Excellent: in a cluster of hotels and next door to CBC and the Convention Centre, the streetcar stops just across Metro Hall Park, and the subway is three blocks away.
It’s the Ritz-Carlton, so the 267 rooms are as opulent and elegant as you’d expect. They’re also some of the largest rooms in the city, at a minimum of 450 square feet. I found some lower down rooms in this 53-story tower to be a little gloomy during the day, but the rain showers, twice-daily housekeeping and turndown more than easily distracted me from any such quibbles.
The lobby is as palatial as I expected, but the building’s modern lines make a nice contrast with the gilt edges of traditional Ritz Carlton style. There’s also a 24-hour business centre, upscale restaurant and bar and bar-patio.
Eating and drinking
Homely food stars at restaurant TOCA — if your home has a large staff, exquisite place settings and fantastically wealthy guests, that is. I’m craving another lobster BLT or another few bites of Mill Street Brewery beer-battered lobster and chips. There’s also an enticing-looking bar area and the space I’m most looking forward to this summer — DEQ’s spacious outdoor patio.
There is a glitzy spa, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, plus well-equipped health club.
There were no first-day jitters at this place, Ritz Carlton’s legendary service was in place before they opened the hotel’s doors.
Who stays there
Well-heeled families from Canada and the US Northeast and businesspeople.
WiFi is complimentary throughout the hotel. Valet parking is a hefty CAD$42 a day.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Travellers with pets
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent dining
- Top-notch service