During our recent trip to Ontario, we decided to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto for a few nights. Since it was a short stay, we treated ourselves to a little bit of luxury.
When it comes to luxury hotels in Toronto, there are many options. But, since we are trying to collect enough Bonvoy points for a stay in Bora Bora, we “had” to stay somewhere in the Marriott family of hotels.
The Ritz is very conveniently located, if you are looking to attend a sporting event or a concert. It is within walking distance to the Scotiabank Arena, home of the Raptors (NBA) and Maple Leafs (NHL) and the Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays (MLB). And, it’s a quick walk to Union Station if you are looking to hop on the subway.
Also, it’s just a quick walk to Front Street, King and Queen Streets with plenty great restaurants, coffee shops and shopping options. Or, a visit to the CN Tower and maybe an EdgeWalk, if you are brave.
The rooms were pretty spacious and the bathroom large and it had both a stand up shower and a bath tub. And the best part was the bed. So comfortable! We had spent the previous few nights in less luxurious surroundings and were in desperate need of quality sleep. Our room was a bit of an upgrade since we had a balcony with views of the city, which was nice.
Food and Drinks
We were lucky, the weather was beautiful for our visit. One afternoon, we decided to go to the DEQ Terrace, their outdoor bar, for a snack and a few cocktails. It was the perfect way to unwind and spend a few hours before dinner. We ordered their charcuterie board, not only was the presentation great, each element tasted great.
Also, one evening after being out late, we decide to order room service. It was nothing special but probably one of the best salads that we’ve ever had. The quality of each ingredient was high and exceptionally fresh.
And, we did stop by the Ritz Bar for a quick drink before dinner. They have a lot of interesting signature drinks and beer options, including nitrogen cocktails. Obviously, I opted for one of those. The one that I picked was called Pisco Pasion. It’s made with Pisco, Passion Fruit Purée, Simple Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Egg Whites. Best part, it’s served in a long stemmed martini glass topped with flash frozen passion fruit sorbet. Delicious!
Each afternoon, they offered a snack in the lobby. One day, it was ice cream and sorbet with all the toppings. And another, an impressive candy bar.
I would love to be able to say that we took advantage of the fitness facility, but that’s not the case. We did mostly walk everywhere so that makes up for it, right?
The most surprising thing was how quiet it was. Given that it’s downtown Toronto, the largest city in Canada, it did not feel like it at all.
The service was impeccable and everyone very helpful. The Ritz Carlton Toronto, we will definitely be back.
If you are reading this post because you are planning a trip to Toronto, you might be interested in what we did while there. Click here to read all about it.
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