Thompson Hotels Go Global in Toronto
Globalization is the topic du jour in Toronto, with the G8/G20 conferences that are happening in and around the city over the coming days. As if on cue, the US-based Thompson Hotels has just opened its first international property in Toronto.
From the outside it's sort of hard to tell what exactly Thompson Toronto it is -- there's a lot of reflective glass on the exterior. On the inside, there are 102 guest rooms, 18 suites, a 24-hour diner called The Counter and yet another location of Scott Conant's Scarpetta.
The location couldn't be better -- it's blocks away from the still just scruffy Ossington neighborhood where you can still smell pot wafting from creative people's windows, and right in the center of King West Villages, where the creatives have likely moved up to more expensive intoxicants.
Thompson plans to open a property in London in 2011.