We are back in Toronto for a little visit and were recently invited by Hotel Le Germain for an overnight stay at their Mercer Street location. Staying with our parents in the ‘burbs has been great, but it was nice to actually be in the city and avoid all the crazy traffic in and out of it. How did Toronto get so busy?
Our little mini-staycation was EXACTLY what we needed. The location was perfect for seeing friends and family. I also booked a few meetings that day and was able to use Victor Restaurant as a meet-up spot.
The vibe is urban chic with dark walls, dim lighting, modern furniture and fixtures. It’s well-designed for the business traveler with lots of useful closet space, a spot to put your luggage, shoes, coat hooks and a full-length mirror. Pretty much all the things I look for when I fly in for a work thing and need to get dressed up and out every morning.
The bed was also super plush and all of the linens are from the French Canadian department store, Simons – which is a cool collab on the hotel’s part.
The hotel was built in 2003, but the rooms recently underwent a renovation in 2016.
THE DESK + COFFEE/TEA SITUATION
Hotel Le Germain won me over instantly with a proper Bodum kettle in my room. I’m a coffee drinker in the morning and a herbal tea drinker before bed. I like not having to use my coffee maker to boil water!
Speaking of coffee, Keurig machines are nice – but Nespresso machines in my hotel room are downright luxurious. The hotel provides a couple coffee pods and a proper coffee cup and bodum mug to make my own coffee. No paper cups here!
I also love how the hotel leaves a water carafe in your room. There’s filtered water available on each floor, so all you need to do is take your carafe into the hallway and fill it up. No having to buy bottled water – which I am guilty of doing when I travel.
I LOVE a huge hotel bathroom. This one was pretty open-concept with a glass rainfall shower that looked into the bedroom. You could easily pull the blinds for more privacy and the shower was super luxurious. The bathrobes were also a nice touch.
What I loved was the giant white vanity and huge mirror – there’s no main bathroom door, except for the toilet room. I loved how the space blended in with the room and how open it was. It made the entire room feel bigger and more luxurious because of the grand scale of the bathroom.
Our visit took place during the dead of winter. What I really liked was how close the hotel was to great restaurants, the subway and the underground path. We could cut over to Metro Hall and head underground to walk to Union Station or the subway in about 5 minutes.
Hotel Le Germain on Mercer is also closer to downtown compared to their second location, Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square – which I also loved (see my review here). Their other hotel is in closer proximity to office buildings, the waterfront, Harbourfront and The Air Canada Centre. It’s great if you are going to see a game or concert.
The newly-renovated Victor Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also features cocktails on tap. It recently underwent a major renovation last year.
During our visit, we spotted a Negroni and Bourbon-based cocktail on tap! The restaurant is also where a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served daily for hotel guests.
The breakfast buffet featured fresh fruit, an oatmeal station, hard-boiled eggs, hash browns, yogurt, pastries, juice and coffee. It was a great mix of hot and cold items and so fresh and healthy.
If you’re looking for more, you can add cooked-to-order egg dishes or juices to your breakfast from $9-15 each. But we were really happy with the complimentary breakfast spread and the gorgeous space inside Victor Restaurant.
A croissant, coffee, fresh fruit and hot items to start the day
VICTOR BAR – The perfect place for a nightcap or after-work drink
Overall, we had a fantastic stay at Hotel Le Germain in Toronto. It was definitely a step up as a chic boutique hotel, but affordable compared to some of the luxury properties in Toronto. I definitely recommend it if you’re traveling to the city on business or for a fun weekend getaway.
Parking is pretty pricey at around $45+ a day, however there is a great self-park underground lot under the TIFF Lightbox for $22 for 24 hours which we used. Access to the King street car is also super close by.
To learn more visit Hotel Le Germain Toronto online.
Disclaimer: My stay was provided by the hotel complimentary – however the opinions expressed in this post and on this blog remain my own. I only share what I truly love with my readers.