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Old January 4th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #341
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HUH? ... what is that!! Scam?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:02 AM   #342
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With the Rtiz opening in February, anyone have an update or hear any rumours as to what retail will be going into the hotel?
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #343
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Old January 20th, 2011, 03:26 AM   #344
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I applied for jobs at Ritz.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 04:09 AM   #345
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Which schools offer travel and tourism degrees in Eastern Canada? I'm wondering what kind of credentials Ritz is looking for in their hiring?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #346
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Old January 28th, 2011, 04:53 AM   #347
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I had a job interview at Ritz and it looks beautiful from inside and they really truly are the number one as they always were, the trend setters, no followers!

And the SPA simply looks amazing. Gosh I hope they will call me and tell me: Charlotte, congratulations, you got the job at the Spa!

I will then throw a big party ... yeahhhhh
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #348
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it will become a reference in Toronto
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #349
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Don't forget the best restaurant in entire Canada soon to be opened in Ritz!!!! TOCA
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Old January 28th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #350
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Congratulations CharlotteJ! That's absolutely brilliant.

Wow, what a coup. The people you're gonna be rubbin' elbows with, especially during TIFF. Connections, connections.

Once again, congratulations.
Thank you McEwen. But I still have not heard if I get the job or not.

Besides, working there, doesn't mean you make connections, as confidentiality and integrity is one of the main issues why they hire somebody.

If I get hired there, all I will do is to do my job as I am supposed to: Excellently! and expect not much and believe me, I will always stay in the family and never leave them.
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Old January 30th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #351
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Old January 30th, 2011, 10:11 PM   #352
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OMG!!!! they got gutssssss
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Old January 30th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #353
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:51 AM   #354
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I am still waiting for a phone call from Ritz! ... Wish at least I knew if I am hired or simply rejected.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 12:45 AM   #355
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They put my name on top of the building! being the luckiest girl in Canada!
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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #358
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$6,000 a night in Toronto
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Like a lot of people, I wondered who would rent it.

At $6,000 a night, the Ritz-Carlton Suite at the luxury brand’s new Wellington St. location sounds outrageous and out of step with these times, when wounds of the recession remain fresh. The suite is intended for political dignitaries as well as business executives and celebrities who want to show off. So, when I was offered the opportunity to be the first person to spend a night in the suite, I first pondered what I would do with it, and then I thought of “Risky Business” and Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” the film’s signature song whose first few chords evoke musings of mischief behind closed doors.

I concluded that I should test the 2,500-square-foot space by using it for a party — one without Hollywood-inspired shenanigans. The suite has a full kitchen, dining room for eight and living room with a 50-inch LG HDTV. A handful of guests from different walks of life joined me.

The Ritz is exquisite, of course. Chef Tom Brodi, whose restaurant Toca (the name stands for Toronto, Canada) is on the second floor of the hotel, and his team prepared canapes that included bite-size bison tartar topped with a sunnyside-up quail’s egg and tasty portobello carpaccio with pinenuts, argula and parmesan. Wine director Taylor Thompson displayed his know-how during a tasting of velvety 2007 Pinot Noir from Le Clos Jordanne, a winery in Jordan Station that gained notoriety in 2005 after its Chardonnay won a blind-tasting against global heavyweights in Montreal. General manager Tim Terceira has assembled a staff of dignified professionals who converse affably with guests and marvel themselves at the Ritz’s décor, views and ambience.

“It’s understated elegance,” says Terry O’Neill, a world traveller and party guest that night. “I thought it would be in your face with over-the-top opulence, but it’s not. You feel very at home, very human here.”

That is the real dazzle. You might think Ritz-Carlton — a century-old hotel empire known for its collection of five-star ratings and high-profile roster of guests — would be so full of itself it would import its luxury trappings from abroad to this market, home to its 74th property. The biggest surprise, though, is the immense effort the hotel and its restaurants have made to celebrate things local, whether it be artwork featuring Ontario’s windswept landscape, wine from Prince Edward County, or fine cuisine using ingredients from the GTA and Niagara region.

“Luxury is now about personalizing the experience,” says Terceira. “People have to feel comfortable being themselves.”

The Ritz is known for mixing local flavours with luxury flair from elsewhere. So, you’ll also find Italian-designed glass light fixtures and stylish Anigre wood from Africa along with floral arrangements from Toronto’s Jackie O and spa treatments declared to be “Proudly Canadian.”

No matter where it comes from, it’s refined, and that goes extra for the showcase unit.

Check-in for the Ritz-Carlton Suite takes place in the suite itself, with Toca-branded sparkling wine handed to you before you receive the keycard to the premises. The suite features an elliptical machine, a second bathroom for visitors, a Bose sound system with MP3 dock, and an impeccably decorated study with an iPad and library collection that suitably carries a volume of “The Best Poems in the English Language.”

The suite’s evening turndown service includes the laying out of sea salt and a soothing bottle of specially made bath oil, displayed amid candle light. The walls and heated floor of the immense master bath resemble a museum hall. Its mirrors feature embedded HDTVs and the shelves are saturated with Bulgari bottles. When someone says “five-star”, this is tangible evidence of the term.

Guests of the suite have use of the Club lounge, which features five food settings a day, including a large breakfast with some of the best pastries in town and a decadent dessert service that starts at 8 p.m. In-room dining can be provided by Toca or Deq, the hotel’s casual bar that is sure to be home to one of the hottest patios in the city. It can hold 100, features an open-air firepit for pizza-making and a view of the CN Tower that will no doubt make many necks ache. Once Bay St. discovers it, Deq will overflow.

The amenities are superb, but the suite isn’t faultless. It could use a doorbell, for sure. Parties often wind up in the dining room or kitchen and when ours did it was impossible to hear a knock on the suite’s front door. We received a phone call telling us a hospitality worker was outside waiting to bring in a room service order. And the entertainment unit, with a series of remotes, is confounding. To fully enjoy it, you would have to spend too many minutes to figure it out, and you wouldn’t want to do that during a short stay.

I can see the suite being rented for business meetings, small cocktail parties similar to ours, special family occasions and weddings, whether it be a place for the bridal party to assemble before or after a reception or as the spot for an intimate ceremony.

“Everything is very tasteful. It’s incredibly high end, from the art to the food to the furniture, but you don’t get the sense they’re trying so hard to impress you,” says Joya Paul, an artist at the Distillery District. “It’s class, on a level everyone can appreciate and feel welcome in, even if a suite like this is beyond what you can afford.”

Full disclosure: The Ritz-Carlton (181 Wellington St. W.) supplied the suite and two-hour cocktail service. I paid for additional dining and in-room charges.

JUST THE FACTS

WINING: The Toca-branded bottles come from four different Ontario vineyards. Niagara region’s Cave Spring serves the Cabernet-style red, Flat Rock provides the Chardonnay-style white, and Stratus Vineyards delivers a Riesling-rich icewine; Huff Estates from Bloomfield bottles the sparkling wine. Huff will display Ritz-Carlton flags on the rows of grapes that produce the wine for Toca.

DINING: The delicious bison carpaccio ($18) at Deq will be a hit.

FRATERNIZING: The Ritz’s executives are adamant they aim for the hotel to be more than just a skyline presence in Toronto and a draw for rich out-of-towners. “We want to be part of the community, we want to involve the community,” says Rainer Zinngrebe, the hotel’s director of food and beverage. “It’s important for us to make that connection. We can’t be something that feels at arm’s length for people who live here.”

WEB SURFING: For all of what’s included in the Ritz-Carlton Suite, see the hotel's website.

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