First the pluses. Great attentive service - I inadvertently left the DND signal on so my room wasn't made up, within a minute of phoning housekeeping they were up with fresh towels and offered to completely do the room, even though it was my error. Nice room, spacious; trendy, which can be less than practical (wide, shallow sinks bug me, but they look nice). Minor housekeeping flaw in that shower had a couple of stray hairs. On the other hand, floors are laminate or wood, so much cleaner than carpet.
Rooftop bar has a great view but no draught beer and limited beer selection; lobby bar is trendy looking and lively, has at least one decent draught (Creemore). Doormen and front desk people were very friendly, as were bar staff. Actually really like the atmosphere overall.
Although the hotel is hopping and the neighbourhood is all the rage, the street it is on is actually nice and quiet. And if you want a quiet experience, there are two bistro bars on Wellington to avoid the raucous atmosphere of King.
Didn't try the restaurant - I like vegan food and the neighbourhood has lots of options. Also has the Bier Markt with a spectacular beer selection. The menu looked good enough at the diner, with a couple of veggie alternatives, albeit there is a real diner a couple of blocks away with more vegan options and low prices.
Pet Peeves - wifi in room is $15.00 a day!! Ridiculous. Free and reliable in lobby, free but didn't work in rooftop bar. Because of the 24 hour diner I presume, no coffee maker in room. Sometimes I want a morning coffee in bed without having to either pay through the nose for room service or get up and go out. I schlepped over to McDonalds to pay $1.50 instead of $8.00 in the diner or who knows what for room service.
Really though, if you just avoid paying for wifi, parking and coffee the place is really good and I would recommend it. I got a really good deal by bidding on Priceline, so try your luck.
- 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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