With over 400 hotels and a host of unique event venues, the city of Toronto is a popular meeting destination. One of the most famous and well-known Toronto events is the Toronto International Film Festival. Every September, downtown Toronto venues become screening rooms for between 300 to 400 films, attracting an audience of over 300,000 people.
This celebration of Oscar-worthy films is the premier film festival in North America, and it rivals others held throughout the globe including that of Cannes. The 34th Toronto International Film Festival will be held this year from September 10-19, and as always, the most prestigious Toronto hotels in the downtown Yorkville neighborhood will fill up with Hollywood glitterati, film industry greats and more.
Check out some of the most popular hotels used by festival attendees, and consider taking advantage of these screen-worthy Toronto accommodations when booking your next event in the city:
Windsor Arms Hotel
The birthplace of the film festival, the Windsor Arms Hotel was renovated in 1995 with custom, 1920s French-style mahogany furnishings, cozy fireplaces and limestone bathrooms. In 1999, the hotel opened with 28 unique suites ranging in size from about 45 to 140 square meters (500 to 1,500 square feet), conference rooms, and a spa.
This famed Toronto hotel features a variety of meeting rooms and also offers its Courtyard Cafe and Tea Room for business lunches or dinners. Evoking the spirit of the late romantic era with its warm textures and crisp linens, the cafe is an ideal Toronto party venue for up to 200 guests.
Sutton Place Hotel
With 230 guest rooms, 53 suites and more than 10 event venues from which to choose, Sutton Place Hotel is a top Toronto wedding venue and special event facility. Stop 33, the hotel's rooftop ballroom, affords stunning views of the city and space for up to 160 people. Additionally, 10 meeting rooms and three ballrooms lend themselves to Toronto meetings of 10 to 270 people.
Meeting planners in need of a Toronto hotel deal can find one at Sutton Place. For bookings made at the hotel in July and August, planners can take advantage of meeting packages of $80 per person with no conditions, i.e. no attrition fees.
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville
This AAA Four Diamond hotel finds itself ideally situated in the heard of Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood, within walking distance of top Toronto attractions such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Air Canada Centre and Bloor Yorkville shopping district. Its 222 guest rooms are stocked with business traveler-friendly features, such as 42-inch LCD screen televisions, swivel desks and ergonomic chairs.
The hotel's 13 meeting rooms offer 1,115 square meters (12,000 square feet) of meeting space. The largest of its Toronto meeting rooms is the Forest Hill Ballroom, offering a maximum space of over 480 square meters (5,200 square feet) and a seating capacity of up to 400 guests.