Washington Post Travel’s Winners & Losers for May 31 – June 1

Toronto’s latest boutique hotel spruce-up Forget the clichés of Toronto as a “young” city or the culinary descriptions of a “downtown dining scene.” Now, as a new $150 million hotel renovation and expansion project…

Washington Post Travel’s Winners & Losers for May 31 - June 1

Toronto’s latest boutique hotel spruce-up

Forget the clichés of Toronto as a “young” city or the culinary descriptions of a “downtown dining scene.” Now, as a new $150 million hotel renovation and expansion project nears completion, Toronto’s entire tourist industry is about to change forever. One of the biggest changes is opening up the historic 3,700-room Sheraton Toronto Centre. This transformed hotel, now referred to as Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel, will feature ancillary restaurants (among them, the Michelin-starred Txaki Sushi) and more speciality shops and offerings by local designers, not to mention a revitalized view of the city and the Molson Canadian Music Hall (featuring the Canadian International Jazz Festival). The renovation project also extends to hotel windows, elevators, lobby and guest rooms, with a lighter, more modern look throughout, in a palette of warm tones, clear fabrics and plush interior furniture. Related: 15 undiscovered locales in the top-rated U.S. cities

A lesson in how to ski season in a hurry

Adventures by Disney and Intrawest are teaming up to provide discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets to winter travelers. The new package includes a weeklong ticket to at least three Snowstar resorts, three days of lift tickets per day, two nights of accommodation at any of the resorts and two nights at the Intrawest HomeStay Program, a hassle-free way to save on lodging and meals in resorts around the globe, including the Rosa Khutor and Ivarsingh in Sochi, Russia; Jumpstart in Snowmass, Colo.; and Grouse Mountain in Grouse Mountain, B.C. The reservations must be booked through Adventures by Disney by Dec. 31. The deal is valid at the hotels in the Snowstar resorts as well as the Wonderland Hotel and Steamers Ice World, both located in Whistler-Blackcomb, B.C. Related: 8 places to explore your Scandinavian side

Vacation testing tech: Too easy for judgment?

Remember those youth-oriented travel guides we covered in April? But wait, these can be even more difficult to read. For example, did you know a basic calculator is one of the first things you see when you turn on a cruise ship? I certainly didn’t. Hola Kayak recently released its Travel Test Kit, which includes an easy-to-understand quiz on nutrition, accommodation, service and more. The quiz prompts you to think about your past travel experiences, along with your likely travel habits in the future. It’s great for any millennial looking to jump on the global travel bandwagon. Plus, the results, via color-coded cards, provide some interesting questions to ponder, especially when considering how you’d feel about staying in a particular hotel — or ordering room service. Related: 3 easy meal planning tips for your family

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