New Delta hotel is at centre of Toronto's South Core district

December 2014

The sparkling new Delta in Toronto opened two weeks ago and already is a game-changer on two fronts:

Delta Toronto at SouthCore Financial Centre is the flagship of a new generation of the all-Canadian hospitality company. Dowdy no more, the brand is gradually transforming its 38 hotels and resorts coast-to-coast into modern getaways that still sport attractive prices.

The Delta is an instant anchor of Toronto’s South Core district, across the street from the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Rogers Centre, and linked indoors to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Union Station and PATH, the subway and underground city.

A brand evolves

The newly-built Toronto Delta astutely reflects life in 2015: It has high-tech features, LEED eco-conscious operations and public transit connections so extensive that you will toss away your car keys. And the Delta is casual, befitting today’s relaxed meme. No stuffy hotel dining here. The SOCO Kitchen + Bar is a cool hangout to have cocktails and creative cuisine. And SOCO To-Go furnishes tasty meals for people on the run — and who isn’t?

Toronto Delta is a steep upgrade for the brand, with deluxe marble bathrooms, an indoor pool under an atrium, a classy Canadian whisky bar and a Clef d’Or concierge, Genevieve Moir.

The Delta also subtly radiates Canadiana. Like our nation, the hotel’s interiors are spacious and robust. The lobby’s bold, sweeping panels of white oak suggest our sturdy forests and the floor-to-ceiling windows reveal an expanse of open sky.

And, of course, everyone is friendly. When I arrived, several alumni of the terrific Delta Ottawa that I visited last year said hello. I was home. Hey, Lisa Johal. What’s up, Michael MacKeigan?

The hotel’s clean, uncomplicated interior design — by former Montrealer Alexandra Champalimaud — features amusing colour pops such as lemon-yellow leather chairs and mauve pillows. And a witty collection of artwork includes a wall sculpture of hockey sticks by Rob Baytor and a mural of Canadian landscapes by Adrian Forrow.