Dobber@TIFF: The Hazelton Hotel

Sexy, dramatic interiors by internationally renowned designer Yabu Pushelberg make The Hazelton Hotel a cultural catalyst in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Autograph hounds are known for camping outside the hotel in the hope of spotting actors like Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Bill Murray.

Suite luxury

Tour through the property’s fab Hazelton Suite on the second floor and you’ll find a spacious 1,236 square feet of luxury. The VIP space features a dressing room made of zebrawood, with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, laptop-recharging safe, spacious windowed seating area, juliet balconies looking out over Yorkville Avenue, a plush king-sized bed, 47-inch LG HD plasma TV, Nespresso maker and powder room. The ensuite bathroom is done entirely in galaxy green granite and comes outfitted with heated floors, a deep soaker tub, separate rainfall shower, LCD TV built into the mirror and his-and-hers sinks.

Get the VIP treatment

The Spa at the Hazelton is an intimate space with only four treatment rooms and one mani-pedi station. It’s an ideal setting for small groups, couples, friends and individuals looking to rejuvenate in a discreet setting. Both the ladies’ and gents’ change rooms are equipped with eucalyptus steam rooms while a salt-water lap pool offers guests a space to relax and soak after their treatment.

One great spot for spotting celebs

For many locals, it’s become a TIFF tradition to lounge at The Hazelton’s One Restaurant and Bar in the hope of spotting celebs popping in and out of the lobby. Your best bet is to sip champagne while soaking up the sun on the restaurant’s wraparound patio. Indulge in chef Mark McEwan’s finest culinary creations via seafood-centric linguine (blue crab, black tiger shrimp, scallion, chili, garlic and white wine butter sauce) and an eight-ounce burger stuffed with applewood smoked cheddar, peameal bacon, onion aioli, crunchy coleslaw and smoky BBQ sauce.

A private screening for 25 of your friends

The Hazelton was the first hotel in the city to install a 35mm screening room. The petite theatre offers elevated plush seating perfect for hosting an intimate party for up to 25 of your favourite film buffs. Lots of titles are available in the hotel’s video library, but if guests are looking for something specific, the concierge is happy to tend to any requests.

Andrew Dobson, September 10, 2014