Cosmopolitan Toronto Opens

9th Jun 2005

With natural gemstone fountains en suite,
32” plasma screen TVs, a custom meditation channel, air purifiers and
balconies to facilitate the flow of oxygen and energy, the new all-suite
Cosmopolitan Toronto opens June 8 as an environmentally chic oasis in the
heart of the city with introductory rates from $149 CAD per night. As a
key element of the transformation from boutique hotel to
lifestyle-centered property, Sylvia Noble—Energy Consultant to the
stars (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ron Howard)—choreographed the flow of
energy within each element of the construction and design. Floor to
ceiling windows create “light energy,” while deep brown and slate features
ground the energy and soft blue accents calm the energy. Noble also
developed a line of “Gemstone Essence” Shizen Amenities exclusive to the
Cosmopolitan. The line, including specialty shampoo, bath gel and foot
scrub, captures the energy generated by the actual semi-precious stones
used in each of the eight amenities and accessories representing the eight
chakras. Complementing the vision of an urban sanctuary, the Cosmopolitan is
discreetly tucked away at 8 Colborne St. just steps from one of the
busiest central intersections of downtown—Yonge and King St. The number
eight was chosen for its esoteric energy qualities and is repeated
throughout the building’s design. As the sister property to Toronto’s
top-rated Pantages Suites Hotel and Spa, the Cosmopolitan blends age-old
eastern philosophy with the best of western technology to suit the needs
of the modern traveler.

“The Cosmopolitan was not only created for the trend-driven 20 somethings,
but a generation of baby boomers who appreciate the simplicity and
tranquility woven into the Cosmopolitan’s design,” said Gil Blutrich,
owner and visionary. “As a frequent traveler, I found myself losing lots
of energy in major urban centers, and I always dreamt of a hotel that
would allow me to be focused and relaxed, to live outside the stifling
walls of a typical hotel.”

The serene yet invigorating environment radiates from arrival as guests
are greeted by the purified air flowing throughout the Cosmopolitan. After
consulting with the Lifestyle Manager on the “purpose” of their stay—
from regaining focus and re-energizing to romance and relaxation, guests
receive a guided meditation CD courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Toronto to
begin their stay. Along with personally meeting each of the guests, the
Lifestyle Manager is on hand to ensure an individualized experience and
arrange for transportation around the city in one of the chauffeured
hybrid vehicles—selected in place of limousines.

With only fives suites per floor (97 in total), full kitchens,
washer/dryer and 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, a fitness center
overlooking the city, free local calls and wireless internet—guests
rest safely in a haven away from home. Sashaying along the hardwood floors
in natural bamboo slippers, newly inspired travelers turn on the
Cosmopolitan meditation channel and stretch out the in-room meditation mat
or step out on their private balcony to take in a sweeping view of Lake
Ontario and the Toronto city skyline.

The Cosmopolitan’s two penthouses on the 27th floor (including one created
by Toronto’s new Designer Guys*) inspire a luxury-laden lifestyle with
rooftop Jacuzzis, spacious wrap-around balconies and spectacular city and
lake views. Cosmopolitan guests return home each evening to a custom turn down service
with an additional gemstone left in place of chocolate, softly set
Cosmopolitan mood music and guest-selected incense.


For decadent cuisine or to whet the palate, the lobby of the Cosmopolitan
extends into the vibrant atmosphere of the lounge of Doku 15, an Asian
tapas restaurant and martini bar. Opening mid August, guests are invited
to “choose their poison” out of the 15 specialty saki-tinis.

For corporate retreats and the executive traveler, the Cosmopolitan
contains three boardrooms, Gaya, Chi and Aura in addition to the Home
Office (business center).

To further inspire a balanced inner-self, The Cosmopolitan Toronto will
feature the Shizen Spa, (opening mid August) blending the latest
techniques in acupuncture and holistic philosophy with classic spa
treatments. Featuring three, 500-sq.-ft. private treatment rooms, the
Shizen Spa is designed to provide a discreet environment where guests
enjoy the tranquility of having all treatments, wet and dry, provided en
suite. With floor to ceiling glass walls for ambient light, a soothing
waterfall, spacious twelve-person Jacuzzi, juice bar, and a
custom-designed ecological wall, the Solarium is the epicenter of
relaxation—completing the spa experience and entreating the mind and
body to begin relaxation upon entry.



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