Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Trip to Toronto | Hotel Le Germain

Disclaimer: The room was offered at a discounted rate.
I've been living in Vancouver, British Columbia for more than ten years now but I've actually never made a trip to the Canadian East Coast so I was pretty excited to visit Toronto for the first time a couple weeks ago. During my time there, I stayed at the Hotel Le Germain Toronto and today I want to share with you my experience. To read on, click.......
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Lobby
Located in the heart of the Entertainment District on Mercer Street, Hotel Le Germain is a luxury boutique hotel that was redesigned not too long ago with some fabulous interior updates (like the amazing library lounge area in the lobby). The location of this place was quite perfect for a first-time visitor like me as it was very close to several of the main tourist attractions in Toronto, such as the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame. The hotel is also located walking distance from the subway station and various transit stops.
Although surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, pubs, and clubs, the hotel is very quiet and peaceful. Unfortunately, there were multiple nearby constructions happening during my stay and boy did they start early! However, housekeeping was very accommodating and left earplugs to ensure that I had the best sleep possible.
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | The Classic Room
I stayed in the Classic Room with a king bed. The room was super elegant with modern decors and a homey feel. I wouldn't say I am high-maintenance but there are two things I need at any vacation accommodation: a comfortable bed and a good shower. The bed at Le Germain was absolutely divine, not too firm and not too soft. The goose down duvet was covered with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and although it was really soft and cozy, it did prove to be a bit heavy for the summertime (unless you really want to crank up the AC). Also, the pillows were not nearly as great as the mattress, they were super compressible so they flattened out as soon as I laid my head on them. However, everything was made okay with the amazing bathroom.
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | The Classic Bathroom
Featuring the most elegant molded ceramic sink and counter, the bathroom has a spacious shower equipped with both a rain shower and a detachable shower head. The detachable head had several spray options so for those that can't stand a weak spray, you would not be left disappointed. To make everything even more luxurious, Le Germain uses Molton Brown toiletries and oversized spa-style cotton robes. I did notice a lack of towel rack though, the few hooks mounted on the wall was not enough for me to hang-dry both the towels and the robes. So the addition of a rack or a few more hooks would definitely help reduce laundry costs.
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | The Classic Shower
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Continental Breakfast
Included in the room fee are free wi-fi (hotel-wide) and continental breakfast held at the mezzanine dining room. The food is not super fancy but it's definitely much better than your typical continental breakfast. There's a good selection of bread, cereal, bagels, and pastries and I really appreciated the inclusion of various cold cuts (and smoked salmon every other morning), boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and freshly-squeezed juices. For a free breakfast, this was definitely some quality (and filling) stuff!
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Continental Breakfast
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Gym
The Le Germain Toronto gym has your basic machines and weights but the highlight of the amenities is definitely the rooftop patio and the mini putting green. The lovely space is equipped with comfy lawn chairs and you actually get a nice view of the CN Tower.
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Rooftop Patio
Hotel Le Germain Toronto | Rooftop Putting Green
My stay at Hotel Le Germain Toronto was absolutely lovely. In addition to the beautiful rooms and the lovely amenities, every single staff member was incredibly friendly and helpful. The hotel definitely has more of an upscale, business-y clientele but I still found my stay to be comfortable and welcoming. If you are planning a visit to Toronto, either for business or pleasure, Hotel Le Germain is a wonderful place to call home.

To learn more about Hotel Le Germain and to book your stay, check out their website here.
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