Best of the Best 2013: Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Enormous dandelion sculptures hang from 30-foot-high ceilings in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (416.964.0411, www.fourseasons.com). But at this dazzling new property, which opened in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood last October, guests need not blow on any flowers for their wishes to come true. The new flagship and hometown hotel of the Four Seasons brand features 259 spacious and sun-splashed guest rooms with sleek fabrics, granite sinks, limestone floors, and marble walls. Its opulent 30,000-square-foot spa sets a new standard in Toronto and includes a 40-foot indoor pool, an outdoor terrace, and a fitness area. Chef Daniel Boulud oversees Café Boulud and Dbar, both of which have caught on quickly with Yorkville locals. When it comes time to explore the local surroundings, guests can utilize the Four Seasons’ Art Shopping Concierge to arrange a private gallery tour, or set out on a limousine wine excursion for a day of sipping and swirling in Ontario’s Niagara region. ($400–$14,775)