Tucked away on a side street between King Street and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Hotel Le Germain is a cozy escape from the bustle of the city. The lobby has a library area where guests can curl up on sofas and, in wintertime, enjoy the atmospheric crackling of the wood-burning fire. In summer, the rooftop putting green on the 11th floor is the place to relax. Following a full renovation project in early 2015, the minimalist rooms are monochrome with colorful accents, and the generously sized bathrooms have glass-walled rainfall jet showers. The hotel piles on a raft of extras, such as free Wi-Fi, newspapers, and in-room Nespresso coffee machines. There is also a complimentary breakfast that includes croissants and pastries.
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Just steps from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the hub of Toronto's annual film festival, Hotel Le Germain is a popular choice with directors and actors (Robert Redford and Richard Gere were recent guests). It’s also an easy walk from the Rogers Arena and the shopping malls of downtown. CN Tower’s Edge Walk, 116 stories above the ground, is a good way for guests to get their hearts pumping. Afterwards, they can reward themselves with a cup of spicy hot chocolate at Toronto’s famous bean-to-bar chocolatier, Soma Chocolate, before buying some rich, dark chocolate bars to take home.
Need to Know
Rooms: 110 rooms, 12 suites; from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With Top Chef Canada alumnus David Chrystian at the helm, the Victor Restaurant and Lounge keeps locals and visitors happy. The Toronto Tasting Menu is inspired by the wealth of ethnic food to be found in the city and consists of numerous small plates to share. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner, and for brunch on weekends (the Roncesvalles eggs with pierogi are delicious). Spa and gym details: In-room massage is on offer, and there is a compact but well-equipped gym open 24 hours daily.
Who's it for: Business and corporate travelers; couples on a city break; solo travelers. Our favorite rooms: Ideal for longer stays, the Apartment Suite has a two-level living area with a dining room and full kitchen. Upstairs the terrace is perfect for people-watching. Light sleepers should ask for a room on the King Street side of the hotel. Linger awhile: Sleep In Sunday is ideal for those with late flights or who live nearby. Just leave by 11:59 p.m. and there are no extra fees.