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Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

With just a few days until Christmas, you may have a few more gifts to buy for people on your list. And isn’t the gift of luxury travel one of the finest presents you can offer? Continue reading Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Discovering Art in Airports

With earlier check-in times due to increased security measures, passengers have become a captive audience at airports worldwide. While the downside is longer waits, the upside is the push by many airport authorities to make the experience more pleasurable. The installation of public art in airports – architectural builds, sculptures, water features, moving walkways, murals, mosaics, lighting installations and performance art – are miracle workers in making any terminal pop. Continue reading Discovering Art in Airports

Well-Heeled: The Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Imelda Marcos? I don’t think so. Carrie Bradshaw? A lightweight. At 13,000 shoes and related artifacts spanning 4,500 years, the undisputed Queen of Footwear is Toronto’s Sonja Bata. Continue reading Well-Heeled: The Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Jane’s Walk 2016

Jane’s Walk is a festival of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs. The events take place in cities and towns around the world the first weekend of May. While the epicenters of Jane’s Walk are New York City (over 100 walks) and Toronto, chances are there are events scheduled in your hometown. Traveling? The walks are insider tours given by local experts and a great way to bypass the usual tourist experience. Check the Jane’s Walk website  to search for walks near you.

May 6, 7 and 8th, 2016

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Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists. She lived in Greenwich Village for decades, then moved to Toronto in 1968 where she continued her work and writing on urbanism, economies and social issues until her death in April 2006

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Smyth, a Thompson Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Nestled in a hip and sophisticated neighborhood, Smyth, A Thompson Hotel speaks to a clientele of creative-types and trendsetters. This true boutique has only 100 rooms, all of which feature a minimalist décor, with white and grey tones and surprising pops of color. This edgy property has all the style, class, and service of a larger hotel but with a more exclusive vibe.

Trump International Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Inspired by classic black-and-white Hollywood movies, the Trump International Toronto is a chic blend of flawless service, creative design, and amenities aimed to “wow”. With a lobby design inspired by champagne and caviar, a spa that spans two luxurious floors, and DJs spinning tunes every night in the bar, the Trump International Toronto is Canada’s hottest new destination for luxury living.

W Hollywood - Magellan Luxury Hotels

On the corner of Hollywood and Vine, one of Tinseltown’s most celebrated intersections, sits the dazzling W Hollywood. From the lush red carpet entryway, to the expansive lobby and winding staircase, guests are made to feel like VIPs. This cutting-edge hotel also features a pulsating nightclub, spectacular dining options, a world-class spa and sensational entertainment. For guests looking to stay in style, look no further than the W Hollywood.


Toronto’s Top 3 Hotel Rooftop Restaurants

Speaking of culinary hotbeds, Toronto has long been the mecca of magnificent meals in Canada. Downtown and outlying areas alike offer an incredible cross-section of cuisine that’s sure to please even the most discerning palate of savvy travelers.

If you want to savor the flavors of Toronto dining while taking in the gorgeous city skyline, dining al fresco in one of Toronto’s rooftop restaurants is really the way to go.

Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt
Enjoy the city skyline from the 18th floor of this Yorkville hotel, no matter what time of day. Pop in for some brunch (and maybe a mimosa or some bubbly), or enjoy cold or hot sharing items or classic mains any other time while you sip on some wine, one of their artisan cocktails or a delicious martini.

Rooftop Lounge – Thompson Toronto
The rooftop lounge at Thompson Toronto spans a full 360 degrees, meaning you can see any angle of the city as you enjoy the relaxed al fresco vibe. Hop in the infinity pool during daytime hours or pop in after dark and sip a carefully crafted cocktail in one of the lounge’s cabanas.

America Restaurant – Trump Hotel Toronto
From 31 floors above street level, diners at this luxurious eatery will enjoy breathtaking views of the city while tucking in to cutting-edge dishes featuring regional flavors. Pop in Thursday to Saturday after 10:30 p.m. and experience/enjoy America Late Night, a social dining experience featuring signature craft cocktails, live music and small plates.

Magellan Luxury Hotels can get you the best rates at these four- and five-star Toronto hotels, often with exclusive perks. Enjoy the city’s shopping, cultural and (obviously) dining experiences while staying at the city’s best hotels.

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Thompson Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Trump International Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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TIFF: Toronto goes to the movies

The hottest film event north of the U.S.-Canada border just keeps getting hotter. From September 10-20, the film community — directors, producers and, yes, the biggest and best stars — will descend upon Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Now in its 40th year, TIFF has grown to be one of the most deservedly hyped, talked-about fests— it’s where some of the coolest celebs come to premiere their films.

Opening TIFF this year is Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Other big names hitting TIFF this fall include Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain with Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, Bryan Cranston and Diane Lane in Trumbo, Tom Hardy in Legend as well as Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld.

As the dates get closer, rest assured more big names and big films will come out of the woodwork in preparation for TIFF. And in addition to the big-name screenings, TIFF also features an incredible array of smaller films as well as talks, seminars, workshops and Q&As with directors, producers, film industry types and more.

Toronto is also a hotbed of arts, culture, dining and dancing, so if you need a break from the movies, there’s plenty to see and do. From the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the city’s attractions are vivid and varied. Toronto’s diverse community is reflected well in their incredible selection of eateries throughout the city — it’s truly a gastronomic hotbed. And once dinner’s done the options for a drink or some dancing are virtually endless.

And while the stars will be filling Toronto hotels, rest assured that Magellan Luxury Hotels can get you into the city’s best four- and five-star accommodations at the best rates, and often with exclusive perks.

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Trump International Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Hotel Le Germain Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Fairmont Royal York Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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North America’s top zoos

Whether you’re traveling with the family or are simply an out-and-out animal lover, the zoo is a fascinating place to see and learn about the incredible fauna we share the planet with.

North America is home to some of the world’s most remarkable zoos, and offer the chance to see the animals of the world up close while learning more about them and the ways in which these institutions are working to preserve wildlife. Here are three of the continent’s most remarkable zoos.

San Diego Zoo
One of the world’s most famous zoos, the San Diego Zoo features a remarkable collection of animals in a variety of themed galleries. With the largest zoological membership association in the world, it’s supported by a passionate community of animal lovers. The 100-acre zoo has been operating since 1916, and is home to over 3,700 endangered and/or rare animals. It’s home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is rich in both plant and animal species housed in a protected native species habitat.

Toronto Zoo
Located in Scarborough, Canada’s premier zoo features over 5,000 animals from more than 500 species. At over 700 acres it’s one of the world’s largest zoos, and features six miles of walking trails, an interactive kids’ wildlife experience, seven geographic regions and plenty of rides. Highlights include the gorilla rainforest, the giant panda experience, the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, and the Tundra Trek gallery featuring both underwater and above-ground viewing areas.

Denver Zoo
Since 1918, the Denver Zoo has been home to some of North America’s great animal exhibits. The zoo’s commitment to Carl Hagenbeck’s notion that animals should be seen without being impeded by bars or fences — but rather in a quasi-natural habitat — has long been embraced by the zoo. Get up close with animals via the Animal Adventures program, take a guided tour of the park, hand-feed giraffes at the Giraffe Encounter exhibit, step into the wild at the Primate Panorama, or experience the Bear Mountain national historic site, the zoo’s oldest exhibit.

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 Palomar San Diego - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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Toronto’s best bets for June

Toronto is a North American summer hub if there ever was one. The city’s incredibly diverse population means there’s always something truly special happening in every corner of the city at any given time.

June is a big month for the city — as the mercury rises and festival season begins, there’s more than ever to do in Toronto. Here are just three of the many unique events going down in The Big Smoke this June.

Honda Indy Toronto — June 12-14

The weeklong celebrations surrounding Honda Indy Toronto are certainly worth checking out if you can — there’s entertainment and fan experiences for all ages, food trucks, craft beer, celebrity appearances and more. But it’s the weekend of racing that draws tens of thousands to Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario as well as downtown Toronto. The race is sure to get your heart pounding.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival — June 18-27

Some jazz festivals are such in name only — programming has come to include more DJs, indie bands and the like than it has actual jazz musicians. And while the TD Toronto Jazz Festival has certainly diversified to embrace a wider range of artists, at its core it’s still a festival devoted to the world’s jazz greats. Hundreds of performances take place at venues throughout the city over the course of 10 days that are equal parts breathtaking, invigorating and smile-inducing.

Luminato Festival — June 19-28

There’s no other festival quite like Luminato. Created to reflect the richness, depth and diversity of Toronto’s arts scene, it’s as close to capturing a big-picture look at the city’s creative hub as you can get. Dance, performance, music, theater, food and visual arts and so much more — it’s all at Luminato because it’s all reflected in Toronto’s vibrant cross-section of artists.


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The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Hotel Le Germain Toronto - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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Follow the Stars — Head North to TIFF

If there was ever any doubt that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was among the world’s leading cinematic celebrations, the last couple of decades of the fest should have served to eliminate those concerns.

With over 300 films from dozens of countries screened at TIFF, it truly has become one of the global celebrations of the big screen. And with the red carpet rolled out and plenty of Hollywood stars making sure they’re in attendance, TIFF is a festival to see and be seen.

Check out the newest vehicles for big-name stars such as Denzel Washington (The Equalizer), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Kate Winslet (A Little Chaos), Kevin Costner (Black and White), Robert Downey, Jr. (The Judge) and Tobey Maguire (Pawn Sacrifice).

Want some Canadian content? Celebrated director David Cronenberg will be premiering his latest film at TIFF. Maps to the Stars stars Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, and is sure to generate plenty of buzz at the festival.

Of course, there are plenty of smaller films to be seen from the world’s most talented up-and-coming directors, writers and actors. From drama to comedy, horror, sci-fi and beyond, there will be plenty of films at TIFF that will suit your tastes.

Toronto is an incredible backdrop for TIFF. It offers plenty of options for dining, dancing, drinks, arts, culture and much more. And who knows? You might just spot a visiting star or starlet in town to promote his/her latest film.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Windsor Arms Hotel

Pantages Toronto Centre

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For The Best In Music, Film and More, Go NXNE

The NXNE festival of music, film, interactive speakers, comedy, and art is big — and it’s been big for some time.

With 2014 being the annual festival’s 20th incarnation, it’s the biggest and best ever, taking over Toronto one band at a time.

Over the last two decades, some of the arts and entertainment world’s biggest and best names have played shows, screened films and shown off interactive components in spaces ranging from tiny clubs to massive outdoor stages.

Running from June 13-22, NXNE 2014 takes things to new heights. On the music side alone, the festival rivals any on this continent for musicians’ diversity and creativity.

Buzz bands and solo artists such as St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, Spoon, Future Islands and Mac Demarco will mingle with hip hop legends Pusha T, A$AP Ferg and Juicy J as well as Brit legends Spiritualized, Canadian rockers Joel Plaskett Emergency and hundreds more.

NXNE’s film component is more than just movies about music (although there are a few of those as well). As a whole, the lineup of films is a group of engaging, often-moving stories that don’t get screen time in the big theatres.

The interactive component of the festival will also feature some of the world’s most engaging visionaries when it comes to our world. Writers, podcasters, TV hosts, social media execs and much more will engage with attendees in helping understand our place in the bigger picture.

NXNE’s comedy and art events held throughout the festival will help feature new and emerging talents in a variety of eclectic venues.

And speaking of venues, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better collection of theatres, clubs, churches, concert halls and more than in Toronto. Whether you’re keen on catching the next big thing or the folks that are already there, your NXNE credentials can help get you in the door.

Of course, Magellan Luxury Hotels can help on the accommodation end of things; despite the deluge of bands in town (and the corresponding jump in bookings), Magellan makes sure you’re in the door at the best hotels Toronto has to offer.

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Trump International Toronto

Thompson Toronto

Hyatt Regency Toronto

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