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I’m currently on Star MegaDo 5, and while there is a brief break in the action, I wanted to tell you about the hotel I stayed at for one night this week, the Ritz Carlton Toronto. From memory, I think my only other time visiting a Ritz was when I was in about 8 years old and I went to hear my uncle play the piano at a Rtiz. I got all dressed up and went with my grandparents and cousins to the hotel for the big event. At the time I certainly never dreamed I would stay in one, though I’m pretty sure I pretended I was doing so on that visit a la Home Alone 2 style.
Fast forward to this MegaDo, and when one of the hotel options in Toronto was the Ritz, I decided it was time to finally try one out beyond the lobby area. Basically, it lives up to its reputation. This particular Rtiz Carlton has 263 rooms and suites and is located in downtown Toronto within walking distance of all sorts of restaurants, stores, and attractions. When I arrived, there were formal dresses on maniquins in the lobby so I quickly learned that this hotels was also playing host to some Fashion Week events in addition to the MegaDo.
The Lobby and Check-in:
The lobby features a large chandelier, seating areas, complimentary coffee in the morning, and very helpful and courteous staff members. There is both a bar and restaurant located off of the lobby if you don’t want to have to leave the building in order to get a drink or a bite to eat.
My room was on the 6th floor and had a king bed that was extremely comfortable. There were more than enough pillows to build your own pillow fort, and enough fluffy blankets to curl up and pass out. I seriously never wanted to get out of bed!
The only thing tempting enough to make me get out of bed was the enclosed patio just off of my room. Given the cool morning Canadian air, this was the perfect spot to wake-up with a cup of coffee. It would also be great if my daughter was here as it is a totally safe and enclosed space where I wouldn’t have to worry about her falling or throwing something over the edge!
The bathroom was also very nice with a deep separate tub and shower. The toilet was also enclosed in it’s own room, which is always nice if you are traveling with others.
The chocolates waiting in the room were delicious (and horrible for my current healthy eating plan)! I’m guessing this is more related to the MegaDo than standard operations, but it was still a nice touch. The only negative about the room or hotel I can say is that I had some problems off and on with the WiFi. It was very fast when it was working, but it was a little bit temperamental at times.
Sadly I didn’t get a chance to try out My Blend Spa by Clarins that is located on the 5th floor on this short stay, but I love the idea of having a spa within the hotel! I did get a chance to see the salt water pool that is also located on the 5th floor and it was beautiful! There was lots of natural light and lounge chairs all around the pool.
Even though I now have Marriott Platinum status as part of the MegaDo, that doesn’t translate into getting complimentary lounge access at the Ritz. I believe lounge access was going for something close to $100 additional per night. However, if I had the Ritz Carlton credit card I could get complimentary Club upgrades three times annually on paid stays of up to seven nights. Getting that card would also give a free night at a Ritz property…as well as a pretty hefty annual fee.
If you prefer to use Marriott points, you can stay at this particular Rtiz for 40,000 Marriott points per night, which doesn’t seem to be a terrible deal given how nice the property was, and the average going rate.
My stay here was pretty short, so I am sure this property has even more to offer than I was able to experience on this trip, but if I had the points (or the rate was low enough), I wouldn’t hesitate at all to stay in this property again on a future trip to Toronto.