Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. We enjoyed family-friendly amenities without sacrificing refinement, and explored the city’s most lavish surroundings while making lasting memories. Our flawless stay included a romantic dinner for mom and dad (sans kids!) at Café Boulud; an in-room family movie night; breakfast in bed; an aromatherapy massage at The Spa for mom while dad and the kids enjoyed the pool; lunch at d|bar, and more.
And while I have so many aspects of our incredible stay that I’d love to cover, today, let’s discuss the little details that make Four Seasons Hotel Toronto a luxury family-friendly destination.
Stepping into their dazzling lobby, I was greeted by whimsical artwork and overflowing floral arrangements, lending a peculiar combination of warmth and chic opulence all at once. My instinct was to hush the boys, who, after a long car journey peppered with summer construction, were ready to stretch their legs (and voices).
Yet within moments of checking in, the friendly representative came from behind the front desk and took my boys to strategically hidden vending machines, where they were each offered a coin and a treat. If I believed for a second that Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was not geared towards young families, this one act of candy courtship effectively erased that doubt. We were presented with our room keys, and herded the boys (who were now blowing kisses to their new friend) into the elevator.
Upon entering our double suite, a special welcome gift awaited Ryder and Reid’s arrival – jumbo chocolate chunk cookies with the boys’ favourite – M&Ms. It was a simple yet thoughtful gesture, and this mom’s only concern was that they would get chocolate fingers on the pristine cream sofa (they didn’t).
We barely had a chance to unpack before my husband and I made our way to our romantic rendezvous at Cafe Boulud. Fortunately, we had a caregiver look after the boys while we dined, but for those who don’t travel with a nanny or au pair, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto will arrange reliable babysitting services for your little ones with eight hours notice – and will do everything possible to accommodate requests with shorter notice. It’s a fortunate amenity as it allows mom and dad a little freedom and space when they need it, whether it be during a meal, a trip to the Spa, or even drinks à deux after a family dinner.
Returning from our world-class dining experience, we enjoyed a family movie night in our suite.
To make your stay extra special, select from the 2014 Amenity Collection, where you can arrange for popcorn and sweets for the kiddos. It was the perfect way to wind down the evening, as the movie effectively calmed the boys and readied them for slumber. (Though they did stay up way past their bedtime.)
The next morning, we enjoyed in-room service for breakfast in our suite. I am a huge fan of keeping it casual and eating in pajamas. Especially when travelling with children, it can be difficult to rouse them for a seated breakfast; more often than not, my boys pick at their food because they’re simply not ready for a restaurant experience at 8:00am.
Hence, it was a treat to offer them fresh fruit and a selection of pastries – all from the comfort of our spacious suite. All weekends should begin this way!
After breakfast, I indulged in an aromatherapy massage at the Spa. While I succumbed to the able hands of my masseuse, my husband took the boys to the stunning Four Seasons indoor relaxation pool, which overlooks the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. There, they splashed in tepid water – their own form of relaxation.
Finally, after a leisurely morning, we were ready for a family lunch at d|bar. Immediately upon entering the resto-lounge, the boys were offered crayons and colouring sheets. My husband and I exchanged surprised glances; the kid-friendly touch was something we would expect from a chain restaurant, not an acclaimed bar. Nonetheless, it was very welcome, as we were seated in the middle of the lounge, and distracted school aged children are a good thing.
(Especially when Mr. Property Brother himself – Drew Scott – was seated behind us. In case you’re wondering, he ordered the Crispy Duck Egg, and then ducked out.)
We ordered the hamburger for Reid off the children’s menu, and were duly impressed when a gourmet, not-so-pint-sized burger arrived at the table. To give him credit, he almost finished the burger – and probably would have, had I not stolen it to sample myself.
After lunch, we retired to our suite to pack. (Technically, my husband packed while I enjoyed a 45-minute nap on the über-comfortable signature Four Seasons bed.) And just like that, our weekend family getaway had come to an end; yet we emerged from the hotel rested, rejuvenated and reveling in the splendour and opulence we had experienced over the past two days. When travelling this summer, consider the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto your preferred luxury family destination.