HOTEL LE GERMAIN: This hotel is found on a small street near the corner of John and King in Toronto’s action-packed Entertainment District. At the end of a busy day, it feels like you’re coming home to your stylish, yet homey, upscale crash pad. Grab a free cappuccino before going up to your room dressed in warm woods, crisp linens and red accents. One of the things we’ve always liked about this hotel is that, unlike some other boutique-billed properties, it has more usable surfaces than you’re likely to need, so if you’re staying for a week or two you can spread out your stuff, find a home for your empty luggage, and still find space to sprawl around your room. Deluxe continental breaky is included, there’s a restaurant/bar, and a nice lobby to hang out in with all the other creative types that frequent the hotel.
Room Rate: $318 CAD for a Superior Room with a queen bed, king bed, or two double beds including breakfast and WiFi
Address: 30 Mercer Street
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL TORONTO: You just can’t beat this hotel’s lobby bar with its mountain-high ceilings, Jerusalem gold marble, pale grey leather furniture, double-sided fireplace and stunning artwork by Shanghainese artist Wang Xu Yuan. The rooms aren’t too shabby either and all have L’Occitane toiletries, rainfall showers, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso machines, iPads, and start at 450 sq. ft. If you’re not afraid to throw around the bucks, book the airport pick-up in a Mercedes Benz, a spa treatment at Miraj Hamman Spa and finish with dinner at Momofuku.
Room Rate: $358 CAD for a Deluxe King room or you can get the same room at an Advance Purchase price of $323 CAD–-not bad for luxe digs.
Address: 188 University Avenue
INTERCONTINENTAL TORONTO CENTRE: Found at the foot of the financial district, this stylish hotel is the only hotel in TO that’s connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s also a short walk from the city’s main train station that houses both the subway and long-distance trains. Since their refresh last August, rooms are light and breezy with all of the Mod Cons you need, but note that you’ll pay for WiFi unless you join the IHG Rewards Club (membership is free). Other perks for biz travelers? There's a 24-hour fitness center and business center, and an Executive Lounge with personal concierge, deluxe continental breakfast and evening hors d’eouvres. Those on the club floor even have access to a complimentary limo service during certain times of the day.
Room Rate: $194 CAD for a Superior room with two double beds and a room on the Club Intercontinental floor is $257 CAD
Address: 225 Front Street West
THE BEVERLEY HOTEL: This minimalist gem is found in Toronto’s hip ‘hood, Queen St. W. Rooms are on the small side, as you would expect in a value-priced property, but feel larger due to the light colors and use of glass in the rooms. And while you won’t be able to host a dance party in your room, amenities are surprisingly luxurious: Frette linens, Body Blitz toiletries (a local brand), flat-screen TVs, and iPod docking stations. Plus there’s a popular restaurant and bar in the basement. You can have your dance party there.
Room Rate: $159 CAD for a Deluxe room and $259 CAD for a Suite, shown in the picture above
Address: 335 Queen St. W.
[Photos: InterContinental Toronto Centre, Hotel Le Germain/TripAdvisor.ca, Janice Tober for HotelChatter, The Beverley Hotel/TripAdvisor.ca]