Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (IV)

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Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (IV)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

10. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Le Meridien King Edward

 

The King Eddy, as it is fondly known, is a beautifully historic – surprise, surprise – Edwardian building, as resplendent as it was when it first opened as the city's luxury hotel. Its location is ideal, close to all the downtown essentials, and it's not as expensive as you would expect, especially given the excellent service you get. 

 

Useless Trivia: Guests here are in good company with Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and of course, the Beatles, whose fans squealed their way through the lobby and stopped street traffic.

 

Do try their afternoon tea service or the Sunday brunch with the succulent Beef Wellington.

 

Don't expect the hotel dining to be cheap.

 

 

11. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Four Seasons Center

 

Home to the Canadian Opera Company, it's the first and only building in Canada designed solely for this purpose. As a result, the acoustics are astounding regardless of where you're sitting in this 2,070-seat theatre. It's also the venue for the National Ballet. 

 

Overall, the design by Jack Diamond favors form rather than function, but the aesthetic glass staircase and five-story glass facade facing the bustling street add a sense of occasion to operagoers.

 

Trivia: The glass staircase is the longest free-spanning one in the world. It passed a load-test with 20,000 pounds of weights. 

 

Do enjoy free lunchtime concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at noon most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Don't sit in the back if you have vertigo. It's a long way up.

 

 

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Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (III)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

6. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Hotel Victoria

 

It's hands-down the best budget hotel in Toronto, with its excellent downtown location and low price. It's right in the middle of the action, close to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Union Station, Eaton Centre and many restaurants and pubs.

 

Don't expect much in terms of amenities and service. We did say it was a budget hotel. 

 

7. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Metropolitan Hotel

 

The Metropolitan Hotel offers both an excellent downtown location and good customers service at an affordable price. Primarily housing business travelers, it nonetheless welcomes families and is close to public transit, the Eaton Centre, the AGO, City Hall, and Nathan Phillips Square, among many.

 

The hotel also offers good dining options at Hemispheres, with an eclectic international menu; and Lai Wah Heen, one of the city's top contemporary Chinese restaurants. 

 

Do take advantage of the complimentary downtown limousine service in the mornings. 

 

8. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Novotel Toronto

 

Its downtown location near the Esplanade is ideal for exploring the city on foot. The Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, various theatres and the Eaton Centre are all nearby.

 

9. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Soho Metropolitan

 

This modern, elegant 92-room hotel lets guests make themselves comfortable with a flip of a switch, whether it's to open the curtains, turn on the 'Do not Disturb' sign or heat up the marble bathroom floor.

 

King-size beds, natural down duvets, and Italian linens ensure a good night sleep.

 

Soho Metropolitan is popular with celebrities especially during the Toronto International Film Festival. Its 4,000 square-foot penthouse, with its rooftop terrace and eight-person hot tub, has been occupied by Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, P Diddy and ColdPlay among others.

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (II)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

4. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Fairmont Royal York

 

When the Queen comes to Toronto, she stays at this hotel. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1929, this castle-like building stands out in the midst of modern skyscrapers on Front Street. It's within walking distance of many of Toronto's theatres and attractions. In fact, you can get to many without stepping outside via the extensive underground PATH system, which originated with the hotel's pedestrian passageway to Union Station.

 

The hotel has 1,365 guest rooms, including 191 suites. But even if you're not a guest, visit the hotel to check out the luxurious interior or better yet, honor a royal tradition with Afternoon Tea in the Library Bar (weekends only) or splurge at their fine dining restaurant, EPIC.

 

Useless Trivia: Arthur Hailey stayed here and studied its operations around the clock while researching his book and movie 'Hotel'. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Jackie Chan, George Lucas and Wayne Gretzky.

 

5. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Gladstone Hotel

 

The Gladstone is the oldest continually operating hotel in Toronto. 10 years ago, a typical guest-turned-resident would have been someone down on his luck, possibly recently released from a nearby mental institution or detox facility. Now, this Victorian hotel, built in 1889, is restored to its former glory, and a typical guest at this gay-positive hotel is likely to be affluent and culturally inclined, with a desire to be part of the West Queen West neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.

 

The original, hand-operated elevator takes guests up to the rooms, each one unique and designed by a different artist.

 

Like most hotels built in this era, the rooms are small, meant only to be slept in after socializing in the spacious common areas. These high-ceilinged, open spaces are put to good use, displaying art exhibits and hosting performances and community events. 

 

Though located in the hotel, the exhibits, chosen by an in-house curator, are open to the public from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

 

Socializing is a big part of what the hotel is about and The Gladstone Café and Melody Bar are popular with locals. 

Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada (I)

Toronto is the most populated metropolis in Canada and the regional capital of Ontario. It is situated in Southern Ontario upon the northwestern coastline of the famous Lake Ontario.  In this series we will review the best accommodation in Toronto, Canada.

 

1. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Clarion Hotel & Suites Selby

 

Built in 1882, this Victorian building was converted into a hotel in 1915. Its most famous resident was Ernest Hemingway, who stayed here while he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.

 

Located near the Church/Wellesley neighborhood, it continues to be a downtown hotel of choice for those wanting an alternative to city highrises. Its 82 rooms range from basic to suites with fireplaces and jacuzzis.

 

Do stay in the Hemingway Suite if have any literary aspirations. You can write at the same table where he reputedly penned 'A Farewell to Arms'.

 

2. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Delta Chelsea

 

Kids love this downtown hotel. It could be because of the 130-ft corkscrew water slide, or perhaps it's the kids' centre filled with activities, and the special treats they get when they check in. It does its best to cater to the younger set and their parents, who can take advantage of the theatre babysitting and grab a show, or escape for a couple of hours at the adults-only pool.

 

Teens will enjoy Club 33, their very own lounge stocked with video games, and teen shoppers will also appreciate the hotel's location, right next door to the Eaton Centre.

 

Do sign up the kids to Camp Chelsea, a drop-in full-day activity program, if you're here during March break or the summer. Extra fees apply.

 

3. Best Accommodation in Toronto, Canada: Drake Hotel

 

Here at The Drake, guests sleep in crash pads (other hotels call them rooms). The restaurant, cafe, patio and nightclub are filled with young film producers and other artsy types. Looking around at the stylish young patrons, it's easy to forget the hotel like the West Queen West neighborhood it's in was pretty derelict in the not-so-distant past. Now the hotel is known for its art vibe with an in-house curator and imaginative collection, as well as its thriving nightlife.

 

Don't be surprised if the room-service menu has more than just food.