Ideal: one block from King subway station and right on the King streetcar route. Everything you want to do in downtown Toronto is right at the door.
Soaring ceilings, regal décor,suites with chandeliers, this opulent, century-old pile in the heart of downtown, has 298 guestrooms and suites. I was quite pleased to note that while the décor has been inspired by the last century, the bathroom fittings are as modern as can be — they didn’t make power showers like that in Victorian times.
With its two-storey lobby with ornate cornicing, arches, pillars and soaring skylight, the foyer feels rather Old South and makes me want to call for a Mint Julep. Up on the second level, there are all sorts of perches and nooks to watch the world go by from.
Eating and drinking
The Consort Bar feels like going back to a richly embroidered corner of the 19th century — it’s a deliciously indulgent spot for an afternoon or evening tipple. Victoria’s Restaurant manages to offset the hotel’s old world charm with modern art pieces and more up to date menu.
The fitness centre has a whirlpool and sauna. There is a day spa on premises.
Impeccable: service is above and beyond call of duty at every turn.
Who stays there
Family groups, girlfriends, couples, businesspeople.
The net comes at a price - $13.99 before tax - so head to Starbucks and spend the money on lattes instead.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Afternoon tea