InterContinental Toronto

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Address: 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1T8, Canada

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

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
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

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.

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.

 

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.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Hot nightlife
  • Rooftop pool
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