One of the best parts about being a celebrity has got to be the perks.
And the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is full of them.
Case in point: TIFF at Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto. Though they’d never reveal names, you can be sure several famous faces will grace the luxury hotel over the duration of the festival.
First and foremost, the hotel’s personalized concierge service – the Attaché team – will be in full swing to serve the needs of Hollywood’s finest upon (and prior to) arrival, working hand-in-hand with some of the most famous faces in the industry.
As a special greeting, celebrities receive welcome amenities based on their specific preferences – and some no doubt have some pretty specific preferences. The welcome greeting is highly customized based on the nature of their film or visit.
When we had a Notable.ca staycation at the hotel a few weeks back, we were greeted with a beautiful (and totally Instagram-worthy) platter of pastries, sweets, chocolate, and fruit. And we’re no celebrities (yet).
Of course, careful thought goes into the type and location of the suite they are assigned. Given the status of the celebrity, the hotel might also consider upgrading them to the Presidential Suite.
You know, just a 4,000-square-foot room on the 40th floor with everything you could ever want.
Basically, it’s the type of place you’d love to start or end the night in with your fellow famous friends. The suite contains a corner view bedroom, and a media room with projector screen and plasma display for presentations and screenings. There’s also a lounge complete with fireplace, private kitchen, and dining room. Not that we expect anyone other than some of the city’s finest chefs to do the cooking.
What the celebrities want, the celebrities get.
“Over the years we’ve done quite a diverse number of things for our famous guests,” says one member of the Attache team. “We’ve brought a stationary bicycle in the room, blackened out all the windows, changed all the products to those endorsed by the talent, we’ve even take care of a money tree for when a VIP had to leave the hotel for a month.”
Of course, working at the hotel during TIFF isn’t the worst thing in the world – it’s far from mundane.
“Once I helped a celebrity get her red carpet dress altered on very short notice,” said another member of the Attache team. “While we were in her suite working on this, she was very insistent that I have champagne with her, to which I politely declined of course. She made it very fun for me, although I was still mindful that I was working.”
It’s all in a day’s work during TIFF time.
“The most memorable moment to date was when I had helped a VIP and his wife for an early arrival,” said a third member of the Attache team. “The following morning they were heading out to do some interviews and I was at the Port Cochere waiting for them. They remembered me and greeted me with a kiss on each cheek in front of all the fans!”
For a break from the madness, the celebrities can unwind with some inevitable star treatment at the Purebeauty Salon and Spa. Options such as their signature Skin Perfecting facial come in handy after a day full of interviews, walking red carpets, and celebrating with costars at some of Toronto’s hottest venues.
America Restaurant, the hotel’s 31st-floor restaurant, is definitely on our list of the best places in the city to spot the stars. With its high ceilings, photo-worthy décor, colourful art, and stunning views of the city, some famous faces will no doubt be hitting it up for both cast dinners and parties.
And while we’re not suggesting you linger inside the hotel’s lobby or outside the doors (camera in hand) you may want to swing over to the hotel for a cocktail sometime in the next few days.
Just make sure you look the part.