After finally arriving in LA after an epic road trip across Route 66, I was beckoned back to Toronto for two video shoots and a photo shoot for a quick little work visit (oh the irony!). Since I no longer have an apartment in Toronto, I chose to stay at Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square for its close proximity for all the meetings and appointments I had booked. I seriously fell in love with this boutique-feeling hotel.
The Room – I love that there’s FREE WiFi and that it was relatively painless to log on. My guest room featured Frette linens, a rainfall spa shower, bathrobes, mini-bar and a great little workstation overlooking Maple Leaf Square. My room at Hotel Le Germain was very modern with painted cement walls, warm wood accents and a well-designed closet area with lots of room for a suitcase to sit open and two closets.
I thought the basketball art was a clever nod to our proximity to the Air Canada Centre, a local sports venue where the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs play.
The Location – Hotel Le Germain is part of two larger condo buildings (but you’ll never bump into residents) overlooking Maple Leaf Square. It’s also walking distance to Union Station for the subway and a lot of major Toronto attractions and shopping. The only thing to keep in mind is the noise when a game or concert is letting out and people are honking below. The hotel does provide earplugs as it is situated right in the downtown core.
If you’re flying in late and are looking for an inexpensive and easy dinner – head to the Longo’s salad bar around the corner for water, snacks and healthy affordable food options.
The Deluxe Continental Breakfast – Included with my stay at Hotel Le Germain was definitely a nice touch. The last thing I want to think about on check-out day is what I’m going to eat in the morning and where I’m going to find it. After packing up my suitcase, I rolled it down to the second floor mezzanine and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast spread with gourmet coffee.
The breakfast featured my go-tos like fresh fruit, warm croissants, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and cold cuts. There was also cereal, an oatmeal bar, a selection of juices and pastries on offer.
It was honestly perfect. I don’t like a heavy meal before I have to sit on a plane for hours on end or when I have to rush off to a meeting or work.
I would definitely Hotel Le Germain for business travel – it’s quite close to the financial district, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the subway. It’s stylish, modern and chic compared to some of the cookie-cutter hotels nearby. If you’re planning to head into Toronto for a concert, game or romantic getaway – the location can’t be beat.