I should start by saying we weren't paying for the hotel - it's a little out of our price range.
Lovely place - hip boutique hotel, wonderful rooms, great decor, friendly helpful staff. Loved the bathroom, the decor was brilliant, and loved the apples available everywhere to help yourself, the funky water coolers and the coffee and tea (great range of herbal flavours and the best peppermint tea ever) in the breakfast room.
Breakfast was pretty good - comfortable nice space and a good selection of mostly healthy food. The pastries would probably be better if you could heat them - otherwise everything works very well, brilliant selection of juices (I get so sick of apple and orange!) and cereals, plenty of toast, fruit (the melon / pineapple sort, and also whole pieces of fruit - oranges, bananas etc) - enjoyed my breakfasts.
Very comfortable room and bed - slept extremely well.
The lighting system is a bit quirky - very cool mood lighting but in our particular room, to use one of the bedside lights we had to switch all of the lights on - not the most efficient way to go. I think there was a problem with that particular switch.
The location is good if you're doing a conference or event at the Air Canada centre or the convention centre, as my husband was - literally just across the way. There's not a huge amount of innovative restaurants around this area - or at least not that we found. Lots of sports bars, that sort of thing. We went to the King St area a couple of times, to the distillery district, around and about. Not so much in the way of shopping in this area, but it's easy to get to. It's handy for the waterfront and we spent quite a bit of time exploring that area - check out the music gardens, the cute urban beaches, Petways and the general waterfront vibe - very nice. The supermarket in the mall literally out the back of the hotel was brilliant for takeout meals - we often bought salads and hot meals and took them to the waterfront to eat. Highly recommended - great variety and food fresh and good.
It was hard to find anything wrong with this hotel. I only had a couple of niggles. One was that one of our blinds wasn't working which meant having to climb on the desk each day and hand roll it up. It was like that when we got there. We asked about having it fixed and they came and looked but couldn't do anything with it as it needed a part (gear?) and they had been ordered. They said we could call to have someone put the blind up but obviously we didn't do that - who calls someone to put your blind up when you're getting ready in the morning? Not much they could do about this but perhaps having some spare blinds to replace would be a good idea as this is a common problem for these sorts of blinds.
The other minor niggle was having to pay extra because the room had been booked for one person so I could have my "free" breakfast. This was $125 for 5 nights including tax and was a bit annoying as we weren't expecting or budgeting for it and neither the website nor the email communication I had with the conceirge about whether it was included mentioned this. Bit disappointing - breakfast was good, but not $25 good. Also, they don't make it obvious what you pay extra for - such as having your breakfast delivered or the pods in the rooms - not that we did either, but I think hotels should be transparent about things.
Free wifi which worked well. Overall, a very good place.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Orbitz, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Despegar.com, Odigeo, TripOnline SA and Tingo so you can book your Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.