraper.
With interior layouts by II By IV Design Associates, there is no shortage of space found within the sculpted corners of each suite, which start at $1.7 million. UrbanToronto returned once again to the Zeidler Partnership Architects-designed tower to tour some of the model suites, which included a peek inside the breathtaking 11,755 square foot "Super Penthouse". Residences begin above the hotel suites on the 33rd floor and continue up to the 56th.
Most floors contain six suites in total, with the smallest being a 1,310 square foot bedroom plus library. Higher floors contain only four suites, allowing larger layouts, with the penthouse floors only having two suites each. We will visit three richly furnished model studies, starting with two on the 35th floor. We start with suite 3505, a space visibly inspired by rock and roll.
The walls are draped in black and the furnishings carry on the theme. White kitchen cabinetry accentuates its black surroundings as portraits of famous musicians adorn the suite. A splash of colour is added to the second bedroom which offers a fantastic view to the west. Don't worry, we'll also be getting to the views shortly.
The suite's dining room and master bedroom and ensuite are similarly extravagant—but not quite so over-the-top. You can get a look at them in a video we have included later in our article.
Suite 3506 is more restrained but still offers enough character for the lucky buyer. In this suite, black cabinetry and granite countertops are positioned opposite a mustard yellow accented living room.
The suite's office would likely please any UrbanToronto reader: the walls are decorated with a panoramic night view of the city skyline from the Toronto Islands. You'll get a full view of it in our video, too.
Imagery from James Bond films are mounted on the wall as a massive television hangs in between the kitchen and living room.
The spacious penthouses take over half a floor each, with either north or south views. Located on floors 55 and 56, the impressive rooms offer equally impressive views of the city and lake, which the owner can fully take advantage of with a sweeping terrace.
Meticulous crown moulding helps define the bright space. Contrasted with black furniture, the contemporary residence has its own distinct personality with more classic touches compared to the model suites showcased earlier.
In the master bedroom hangs a cylindrical chandelier, while a designer walk-in dressing area features up a tremendous amount of space for clothing.
Eight suites will be showcased and converted into menswear designer showrooms on March 2nd and 3rd as part of Trump Residences' partnership with Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*). The relationship is one of several upcoming partnerships with luxury brands that the hotel will be launching in the coming months, and which residents in the building will be able to take full advantage of.
As we continue the tour, we take a look at one of the most amazing spaces in the city. The "Super Penthouse" encompasses three high-ceilinged floors including the expansive space below where the Trump's skyscraping spire rises.
The currently unfinished space is awaiting a wealthy buyer who will be able to tailor the more than 11,000 square feet to meet their needs. Included with the suite is a private elevator and terraces with views in every direction. The space is selling for a whopping $37 million, but with a look around the suite and you begin to realize why.
A steel staircase temporarily connects each level of the suite. Built tough to handle construction during fit-out, a more graceful staircase can replace it at the end of the job, or the purchaser could choose to rely solely on the elevator. For now, the ascent up the stairs begins to reveal one of the top selling points of the Super Penthouse: the breathtaking space beneath the quarter "onion dome".
With the ceiling height extending at least 40 feet, this literally over-the-top space can be used for almost anything. Whatever the purchaser has in mind, they will be enjoying some of the most stunning views offered anywhere in Toronto.
For a fuller view of this amazing suite—and a tour of all three models suites we visited—we have a video:
On Trump's exterior, there are a few things still to take care of. The 'Lightline' LED installation running up by the spire at the corner of Bay and Adelaide is the one most frequently asked about, but there are also various finishing panels to replace here and there as well. According to Talon International CEO Neil Labatte, the light fixture and panels will be fixed in March and April, and Lightline should be operational in May.
Stepping out onto the terrace, the details of the spire become more evident. The clear winter sky offered up some dramatic views of snow-dusted skyscrapers and plumes of steam. In the image below, some of the many construction projects in the Entertainment District can be seen, including Theatre Park, Studio, and Picasso Condos.
The view to the south provides a rare glimpse into the offices of the tallest towers in the country. From the second tallest building in Canada, the current tallest, First Canadian Place, is visible. Its clean and reflective cladding is a departure from its state only a few short years ago, when stained marble gave the tower a dirty appearance.
Peeking through the financial core is Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. As is often the case in the Winter, the inner harbour is covered with ice. The Sun Life Financial Tower can be seen rising in between Royal Bank Plaza and the TD Centre.
Slightly to the east, the L Tower becomes visible. The roof of the tower is caked in ice due to the placement of fine metal knobs which help catch the ice and break it into smaller pieces.
The imposing Scotia Plaza obstructs the entire view to the east. Its reddish-brown granite shines spectacularly in the light.
Swinging over to the other terrace, the view to the east becomes a little less obscured. Cladding continues to rise on Bay Adelaide Centre East, which is now fully topped out.
To the north, Bay Adelaide West's roofline almost resembles a planter, with skyscrapers in the distance sprouting out like flowers.
A closer look at the growing skyline reveals several more new developments dotting the cityscape. Aura at College Park dominates the view, with U Condominiums and Five St. Joseph making their mark on the skyline. Also visible in the distance is the 75-storey One Bloor East, which is steadily rising above its neighbours, and Chaz Yorkville Condos, which recently took down its crane.
As we step back into the warmth, we take a look at the amenity areas. The residential SkyLobby, fitness centre, infinity pool and spa are all located on the 32nd floor. The well-equipped fitness centre contains all the bells and whistles, including a studio for yoga, pilates and aerobics. Personal trainers are also available if needed.
The 65-foot by 16-foot infinity pool uses natural chlorine made from salt, minimizing red eye and maximizing visibility. Calacatta marble surrounds the perimeter of the swanky space.
The SkyLobby services the residences with a concierge desk and lounging area. Yet another terrace offers up dramatic views of downtown. One floor below, the 110-seat America restaurant features fine dining and, you guessed it, another terrace.
The amenities are shared by hotel guests and condominium owners, with purchasers enjoying certain perks. The 30th floor executive meeting spaces can be rented out by residents for private events and they also enjoy access to discounted food and beverages, spa services and hotel room rates for guests.
The hotel has received critical acclaim and the hotel-quality suites have been completed with the same attention to detail. We will return to the Trump Residences shortly for a Q & A with Talon CEO Neil Labatte, who will discuss the suites and the building's amenities further. Until then, take a look at our dataBase file, linked below, for further information. To get involved in the discussion, check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.