Every world-class city needs world-class hotels. Toronto, the largest city in Canada and that country’s financial hub, is no exception. The Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, with luxurious interiors that set it apart from many of the city’s other upscale hotels, opened to significant attention earlier this year.
Located on Bay Street in the heart of the city’s financial district, the 850,000-square-foot Trump Toronto hotel and residential tower—comprised of 261 luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom guest rooms, as well as 118 condominium residences—is one of five completed properties in the Trump Hotel Collection. The hotel features interiors that recall the glamour and luxury of an earlier era, with a fresh perspective, designed by Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates led by Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook.
II BY IV’s design vision was guided by the tastes of Ivanka Trump, The Trump Organization’s senior vice president of development and acquisions. Trump says she values the design team along with Talon Development for bringing “so much of their own personal passions to the table in a shared quest to create Toronto’s finest hotel.”
Defining a competitive edge
The 61-story Trump building is the second-tallest building in Canada, and is within a block of both the tallest—First Canadian Place, the home of Bank of Montreal—and the third-tallest, which is Scotia Plaza, the headquarters of Scotiabank. With at least four other new Toronto luxury hotels either recently opened or due to be completed soon, the designers as well as the building architects sought design elements that would set Trump apart from the rest. “The goal was to make it the premier property in Canada, if not North America, by making the building an icon in the Toronto skyline without being boastful,” says architect Lyndon Devaney, who now works for Talon Development but was the principal-in-charge of the project with Zeidler Partnership Architects, the Toronto-based architecture firm that designed the building.
Unlike any of Toronto’s other five-star hotels—and unlike the others in the Trump Hotel Collection—the interiors of Trump Toronto brim with a sense of cosmopolitan luxury. “We took a chance and pulled together a concept inspired by champagne and caviar, knowing it would resonate with the expectation level of the demographic,” says II BY IV Principal Dan Menchions.
The hotel and tower’s air of modern luxury blended with old-world quality and craftsmanship is evident as one enters the hotel. Opposite the entrance, a mosaic mural by Canadian artist Stephen Andrews glistens with an abstract textural pattern made from pieces of mother of pearl, ebony, and onyx, which complements the interior’s materials and color palette.
The shared lobby, with white onyx walls and water-jet polished granite floors, is further defined by a sophisticated, subdued palette of bronze, ebony, smoky gray, and ivory. The granite floor’s interlocking square pattern repeats in different scales in various spaces throughout the hotel. On the ceiling, Italian antiqued, beveled mirror reinforces the sense of opulence. A massive three-dimensional sculpture in the form of a cherry blossom branch, handmade of Czech crystals and illuminated with LEDs, commands attention behind the reception desk.
This restrained opulence continues to unfold in every public space and private guest room and suite of the hotel, which occupies the building’s lower 32 floors. Soaring 18-foot-high ceilings and herringbone patterned floors of fumed gray oak, for example, set an elegant, old-world tone in Stock, the hotel’s main restaurant located on the 31st floor. Book-matched slabs of marble on the walls surrounding the salt-water lap pool in the nearby two-level spa, on the other hand, inject sleek modernism.
Guest rooms range from 550-square-foot studio suites, which include ensuite baths with marble floors and dual vanity sinks, to the massive presidential suite, which includes a higher level of finish and several rooms, including a salon, kitchen, formal dining room, and sound-proof media room. In all rooms, the curtains, integral sound system, and lighting are all automated.
Throughout the hotel is a rich, nuanced mix of materials and textures like brushed oak taormina floors, bird’s-eye maple wall panels, and crystal inlaid plaster relief details. Furnishings, such as a semi-precious quartz bar and an Art Deco liquor armoire in the restaurant lounge, are paired strategically to achieve the look. Lush fabrics—including silk stria wallcoverings, velvet damask curtains, and black and white tufted leather upholstery—along with polished finishes, like silver gilt and black lacquer, complete the designers’ masterful ode to classic modern luxury.
The II BY IV vision, Menchions says, was to create the ambience of a “stately era gone by, with spaces defined with materials like onyx and macassar ebony and enriched with hand-crafted details that would make people say ‘Oh my gosh, who builds like this anymore?’”
Key Design Highlights
- A theme of champagne and caviar sets the tone for luxurious interiors, which merge fine details and old-world craftsmanship with a contemporary interpretation of materials and forms.
- A complex yet subtle mix of rich materials and finishes and a refined, limited color palette of dark and light neutrals accented with hits of aubergine establish a palpable yet restrained air of luxury throughout.
- Black crystal sconces and chandeliers bring a sense of modern opulence to the ballrooms, which are accessed via elegant staircases with lasercut filigreed chrome stair balustrades.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
Designer II BY IV Design Associates
Architect Zeidler Partnership Architects
Client The Trump Organization
What 475,000 square feet on 32 floors of 61-story building
Cost/sf Withheld at client’s request