Le Meridien King Edward

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Address: 37 King Street East, , Toronto, M5C 1E9, Canada

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

Stately charmer, full of pillars and pomp, in the heart of the Financial District

Good enough for Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain and The Beatles, Toronto’s beloved “King Eddy” has held court on King Street since 1903. A wealth of marble columns and opulent décor, I love this hotel for a romantic break or for a girls’ getaway. It feels like a five-star at four-star prices.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

The fitness centre has a whirlpool and sauna. There is a day spa on premises.

Service

Impeccable: service is above and beyond call of duty at every turn.

Who stays there

Family groups, girlfriends, couples, businesspeople.

Price advice

The net comes at a price - $13.99 before tax - so head to Starbucks and spend the money on lattes instead.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Afternoon tea
  • Atmosphere
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