The Ivy at Verity
Style Lady of leisure
Setting Hidden on Queen Street
Tucked inside women-only members’ club Verity, The Ivy at Verity hotel channels Parisian style into downtown Toronto. The four spacious suites (open to both sexes, Mr Smiths will be relieved to hear) each open onto a private balcony over the courtyard. Originally a 19th-century chocolate factory, the building also houses a popular restaurant and an all-women’s spa.
Need to know
- Rooms 4 suites.
Double rooms from $290.72 (CAD299), excluding tax at 13 per cent.
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- More details Rates include Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Library, free Wi-Fi throughout. Women can use Verity's members lounge, sweetgrass spa and fitness centre. In rooms: Hästens bed, flatscreen TV, Bose sound system, DVD/Blu-Ray player, iPod dock, espresso maker, heated bathroom floor, Bulgari bath products.
- Poolside Women can dip into the chlorine-free indoor pool at the on-site sweetgrass spa.
- Check-out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability (at no additional cost). Earliest check-in 4pm.
- Children Leave them at home: this is an adults-only hideaway.
Food and drink at The Ivy at Verity
George, helmed by chef Lorenzo Loseto, earns countless accolades each year at one of the city’s best restaurants. Loseto serves what he calls ‘Toronto Cuisine,’ searching the far reaches of the region to find the most sustainable and local ingredients. Even the cheeses come from Quebec and Ontario. The dining room has brick walls, leafy wrought-iron window overlays, and antique French doors. Dishes include black cod with lobster-infused farro, and brandy brulée with a cinnamon wafer. Pair the meal with a bottle of organic or biodynamic wine from the 450-label list.
- Dress code Dress well: you’re dining on Toronto’s very best.
- Top table When the weather’s pleasant, nab a table out in the courtyard. If you sit inside, take a spot along the perimeter for a better view of the action in the restaurant – and its open kitchen.
- Last orders George serves lunch from 12pm to 2:30pm and dinner from 5:30 to 10:30pm. The bar’s open until 11pm.
- Room service The full George menu is available for delivery during restaurant hours.
George has a bar that serves cocktails including pomegranate bellini and a sloe gin fizz, as well as wine and bar snacks. A hop from the suites, the hotel also has a guest lounge with an honour bar stocked with wine, beer spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and espresso.
The Ivy at Verity 111d Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2
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Our favourite rooms
The Ivy’s four elegant options all have French doors that open onto sunlit balconies, and spacious bathrooms with a soaking tub. Of the bunch, Room Four, tucked at the end of the hallway, is the most secluded, hinting at the building’s chocolate-factory past with its cocoa walls.
Bathing suits – and sometimes birthday suits – are best for ladies headed down to the spa. Gents should bring their own entertainment for when Mrs Smith makes the most of the spa and members’ lounge...
The women-only sweetgrass spa offers a variety of stress-busting services including reiki, facials, massages and nail treatments. There’s an infrared sauna, a chlorine-free pool and an underwater treadmill. Gents can book in-room treatments.