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article imageToronto's stylish new Four Seasons hotel opens its doors Special

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By David Silverberg     Oct 5, 2012 in Travel
Toronto - Four Seasons Toronto is the latest design gem to make its mark in Canada's busiest city. The Yorkville hotel features 259 rooms (all outfitted with iPads), the largest spa of any Four Seasons property and star chef Daniel Boulud's new restaurant.
Welcome back to Toronto, Four Seasons. Returning to the city where it all began, the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts unveiled its new property in Toronto and proclaimed the trendy hotel as the future for the company and the flagship location worldwide.
Scroll down to see a full photo story from the opening!
After closing its Avenue Road hotel earlier this year, the luxury chain today unveiled its 55-storey hotel just down the street from where it previous was located in Toronto's trendy Yorkville district.
Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Four Seasons chairman and founder Isadore Sharp said, "The Four Seasons Toronto is in a category by itself, a true Four Seasons in our hometown, our flagship hotel. It is a landmark development for the city of Toronto."
A throng of media, partners, developers and guests crowded near the entrance of Four Seasons Toronto to welcome the luxury hotel back to the neighbourhood.
"Four Seasons has been perfecting the art of hospitality around the world for more than 50 years, and now we’re applying all we’ve learned to showcase our vision for the future right here in our hometown,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager Dimitrios Zarikos.
The hotel officially opened to the public at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dazzling design

Inside the skyline-framed hotel, a dandelion motif invites visitors through the lobby. With interior design done by Yabu Pushelberg, the lobby features stylish book-matched wood panelling, hand-painted walls, precision-cut stone floors and bespoke carpet inlay. More than 1,700 works commissioned from Canadian artists are on display throughout the hotel.
The rooms, starting at $400/night, offer a 15-Minute Room Service menu, complimentary in-room wireless Internet, and iPads. Complimentary WiFi is also available in hotel cars and a dedicated Guest Experience Manager is responsible for making sure guests have a memorable stay.
Alan Menkes, one of the developers behind Four Seasons Toronto, said at the launch, "Designing and building a special project like this literally involves thousands of people." Menkes says the hotel foundation is made up of 10,000 tons of concrete, and the lobby boasts walls made of 50,000 pieces of polished metal.
A floating marble staircase leads to Café Boulud, the latest cuisine destination from Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud.

Dining in style

Café Boulud's space rises from billion-year-old stone floors quarried in southwestern Ontario, with local woods, warm textures and natural light surrounding the tables. With the ability to seat 156 visitors, the restaurant will feature a variety of French and seasonal cuisine such as black cod persillade, steak au poivre, crispy duck egg, and spiced quail sided with avocado chutney.
Boulud, considered North America’s finest French chef, has created a 14-restaurant global empire, with restaurants in New York, Singapore, Beijing, Montreal and many more.
At street level, dbar is a lounge designed with themes in materials such as rich walnut, black lacquer and warm plum fabrics. Four Seasons Toronto is promoting the chef's new firehouse burger, inspired by the neighbouring fire station.
Resident Mixologist Albert Kirby created a signature cocktail for the opening, calling Le Tour CN: a mix of gin, maraschino, Champagne and blackberry puree.

Spa-tacular

The Four Seasons Toronto also celebrates its opening with a 30,000 square-foot spa aptly named, The Spa. A spa experience at the new hotel invites guests into one of 17 treatment rooms where 70 staffers are on-hand. "We’re calling it a ‘spa in the sky’ thanks to its lofty position above Yorkville and gorgeous views in all directions," says Senior Spa Director Todd Hewitt.
An indoor relaxation pool, a whirpool, a nail bar, a boutique and a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre round out some of The Spa's amenities.

A New Era

Since Sharp began Four Seasons in Toronto in 1961, the luxury hotel industry has irrevocably changed, and Four Seasons Toronto wants to supercharge Toronto's tourism industry with this innovative property.
"This is a proud moment for everyone at Four Seasons – at the new Hotel, at our corporate offices, and certainly at all our locations around the world," says Katie Taylor, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "The future is here now, in this new flagship, and in the thousands of employees around the world committed to raising the bar for luxury hospitality."

The opening, in pictures:

The new Four Seasons Toronto in the heart of Yorkville
The new Four Seasons Toronto in the heart of Yorkville
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A view of the new Four Seasons Toronto  all 55-storeys of her
A view of the new Four Seasons Toronto, all 55-storeys of her
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The new Four Seasons Toronto
The new Four Seasons Toronto
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Toronto: The neighbouring old fire station and  the new Four Seasons hotel behind
Toronto: The neighbouring old fire station and the new Four Seasons hotel behind
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The media pool forms ahead of a press conference at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Four Seasons ...
The media pool forms ahead of a press conference at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto
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Chef Daniel Boulud takes a break to engage on Twitter ahead of the Four Seasons Toronto press confer...
Chef Daniel Boulud takes a break to engage on Twitter ahead of the Four Seasons Toronto press conference
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Global TV s Sean O Shea was one of many reporters on the scene for the launch of Four Seasons Toront...
Global TV's Sean O'Shea was one of many reporters on the scene for the launch of Four Seasons Toronto. Beside him is Halla Rafati, PR director Four Seasons Toronto
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At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto  chairman/founder Isadore Sharp (left) stands beside ...
At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto, chairman/founder Isadore Sharp (left) stands beside Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM Dimitrios Zarikos (middle), and chef Daniel Boulud (in white)
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At the new Four Seasons Toronto launch  Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (right) watches the action wi...
At the new Four Seasons Toronto launch, Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (right) watches the action with Digital Journal CMO and head of the company's /newsrooms division, Sabaa Quao
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Katie Taylor  president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts  addresses the media at the openi...
Katie Taylor, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, addresses the media at the opening of the company's new hotel in Toronto.
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At the Four Seasons Toronto opening event  founder/chairman of Four Seasons Isadore Sharp talks to t...
At the Four Seasons Toronto opening event, founder/chairman of Four Seasons Isadore Sharp talks to the audience
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Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM  Dimitrios Zarikos  takes the stage at the openi...
Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM, Dimitrios Zarikos, takes the stage at the opening of the new hotel
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Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) prepares to cut the ribbon at the opening of the company...
Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp (in hat) prepares to cut the ribbon at the opening of the company's new Toronto hotel
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The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
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Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (left) and Digital Journal CMO Sabaa Quao chronicle the action at the...
Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg (left) and Digital Journal CMO Sabaa Quao chronicle the action at the Four Seasons Toronto launch
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Heralding the opening of Four Seasons Toronto  Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (lef...
Heralding the opening of Four Seasons Toronto, Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) stands with a representative from HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company who owns the property
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At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto. From left to right: Regional Vice President and Four...
At the launch for the new Four Seasons Toronto. From left to right: Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM Dimitrios Zarikos; Katie Taylor, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Four Seasons Chairman & Founder Isadore Sharp; and Rosalie Wise Sharp, Isadore's wife.
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Four Seasons Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) celebrates the opening of the n...
Four Seasons Regional Vice President and GM Dimitrios Zarikos (left) celebrates the opening of the new Toronto hotel with Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp
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Chef Concierge Liloo Alim of new Four Seasons Toronto
Chef Concierge Liloo Alim of new Four Seasons Toronto
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Star chef Daniel Boulud in Four Seasons Toronto
Star chef Daniel Boulud in Four Seasons Toronto
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Celebrating the opening of Four Seasons Toronto with some champagne
Celebrating the opening of Four Seasons Toronto with some champagne
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The new Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
The new Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
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Inside the new Four Seasons Toronto
Inside the new Four Seasons Toronto
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Inside the lobby at the new Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto
Inside the lobby at the new Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto
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Lobby in the new Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville. No free Wi-Fi at this luxury new hotel
Lobby in the new Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville. No free Wi-Fi at this luxury new hotel
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The art inside Four Seasons Toronto
The art inside Four Seasons Toronto
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The art inside Four Seasons Toronto
The art inside Four Seasons Toronto
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