The entrance of the Hotel Le Germain is a just a hint of the modern interiors of this Toronto boutique property. I personally reviewed this 167-room hotel which is just across the street from the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors. The Hotel Le Germain also is the "goto" location when big concerts and shows take over the Centre. It is also a short walk to several other sports and entertainment venues.
The entrance has a small lobby area with just the front desk. The staff was plentiful and helpful. They quickly found my reservation and took care of me. They quickly explained the basics of the hotel and gave me my key. I asked about restaurant options and they suggested a few nearby spots.
The front desk also explaining that the key cards are of the RFID type and are not inserted into the door lock just placed against it. The key also activates the elevator access to your floor. This added level of security is a welcomed feature. In the hallway apples were available for snacking. By the end of the day the "art" installation on my floor had only two apples remaining.
When you enter the room the first thing you may notice is the shower. This is just the first clue that this isn't a standard layout for a hotel room. Glass showers are common, but they are usually in a bathroom area not open to the main room. As with much of the Hotel Le Germain, this is a sexy twist on the standard Toronto hotel.
In another sexy twist the scenic painting or the high impact graphic art piece is replaced by a powerful image of a strong muscle-bound hunk of a man. I didn't have a chance to ask if all the rooms share this same image... Wonder if any female figures grace the walls of other rooms?
The bed was very comfortable with nice linens and goose-down pillows. I found a small box with ear plugs beside the bed which makes me wonder if this place gets loud on nights when a major event is taking place. Soundproofing may be an issue. On the night of my stay I heard nothing that kept me awake. But just a few nights after my stay the Rolling Stones were visiting the nearby Air Canada Centre and I suspect The Germain was one big rockin' party.
A nice big 40-inch flat-screen HDTV with a good channel lineup is on the wall opposite the bed. Over at the desk is a series of inputs for the TV so that you can easily connect it to your laptop. I should also note that this was the first boutique hotel review for a project called "7 Hotels In 7 Days: Toronto". The other reviews can be found here.
So here we are back at the in-room glass shower. The window style louvered shades may not be enough for someone who is sharing this room with a not-so-close partner. But if your partner wanted a "show" while you "shower" this could be the best ticket in town!
The hotel boasts a modern bath with plenty of towels and Molton Brown toiletries. Nearby closets offer storage with a suitcase shelf and two drawers. The hotel supplies robes and an umbrella but no iron or board. (Update: The Hotel Le Germain website says the rooms have a "Built-in adjustable ironing board". I guess I missed it.)
This large space illuminated with slowly changing LED lights fills the Hotel Le Germain with an new hue every few minutes.
Just off the lobby is "P L A Y" a comfortable lounge for guests. The Le Germain does not have a restaurant. An interior passage leads to the nearby restaurant e11even. It should be noted that the restaurant has no WiFi and the Hotel WiFi is out of range.
On the second floor guests can enjoy what the Hotel Le Germain calls its "Relaxation Lounge". It is a comfortable space away from the lobby/lounge area. Coffee service is available. NOTE: $30 pet fee. 24hr valet and heated underground parking is available. Computers for guests are also located on this floor.
This was just an overnight stay at the Le Germain. I didn't have a chance to visit many areas of the property. They offer a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness facility. A variety of meeting and special events rooms for up to 130 persons. NOTE: Two "Germain" hotels are located in Toronto, this is the Maple Leaf Square location.
The Hotel Le Germain is a modern upscale boutique hotel in the heart of the action in downtown Toronto. A big plus is that it is located just minutes from several sporting facilities and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The rooms have a cool, hip, young vibe and are very comfortable. This review is based on a visit in May of 2013.