During a recent trip to Toronto, we stayed at the Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/Entertainment District for 2 nights. Located in the iconic Entertainment District, this hotel is the perfect home base for families visiting Toronto. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, Mirvish Theatre, CN Tower and the TIFF Bell Lightbox are all within 3 blocks of the hotel.
We stayed in a 1-Bedroom Suite, but there are a variety of suites available, including Studio and 2-Bedroom. This was one of the most comfortable suites we’ve stayed in… it really felt ‘homey’ from the moment we walked in.
Although we wouldn’t be doing much cooking (hehehe), having a kitchen proved to be a wonderful asset during our stay. The full size fridge alone was wonderful for storing our water bottles, take out leftovers and snacks. There is also a microwave, cooktop and dishwasher (along with any dishes, etc you might need).
The 1-Bedroom Suite features a Queen-sized bed and sofa bed and the living area is separated from bedroom by privacy wall. The bedroom also features its own television (2 total in the suite).
The bathroom/dressing layout is pretty much standard, but does have a lot of storage – both on the countertop and the vanity itself.
This room view though! Read all about my CN Tower adventure here.
The (free, included) breakfast buffet area is small but very efficient. Both days that we were there, we had no lineup at all, but when heading out a bit later during the breakfast hours, it was really lined up! Fresh coffee & tea are available at all hours in the lobby area. Speaking of the lobby, the check-in/check-out/any interaction I had with the front desk (or any staff member) was AMAZING! The level of service was wonderful.
There are plenty of seats in the breakfast area, but it was also nice to be able to sneak a full breakfast up to our room (without the cooking!). The breakfast buffet had one of the BEST low carb offerings I’ve ever come across. The usual waffles, pastries and oatmeal bar are available too (and looked pretty awesome).
We had a full sight-seeing schedule planned, but the hotel had a very nice looking pool area, complete with a hot tub. I don’t think I ever saw anyone in either though; the hotel has a large business clientele, and most families are out and about exploring the city like we were. It’s nice to have the option though.
There is also a small but well-equipped fitness room…
… and a business centre. I actually used a hotel business centre for the first time during this trip. I needed some vouchers printed out and this was easy and convenient.
Here is a video walk-through of our suite:
We would definitely stay here again. The price is on the higher end of what we like to spend, but the location is amazing, the rooms are family-perfect, the service was wonderful, and the free breakfast was bomb.
I’m always on the hunt for awesome family-friendly hotels, so if you know of any hidden gems in downtown Toronto, let me know in comments!
For up to date information/rates/specials, visit their website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyztd-residence-inn-toronto-downtown-entertainment-district/