Toronto's Thompson Hotel gets super-sized for NBA All-Stars
From gigantic bath robes to $6,500 bottles of champagne, the chic hotel is going all out for basketball's biggest stars.
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Toronto’s Thompson Hotel is taking hospitality to new heights as it prepares to host some of the biggest names – and biggest bodies – in the NBA.
The hotel at Wellington and Bathurst is the official lodging of the NBA All-Star Weekend, which gets underway in Toronto on Friday.
From bathrobes and slippers to food and drinks, the hotel has had to make special orders to accommodate players basketball players who made this year's All-Star selection.
“I mean, look at it,” said the hotel’s director of marketing, Frank Campo, holding one of the dozens of XXXXXL bathrobes they’ve ordered. “It looks like an area rug.”
“We are actually fortunate because our hotel already has high ceilings and door entrances,” he added.
The NBPA - basketball players association - has booked out every single room, suite and meeting space at the hotel from Thursday to Sunday. Security has been upsized as well.
The league’s executives requested a complete revamp of the hotel’s lobby bar, adding a 60 square-foot media wall where nine HD TV sets will play NBA programming throughout the weekend.
Hosting star athletes also means feeding them well – and enough. The Thompson’s diner will be running full-blown buffets all weekend, with a special stock of St. Lawrence Market sandwiches featuring Canadian peameal bacon.
“It’s apparently something they don’t have down in the U.S., and they can’t have enough of it,” Campo said.
There will also be plenty of Louis XIII, a highly sought-after cognac that sells for $6,500 per bottle at the hotel.
Campo said hosting the All Stars is big honour for the Thompson.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” he said. “It will be all hands on deck. Nobody here will have a day off.”
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