Hotel View with woodpeckers in the foreground, photo by Mike Keenan
Amenities: ""Fantastic!" - my first reaction" The hotel features 567 guest rooms, offering gorgeous views of Lake Ontario and Toronto's skyline. We were in Room 4004 facing the city with spectacular views. The CBC building and the ancient Royal York looked dwarfed in comparison by other towers.
Delta calls their room design "ModeRoom" with a focus on maximizing natural light, and they feature the clever "SmartDesk" a fully wired, mufti-purpose area that provides guests with a clutter-free space, built-in power and connectivity dock, and links from laptop and mobile devices to the flat-screen, high-definition TV. There were pinpoint reading lights in the headboard of our comfortable King-sized bed and bedside plug-ins for Smartphones.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding, an ergonomic workspace, in-room dining and a panoramic city view. Each hotel room features deluxe bedding, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and an ergonomic workspace.
Bathroom: The bathroom is attractive with a glass, walk-in shower and a separate tub with a window and curtain above it for those with romance on their minds.
Decor: As I enter from Lower Simcoe Street, I am greeted with a superb spacious lobby, akin to a modern art gallery, festooned with striking Canadian murals, exquisite and expansive white pine walls and large banks of clear glass east and west that invite attractive views of nearby features.
Back outside, I need cross the street to capture a vertical picture of this, the tallest hotel building in Toronto at 46 floors. (Others that are taller combine private residences with hotel rooms.) I'm told that the structure represents an elegant yet simple glass of sparkling wine, and sure enough, I can make out glass flecks or exterior bubbles suggestive of champagne. The design features are remarkable.
Back inside, I view works by talented Canadian artists including Anda Kubis, Aleksandra Rdest, Jennifer McGregor, Rob Southcott, Adrian Forrow, Glenn Michael, Hyun Chul Kim, Rob Baytor and Teresa Aversa. Their works reflect myriad themes including energy, diversity, urban/rural dualities, light and transparency, heritage and home, geography, politics and hockey. Yes, there is a distinctive collage of sticks appropriately placed in the lobby area near the elevators, followed, of course, by a display of pucks one floor up.
A stairwell mural of Canada's vast countryside by artist Adrian Forrow spans multiple floors and acts as metaphor for travel in itself. And the funky-coloured purple and yellow lobby chairs are accompanied by Brise Soleil by artist Aleksandra Rdest who has created a vibrant mural which showcases the Delta Toronto within the city's spectacular skyline with iconic buildings
surrounding it. The skyline set in vivid colours, a quick glance by a visitor upon entry alerts one to the fact that this building is truly unique.
Hotel Features & History: The hotel is relatively new. The Gardiner Expressway is quite close, and there are 500 parking spaces under the hotel (valet parking $42, self-parking starting at $25). Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBT CA) is 2.43 km away from the hotel, approximately 14 minutes travel time. Cost is about $20 by taxi and a complimentary shuttle is available from the downtown core.
Hotel Activities: Hotel features a 24-hour gym. I tour the fitness facilities with ample state-of-the-art equipment and amazing views on the fourth floor, and an indoor swimming pool and hot tub surrounded by floor-to-ceiling views of the
Supper: Canadian chef Dan Craig, recipient of the BC Chef of the Year award in 2014, heads the culinary team which includes the SOCO Kitchen + Bar, a 150-seat restaurant.
Drinks: Char No.5 is a whiskey bar located in the lobby. It showcases one of the widest ranges of Canadian whiskies in Toronto, with over 60 different types from which to choose.
Service: Staff are simply terrific here. Jeff, the young clerk who booked us in the day before, addresses me by name the next morning, and one need only stand still for a few moments in the lobby before help arrives. Another clerk was kind enough to take me to the Executive Lounge on the 46th floor so I could take some pictures. Here at the Delta, they aim to please, and I highly recommend this wonderful hotel!
Nearby Attractions: The Delta's prime geographic position conforms to the real estate manta - "location, location, location!" Just across the street to the west sits the Rogers Centre, Ripley's Aquarium and the CN Tower! And the hotel is connected to Toronto's PATH system, a 29-kilometre (18 mi.) network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the office towers of downtown Toronto which link to local transit. Guinness World Records lists the PATH as the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 square metres (4 million square feet) of retail space. We arrive on the GO Train and barely need to step outside to arrive at the hotel, a major bonus on today's cold winter day! The hotel is also mere steps away from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, a two-minute walk at most, and close to the new Pearson Airport shuttle terminal.
In the evening, my spouse and I walk up Lower Simcoe for about 8 minutes and arrive at Roy Thompson Hall for a TSO Mozart production. The Theatre District here is Canada's largest and the third-largest English speaking theatre district in the world after London's West End and New York City's Broadway. In the morning, Ripley's, beside the CN Tower, is great fun and only 2 minutes away. This is also an ideal place to stay for Blue Jay's games.
Room Cost: Range: $199-$259
Room Tip or Suggestion: Try to get a room near the top and a city view for great panoramic sights of Toronto.
Proviso: I was a guest of Delta Toronto; however, editorial material above is solely my own and not reviewed by my host.
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Nestled between the Air Canada Centre and the Rogers Centre and directly connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre south building via the PATH, the Delta Toronto is the anchor of the city's coolest new neighbourhood, Southcore (Soco). Soco is an imaginative and inspired mix of work/live/play. You can do anything and everything just a few steps from our front doors.