Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto Penthouse | Love at First Suite

In Toronto on Sunday to take in the Art Show at Nathan Phillips Square, we first swung by the Cosmopolitan hotel a few blocks away at 8 Colborne Street to check out a few of the suites.

Random, impromptu hotel site inspections are not one of our usual pursuits: Daughter has booked a room / suite at the Cosmopolitan for an early August wedding, and we wanted to get first-hand look at the layout and kitchen. Until today, we'd only seen pictures on the Cosmopolitan website.

Since the rooms are usually occupied and therefore unavailable for viewing, we'd timed our visit for just before the 3 PM check-in time in hopes of finally finding a few of them empty. We were lucky: A few were available. The guest services manager took us on a tour to show us several room layouts, including this designer penthouse.

And while the room / suites are indeed lovely, especially the south-facing ones with views to Lake Ontario, it was the penthouse suite that I fell in love with. I SO want to live here!

Penthouse Roof Garden Terrace

This is a section of the private rooftop garden overlooking downtown Toronto. You can see at a glance why the Cosmo is so popular with TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) visitors: Location, luxury, entertaining room.

Stairs to Penthouse Roof Garden

This penthouse has 1500 square feet -- lots of room to hold a small wedding, but not enough for screens for the Much Music Video Dance Party. But if you don't need room for a band, this just might work!

View from top of Staircase

View from the top of the stairs overlooking the living area / great room, with its tall windows and views of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario. All Cosmopolitan suites have balconies -- some larger than others, including some that wrap around corners.

Penthouse Living / Great Room

All suites have flat screen wall mounted TVs, CD players, microwaves, kitchens, etc. In short, all the mod cons and bells and whistles. Hard NOT to fall in love!

Master Bedroom Cosmo Penthouse

The master bedroom has a skylight with blinds (see top photo roof garden), and an ensuite behind the mirror panel headboard. A second, 'guest' bathroom is off the main living area.

Master Bath Ensuite

Wish I had a wide angle lens to better show the master bath! Dual sinks, lovely stone, baseboard lighting. The corner of the center of the room large infinity bath tub can be seen bottom of this photo.

Master Ensuite Bath Tub

The ensuite bath tub commands the center of the room, with overhead lighting and tub level faucets (not faucets on the ceiling, as some center of room tubs have, and which I find disconcerting). Not a bath person? An oversize shower stall is out of sight, where the white fluffy robes are hanging on the back wall.

Penthouse Second Bedroom / Office Area

A great space to get some work done, if you are here to work. But this den / office area doubles as another bedroom.

The kitchen is large, and sized much like a home kitchen, with an island open to the great room.

This penthouse was designed / decorated by the Designer Guys - and props to them! It's lovely!

Can you see why I fell in love with this penthouse? Oh, to win the lottery - BIG!