Elmwood Spa is an urban spa destination that caters to those who want stress relief and relaxation in a serene atmosphere. It’s an ideal place to gather with friends, to celebrate life’s milestones, reconnect with a loved one, or to turn to as your very own destination for stress relief and self-renewal.
Elmwood Spa is located in an historic, five-story brick building at 18 Elm Street in the heart of downtown Toronto. Designed by Gordon & Helliwell Architects and built by Edward James Lennox – the same architects who designed Old City Hall, St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Casa Loma. The juxtaposition of its historical exterior with modern interior offers guests a delightfully refreshing experience. One of Toronto’s best Thai restaurants, Bangkok Garden, is located in the same building and both the spa and the restaurant are owned by Canadian spa aficionado, Sherry Brydson.
With four spacious floors of treatment and renewal options, two restaurants, a juice bar, 34 treatment rooms, and water therapies, including swimming pool, whirlpool and steam rooms, Elmwood Spa provides comfort, convenience and flexibility to cater to demanding schedules. Guests can be rejuvenated from head to toe.
The Elmwood, situated in a Toronto Heritage Building was erected. For the first 50 years or so, “The Elmwood” was the original Toronto Y.W.C.A.
The site became The Elmwood Women’s Hotel. In those days, respectable unmarried young ladies always stayed in a “Women’s Hotel”, complete with chaperons and curfews.
The building was bought by Sherry Brydson and development commenced on the building. Sherry and her business partner Barb Elson opened The Elmwood Women’s Club, with the club taking up the third, fourth and fifth floors of the building. “Elmwood Spa” then known as “The Spa at the Elmwood” was located on the second floor.
After extensive renovations (the building was completely gutted, although the facade remained untouched) it reopened in 1982 to house The Elmwood Women’s Club, Elmwood Spa” then known as “The Spa at the Elmwood” was located on the second floor.
Bangkok Garden, located on the ground floor and The Brass Flamingo located in the lower level also opened.
Sherry and Barb received an architectural award from the City of Toronto for preserving a landmark and for nearly ten years, The Elmwood Women’s Club was a venerable Toronto fitness and social club for women.
The Elmwood women’s club closed and the The Elmwood Banquet & Meeting Centre was born (4th and 5th floors).
The Thai Sensations Cookbook by Sherry Brydson was released with recipes from the kitchen of Bangkok Garden.
The Elmwood Spa expanded to the third floor of the building
Thai Sensations restaurant opened on the lower level.
The Elmwood Spa expanded to the fourth and fifth floors of the building.
Sherry Brydson took a group from Elmwood Spa and Bangkok Garden on a trip to Thailand to experience the culture, spa treatments including Thai Massage, and cuisine first hand. Our Signature Siam Treatments were developed on this trip, with the herbal compresses purchased directly from Thailand.
The spa underwent another series of extensive renovations to upgrade the facilities and to make room for more spa services.
Services are now offered on the lower level, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. The 4th floor also houses the spa’s Terrace Dining room. The 5th floor now houses the administrative offices.
Bangkok Garden re-opened with its Authentic Thai Cuisine. Both Bangkok Garden and Elmwood Spa were re-blessed by Thai monks.
The YWCA received a $5 million donation from the estates of the late Ken Thomson and the late Audrey Campbell, given in memory of their sister, Irma Brydson, who is Sherry Brydson’s mother. The 17-story tower on Elm Street was named The YWCA Elm Centre & Irma Brydson Place and features 300 permanent affordable apartments for women in need and their families. Elmwood Spa is helping to build awareness and raise funds for the YWCA Elm Centre in a variety of ways – such as hosting art exhibitions and fundraising events.
Elmwood Spa’s very own Glee Club, InSPAration was featured on Canada Sings and was awarded a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice, the YWCA Elm Centre and Irma Brydson Place.
557 Church Street.
Thursday to Saturday
11am – 7pm
elmspa is a hidden gem situated just blocks from Cabbagetown and Yorkville. This boutique spa offers exclusive treatments for women and men in a zen-inspired environment, with seven specialized treatment rooms, two steam rooms, an infrared sauna, rain shower and garden terrace area. The combination of natural woods with water features and zen pebbles — the spas signature décor – makes this a truly unique space to soothe the body and the soul.
Attached to Elmwood
Lunch: Monday to Friday
11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday to Sunday
5 pm – 10pm
Bangkok Garden has been serving up authentic Thai cuisine since 1982 in a casual fine dining atmosphere. Open for lunch, Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Sunday. The lunch buffet and dinner menu offer several options to suit dietary restrictions including vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan items. Reservations Recommended. Private and Semi-Private Group Dining Available.
Bangkok Garden is recognized by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce as a ‘Thai Select Premium’ restaurant. This designation recognizes Thai restaurants with a rating of 5 stars or higher that serve premium quality, authentic Thai food, provide outstanding service and a Thai ambiance.