Looking for the best luxury boutique hotels in Ontario for a romantic getaway?
Ontario is vast – larger than France and Germany combined! And its impressive geography is home to spectacular natural wonders waiting to be explored. Charming towns invite you to come antiquing and sample local cuisine. Multicultural metropolises offer a rich variety of nightlife and urban adventures. From First Nations’ Pow Wows to joyous Pride Parade celebrations, over 3,000 festivals ignite every interest.
I consider myself fortunate to call Ontario home sweet home. I spent my youth growing up just outside of Toronto and was the youngest member of an adventurous family keen on road tripping to Muskoka’s pristine lakes, Ottawa’s world class museums and Stratford’s celebrated theatre festival.
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Best Luxury Boutique Hotels in Ontario
There’s nothing quite like exploring your own backyard, and what better way to skip through Ontario’s top destinations then by resting and relaxing at one of the province’s finest luxury boutique hotels?
It’s at these petite palaces where guests are greeted by the creme de la creme in customer service, sleep tight in sweet suites and indulge in award winning fine feasts. Make a point of romping around Ontario’s beautiful backroads and you’ll find her charming communities quickly steal your heart!
18 St Thomas St, 416-971-9666
At the Windsor Arms, historic and new-millennium amenities are fused together to create a delicate balance of old-world charm and modern decadence. Located in Toronto’s fancy-pants Yorkville neighbourhood, the building dates back to 1927 when the University of Toronto, with its neo-Gothic buildings and distinctive piers, porches, and crests were architectural marvels of the burgeoning metropolis. Back in the 30s the original idea was to create a hotel residence to blend in with the university’s signature, Victorian buildings.
Nowadays, the Windsor Arms Hotel plays home to visiting A-listers, big-ticket musicians and prestigious jet-setters. Did you know Elizabeth Taylor once got engaged to Richard Burton here? Other notable past guests include Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Demi Moore, Clint Eastwood, Jessica Lange and Sean Penn.
The hotel features 28 perfectly appointed suits all of which were designed by the hotels owner George Friedmann. I enjoyed a much needed staycation in the hotels 700 sq ft Deluxe Suite which features unique butler’s pantry, oversized bathroom with limestone floors, comfy living room, state of the art sound system, Nespresso maker and Molton Brown amenities. Each suite also features a musical instrument for guests to enjoy and include baby grand piano, harp and guitar.
Since 1927, High Tea at the Windsor Arms has been synonymous with elegant, afternoon indulgence. The hotel offers plenty of nooks for sipping loose leaf: French-style lobby tea room, majestic purple room with original working fireplace or behind velvet drapes in the romantic Russian Red Tea Room.
Enjoy a flute of sparkling wine or a glass of sherry as you settle into your plush seat or comfy sofa. Indulge in dainty sandwiches featuring the likes of Gougere Chicken Terrine and Guacamole, or choose from such delicacies as goat cheese and caramelized shallot tart. Finally, give into a seductive selection of pastries and sweets, each exquisitely hand-crafted in the kitchen.
The Windsor Arms Hotel also offers The Living Room Restaurant and luxurious boutique spa.
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1 Langdon Dr, 519-740-2100
Located just a short road trip away from Toronto in Waterloo region, Relais & Chateaux Langdon Hall is Ontario’s poshest petite palace. In recent years the property has garnered a long list of swoon-worthy accolades, placing her in the choir with Canada’s creme de la creme. No doubt about it, she’s Ontario’s best kept secret!
Langdon Hall still exudes the air of an old Ontario estate, but few people are aware of the international connections in the property’s hundred-year history. Built in Canada by the son of an English man who inherited American wealth, the grand home was intended as a summertime contrast to life in New York, London and a chateau in the Loire Valley. Now owned by William Bennett and Mary Beaton, their Country House Hotel is now known across the globe for serving up fine fancies to discerning globetrotters.
My favourite place to rest and relax in Langdon Hall’s manor house is Wilk’s Bar. The cozy space features blazing wood burning fireplace which perfumes a room filled with comfortable chairs and time period photos of Langdon Hall’s original founding family.
The hotel’s culinary mantra is to use local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible, many of which are plucked from the hotel’s gardens and greenhouse or foraged deep into the woods. The mixologists here really have fun with fluids, steeping spirits with foraged bark, fragrant herbs and bright berries. Recently, Sommelier Faye and Gardiner Mario worked together to create a seasonal barrel aged cocktail, which was a complete blend of bourbon, apples, grapes, ginger root and a variety of herbs.
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160 Front St, 905-468-2165
Nestled in the heart of the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Oban Inn is a timeless property officially designated as a significant heritage resource. Niagara on the Lake’s first and original country Inn overlooks Lake Ontario and the oldest golf course in Canada.
This landmark property was built as a private home in 1824 by Captain Duncan Milloy of Oban, Scotland. For the love of friends and food, Captain Milloy opened his home to all his guests. Fine hospitality began at The Oban Inn and guests from all over the world return generation after generation. A devastating fire on Christmas Day 1992 completely destroyed the Inn leaving only the foundation. Re-created as an exact replica of the former Inn, The Oban Inn again opened its doors in November 1993, proudly welcoming guests back to its grace and understated charm.
Today, The Oban Inn features 26 luxurious guest rooms, a gastronomic restaurant surrounded by pond and lush English gardens, a state-of-the-art fitness studio and thirst quenching outdoor swimming pool.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation spend your morning loitering in luxury at OSpa. The Oban Inn’s tranquil, personalized, full-service spa is a unique facility dedicated to the health, well-being and vitality of each guest where the philosophy and décor are in harmony, forming a peaceful mood of sun, moon, earth and water. The spa offers four treatment rooms where friendly therapists use Aveda products to nourish the body and inspire the soul.
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1209 Muskoka Beach Rd, 705-687-2233
Taboo Muskoka has been welcoming guests to the shores of Lake Muskoka since 1926, first as the Muskoka Beach Inn, when guests mainly arrived by horse and buggy from the Gravenhurst railway station. The property was reimagined in 1959 as the Muskoka Sands, and more recently in 1985 as the Taboo we know today.
The luxurious lakeside resort features 59 spacious suites and 93 condos designed in a modernist style by Anna Simone. Our 440 sq ft suite included a plush king bed, booming gas fireplace, elegant bathroom outfitted with amenities by Hydro Spa and a balcony where two adirondack chairs offered the perfect perch each evening to sit back and relax as Muskoka’s legendary summer sunset splashed across the sky.
Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic Canadian Shield landscape, the Taboo golf course is a captivating and challenging layout set at the gateway to Muskoka, one of Canada’s truly outstanding golf destinations.
The landmark Ron Garl designed Taboo golf course opened in 2002, a major milestone in Muskoka’s emergence as a top North American golf destination. It is here in the heart of cottage country where 300 acres of memorable terrain are embraced by dense forests of tall white pines and mature red oaks. Taboo’s golf holes are shaped by distinctive pink granite outcroppings. Each hole sits in isolation from the rest, with 15-minute tee time intervals helping to preserve that feeling that you’re golfing a private course.
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793522 Mono 3rd Line, 519-942-0754
Hockley Valley Resort is a year-round destination located on a 300 acre property near Orangeville. The resort features 104 luxury rooms and suites, 14 meeting rooms, a 8,000 sq.ft. luxury spa, championship 18-hole golf course, ski resort featuring 16 scenic ski and snowboard runs and fantastic farm-to-table dining. The resort’s intimate location, surrounded by lush forests and scenic rolling hills makes it one of Ontario’s most popular wedding venues.
In 2001, Hockley Valley Resort unveiled a $4.5 million renovation, opening its doors to a luxurious 8,000 sq.ft. destination spa. Hockley Valley Spa is located on the hotel’s third floor and features a chic retail store that sells pampering products prepared by local artisans, 16 treatment rooms, two luxurious lounges (ladies and co-ed), an intimate spa cafe, and a wrap around balcony offering outdoor lounge seating with views overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool below.
Guests at the Hockley Valley Spa can enjoy the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, hot tub and fitness centre year round. During the warm summer months spa guests also have access to the resort’s outdoor pool. A perfect place to relax and unwind after a sublime full body treatment.
A full time gardener manages the resort’s four acre fruit and vegetable farm. The farm supplies 80% of the produce for the resorts restaurants. During the winter months, the farm provides produce for the kitchen’s house-made pickles and preserves. When guests first drive up to the resort they are greeted by a teaching vineyard and outdoor kitchen featuring a wood fired oven that hosts “Pizza in the Garden” parties during the warm summer months.
Nestled in the heart of Ontario’s scenic Headwaters, Hockley Valley Resort guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to local attractions. Enjoy cycling across rolling hills, horseback riding along nature trails, and sampling local wine, cider and craft beer. Hockley Valley is an easy day trip for those living near Toronto. Looking to get into that relaxing spa state of mind? It’s best to explore the region on a weekend getaway.
104 Ontario St, 1-888-816-4011
Located two hours west of Toronto, take the short drive to Stratford and enjoy some of Ontario’s best restaurants, iconic Justin Beiber exhibit and gorgeous gardens. For theatre fans who descend on Stratford, Ontario for the annual festival, there are plenty of things to do on a weekend getaway.
Looking to stay at a heritage boutique hotel in Stratford? The Mercer Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Stratford and within walking distance of the theatres.
The luxurious accommodation at Mercer Hotel is located on the second floor of the city’s award-winning Mercer Hall Kitchen. Many of the luxurious guest rooms at Mercer Hotel include king-sized beds, feather duvet and pillows, double Whirlpool tub, electric fireplaces and Keurig coffee machines.
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24 Wharf St, 613-399-3338
After an extensive two year restoration to a late 1800’s foundry building, the Drake Devonshire popped open its doors in the Fall of 2013. Located in pretty meets picturesque Prince Edward County, the affectionately dubbed “Drake-by-the-Lake,” is just a short two hour drive from Toronto.
The climate defiant, all-season getaway celebrates the warm, quirky charm of a historic country home, juxtaposed with sleek, bold and modern design in every corner – black, white and natural woods contrast smartly with bright splashes of colour and pattern throughout the space.
The Drake Devonshire is one of the most buzzed about boutique hotels in Ontario and with just 11 rooms and two suites it’s the sort of spot you’ll need to book months, if not a year in advance.
Each of the Lakeview, Creekside or Gardenview guest rooms is uniquely appointed with custom crafted armoires, desks and panelled headboards, gorgeous patterned upholstery, MacAusland blankets, walk-in marble and glass showers, wood floors with inlaid Egge carpeting, original artwork, curated snack and trays, DVD and iPod listening libraries, Bluetooth Bose sound system and Malin + Goetz toiletry products.
Guests on a Prince Edward County winery weekend getaway can enjoy the hotel’s celebrated restaurant patio, S’mores roasting on the beach and evolving art installations.
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1009 Massey Rd in Grafton, 905-349-2493
Ste Anne’s Spa has been ranked as one of the best Ontario spa getaways ever since it opened in the 1980s. The historic property is located in Grafton, near Cobourg and Port Hope.
Ste Anne’s Spa’s location, just a short 1 hour drive from Toronto, makes it a popular day trip destination for couples looking to rest and relax.
Ranked as Canada’s largest destination spa, St Anne’s is located in Northumberland County, on 500 acres of rolling hills. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the hotel’s charming fieldstone castle, which was originally built in the 1800’s.
The full service spa features over 30 treatment rooms including outdoor gazebos, which overlook the properties gorgeous gardens and swimming pool. Spa guests can rest and relax in an outdoor hydro-spa featuring hot and cold pools, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge with a choir of massage chairs.
The all-inclusive resort offers spa packages featuring overnight accommodation, 3-course lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. The property features numerous kitchen gardens, which provide fresh produce and herbs for the creative minds in the kitchen. The hotel also raises its own local cattle so if you’re a carnivore with a craving be sure to sample the tartar or roast beef.
Guests can enjoy an overnight stay at Ste Anne’s historic castle hotel or book a suite at a cozy spa cottage. Located a short drive from Ste Anne’s Spa, the well-appointed cottages features spacious decks, outdoor hot tubs, dining room and kitchen.
Couples can also book a farm tour, cooking classes, or wellness experience such as yoga, mediation or a guided hike.
Just down the road you’ll find Ste Anne’s Bakery, a gluten-free kitchen that supplies the dining rooms baked goods.
If you don’t have access to a car don’t fret! Take the train to Cobourg and Ste Anne’s Spa staff will pick you up at the station, a short 15 minute drive away.
140 Slater St, 1-800-699-2516
Planning a weekend getaway to Canada’s capital? Our favourite boutique luxury hotel in Ottawa is The Arc Hotel. The chic property is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, walking distance from all of the city’s best museums and attractions.
The 4 star boutique hotel offers a chic and cool ambiance featuring modern and minimalist design. You’ll find work by local artists hanging on the walls that pay homage to Canada’s own trailblazing designers Yabu Pushelburg.
The 112-room Arc Hotel in downtown Ottawa offers luxurious suites featuring modern technology from flat-panel HDTV’s to HD Channels with iHome docking stations.
Skip downstairs and you’ll find one of Ottawa’s best restaurants, ARC Cocktail Lounge. The trendy interior is where hotel guests enjoy early morning breakfast, midday cocktails and late night fine dining feasts. The chef focuses on celebrating Canada’s best bounty, so expect to find plenty of maple syrup, west coast salmon and Ontario beef.
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