From the outside this hotel has a grey and forbidding appearance. Inside the grandeur has faded badly. The mail from my travel agent described the room I had paid for as a Deluxe oversized room. (CAD 195+taxes) The check-in guy told me they had given me a lovely queen sized room with a court view. The reality was a tiny, dreary room with one very small window right in the corner which gave onto a dark shaft. If you are feeling mildly suicidal in Toronto and have been booked into this hotel try to avoid room 822 unless you have a bottle of benzodiazapines handy. If you plan to use the room's heating system a pair of earplugs will also be useful as it has a roar like a 747 warming up for take-off.
Chased from my room by a premonition of self-harm I took refuge in the bar as the restaurant was closed for a function. It's one of those under-lit darkwood jobs that passes for old-fashioned and exclusive on this side of the Atlantic. At fifty I was the youngest patron by a good decade. This is definitley the go-to venue in Toronto if you have a new Zimmer-frame to show off. As in the rest of the hotel attention to detail is poor. An excellent local draft beer was served with a small bowl of rather stale broken biscuits. I finally had a very good piece of poached salmon from the bar menu, although I did wonder half an hour after ordering it and still waiting, whether the chef hadn't dispatched an angler off to the Yukon to catch it. I had a good tarte tatin for dessert but despite waiting another twenty minutes to get it, it was served cold.
This hotel doesn't live up to its pretensions or its prices. If you want to run a premium hotel you can't get away with supplying guests with two small ancient towels in the bathroom, worn and stained furniture in the bedroom or air-conditioning so noisy that you can't sleep with it on.
The next night, for 40 dollars less I had a vast and tastefully decorated corner suite in the Toronto Hilton just up the road.
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- Sixteen-story Edwardian Hotel dating from 1903. ... more less
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