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Toronto is one in all Canada’s most vibrant cities and there’s arguably no higher time to go to than within the midst of a beautiful summer. With restrictions freshly lifted within the country, the town is buzzing with life – whether you are wandering the quirky boutiques and restaurants of Queen Street West, unwinding on the sandy shores of Toronto Island or, as we discovered, taking in essentially the most breathtaking views of the town from the rooftop pool of the Bisha Hotel.

The Rooms

The hotel boasts over 10 different room and suite types, covering all the things from accessible spaces to personal, outdoor terraces. We stayed in “The Andy”, named after Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. It’s the most important room the Bisha has to supply unless you wish to go for one in all their suites (a few of which span two storeys).

Complete with a lounge decked in monochrome, leather and luxe furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the encircling downtown district, the room is an Instagram-worthy haven. Artwork varies from room to room. For us, this meant a gallery wall of photographs and prints featuring a few of the worlds hottest supermodels, in addition to an iconic shot from Naomi Campbell’s ‘Interview Magazine’ cover.

The apartment-style space comes with a flat-screen TV, a unusual bar cart full of goodies and a large patent leather corner sofa for stretching out on.

Nevertheless, in case you really need to get comfortable, there isn’t any higher spot than the king bed. Separated from the remaining of the room by two sliding doors, the bedroom is the final word escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Though the hotel was buzzing with guests in height of summer, we enjoyed two completely undisturbed nights of sleep without hearing a single noise from outside of our room.

The room features an opulent Nero Marquina marble bathroom, with a conceit fit for a movie star. After an extended day of exploring the town, guests can unwind with a soak within the stand-alone tub (only available in select rooms), or rinse off in the massive walk-in shower. The lavatory can be kitted out with toiletries from European luxury brand Byredo.

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Services and amenities

Fitness-lovers haven’t any have to skip the gym, with a well-kitted-out fitness facility available to guests between 7am and 10pm every day. The space includes cardiovascular equipment, strength-building and even a steam room.

Arguably the very best feature of this hotel, though, is all the way in which up on the forty fourth floor. Here you will find the rooftop infinity pool, with unforgettable views across Toronto’s downtown district and Lake Ontario.

Though the pool is not huge, it’s perfect for cooling off beneath the summer sun and is arguably probably the most photo-worthy spots in the complete city. And nestled beside rooftop restaurant KOST’s patio, there are also loads of opportunities for a poolside cocktail. The pool is exclusive to guests and is open between 9am and 5pm (season and weather permitting).

The Bisha also offers an array of fully-accessible services and rooms and is pet friendly (with a limit of 1 pet per room). Children are welcome even though it ought to be noted the hotel shouldn’t be family-focused. There are 24 connecting rooms.

Valet parking is on the market for a price of $55CAD (roughly £35.56) per night.


If you wish to dine in style without venturing too removed from your room, the Bisha has you covered.

On the forty fourth floor, breakfast, lunch and dinner are on offer at Californian coastline-inspired KOST. From the moment the lift doors open, friendly staff are available to greet you and chat through any menu questions you would possibly have.

Though KOST has an array of fresh and full of life meat and fish dishes, staff are capable of recommend a wide range of selections for dietary requirements. For us, this meant an assortment of their plant-based plates, including the peerlessly roasted cauliflower and a big serving of the kale salad, peppered with avocado, corn and refreshing tangerine dressing.

There’s also a full drinks menu, offering each wine and bubbles by the glass and bottle, local and international beers, spirits and a delicious cocktail menu. Try the Watermelon Margarita or the Disaronno Fizz.

And, in case you time your visit right, you would possibly end up with a primary viewing spot for the fantastic, golden sunset.

In addition to KOST, the Bisha can be home to Japanese-Korean infusion restaurant Akira Back, named after the internationally renowned Iron Chef contestant.

Sweets-seekers can pick up a freshly baked pastry on the Parisian café-inspired French Made, situated on the bottom floor. The café is open for breakfast and lunch, with a number of dessert goodies, in addition to hearty seasonal salads and hand-pressed gourmet sandwiches.

Or, if it is a nightcap you are after, the Mister C bar room has you covered. Dark and mysterious, Mister C is kitted out with low, plush furnishings and a fully-stocked bar resembling a contemporary tackle the world of The Great Gatsby.

Rates start at $550/night (roughly £355.63) as much as $3,000/night (roughly £1,939.80) for the Bisha Suite. Rooms can be found for booking at www.BishaHotelToronto.com

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