Grand Hotel Toronto
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... surprised by how rude the airport staff were - the plane staff had been really funny - their smiles had obviously gone awol. We ummed and ahhed about whether to leave the airport or not (we didn't realise we were allowed to). But after asking yet another highly friendly and definitely not rude information point woman how long it took to get into town, we decided to give it a go as we had about 8 hours before our ...
Ok, so here's the statistics we collected on the way
4321 km driven
Longest day - 972km
9.7l per 100km mileage
21 fill ups
Oil used 1/2 liter
Km on the tow truck 156
# of transformers seen - 1 optimus prime
# of armadillos - 5
# of deer - 1
# raccoons - 1
# thumbs up from other drivers - 23
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So I said a sorry goodbye to my carbon copy, heather and Jaclyn at the airport. Cleared security with the typical swabbing of all my stuff and am just waiting for boarding.... The adventure begins! Landed in Toronto safe and sound. My ears are in agony. Funny enough another fitness instructor I was deployed with was sitting with me! It was a ...
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Loved The Grand
After an endless ride on the highway and what seemed to be an endless ride to Jarvis Street we were so surprised when we pulled up to the front of this beautiful hotel. The surrounding neighborhood was not the greatest. But the hotel it self was five stars in my book.The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The decor is lovely and the rooms are clean and roomy. It was a great help to have the indoor/outdoor parking. I would definately stay here again.
Best Hotel in Toronto
A few weeks ago myself and two friends headed to Toronto just to get away. We stayed at The Grand and what a amazing hotel. This was the first 4 star hotel we have ever stayed in and we were not disappointed.
We split a Grand Deluxe Room and it cost $229 Canadian(extra $20 for the 3rd person staying in a single room)a night which seemed pricy but the room had everything the webpage offered. Indoor and outdoor parking. The room had 2 Queen beds and a pull out sofabed. The room also had a full kitchenette with microwave,mini fridge,side burners,sink,and plates/glasses along with cutlery. Standard 25 inch tv with cable which included the TMNs. The free breakfast was worth it.
Ranging from eggs, bacon, toast, sasuage, potatoes, and even fruits and yogurts. Not to mention the huge cereal and juice selection. Location is not the best but a block away from the Eaton Center on Yonge Street which is a great starting point for where ever you are headed. Jarvis street to most travellers isn't the best placebecause of all the homelessness but in downtown Toronto most areas aren't that great.
Carleton street (Days inn/Primrose) is beeming with prostitutes after dark. A big city is a big city.....in my opinion if you want to travel to nice city and stay downtown without all undesriables. Head to Ottawa. :) I hoped I could offer some insight to this great hotel.
This hotel was very nice. My only gripe is that the carpeting needs to be replaced, and a cushion with a huge hole in it was turned upside down so that you couldn't see it.
Very nice pool, fitness room, and restaurant. I would recommend.
This was in the Executive Suite.
Power bath in that in-room soaking tub!
The hotel was fantastic overall. It was right downtown near the spa and the wedding reception and the Eaton Centre. All near centres of activity for us! The staff was the most courteous and helpful that I've ever dealt with. They let me use the boardroom at 1 am in the morning so that I could wrap a last minute gift for first thing in the morning.
They also let me use the shuttle service to get to my downtown spa. The rooms are actually quite large, but feel cramped. They have basically maximized the "suite" concept to fit the sitting room, kitchenette, ,batch, bed & desk area. We stayed in a deluxe room ... so according to the website, it's one of the smallest you can have. It only felt cramped in the bathroom are, which was beautifully appointed, regardless. They only did the turn-down service for us once. I think it was because were in the room the other nights when they had come in.My significant other managed to try out the work-out facilities and he said they were the largest and the newest of any of the hotel work-out facilities that he's ever used and he travels at least a dozen times a year for work. We checked out the rooftop deck, but unfortunately did not have time to use the two tubs... it had rained just before we went up and there was a light drizzle while we stayed up there to take photos of the magnificent panoramic views!The breakfast buffet had a lot of choice, but for the most part, the breakfast was very plain, yet adequate. The best part was the crispy bacon. They had individual jars of jam and maple syrup, which were excellent quality. The patio was a gorgeous setting for all days.It's excellent value for what you're getting in-room and other amenities. It's also got location going for it in being so central and accessible. While not the best part of town, it's near some of the less desirables spots in town. I would definitely stay at the Grand again, if I had another downtown event to attend to.
I just returned from Toronto after staying at the Grand for the weekend. Be forwarned, the pictures you see on the website are the absolute best that pictures can do for this hotel. For the most part, the building seems old. We stayed in an Executive suite and it really seemed like a simple partitioned normal room. To be called a suite, it should be required that your room is more than 20ft wide (if it was even that much). The fixtures and other fine details of the room were new and modern. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool and the jacuzzis were also great. However, for $330 (CAN) a night, I expected more. I will say this though that for a family of 5 or a couple more this room is great as it gives the parents a seperate room from the kids who have two sofabeds to share while still giving them there own TV.
I stayed at the Grand hotel for a weekend in May. Excellent Service!! The staff was very friendly. The bathroom was small. Everything is as it appears in the picture. Fantastic value.
We stayed in the Grand Hotel from 26th March through until 31st March 2003, Although the area the hotel is in is not very nice, the hotel itself is superb. The pictures on the web site are acurate, including the wonderful pictures of pool. The rooms are small but nice, the breakfast in the Hotel is wonderful, tell me if they ever change it from sausages, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, french toast and hash browns !!, they also have a good selction of pastries, fruit and cereal. I can not fault this hotel on it's service and friendliness of the staff. A taxi will cost you about $5 into town, try around Queen Street for some good nights out. The walk to the CN tower is too far in the snow so don't attempt it unless the weather is bright. The Grand Hotel has thought of everything, check out the Lobby shop for hire of DVD's to play in your room, they had all the new title for $2.50 hire. If this hotel was in a better area I would have no hesitation in returning, if I could move this hotel and get the same service in a better area of Toronto that would be heaven !
Grand is good value and very nice!
We stayed at The Grand HOtel 3-24 and 25-03. I was totally pleased and impressed with this remarkable place to stay in downtown Toronto. The website photos are accurate. The neighborhood is seedy, but the hotel is top notch in all respects: comfort, service, food, staff, amenities, and feeling at home. The rooftop hot tubs are not to be missed. The were always hot and are open year around, even when in winter. It was sublime to sit on the roof and look at the skyline at night with hot water and cold air, the steam, the view. There is also a large roof gazebo not in the photo. The pool is better than the photo. Except for no bowl of fruit at the end, that photo does not lie, and I certainly expected it to be an exaggeration. The water was so warm, sparkling, and pleasant we spent several hours in the pool without being chilled. Through attached locker room is a good sauna. The health club/exercise room on different floor was large, clean, bright, and had good equipment. No one will be disappointed in the roof, the pool, or the exercise room. The suite/room was smaller than the photo, and not as upscale, but that may have been because the photo was the highest price suite. In the "regular" suite, the bathroom was small, but nice. The beds were great. There is actually a small outer room, maybe 10X10 with table and hide-a-bed loveseat size sofa, chair and TV (this room could have benifited from some art on walls and looked strangely bare). Then the kitchenette, small but new and very nice, refrig, stove, microwave, dishes for 2, and adequate to fix an average meal. Then a large wardrobe and the bedroom, twice the size of the outer room and appearing as a typical hotel room. It would be great for a long stay or a family. Neither of the TVs were all that great, but the once had a VCR and DVD player. The breakfast (included in rate) is a large buffet with good variety for every preference, very good, and in a lovely, light large and bright dining area used by their evenin the semi-heated porch for your breakfast. Secured self parking below the hotel - we found it very easy. Elevator from garage right up to the room. Porter will meet you in the garage and unload your car and handle getting you into room. Cab to downtown was $5-7CAN ($3.50-5 US). Cab from airport should be the same as any other downtown hotel. Staff very willing to help you make arrangements. If you cannot do stairs, the front entrance is inaccessible but I'm sure the hotel has a street level side entrance to get you to the elevator, so ask ahead. The service was wonderful, relaxed, and friendly. It was very clean. The hotel is old, but spotless and recently rennovated. Nice and quiet. They have some long term guests and public meeting facilities. Take cabs after dark, not in the best area once the sun goes down but it is clear they are highly security conscious so I felt perfectly safe. Free morning hotel van to any downtown location. The Grand Hotel is a good value for the price and is equal to any American 4 star hotel. They were full and do not advertise much, so they must be doing something right and doing it consistently. Try it!
The Grand, Great hotel
This is a great hotel for the money. Nice service, clean comfortable room but not huge, amazing view (stayed at 18th floor) of the lake, very cool whirl pool on roof top and nice indoor swimming pool. Would definitely stay here again.The only real negative is the area, which is not nice at all. However it is five min. walk from the Eaton center and it is easy to get taxies outside the hotel if you want to venture further away. I can also recommend the Montreal Jazz bar which is close by.
Great hotel, great value
I have stayed at the Grand Hotel twice and was extremely pleased on both occasions. The hotel is walking distance to Eaton Centre and near public transportation. The suites are clean and look exactly the way they appear on their website, with a stylish, fully-equipped small kitchen separating the living area from the bedroom. Two tvs, a vcr & sofabed complete the suite. Breakfast is included; in warm weather this can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio near the fountain. The room service is also excellent and the menu is delicious. What really attracted me to the hotel was the rooftop jacuzzis with a spectacular view of the city. The health center is spacious with separate male/female saunas and therapeutic spas. I didn't go to the pool, but it looks beautiful in the picture on-line. All in all, this is a great value at approx. $100/US. If I just need a change of scenery for the weekend, I try to make the trip to the Grand.