A little out of the way — the inn is actually in Etobicoke and not Toronto, it’s a romantic option for those who want to just do a couple of token big city activities then escape back to this luxurious cocoon. Despite the gorgeous setting, the Inn is just a three minute walk from Toronto’s Bloor line subway — making the West End less than 15 minutes from the Inn.
I just love how deliciously romantic the 57 rooms and suites are at this century-old Inn. Windows look out over Humber valley or the courtyard patio and have vast whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and luxe bath robes. The windows open, which is always something I like in a hotel room.
Everything’s really nicely done here — it feels like arriving at a country hotel, despite the city being so close. There are tennis courts and trails to amble along.
Eating and drinking
You can always count on sharing the 300-seat fine dining room with a slew of people celebrating special occasions — I like the celebratory air that this gives the room. The Sunday Family Dinner Buffet is a really fun way to watch Toronto’s well heeled families in their own element. The Home Smith Bar is not nearly as stuffy as I’d expected it to be — I love idling away a Sunday afternoon here, feeling like I’m miles away, just 15 minutes away from home. There’s good jazz every weekday evening. There’s also a slightly more casual restaurant, which is fun for afternoon tea.
A popular escape for Torontonians, the Old Mill Spa has co-ed and women only saunas. I’ve often found that it’s booked out entirely for wedding parties.
First class; helpful, attentive staff can help when you get lost in the warren of passageways in this quaint historic building.
Who stays there
Mostly Canadian families celebrating honeymoons or family events. I’ve never been here without coinciding with someone’s grandmother or great aunt’s significant birthday.
Free parking goes a little way to offset the otherwise pricey restaurant and room rates.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- Room Service
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Gorgeous setting
- Free parking