Dobber@TIFF: SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

With its prime location in the heart of TIFF-town, the SoHo Met offers rest and relaxation for visiting media and Hollywood film folks at this year’s film fest.

Chic luxury

The SoHo Metropolitan is a 92-room luxury hotel located on Wellington Street in Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District. Situated in a lavish condominium complex, the SoHo Met features panoramic views of downtown via floor-to-ceiling windows, a contemporary lobby graced by Dale Chihuly glass art, and chic luxury suites.

Room with a view

Take a tour of the hotel’s double-decker library penthouse and you’ll find Frette linens and towels, Molton Brown bath amenities and natural duvets. The first floor of the suite includes a petite bathroom and living room area with vintage bookshelves, open concept bar and jaw-dropping views of the CN Tower and CBC building. A quick prance up the stairs and you’ll find a plush king-sized bed, wee workstation and glitzy bathroom where oversized tub (with a TV, for shame!) and windowed shower offer quiet calm from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Come to your Senses

Guests keen to enjoy breakfast from the comfort of their room can order off the Senses Café menu. Plop yourself on the couch in the library and start your morning with a hearty plate of eggs over easy, roasted potatoes, toast and crispy bacon while sipping on a frothy latte. Those with a craving for sweets will meet their match with fluffy pancakes topped with caramelized banana, strawberries, berry compote and thick maple syrup.

Get Luckee

The hotel received a significant amount of buzz when celebrity chef Susur Lee launched Luckee Restaurant and Bar on the hotel’s lobby level. Susur’s creative ambition in developing the menu at Luckee was to present Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated levels for food lovers in Toronto. The dim sum menu is addictive; try the steaming chicken cheung fun rice roll, a soft rice roll stuffed with tofu, ginger and green onion.

Wahlburg connection

One of the buzziest parties I attended at last year’s TIFF was for Boston-based Wahlburgers, which was hosted by handsome Hollywood hero Mark Wahlberg. Torontonians can look forward to biting into a Wahlburger this fall. Keep your eyes peeled on the Wahlburgers Canada Facebook page (WahlburgersCA) for an official announcement regarding the opening.

Andrew Dobson, September 12, 2014