InterContinental Toronto Centre
What We Love
- Convenient location steps from popular attractions like the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre
- The seasonal, modern Canadian cuisine at Azure Restaurant
- Swimming laps in the bright and airy indoor pool
What To Know
- Lots of business travelers thanks to over 18,000 square feet of meeting space
- Pets are welcome for a fee
- WiFi costs $13.95 per night
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on Front Street in the midst of downtown Toronto, the InterContinental seamlessly mixes business and pleasure — over 18,000 square feet of meeting space make it popular for travelers in town for work, while topnotch amenities like the full service spa with a solarium and indoor pool make a visit feel like a vacation. Guestrooms include mod cons like Keurig coffee makers and flatscreen TVs, plus large windows offering views of downtown Toronto. When hunger strikes, head to Azure Restaurant where seasonal, Canadian cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is available for room service 24/7.
In the Area
The concierge recommends starting the day with a stroll along Front Street, past the city’s famous Flatiron Building and on to the over 200-year-old St. Lawrence Market to browse its fresh produce, food and flower stalls. Pop into Paddington’s Pump for breakfast—the longtime local favorite is known for its peameal bacon sandwich, a Toronto staple. Next, head to Queen Street West, a trendy neighborhood known for its design and fashion boutiques, as well as of-the-moment bars and live music venues. Continue on to the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Toronto where over 1000 years of Canadian and international art are housed. End the day with dinner at French-inspired steakhouse The Fifth, featuring striking views of the city from the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
How to Get There
Decided to get out of the US for the long weekend and found a great deal using Hotwire. We drove in and arrived at the hotel around 5. Unloaded the car and had a bellman get the bags, only to find out that they didn’t have any rooms ready. We were given a drink voucher and asked for our phone number so they could call us when our room was ready. We decided to go walk the city to find food.
After about three hours of walking around Toronto we headed back to the hotel. It was close to 9, and the Front Desk agent started out with how the hotel was Sold Out and oversold. He tried offering to walk us for the night to a property down the street. That would’ve been an option upon first trying to check, but they messed up when they asked for a phone number to call us when our room was ready, that in itself means that you’re gonna have a room ready for a guest. Or at least it should. Plus it’s harder to walk a guest who has booked using a third party site, than someone who booked directly through IHG.
After declining the “walk” the agent looked around in the computer. Asked if we wanted a room with a King or two beds. We opted for the King. We were told it would be on a Club floor, however we weren’t allowed to have access to the Club Lounge. Made our keys and called forvthe bellman with our stuff. He took us up only to find out that our keys didn’t work. So we went to the 8th floor and had them re-keyed. Finally got into the room and it was definitely a great switch from our previous night experience in PA.
The bellman unloaded our stuff in the room. And we had to take in the view from the room. Even being on the 9th floor, the view was nice. After traveling all day and walking around for a few hours, we needed to freshen up. I set my sights on the shower, and oh how it was amazing. The shower is one of my favorite aspects of the overallexperience, so much so that I took two showers a day. The over head showerhead was great, and then the multifunction water wand. I loved it so much that we’re considering redoing our master suite. Anyway, it was nice to relax after a long day. The bed was comfortable. And we turned on the TV, and it was interesting watching the news from a completely different perspective. Sleeping was great.
Slept in and woke up the next morning, got ready and headed out for breakfast. A short walk to Siempre (review will be posted,) and then from there a walk to Rogers Center futon get tickets for the Blue Hays game. Here’s the convenience of the InterContinental, it’s next to and connected to everything. We took a short cut, into a walking bridge, that was connected to the Convention Center that is connected to the hotel. After changing, we headed back to the baseball park.
After the game we headed back to the hotel and got the car from the valet and decided to drive around Toronto. Most of the places we went were closed or closing up, let’s hear it for Sunday’s! After dinner and a drive we made our way back to the hotel to call it a night. Monday morning, Labour Day, a city that takes the day serious, a big majority of place were closed. Headed out for breakfast and eventually came back to the hotel. Opted to go for a walk along the water and exploring Toronto. Came back to the hotel and headed to the 3rd floor to the pool. I decided to try out the steam sauna which was great to sweat out everything in my body. Tried out the hot tub and then headed back to the room to get ready to go out for a birthday dinner.
After dinner and bar hopping, we made it back to the hotel, redeemed a drink voucher and headed to our room. Overall a great stay.
A few minor things to mention:
• Every time the AC came on it sounded like someone was knocking on the door.
• Stopped by the concierge to request housekeeping service the room, and they never showed up. We had removed the DND from the door.
I would definitely stay here again, and am looking into planning to visit for FanFest next year.
Went here on Labour Day. Service was good, food was good and plentiful. Restaurant could do with a little updating but for what we were there for was sufficient. Coffee was plentiful and served as a carafe which I appreciated.
Beautiful hotel just steps from Union Station and the arrival of the UP Express from the airport which was a quick and efficient way to arrive. Friendly check in, spacious room with floor to ceiling windows, comfortable settee, desk and nice decor and lighting. Huge lobby with seating. Comfy bed with very nice linens, extra towels and quality toiletries in the bathroom. Great elevators that minimized the wait. Perfect location - walk to CN Tower and Rodgers Field to see the Blue Jays! Many nearby restaurants.