Champagne and a $99,000 bed - Toronto hotels lay it on thick for TIFF stars
They're laying it on pretty thick in Toronto these days.
Up at the Hazelton Hotel (now a ways away from the Toronto Film Festival action) they're trying to get a bit of attention from the media by announcing that they've brought in a $99,000 bed. It's a Vividus bed from a company called Hastens. I guess Sleep Country and Christine McGee didn't have anything in stock.
Anyway, the press release from the hotel says the Hazelton "continues to demonstrate why it is the mecca of Hollywood's A-List."
"TIFF represents the pinnacle achievement for our guest services team," said David Mounteer, General Manager at the Hazelton, which bills itself as "Toronto's most exclusive hotel."
"While we will never reveal the names of our guests, as privacy is of the utmost importance, we can tell you that their personal requirements are data-based and stored for each return visit. Our team will go above and beyond to make sure that all their needs are met."
One of the requests was apparently for this bed, which they call "the ultimate in comfort." It's handcrafted in Koping, Sweden and uses all natural materials, including horsehair, cotton, flax and slow-growing Swedish pine. Cuz you'd hate to lie down on anything that uses the fast-growing kind. It could ruin your night.
While the Hazelton won't reveal who stays there, I have it on excellent authority that Drake was there a couple weeks ago and that Bruce Springsteen spent the night when he played the Rogers Centre Aug. 24. So there.
Down at the Trump, they're also doing their best to get noticed by advertising that they have the top champagne list in town this. It's hard to believe a Trump hotel would be so brash, I know, but it's true.
Stock Restaurant and Master Sommelier John Szabo, they tell me, have "left no stone unturned in finding the world's best champagne to toast cinematic success."
Included on the not-so-stock Stock list are Ace of Spades Brut or Rose (I'd never heard of it til the other day), 1998 Krug Brut Vintage, 2004 Cristal Brut, Louis Rodered, and 1997 Champagne Salon, Blanc de Blanc Clos de Mesnil. I prefer the '96, personally.