Grand Hotel And Suites Toronto

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Address: 225 Jarvis St, , Toronto, M5B 2C1, Canada

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.9

Four-star hotel with an Italian accent and the best rooftop hot tubs in the city.

I’d go back to this 177-suite hotel just for the rooftop patio with its twin hot tubs alone. There’s just something hard to beat about a rooftop hot tub looking onto a skyline bristling with skyscrapers. The rest of the hotel is luxury a la the glitzier corners of the 1990s — a little brash gone a little faded, but ultra-spacious rooms and suites keep the Grand in the running.

Location
3.7
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Rooftop patio
  • Scruffy street
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