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The Windsor Arms Hotel

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Windsor Arms Hotel
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Located deep in the heart of Yorkville, the Windsor Arms has been holding court since 1927 and is a true Toronto landmark—sort of.  It was designed by architect Kirk Hyslop and has been listed as a historic property by the city since 1983, but the hotel isn't just part of the city’s architectural past: the Toronto International Film Festival was founded at the Windsor Arms in 1976 and the hotel still offers a private screening room. Over the years, it's been frequented by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Woody Allen and more, as well as being featured in several movies. Eventually closing in 1991, the structure was then purchased, and demolished, in 1995. Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele was brought in to rebuild it, preserving many of the original characteristics like the stained glass window facing St. Thomas Street and the stone vestibule at the entrance. The new hotel, opened in 1999, included a new condo tower. Today, the Windsor Arms offers 28 unique suites from 500 to 1,500 square feet, all done in custom mahogany based on 1920s French styles. It's held on to its historic, discreet celeb-hideaway vibe, and you can still catch a whiff of its historical grandeur, even if it's only by sipping tea by the original 1927 fireplace in the hotel’s tea room. From $440 per night

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The Windsor Arms Hotel says
Built in 1927, Windsor Arms gained a distinctive reputation as an intimate luxury hotel during its 64-year history. Closed in 1991, the hotel re-opened its doors in 1999, headed by developer and owner George Friedmann. Mr. Friedmann completely rebuilt the hotel, providing first-class luxury suites fitted with the latest communication and technology for the 21st century, while maintaining its Neo-Gothic architecture. The Windsor Arms has been a preferred haunt for celebrities, political dignitaries and discerning guests who found a treasure in Toronto's trendy Yorkville.

Steeped in history and glamour, this 28-suite luxury hotel offers an endless amount of sophistication and features. The luxury suites range from 500 - 1,500 square feet, with several rooms including fireplaces and generously sized bathrooms. An opulent essence is maintained throughout the hotel. The Courtyard Café, The Spa, Lounge 22, Tea Room, Prime and Conference and Meeting rooms all offer a continued sense of luxury and style.
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By: Jessica Davey-Quantick

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Venue name: The Windsor Arms Hotel
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Address: 18 St. Thomas Street
Toronto
M5S 3E7
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