Ritz-Carlton Toronto set to open Fall 2010

The Ritz-Carlton’s first foray into Great White North will take place this fall with the opening of its Toronto hotel. The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto was slightly delayed last month thanks to weather-related issue, but the building seems to be back on schedule and the new open date is set for sometime in the late summer or early fall. So, what can Toronto guests expect?

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto will be within walking distance to entertainment, shopping areas, sports venues, and the city’s business districts. The hotel is surrounded by two parks and all of the 267 rooms will have views of either the city or Lake Ontario. Rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, Frette linens and luxurious bathroom amenities.

A 23,000 square foot, 16 treatment room spa, referred to by the hotel as the “Urban Sanctuary” will offer an extensive menu of spa services. A fully cardio-equipped fitness center is located on the same floor and features a kinesis center, indoor pool and hot tub.

The Canada hotel will feature a 120-seat restaurant on the mezzanine level that focuses on “contemporary Canadian cuisine”. Diners will find a glass encased cheese cave, wine display, walk-in wine cellar, open pastry kitchen and a Chef’s table in the kitchen. If the restaurant is too formal, you’ll have the option of lounging in the lobby bar or at the outdoor patio, where a pizza oven and fire pit await.

As part of Ritz-Carlton’s ongoing efforts to support a greener economy, the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto will feature a Deep Lake Water Cooling System, which provides an alternative to conventional air-conditioning. According to the hotel’s website:

The system uses the cool energy in cold water to air-condition our building, reducing the energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional chillers.

For those of you eager to track the progress of this hotel, you can keep up with the construction here.