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Toronto: 7 Hotels In 7 Days - Reviews & Videos

Toronto Skyline Afterdark
These seven Toronto hotel reviews are the result of overnight visits made in early June, 2013.  I can very easily recommend each of these hotels.  They vary in price and atmosphere.  Read the reviews and I'm sure you will find one that matches your vision of a Toronto city getaway.  Video tours of each property are available on my YouTube Channel.

All of these hotels are in the downtown area of Toronto. 


Don't see your hotel on this list?  Contact me and I will consider reviewing your property the next time I'm in Toronto.

Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto a 7 Hotels In 7 Days Review

Exterior of Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
If you enter the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto by the main entrance you will be greeted by the hotel's friendly staff and whisked off to reception.  If you think the beautiful lobby is the only intriguing item here you would be wrong.  Keep reading this review....

Sign for Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
On the street outside the hotel is a massive steel sculpture by the artist Zhang Huan.  It stands along the sidewalk in a shallow pool for thousands of Toronto drivers to see each day.   Don't miss this - you may find it very interesting, but let's get back inside.

Lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
The massive lobby area is divided into several conversation areas.  This area is quiet as business is done and people relax.  Come in the afternoon and the pace begins to quicken as afternoon tea is served.  Hotel staff will help you make a selection from the 68 varieties of tea.  The vibe continues to move forward as local musicians gather around the lobby's beautiful Italian handcrafted piano.  The music extends well into the evening. See the hotel's website for an entertainment calendar.

Living room of 1 Bedroom Suite Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Room 1515 at the Shangri-La Hotel is a One-Bedroom Suite with a lovely view of Toronto's University Avenue.  At first this suite may not seem very large but you soon realize the attention to detail in the fabrics, finishes and design are what set this room and hotel apart.

Bedroom of a 1 bedroom suite at Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
The bedroom has a simple yet elegant feel.  It includes all of the luxury touches you would expect in a suite, along with a few unexpected surprises. The small battery operated alarm clock becomes a small LED flashlight when lifted for late night wanderings around the suite.  It's a small item, but I'm a sucker for a clever gadget.  The bed, pillows and linens were first class.

Bedroom includes HDTV and butlers stand
In addition to the large HDTV in the living room another is in the bedroom.  A handy HDMI connection for the TV has been strategically placed on the bedside table.  One of dozens of well considered touches at the Shangri-la was the butler rack.  I hadn't seen one of these for years.  It is so very handy.

Closet of a 1 bedroom suite
The walk-in closet had plenty of space.  As in the rest of the suite, everything here was first rate:  from the wooden hangers to the shoe trees in both men's & women's sizes.  For more boutique properties in Toronto read my 7 Hotels In 7 Days feature.

Ukata provided along with bathrobes
The room includes both bathrobes and ukatas. An ukata is a summer weight kimono for men or women.  In the closet you will also find a safe, umbrella and slippers.  Again there is an added touch.  You will find a velvet-lined jewelry tray placed in the safe to help you keep your valuables nice and neat.

Bathroom in 1 bedroom suite at Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Marble and more marble marks one of the most memorable bathrooms I've visited.   At every turn from the fixtures to the bath amenities that the Shangri-La hotel provides you can tell that great care was taken in the selection process.

HDTV in bathroom mirror
Why would any hotel guest ever want a TV in the bathroom mirror?  Somebody must, because they provide it here.  For me I see it as more "cool" than practical.  But if your morning routine takes some time this may be just the added touch you appreciate.

Desk in living room area
A comfortable desk is located in the living room.  An iPad provides hotel info.  The desk contains a patch-bay that offers a hard wired Internet connection, AC and USB charging outlets and a variety of connections to the room's TV.

coffee maker
A fancy Nespresso machine is provided as are coffee & tea located in a lovely lacquered box decorated with birds in flight.  A subtle reference to the street side sculpture mentioned earlier.  Just below is are snacks, liquor and a stocked refrigerator.

View of Toronto and University Avenue from Room 1515 of the Shangri-La Hotel
A rainy night in Toronto makes University Avenue shimmer and shine. Performances can be found nearbyat The Four Seasons Centre seen above.

One of several meeting rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La offers a variety of meeting rooms and event spaces.   A large ballroom for major gatherings and a comfortable 42-seat screening room with a state-of-the-art sound system.

Hotel's indoor pool at the Shangri-la Toronto
The attention to detail and design continues into this unique pool area.  A gym is nearby as is one of Toronto's most unique spa experiences.  The Miraj Hamman Spa offers a traditional old-world  Hamman experience in a modern facility.  My one night stay didn't allow the time for a visit but this just might be a reason for a return visit.

Lobster gnocchi at BOSK restaurant in the Shangri-La.
I had dinner at a nearby dive bar jazz club (there's lots of good jazz in Toronto), but lunch was in the Shangri-La's Bosk restaurant.  What a delight: lobster gnocchi followed by a delicious short rib dish.

Fireplace in the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
If you see a trip to Toronto in your future then the Shangri-La Hotel should be on your short list.  I did have a chance to visit a standard room.  It is important to mention that almost all of the features, amenities and luxuries found in my suite shown above are also offered in the standard rooms, just in a smaller space.  I received one complimentary night's accommodations.  This review is my own and not influenced by hotel management.

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel a 7 Hotels In 7 Days Review

Exterior of SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto, Ontario
Well located in Toronto's Entertainment District, The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel is just a short walk from the Convention Center and several great restaurants.  So far, so good.  After hearing mixed reports it was nice to learn that there are two Metropolitan hotels in Toronto.  This one is newer and is the correct pick for someone looking for a comfortable & enjoyable stay.

View of lobby at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
The SoHo Metro's lobby is a mixture of rich classic woods and modern materials all with a contemporary design.   Plenty of staff were always available with information and lots of help.  Just off of the lobby is a small lounge and a bright, airy cafe with tall windows facing the streets of Toronto.

Entrance to guestroom at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
Welcome to room 407.  The room's entry is brightened by the use of light woods and excellent lighting.  A small alcove contains a snack & beverage area adjoined by the open closets.  For more reviews of Toronto properties check my 7 Hotels In 7 Days feature.

Room at SoHo Metro Hotel Toronto
The contemporary artwork and furniture are warmed by the excellent use of wood and fabric.  The hotel provides plenty of space for relaxing while a small but excellent stereo system can fill the room with music.  The TV pivots so it is easily visible from anywhere in the room.

Room interior
The bed was very comfortable with excellent linens.  Controls for the room's "Do No Disturb" light and window drapes are located bedside.

Coffee & snacks
The small alcove near the closet contains a Keurig coffee maker and snacks with a mini-bar refrigerator just below.  I suggest you bring your own favorite K-cups for coffee.  For more on info visit hotel website.

I like the open style closets which the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel provides. It's helpful to see all of your belongings at one glance. There are no doors to open which makes packing easy,especially when it is time to check-out.  The suitcase platform built into the closet is perfect for people like me who live out of a suitcase while on the road.   Around every corner I found small extras that the Metro provided to make life a little easier.  An AC outlet in the room safe allows you to charge devices while they are securely stored.

Bath room at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
From the closet you enter the beautiful marble bath.  Here again is an extra: you can turn on the heated floor.  This is nice!  The tub and shower were not huge, but comfortable and well laid out.  Towels and bath amenities were plentiful and of high quality.

Pool at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto
The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel provides a lovely pool for guests.  A well equipped and staffed gym is also available.  The hotel also offers 13,000 square feet of space for business meetings and other events.

Lobby cafe at SoHo Hotel Metropolitan Toronto
During my stay the main restaurant in the SoHo was under renovation and re-branding.  Lunch in the "Senses Cafe", just off of the lobby was excellent with prompt service.  Here is more info on culture and the arts in Toronto.

Exterior of entrance of SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Toronto
Don't miss the beautiful glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly located just above the hotel's entrance.  In the evening it makes a statement about this wonderful Toronto hotel.  Modern, cool, elegant and hip.  A stay a the SoHo Metropolitan will help make your Toronto visit an enjoyable one.