Since I knew very little about Toronto prior to booking this most recent trip, I decided to turn to TripAdvisor in order to get the name of the Number One-rated hotel in the city. Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square certainly lives up to its ranking.
Before even setting foot in Canada I knew that we were in for a real treat this past weekend. While perusing the hotel's website, I noticed that they offer a "Shoot and Score" package which includes two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game as well as other little extras. One of said extras included a reservation at the Real Sports Bar and Grill following the game. The joint was jumping upon our arrival, and if we hadn't had a reservation, let alone a prime table right by the bar and the ginormous screens featuring various sports matches, we would have been cooling our heels for at least an hour. Even for a nonsports fan like myself, the Real Sports Bar and Grill has such a fun atmosphere and delicious food that I would highly recommend it to other nonsports fans.
Needless to say, the "Shoot and Score" package is a great choice for any hockey fan visiting Toronto (like my husband). And on really cold nights, there's even an enclosed walkway between the hotel and the ACC and the Real Sports bar -- no heading outside necessary!
Also, a couple of weeks before arriving in Toronto, I began e-mailing with the hotel's marvelous concierges, Susan and Gregory, who graciously helped me arrange a very memorable few days. They recommended points of interest, restaurants for dinner (and they even made the reservations for us) and they also arranged for us to have a delightful in-room massage upon our arrival (the massage therapists were both friendly and well-skilled in their craft. Definitely a highlight of the trip).
Susan and Gregory were two for two when it came to dinner recommendations. Both our meals at Origin and Enoteca Sociale were absolutely delicious, and we never would have known about either restaurant had it not been for our concierges.
Everything about this hotel was spectacular -- from the convenient location (it's right next to the Air Canada Centre, which is where the hockey game took place) to the impeccable, friendly service from everyone we encountered. We were thrilled to meet Gregory in person, who recognized my name immediately upon our arrival. He even went so far as to bring up a tray of tea and snacks following our massages. True class.
The room itself was better than we could have imagined. The mattresses and pillows were so incredibly soft that I probably got better sleep during a 20-minute power nap than I usually do on a given night at home. The sleek decor and rainfall shower were a real treat -- except I had to keep remembering to draw the blinds on the shower since it's technically part of the room! Another cool amenity is instead of leaving a "Privacy Please" or "Please Make Up the Room" tag outside the door, there is a light switch panel next to the bed. If you hit "Privacy," a small red light illuminates outside your room. If you hit "Make Up Room," a green light illumniates and the housekeeping staff knows they can tidy up.
The Play Lounge, which is the bar in the hotel, was a perfect place to cap off each evening of our stay, as it was small and quiet with yummy drinks and smiling waitstaff.
My only, only complaint about our stay is that the breakfast (which was included in our rate) was a little disappointing. The pastries were stale, the selection is limited, and the coffee didn't taste good (thank heavens for a Tim Hortons on almost every corner). There is a coffee maker in the room, but it only made espresso -- since we prefer regular coffee over espresso, I'd like to suggest Le Germain Maple Leaf Square consider switching out espresso makers for coffee makers. Rest assured that these quibbles certainly wouldn't deter me from returing to Le Germain Maple Leaf Square upon my next visit.
As this is a boutique hotel chain in Canada, it seems to me it remains a bit of a secret to my fellow Americans. Here's hoping this review will bring more stateside visitors into the realm of this magnificent hotel chain.
Again, a spectacular experience overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Toronto's Second Le Germain HôtelGroupe Germain is reasserting itself in Toronto with Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. Integrated into the complex for which it is named, this 167-room boutique-hotel is one element in a real estate development that combines condominiums, offices, retail shops and restaurants.Hotspot for Sports and EntertainmentLocated just steps from the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey) and the Raptors (basketball), and venue for Toronto's hottest events and shows, the hotel is at the heart of it all.Quiet Oasis in a Buzzing NeighbourhoodAlthough the hotel is immersed in the city's vibrant core, it remains loyal to Groupe Germain's philosophy, which is founded on elegance combined with authenticity. Each Germain property strives to achieve the same goal: to offer a comfortable and inviting atmosphere where personalized, yet discreet service is of the utmost importance. ... more less
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