Like Gucci or Tiffany, there are some brands whose very names exude luxury – and the Ritz is definitely one of them.
Home to the former Hello! Canada Hollywood party, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto lives up to its glamorous reputation with shiny marble floors, a lavish art-deco chandelier in the foyer and pieces of Canadian artwork adding intrigue to the warm, anigre wood walls – and that’s only the lobby!
Conveniently located across from Roy Thompson Hall, where many of TIFF's galas take place, it’s no wonder that the stars flock to the Ritz-Carlton come festival time, where the shimmering locale becomes a hotbed of celebrity activity.
Most famously, George Clooney has made the posh spot his home during past festivals along with his girlfriend du jour (this was, of course, before he married the love of his life, Amal Clooney).
The Ritz boasts everything a big-name hotel should offer its famous patrons and then some, including DEQ outdoor cocktail bar, an opulent Clarins spa (to unwind after an especially raucous after-party), and personal trainers to ensure the stars look their best on the red carpet.