Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Le Germain Toronto
30 Mercer St., at John St., Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1H3, Canada See on Map Fodor's Choice
Conveniently located near the TIFF Lightbox, site of the Toronto International Film Festival, this hotel is swanky and personal enough for Hollywood starlets, tech moguls, and music industry big shots. It blends seamlessly with the historic architecture of the surrounding theater district. The lobby has a floor-to-ceiling library wall, white couches and blond wood. Guest rooms are equally sleek, with high-end bedding and bath products. Suites are all unique, with separate bedrooms and living rooms, fireplaces, and private terraces that afford views of the skyline. Planning a late night? No problem. There's no set check-out time.
Golfers, you've found your hotel. There's a putting green on the roof. Plus, do you know about the complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, featuring Montreal bagels, oatmeal, cheese, egg dishes and more? It goes above and beyond the "continental" descriptor, and it's a wonderful way to quiet a hangover.
Singers and performers of all variety may want a humidifier in their room to counteract dry throat from winter heating. Just ask! You can also sleep in--there's no set checkout time.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Showers and tubs are separated from the bedroom by a glass wall with blinds that pivot for privacy. You may require more of a barrier, depending on personal circumstances.
Clubby and intimate, the lobby of this 11-story building is a great place to debut your new designer dress. Blond wood and low white sofas--there are even a few indoor Bali beds--are the focus, along with curved-back chairs and a floor-to-ceiling library, complete with library ladder. Ask at reception for a ride in the Lexus courtesy car. The restaurant and bar is to the left of the entryway, ground floor.
That signature red floor is sexy and eye catching! Floor-to-ceiling views make your time on the treadmills less arduous. While not enormous in size, the rooftop gym is well appointed, with stability pull-down machines, tera bands, lat pull-down machines, a rowing machine, an incline bench, free weights and an elliptical.
Feel free to noodle around on the putting green. Clubs and balls are provided.
Relaunched with a bright new decor, Victor Restaurant serves gourmet market cuisine in style. Blue booths, designer light fixtures and built-in shelves make for a pleasing ambiance. The soaring ceiling and wall of windows keeps it sunny and welcoming all day. This is where guests linger every morning over their decadent free breakfast.
Locals come by regularly for the seafood tower, the Tomahawk steak, and the mac and cheese side dish. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Pssst--there's a rooftop terrace, too!
All you need to know: they have Campari Negronis on tap! Plus, they have a selection of cheeky cocktails, such as the slyly political Orange Dictator. (Wink). The bar inside Victor is great for flirting, with the low booths and clear sight-lines. You'll find what you want on the wine and beer menu. If not, ask the resident mixologists to work their magic.
Near the St. Andrew subway station, the hotel is in the Fashion District, not too far from any downtown destination. Valet parking is $50 plus tax per night, or $25 plus tax for the day. Take taxis around town, or simply walk.
Michael's on Simcoe (11-minute walk) is a quiet place to enjoy an in-house aged steak and a tumbler of good scotch. Or, appreciate the vintage posters lining the walls of Le Select (8-minute walk), a classic French bistro with more than 1,000 bottles of wine on the list.
Cactus Club Cafe (13-minute walk) is a scene. While technically a restaurant, the bar is a cauldron of ambition, social climbing and high-end schmoozing like you've never seen. The mixology aims to delight. The same can be said for the rooftop bar at Bisha Hotel (1-minute walk), where the dramatic cocktails are in line with the decor.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Tickled by the chic renovation, we love the Germain's cozy vibe and boutique pedigree. It never hurts to offer a Lexus courtesy car, eco awareness, a Tesla charging station and no checkout time. We're suckers for libraries and especially library ladders in lobbies--alliteration notwithstanding. The free deluxe breakfast buffet is a winner, as is the location in the fashion district. This small, family-owned Canadian chain of upscale hotels sets the bar high, then raises it with each upgrade. Well done.
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