Step through the Hotel X Toronto front door and you’re in a stunning, luxurious lobby with seriously eye-catching décor. Your eyes will feast on the beauty of the mosaic floor, the unbelievable moroccan inspired light fixtures floating above your head and a living wall gracing the back of the front desk. I’ve stayed in some jaw-dropping hotels around the world – but this lobby creates a seriously memorable impression.

I’m here for a one-night mini break – close to home.  

Hotel X Toronto Lighting

The Suite

On entering my one bedroom corner (twenty-third-floor) suite, I’m immediately drawn to views of the lake and the CN Tower – shining like a beacon above the city core. Looking east beyond the tower I see Toronto, literally lit like a Christmas tree. The bathroom amenities included a soaker tub, separate glassed-in shower, and L’occitaine toiletries (one of my favourite lines).

City Views from the 23rd Floor

The rooms are well designed. Light fixtures dim allowing you to create your own ambiance. USB outlets with plugs are in abundance throughout the suite. You can connect your smart phone to the television and sync your apps to play Netflix movies. Like most European hotels, Wifi is free in all rooms, a feature we all love.

The Lobby Library

The Library Collection

The Hotel X Toronto property is located on the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds and covers a vast area; higher floors offer stunning views of the city.  There’s a 90,000 sq ft fitness facility Ten X complete with ‘beyond’ state of the art equipment, two tennis courts, and squash facilities.  If that isn’t enough, there’s a yoga and pilates studio.  Access to this fitness lovers haven is included in your hotel stay.  On the rooftop a gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool is available for guests.

Heated Swimming Pool

Hotel X Toronto, opened in the summer of 2018, is part of the Library Collection of Hotels headquartered in New York.   There are four hotels in New York (Library Hotel, Casablanca Hotel, Hotel Giraffe, Hotel Elysee) each offering unique experiences and decor. In Europe, Aria Hotel Budapest and Aria Hotel Prague pay homage to the cultural heritage of their cities.

While Hotel X Toronto has a modern style they are committed to preserving the heritage of the Stanley Barracks located on the site. In the near future is a heritage park and gallery open to the public.

Hotel X Toronto Presidential Suite Bedroom
Hotel X Toronto Bi-level Suite with patio and full kitchen

Library Club Lounge

Guests staying in hotel suites are automatically given access to the Library Club Lounge. This is a comfortable setting of sofas and dining tables on the 3rd floor, where a delicious continental buffet is available – pastries, quiche, yogurt, and fruit.  Cappuccinos and lattes are available on request.  A great place to start your morning. 

Library Club Lounge

In the evening a wine and cheese reception is available, ladened with charcuteries, cheeses, hummus and pita along with grilled vegetables.  Sipping on a glass of Jackson Triggs white wine, I’m reflecting on how well this hotel enhances the guest experience.

Drink and Dine

Falcon Skybar photo credit Hotel X Toronto

If you’re in the mood for a craft cocktail, head to the top of the hotel, where you’ll find the three-level rooftop ‘Falcon Skybar’.  The views from this height are stunning.  Cocktail specials are available nightly, as are snacks and sharing plates, this is a really cool spot to hang out. When the weather warms up the balcony doors are opened allowing you can sit outside while sipping your favourite margarita or martini.   

Night time views from the Skybar

On the ground floor ‘Pétros 82 Lobby Bar’ is a welcoming spot for cocktails, and 2019 will see the opening of Petros 82 Restaurant featuring Greek Mediterranean cuisine.

Maxx’s Kitchen

Maxx’s Kitchen on the second floor is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. The menu is varied from Burgers or Kale & Beet Salad to their signature Roasted Cornish Hen and Smoked Goat Cheese Gnocchi.

Nespresso Café on the second floor is the go-to spot for a quick take-out, a healthy lunch, or a light snack! Lots of seating makes this a good spot to sip and work or just chill out with a good Nespresso coffee.

Kandy Gallery

No visit would be complete without taking in the stunning photography of Canadian photographer Neil Dankoff at the Kandy Gallery on the first floor.  In fact, all the photography you see adorning the walls of the hotel are courtesy of his lens. 

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Complementary Amenities and Services

  • Spectacular views from virtually all rooms
  • Toronto’s Only Tri-Level Rooftop SkyBar
  • 250 Seat Cinema and 56 Seat Screening Room
  • Cutting edge fitness technology from TechnoGym
  • Complimentary Transportation to Union Station & Billy Bishop
  • Complimentary house car services based on availability
  • Complimentary local and long distance calls within Canada
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • No Resort Fees
  • Family Friendly – Play Centre

For more information:

See more information at Hotel X Toronto, room rates start at $296 CAD per night. For special offers click here.

What to see and do nearby: 

The Bentway Skate Trail is located under the Gardiner Expressway on the lands of Fort York National Historic and is open winter season from January 7, 2019 – February 18, 2019.

Winter Light Exhibition across the street from Hotel X at Ontario Place, features exhibits from artistic creators all streams. Open from November 23, 2018 – March 17, 2019

Explore Liberty Village neighbourhood with great shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Catch a Medieval Times show located a short walk from the hotel on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

Visit Tourism Toronto website for additional information – See Toronto Now

Note: I was a guest of Hotel X Toronto but all opinions expressed here are my own.