The Thompson Toronto is "cool" hotel, the dim lighting, perfumed air, and contemporary tones of the foyer tell you what to expect as soon as you check in.
My room was excellent - very clean, well appointed, and with a great view. The underfloor heating in the bathroom was a first for me, and I really liked it.
I found the staff nothing but helpful and friendly. The hotel endured a problem with the key cards when I was there and while it was a hassle, they calmly assisted everyone impacted in a professional way that kept things in check. The internet outage was even more annoying, but I figured it as gear failure and not the hotels fault - it was fixed after a few hours, but as luck would have it, it failed about an hour before my updated presentation was to be emailed to me so I didn't get to proof it until the morning.
Food from the attached Diner was OK, but only OK. There are so many great choices on adjacent King street that you really don't need to dine in - Toronto has some excellent food choices, many within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Getting into the CBD proper is an easy 10-15 minute walk down Wellington Street, all flat and the cities grid system of streets makes navigation for visitors like me easy.
Downside? Well there's a nightclub on-site, and the noise as people exited and spilled onto the road around 2am woke me up, Seriously annoying, and very loud as dozens of drink idiots shouted, sung, and fought on the streets below. I pity the residents in the area, if this is a regular thing then I'd be pretty pissed. I had important business meetings the next day and didn't appreciate the interrupted sleep.
Apart from that, this is a pretty good hotel and there's a lot to like about it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thompson Toronto, Thompson's first international addition, opened the summer of 2010 in the diverse and artistically driven King West Village, a neighborhood adjacent to the city's financial and entertainment districts. Designed by Studio Gaia, 102 ultra-sleek guestrooms feature dark hardwood flooring, contrasting accents in lush orange and cool white, and floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of Toronto's cityscape. The hotel's three dining facilities cater to all tastes: offering comfort food at The Thompson Diner, a modern incarnation of the quintessential 24-hour American diner, and traditional Japanese at Wabora Sushi.Other hotel amenities include a state of the art screening room, an exclusive nightclub, 1812, and Toronto's first and only rooftop pool bar and lounge. ... more less
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