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Diamonds are fine for some, but whisk your sweetheart away to a deluxe hotel room, treat them to craft cocktails and bonbons while they revel in the peace and quiet, and we can virtually guarantee a swoon. This year, give your loved one, or yourself, a night of elegant escape with The SoHo Hotel Toronto’s new Sweets & Treats Cocktail Experience, offered in collaboration with Bar From Afar. Tucked snuggly above the city in a gorgeously-renovated room, you’ll toast to your best Valentine’s Day yet.
Reopened in September, The SoHo Hotel Toronto is a luxury boutique hotel boasting a new look after its multi-million-dollar renovation. Taking up three floors of the building at the corner of Blue Jays Way and Wellington Street West, the hotel includes 89 large guest rooms updated with interiors by Gluckstein Design. Each now includes a large dressing area featuring Canadian maple millwork, marble bathrooms with heated floors, and classic grey decor guaranteed to soothe the most harried of souls. Feel the need to venture beyond the comfort of your room? Thanks to recent upgrades, don’t be surprised if the hotel’s saltwater pool, steam room and modern gym call your name.
Reserve the hotel's Sweets & Treats Cocktail Experience, and indulge in a one-night stay along with a Valentine-themed cocktail kit from Bar From Afar. The team "really wanted to come up with something new and unique for this year's Valentine's Day cocktail experience," says Bar From Afar co-founder Greg O'Brien. "The menu is designed with couples in mind — three innovative, new cocktail creations, that can be built and enjoyed together, paired with elegant, house-made chocolate truffles to bring both components to another level." Each kit includes the ingredients, including garnishes, and detailed instructions you'll need to create two servings of each of the team's new, exclusive elixirs.
With tequila, blood orange, cinnamon, agave, and egg white, Of Love and Longing is a citrusy sip with a valentine-appropriate touch of spice. Smooth, seductive and inspired by one of Hollywood’s most achingly romantic movies (The Notebook, for anyone asking…), If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird, combines vodka, Amaretto, strawberry, rose, sparkling wine and lime into a slightly sweet, blushing pink sipper that dazzles under a royal icing rose.
Not to be outdone, Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner charms with whiskey, chocolate, bitters and smoke. Mix the drinks, then savour the handmade truffles specifically created to bring out their best aspects. Begin with milk chocolate with goat cheese and balsamic before you let the milk chocolate with strawberry truffle melt in your mouth. Finish with dark chocolate enhanced by smoked salt caramel. With a Molton Brown amenity and late check-out also included in every Sweets & Treats Cocktail Experience, there’s plenty here to fire up your winter-weary heart.
Anyone in need of more sustenance need only order room service or take a short trip to Moretti Restaurant and Caffé in the hotel's lobby, where a menu of traditional Italian favourites never fails to please. Linger over a plate of spaghetti frutti di mare, paccheri alla bolognese, burrata pizza, and more, and just wait for the romanza to take hold.
Running between February 11 and 13, with prices beginning at $474 per night, The SoHo Hotel Toronto's Sweets & Treats Cocktail Experience must be booked no later than three days before your planned arrival. Visit heir website to reserve your room using code SWEETPKG, then rest easy knowing your Valentine's Day plans are superbly sorted.