My latest holiday found me in Toronto, Canada's largest metropolis. My knowledge of the city was pretty sketchy and I ended up choosing my hotel the lazy way - adding it on to the flight I had booked on British Airways' website as the price was right and the location seemed right. Location
The hotel's title is bang on the money - it is located in downtown Toronto, and right on Yonge Street, which is a quieter version of London's Oxford Street. The hotel is one block from College station on the subway with streetcars and buses running close by too. If you love shopping then the Eaton Center is a stroll of about 10 minutes away and if you need everyday essentials there is a drugstore right across the street. Check in and First Impressions
Although the hotel is located on Yonge Street, the main entrance is located to the rear of the building but is clearly signposted. There is an airy lobby with plenty of sofas and a check in area which houses 3 desks.
I was travelling with my daughter and we arrived at the hotel around 8.00pm, well after the hotel check-in time of 4.00 pm. Check in was fast and very friendly, with the hotel agent taking a credit card imprint for incidentals and assigning us a room on the hotel's south tower on the 12th floor. We were given two key cards, something I always appreciate.
There are two hotel towers and you have to find the elevators for the tower you are staying in. The South Tower elevators were closest to the lobby area and on the way down we spied a coffee bar and a restaurant, along with a couple of computers and a printer which are available for guests to use if they wish to print off boarding passes for flights home after checking in online. A nice touch I thought.
There were four elevators for the South Tower - one was a service elevator but could be used by guests too. The Room
I was a little concerned when I found our room was located close to the lifts but put this to the back of my mind when I opened the door. The room was incredibly spacious and housed two queen beds, had a large wardrobe which had mirrored doors, had a comfortable armchair with stool and also had a sturdy desk with comfortable office chair. The room also had a large chest of drawers and this was home to a large flat screen TV and there was a bedside table located between the two beds.
The bathroom was spacious and housed a low level bathtub with shower over. The bath had a thick shower curtain around it. The WC was located in here too but the wash hand basin was located outside in a little area opposite the wardrobes. This had a large mirror above and also housed a hairdryer. There was a good selection of toiletries with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and both bath and hand soap provided.
Located inside the wardrobe was a good selection of hangers along with an iron and ironing board.
As I am a bit of a creature of habit, I tend to return to places I know well when I travel. Of late however I have decided to broaden my horizons and it can be tricky to find the right place to stay in a city you have never visited before.