Just in time for the 41st edition of TIFF, Toronto hotels are having a #WeTheNorth moment. Here, a shortlist of hotels that are destinations in themselves.

Toronto the Good is on the fast track to Toronto the Always-Getting-Better. In the haute hotel corridors of this cosmopolitan city, makeover has given way to reimagine. The buzzwords now include transform, renew and re-energize, and hotels are now destinations in themselves. Hotel bars are where to see and be seen, while in-house restaurant kitchens are manned by Canada's—and the world's—top chefs. Here, a shortlist of what's renewed and notable.

The place Thompson Toronto

The space Lobby Bar

Designed by local firm II BY IV Design, the lobby is now more than just a pass-through en route to the adjacent French bistro Colette. Before you hit the front desk, you are invited to turn right, stop and take a sip of a bespoke cocktail or share a plate of nibbles at the bar while feeling like you've stumbled upon someone's well-appointed, mid-century modern living room. The bar's lounge area is inviting, with citrusy hues mixed with graphic black and white, and jazzy-styling live entertainment to keep it mellow. But the true star is the 110-foot-long mural by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. Look closely, as it's his vision of the Toronto skyline, echoing the real thing up the elevators, at the hotel's Rooftop Lounge. www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/thompson-toronto

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