The Le Germain group specialises in creating Euro-style boutique hotels; it owned award-winning properties in Montreal and Quebec before opening this Toronto counterpart in 2003. The service is professional but personable, and the vibe is more casual than institutional. The designers have got the details right, from subdued lighting to luxury showerheads that make you feel as if you're soaping up in a tropical rainstorm. The small but sumptuous rooms are designed to make guests forget about the world outside (though clubbers partying in the streets below can bring reality crashing back in). The lobby boasts a massive glass fireplace, sculptures and paintings, and, on the raised floor above, a library of about 200 art books, plus a self-service coffee machine. Free net access in the rooms, proper hairdryers and friendly chamber staff are further bonuses. The new restaurant Chez Victor serves victuals as stylish as the decor; breakfast is a tasty buffet.