Nestled in a forested pocket of the West End, the Old Mill offers a tranquil break from urban grit. The original mill was built on this site next to the Humber river in 1793, the year that Toronto was founded. Today the wooded valley feels almost as secluded as it would have been then. This Tudor-style hotel, which only opened in 2001, incorporates the stone ruins of a later mill, and exudes history and luxury. The 47 individually designed rooms and 13 large suites encircle a wild, multi-level garden with trickling water. Tennis courts, a spa and easy access to trails and parks make you forget you're in the city. The grounds and large restaurant attracts wedding parties; in summertime the place is often a sea of taffeta and tuxedos. Afternoon tea is a longstanding tradition with tourists and residents alike.