There is a rumor that the hotel will be torn down and replaced with condos. I hope not, there are already too many condos and not enough hotels in downtown Toronto, plus the staff are excellent and do not deserve to lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
We really enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere of the hotel. We were within a ten minute walk to Eaton Center and public transportation was very accessible. Every morning, we were able to enjoy hot, fresh breakfast items. The rooms are cozy and comfortable; just like staying in a studio.
Took a surprisingly long time to check in when we arrived at 2am, but the staff were pleasant and I've rarely been happier to sink into bed. My one major complaint is that they charged us for internet. But even with that I would stay here again because of the super-convenient location.
The northwest shore of Lake Ontario is home to Canada's largest city and the fourth-largest city in North America. Gear up for Toronto's immensity from the outset: this green city has a financial district of world importance and the needle-like CN Tower, but also a gentler side with hundreds of parks and 52 outdoor skating rinks open from December through February. If you prefer the great indoors, Toronto also has PATH, holding the Guinness World Record for the world's largest underground shopping complex, complete with 18 miles of pedestrian tunnels.
Start with the CN Tower, a structure that was the world's tallest until eclipsed by newer projects. If you're into extreme urban adventures, opt for the Edgewalk, a tethered but hands-free walk on the roof over the tower's revolving restaurant 1,168 feet above street level. Make sure you book ahead for this particular adventure, but don't fret if daredevil thrills are not your idea of fun. You can experience a tamer version by opting for a glass-paneled elevator ride up more than 1,100 feet to the Lookout, the Outdoor SkyTerrace or, 300 feet higher, the Skypod. The elevator floor is also glass for a stomach-tumbling experience!
Back on the ground, you'll find plenty to do. The Royal Ontario Museum, paired with the Art Gallery of Ontario, make a perfect itinerary for museum lovers. The latter institution is home to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre and houses 900-plus works by this important 20th-century creator. The city is also overflowing with musical cultureeverything from world-class symphony, opera and ballet to reggae, Broadway and hip-hop. For a Hearst Castle-like experience, visit the Casa Loma in midtown.
If you're more of a sports enthusiast, try the Hockey Hall of Fame or see the Toronto Argonauts play in the Canadian Football League at the Rogers Centre. If you opt for a CFL game, note that the field dimensions are longer and wider than in the NFL and that there are only three downs, so expect an exciting passing game.
Toronto is also a multicultural powerhouse with over 140 different languages spoken locally, so enjoy the many authentic world food choices that you'll find in just about every neighborhood. In particular, check out its thriving Chinatown, the St. Lawrence and Kensington Markets, and The Distillery Historic District. The latter gets its boozy name from the Victorian distillery warehouses that line the streets, though nowadays you'll find a huge number of chic cafes, independent shops and galleries, and top eats from pub grub to French patisserie.
The Toronto International Film Festival, held each September, gives you the chance to see numerous publicly-screened offerings while catching a glimpse of your favorite Hollywood and international film artists. Check out the city's bursting program of free winter events if you're on a budget: from public ice-skating to the sculptures at Ice Fest, to free opera at Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) handles all international flights and is 14 miles northwest of downtown Toronto in Mississauga, Ontario. Union Station sees a high volume of inter-city rail passengers each day and is worth a visit, if only to walk through its historic edifice built in the era of grand railway stations like those in New York and Washington, D.C. Toronto's extensive subway and streetcar system puts the whole city easily within reach, so any of the city's hotels will offer convenient access.
Very conveniently located in the heart of downtown. Staff were very courteous and professional... will stay again!
A well run and comfortable Hampton Inn. Larger than most. Busy with airport traffic. There are restaurants at the two neigboring hotels, and if you have a car, more options a mile down the road.
We checked in here for the weekend and the staff were so nice and helpful. Rooms are a bit small but still very nice. Housekeeper and turn down service was great.
The hotel staff was very friendly, welcoming & informative - perfect after a long day of traveling and needing to get settled in quickly. The room was clean & comfortable. The bed was really comfy - I slept really well. The A/C was a little loud so I turned it off to get better sleep. No loud sounds despite's being adjacent to the airport. One of the room lights didn't work. Orchid restaurant staff was super friendly. Shuttle service to the airport was timely and super duper convenient. I would stay again.