My wfie and I were first time travelers to Toronto and I was concerned about the split of reviews on this site between "great" and it "stinks." I booked a long weekend in October through Travelocity at under $200 a night US. Hotel is a very solid 3 1/2 to 4 star hotel.
Concierge had champagne in the room (wife's birthday) and also arranged a car pick up for my mife and I at the airport. You don't need a car in Toronto. Check in was a breeze, although the lobby area is a very small space... on a busy weekend, I can see how the entrance could become very crowded and check-in could become frustrating as others here have complained.
We had a standard room with a very comfortable King bed. Bathroom is small, but I'd have to guess that the hotel rooms are probably converted studio apartments. We had no use for the kitchenette but it could be a nice touch for others.
Location is exceptional. One block from the Eaton Center and literally 200 feet from the Canon Theater where we watched Wicked. Everyplace we went during the weekend was within a 20 minute walk. For those looking for places to eat -- the best meal we had during the weekend was at the Pure Spirits Oyster House in the Distillery District.
Spent an afternoon in the Pantages Spa which was very relaxing. Not quite a 5-star spa but very worth the $$.
Downsides -- the Martini bar is nice but expensive and the hotel doesn't have enough staff in the bar if it is crowded. There is no hotel restaurant - therefore no free continental breakfast like many hotels - so you have to include the cost of breakfast into your budgeting. Didn't bother us at all, but it is worth knowing. The hotel does have a door directly into an adjacent very nice diner - but it is separate from Patages.
Overall, I didn't want to spend the $250-$300+ a night to stay at the SoHo, Four Season, Le Germain, etc. We had no problems with our stay and at $200 a night, I'd return to the Pantages Hotel without any concnerns. Hope you find this helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of downtown Toronto, Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre offers style and luxury while pairing contemporary design with modern architecture and personalized service. This stylish boutique hotel includes a full service spa, exclusive meetings and events floor, martini bar & lounge with weekly live jazz. Our 90 well appointed suites are loaded with amenities that cater to short and long term stays and leave you wanting for nothing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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