Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Built in 2002 in what used to be a hat factory, this stylish boutique property run by the Quebec-based, family-run Le Germain chain of hotels is a cosy retreat catering to everyone from creative business travellers to weekend sporting-event ‘staycationers’.

Location

9 / 10

With so much within walking distance, including the subway, the location couldn’t be better. Rogers Centre, the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada are a five-minute walk away, as are two of Toronto’s top live-theatre stages and the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox. A few blocks east sits Roy Thompson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the famous Second City comedy club is just at the end of the street. Guests can also walk to the financial district and the shops of Queen Street West with ease.

Style & character

8 / 10

Tucked away on quiet and unassuming Mercer Street, Le Germain is more hideaway than hotel. Comfortable and unstuffy, it plays host to business travellers from the creative industries, local weekend ‘staycationers’, and brand-loyal French Canadians. Nature-inspired colours, patterns and textures bring a little bit of the outdoors inside, creating a Zen, walk-in-the-woods atmosphere.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

Early adopters of the no-checkout-time policy (when you book direct), Le Germain is ahead of the curve in terms of fitting themselves into the rhythms of the guests, rather than the other way around. Service is authentic, unscripted and thoughtful, not to mention accommodating and subtle. A sumptuous lounge-library a few steps up from the lobby has sofas so deep they almost swallow you whole.

  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness centre

Rooms

10 / 10

With dark furnishings, plenty of rich wood, grey concrete ceilings, thick wooden Venetian blinds and forest floor-patterned carpet, the 123 rooms exude style. Recycled felt wall covering dampens the sound. Even sexier is a white moulded-Corian bathroom sink and vanity, and a mirror backlit with flattering, brilliant-white light. Accoutrements include a baby Bose stereo, espresso machine, kettle and minibar.

Food & drink

7 / 10

Sporting an American bistro vibe, Victor Restaurant Bar is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a soothing room filled with soft grays, blue leather banquettes and dramatic dark grey drapery. A swirling gold metal light fixture doubles as an art installation. A classic menu is keep simple, leaning on comfort: things like root vegetable cassoulet, butter roasted scallops and braised lamb shoulder.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from 315 Canadian Dollars (£187) in low season; and from 450 Canadian Dollars (£267) in high. Continental breakfast buffet included, hot breakfasts from 14 Canadian Dollars (£8.50). Free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea. 

Access for guests with disabilities?

Accessibility compliant with three adapted rooms. Not all areas are wheelchair accessible.

Family-friendly?

Absolutely. Children enjoy mini robes, milk and cookies, and other in-room amenities. Cribs and rollaway cots are available. One set of adjoining rooms per floor. Dogs get in-room treats and pampering, too.

30 Mercer Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1H3, Canada.
00 1 866 345 9501
Rooms from £ 186
per night
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