Showing posts with label Canada Hotels. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just my Two Cents

Just filling you in on my review of the hotel I stayed at in Toronto

The King West Hotel and Residence.

The trip to Toronto was not a difficult one. The thought of stepping foot in another country gave me goose bumps. I don’t travel outside of the US much so every chance I get to is quite the “Moment” for me. Yes I know it’s more than a moment, but you get the idea.

The train ride was a long one (at least it felt long with all the stops). Business class was nice, but the seats were definitely more comfortable in Coach. LOL… I sat there first and was then told that business class was in another area of the train. So up and walking I went and got to business class only to find that the seats were made of tough hard leather and were not very comfortable on my back side. Not to mention that its soo much smaller than coach and everyone wants a window seat (yep I haaave to have a window seat) that everyone scrambles to get to one. Ugh. I hope it’s really empty when I’m headed home.

Anywho, when I got to Toronto, the train station was REDICULOUS!! It was soo big it felt like an international airport. I reached the top and exited the big brass doors into the city. I was happy to see that it looked just like Manhattan ;) I wasn’t sure what to expect so being greeted with a place that looked so much like what I’m used to seeing was nice. It definitely made things less scary.

Luckily the taxis were lined up right outside of the train station. I was at my hotel in 5 minutes. (Oh and FYI, if you give a Canadian cab driver American money, he doesn’t give you the proper change). He gives you what it would have cost in Canada, and THIS particular cabbie, took it upon himself to keep a tip and give me change from THAT. Never mind leaving it to me as to how much he would get. Ugh... the nerve!

Anyway, the hotel was soooo beautiful. I stayed at the King West Hotel and Residence in Toronto. It’s where the IMATS (International Make-up Artist Trade Show) had acquired discounts for attendees and exhibitors. Honestly they couldn’t have picked a nicer hotel. The photos on the internet just don’t do it justice. The Ferrari’s and Mercedes in the parking area were just a hint of what I was to find inside.

The glass and brass doors opened on their own to welcome me into the expansive lobby. The marble floors and gleaming accents sparkled almost as much as the tall Christmas tree in the center of the room. The small bar in the corner catered to people who all seemed to know each other for ages.

The guest services desk representatives were ready and eager to help with check in and all questions those checking in might have had. A smile on each of their faces as they explained the keys, breakfast and amenities offered. I checked in and made my way to my room. When I walked in, it was EXACTLY as the picture on the internet had depicted except cozier. The far bay window area housed a desk with a lamp and a view of the city that just took my breath away. The kitchenette came equipped with a fridge/freezer, sink, stove, coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, plastic storage containers and a microwave! WHAT?! Iiiiiiiii know!

The bathroom came with a large tub and separate shower. The vanity held all my bathroom essentials and even had storage room in drawers and cabinets. One of the room closets was filled with shelves that served as a home for my boots and sneakers, hairdryer, straightener and curling iron. The closet/dresser/TV area was mirrored and nestled into the far wall of the room directly across from the bed. The bed was a plush, queen sized serenity set with a down comforter, 4 pillows (two Queen and two standard) of different density (two firm and two medium). The leather studded headboard reached to the ceiling against a calming brownish/green wall. Doncha just see it in your head?

The green studded chair and ottoman placed in front of the bed was conveniently located near the full wall window for natural light illumination but also had a hovering lamp to the right accompanied by a small coffee table. Being that I’m not a coffee drinker, that table quickly turned into my computer table. Hey, girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. The only drawback with this window is that it wasn’t sealed (or closed all the way) and I could hear all the noise from the street.

The concierge was always soo helpful and seemed to be in such a good mood all the time. Since I got to this hotel around 8ish I was determined to unpack, stay in, order room service and relax. After all, I had to be up early for the IMATS show. Room service was unbelievable! The steak sandwich and fries I had were the BEST things I have eaten in a long time. Rightfully so as they charge you not only for the meal but also a 15% gratuity and a $5.00 delivery charge. A DELIVERY CHARGE!! We’ll leave that alone since I’m sure my all caps exclamation makes it pretty obvious how I feel about THAT!

The only thing that ticked me off about this hotel was the fact that they put a huge hold ($100 per day) on my credit card on top of the hold for the total fee of the room/taxes. It was a hold that they did NOT tell me about. I was soo ticked off because I was so careful when I booked the room and this was not disclosed to me. When I spoke to the supervisor he advised me this is their practice. They do this to reserve money for “incidentals”. After expressing my feeling about that and the fact that it was never told to me when I reserved the room I was left right where I started. I got no where. So this is something that I would definitely say is a strike, but honestly it’s the ONLY strike.

So, if I ever venture to Toronto again (and I’m sure I will) THIS will be the hotel I stay at. It was just too cozy for words. It was truly a home away from home. Enjoy the photos!