Good: on the less glamourous eastern hem of the downtown, it’s not at all bad or unsafe, it’s just not Toronto’s sprucest face. Walk five minutes west and you’re at the Eaton Centre mall or in Yonge-Dundas Square, walk ten minutes south and you can fetch dinner from the Victorian-era St. Lawrence Market. The Dundas streetcar runs east and west from just 100 feet away.
Not quite as shiny as they once were, rooms are still pretty great — especially those two-level suites with the 18-foot windows. They’re impeccably clean and really roomy. I would always choose the ones with the kitchens/kitchenettes and cook up means with delights I’ve found at St. Lawrence Market down the road.
I used to peer enviously across Jarvis Street at the guests-only rooftop scene from a friend’s apartment in an adjacent block, but it was only when I checked in myself that I saw the two hot tubs and the wall where outdoor movies are screened on summer nights.
Eating and drinking
The hotel boasts a street level restaurant called Citrus. Despite the inner city location, the Terrace manages to pull off a sultry Italian feel on hot summer nights. Most room rates include a decent complimentary breakfast buffet.
The comprehensive fitness club and spa are somewhat eclipsed by those rooftop hot tubs and by the gorgeous two-level pool where the décor is Italian palatial meets Gone With the Wind.
Variable: service is uneven, but housekeeping keeps rooms spotlessly clean.
Who stays there
Popular with bus parties and businesspeople in town for a few days or a week.
There are a few nice extras, such as WiFi, and complimentary bottled water. Self-parking is a reasonable (for downtown hotels) $19, valet is $28.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Travellers with pets
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Rooftop patio
- Scruffy street