Brilliant: right on one of the busiest corners of downtown, the old Dominion Bank Building (it was the HQ of the Dominion bank for 126 years), steps from King Street subway station and streetcar stops. Right beside an entrance to the underground PATH system.
Gorgeous: I love having a kitchen (or mini-kitchen, depending on room) at my disposal, plus the washer and dryer are always a bonus. Rooms vary significantly between those in the old 19th century, 12-storey building and the gleaming 51-storey condo tower, nicknamed “The Sliver.”
The lobby has scatters of armchairs, a bar area, cream marble and the usual off-white colour scheme. For those of us who don’t have “proper jobs,” it’s a shame so many of the really cool old banking areas are kept for meetings.
Eating and drinking
There’s a smorgasbord of eating and drinking venues on offer — Henri’s Bar in the lobby, the sleek Bistro on King (great buffet breakfast, by the way) and Petite Thuet, an acclaimed sandwich/salad/patry option is off the lobby.
The 17th floor rooftop fitness centre has some great lake views. The terrace is gorgeous once the snows melt in April, right through till it gets chilly in October. There are two saunas, a hot tub and the curiously named “resistance pool”, which I seem to have absolutely no resistance to getting into.
Excellent: they really go out on a limb for you here and seem to be on top of everything. Impressive.
Who stays there
Businesspeople and Ontario couples on city breaks and romantic weekends.
Parking is a fairly standard $30 a night. In-room Internet is wired only, so leave the Mac Book Air at home, and comes at $9.99 a day. It’s comped in the lobby and other public areas, though, if you don’t have to be online much.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great pool
- No in-room WiFi