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It's Classic Over Carefree for Anthony Bourdain in "The Layover" Toronto

December 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM | by | ()

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 5:The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto: This advice from Bourdain: "If you're traveling for work and want to stick your accounting department with unpaid bills for your swank accommodation, you should probably stay at the excellent Ritz-Carlton." He goes on to big up their comfortable beds and ability to get "a good steak" on the premises. Top praise for this hotel located in the middle of the city's financial district that also commands top rates beginning at 545 CAD ($543) in the dead of winter.

Honorable Mention: The Drake Hotel: "If you're young, carefree and still getting the occasional check from mom, The Drake Hotel in Queen West is excellent, too," Bourdain says. There's a mention of the hotel's rooftop lounge space and underground performance area, but our guy is silent on the sex kits we talked about years ago. No matter, as he says, the hotel has "good food and a whole lotta scene at prices mom can afford." That would be starting at 169 CAD ($171).

Honorable Mention 2: The Renaissance Toronto: We touted this hotel for its killer view, and Bourdain agrees, saying, "If you're in town for sports, the Renaissance Hotel at Rogers Centre is, well, close. Though some locals would wonder why you'd care." Ouch! A Torontonian comparing the Blue Jays to a little league team makes it extra harsh. Still, there's no denying that having a hotel room attached to a baseball field isn't pretty damned cool and with rates starting at 159 CAD ($161), we think it's well worth it.

[Photos:Travel Channel/dead_squid]

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