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Staycation at the Thompson Hotel

Sometimes living in Toronto, we get caught up in the chaos that is life and forget just how much our own city has to offer. This summer I decided to push pause on the chaos and do a quick stay-cation at the Thompson Hotel, and it did not disappoint.

Located at 550 Wellington St. W, this chic 102 guest room boutique hotel has arguably the best rooftop lounge in the city, a night-club, a 24 hour modern diner and a French cafe. Every Thompson Hotel is created with an obsessive eye for detail and design, and the Toronto location is no exception.

Their suites were designed by New York based, award winning architecture firm Studio Gaia and the cityscape painted on the lobby wall was commissioned by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. The art, combined with the cutting-edge design and decor of the hotel, gives the space a luxury vibe that is different from other larger high-end hotels.

Admittedly, my favourite part of my stay-cation was hanging out at Colette Grand, a French bakery and cafe that has a Saturday brunch that rivals the best in Toronto.

The cafe is as authentically French as I think you can get outside of France. The aesthetic is crisp and full of nuanced detail that gives the space that French vibe.

Despite what you may think, a stay-cation in a cool space like the Thompson may be exactly what you need to re-charge. They offer a unique guest experience without having to deal with things like jet-lag, airports and the other challenges that come with travelling long-distances. If you have some time and you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by the Thompson Hotel and check it out for yourself.

Until next time





  • Sergio Senatore

  • sergio@cultto.ca

  • (416) 452-8941