InterContinental Toronto

220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1T8

Sky Lounge

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#17 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.1
4.1
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of InterContinental Toronto

Sleek Yorkville hotspot with penthouse level lap pool.

Firstly, I love this hotel for its penthouse-level lap pool and sunny outdoor terrace, but add to that a sleek vodka bar and hip "sky lounge" and I'm won over entirely. The service also wins points and the location is perfect for a short Toronto getaway or for a business stay.

Location: 

Surrounded by big name boutiques and some of the city’s most must-see museums (the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Bata Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum), the HI is well-connected, transit-wise. It’s just feet from St. George subway station, so you can be on Queen, at Bay and King or right down on Front Street within minutes.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are solidly good in a confident, upscale, luxurious kind of way, but won't blow you away. The bathroom has stately marble, beds have pillow-top mattresses, and rooms have bay windows that open out onto the streets of Yorkville.

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Eating and drinking: 

The InterContinental has a trio of excellent eating and drinking venues. I'm torn as to whether I prefer the lower level Proof Vodka bar or the delicious summer haven of the Sky Lounge — where tapas and cocktails star from 4 p.m., May through till October. For more substantial fare, Signatures restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch seven days a week and lunch six days.

Leisure facilities: 

I just love that rooftop pool. I love most rooftop pools, but this one wins extra points for its sunny, south-facing outdoor terrace and herb garden. Lounging in a plush chair on the terrace, cocktail in hand, after a strenuous swim in the lap pool is a perfect way to relax.

Service: 

Good: It's genuine, good-natured and helpful. Between all the staff members, there are 33 languages spoken here, which I find pretty impressive.

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Who stays there: 

Businesspeople, families and parents visiting students at U of T.

Price advice: 

Wifi will set you back $11 to start with. If it's not vital, there are several Starbucks nearby with complimentary WiFi access. Parking is $25 if you park yourself or $35 if you opt for valet parking.

Pros: 
Rooftop pool
Hot nightlife

More information on InterContinental Toronto:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1T8
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Downtown

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