Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in Vancouver, Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve spent time in Toronto where she made waves as a singer-songwriter, television producer and writer. She’s back in Vancouver (for now, until she heads to New Zealand in June for a year) where she lives with her husband and young son.
When my husband announced that work would take him to my old hometown in January, I jumped at the chance to go with him. While most might balk at a trip to Toronto in January, I had a feeling I would be spending a lot of time indoors. After all, we would be staying at one of the city’s best hotels.
When we turned onto a dignified little street called Saint Thomas and pulled up in front of the Windsor Arms Hotel, I barely noticed the wind chill. I’m convinced that this historic property, a longtime favorite with celebrity guests, may be one of the city’s true gems. Its original structure has been completely rebuilt in recent years, proving that perfection can indeed be improved upon.
From the moment we (myself, my husband, and our two-year-old son) arrived, we were treated with utmost courtesy and kindness. Elegant, intimate, and traditional with a trendy twist, we would have happily moved into the Windsor Arms Hotel indefinitely. Its entrance is the only completely original part of the building, and a fashionable yet cozy lobby lends the property an air of exclusivity.
Inside our suite, my attention was piqued at the sight of a guitar. This was no decorative piece, it was perfectly in tune and lovely to play, which meant I could spend my son’s naptime strumming and singing away to my heart’s content without having to lug my own guitar case around.
In fact, all suites come complete with a musical instrument; if not a guitar, then a harp or a baby grand. Grand pianos are scattered throughout the common areas of the hotel in a most pleasing way. I don’t plan on ever getting married again, but while exploring the hotel I couldn’t help but envision a magnificent wedding taking place here.
Situated in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville area, Windsor Arms Hotel’s surroundings are flush with the city’s best shops, cafes, and restaurants. A stroll through this interesting neighborhood is a must, and the city’s museum is just a short walk away.
The staff members at Windsor Arms Hotel are professional and gracious, and perks such as private butlers enhance each guest’s experience here. Next to the entryway of every suite sits a butler’s pantry, ensuring utmost privacy if desired when room service is delivered, and items are retrieved and returned in record time. Let me just say that my husband’s favorite shoes are like new again since being placed within the pantry.
With just 28 spacious suites, a fantastic spa and fitness area (we loved the fireplace next to the pool), three unique tea rooms, and an impressive restaurant, one would be hard-pressed to find a thing wrong with Windsor Arms Hotel. Oh, and by the way, a lovely little red leather cardholder is sent home with all guests. I’m still getting compliments on mine.