Grand really is the best way to describe The Grand Hotel Toronto, with their cascading staircase entry, attentive staff and welcoming lobby setting the stage for my stay. I must admit that I was not familiar with this hotel before my stay, but it only took one night for this to quickly become one of my new favourite spots in the city!
The suites at The Grand Hotel Toronto are ideal for longer visits, families or business travel thanks to the generous amount of space! The two story Ambassador Suite that I stayed in felt more like a trendy condo than a hotel room, thanks to the home-like furnishings and spacious floor plan. When I entered our suite the first thing I noticed was the two-story floor to ceiling windows that flooded the room with natural light and gave me a beautiful view of the city. The upstairs bedroom had a king sized bed, large closet and ensuite bathroom. The bed faced the floor to ceiling windows, so that amazing view of the city could actually be enjoyed from the comfort of the bed!
The indoor pool is one of Toronto’s hidden gems! It reminded me of one of the luxurious thermal baths I’ve visited in Budapest. Despite the hotel being quite busy, the pool was quiet – in fact, we had the entire pool to ourselves during our 4pm visit! If pools aren’t your thing, the rooftop patio has two hot tubss with sweeping views of downtown Toronto. Again, the hot tubs weren’t very busy during our visit so it felt like a private rooftop oasis! The fact that they have two hot tubs was nice, because if there is another couple or guests up there you likely will still have one hot tub to yourself.
After experiencing the level of luxury that the hotel offered, I had no doubts that my dinner at their Citrus restaurant would be a treat! For appetizers, Paul and I had the Warm Mushroom Salad and Shrimp & Pork Wontons. The salad was both crisp and rich, with a tangy lemon chive dressing and fresh parmesan shavings. The wontons came on top of a savory red pepper chili oil, that was absolutely delicious!
For mains, we ordered the Brick Cornish Hen and the Grilled Tuna Kabob. For both of these dishes, we were really impressed with the chef’s attention to detail. Everything was plated beautifully, and the thyme jus on the Cornish Hen was the best I’ve ever had. We finished up our meal with an apple tart that was the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Overall, we thought this was a fantastic meal and the menu was extremely well-priced. We will definitely be visiting Citrus again – even when we aren’t staying overnight in the city!
A gourmet breakfast buffet is also served each morning at Citrus restaurant, and offered a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast items. The fact that they serve Illy coffee had me very excited in the morning!
Two other features that made this stay so enjoyable were the gym and the location. The gym is located on the second floor, and was well-equipped with all the equipment needed to get in a great workout. The Jarvis Street location couldn’t have been more convenient. After checking out of my room I wanted to do some Christmas shopping before leaving the city. It took me a swift 7 minute walk to get to the Toronto Eaton Centre – where an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and sights are located.
Ready to experience The Grand Hotel Toronto for yourself? Head to their website for room rates and availability, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to check out the video below for a sneak peek at my stay:
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to The Grand Hotel Toronto as guests, however our opinions remain our own.