As I said, it’s out west, just past High Park — and it’s priced accordingly. But it’s incredibly easy to get around whether you’re driving (the hotel is just off rhe Gardiner Expressway) and on Lake Shore or taking transit. The 501 streetcar stops four minutes walk (I timed it) north. It’s about a 20-minute ride east to the bars and restaurants of West Queen West, twenty minutes further to Yonge Street. Roncesvalles, the former Polish village, the other side of High Park, is a great place for coffee or brunch. Sunnyside Beach, with its Victorian bathing pavilion-turned café is two minutes walk.
Rooms here have two faces — small, north facing "city side" (major Expressway-side) rooms that even management advise are "certainly not for light sleepers" and spacious, two-bed lake side rooms. Even here, there is some noise from Lake Shore, but it's not a huge problem. The hotel's working its way through bathroom updates and will have 80% of the old bathrooms shiny and new by the end of 2011.
The lobby strikes a surprisingly regal note, with puffed up armchairs with gleaming gilt legs and heavy framed portraits. It's a bit of a surprise — seemingly dropped down on top of a compact business hotel from some stately home — but it's comfortable and WiFi is free.
Eating and drinking
The hotel's business focus is underlined by the rather unappealingly named CEO Bistro and Lounge. It's open seven days and is a cheerful spot. My favourite bit is the lake view patio on a summer day. It's open till 10 for food, till 11 for drinks.
The hotel has a compact gym and sauna, but I get much more excited about having the lakeshore biking/walking trail right across the road. Sunnyside's outdoor pool is another bonus. The beach itself is a great sunning spot in summer. There are more trails just a few minutes further in High Park.
Service is eager and thoughtful, always of a better standard than I expect. The restaurant staff seem particularly on the ball.
Who stays there
From what I've seen, it's mostly business folks who stay here and want to be close to meetings in the West End, Mississauga and Etobicoke. It's a great leisure destination, though, and those few tourists who stay here, get the run of the place during the day. In mid-August to early-September, the hotel is overrun with families going to the Canadian National Exhibition, the CNE.
Free parking and free WiFi or high speed net give this out of the way gem extra points.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Beside beach
- No pool
- Away from downtown