InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
What We Love
- Easy access to Yorkville’s boutiques, restaurants and art galleries
- Starting the day with laps in the hotel’s indoor pool
- The SkyLounge patio serves cocktails and tapas dishes
What To Know
- Choose from an impressive selection of vodkas at the Proof bar
- In-room WiFi costs extra for non-IHG Rewards members
- Pets are permitted for a fee
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Well positioned in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighborhood, the InterContinental features large modern rooms with city views, marble bathrobes and comfy beds. Suites feature sitting areas and iPod docking stations. Start the day with a workout at the well-equipped gym, which includes an indoor lap pool with skylights and a sauna. When hunger strikes, head to the hotel’s award-winning Signatures restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main dining room or the bistro-style lower level. In warmer weather go for an alfresco drink at the SkyLounge patio, a local favorite thanks to its comfy loungers and Mediterranean-inspired tapas dishes served steps from the buzz of Bloor Street. Or have a cocktail at the sleek spot Proof, which offers a long list of vodkas and music provided by DJs.
In the Area
There’s plenty to keep visitors busy within steps of the hotel’s lobby. Shop the luxe boutiques and browse the art galleries in Bloor-Yorkville and stop for lunch at French-Canadian restaurant Sassafraz, where diners should be sure to order the Canadian cheese plate. Shoppers will also want to hit the nearby Distillery District, a pedestrian-only neighborhood with Victorian-era buildings and more than 70 cultural and retail businesses, art galleries and performance spaces. Save time to visit the Royal Ontario Museum, with its striking glass exterior and more than 40 galleries spanning such subjects as art, archaeology and natural science.
How to Get There
My husband I stayed at the intercontinental yorkville for or wedding and had a block of rooms available for our family as well. The sales team and reservationists were wonderful to work with, very responsive, informative and on the ball. We would recommend the hotel to our family and friends and would definitely stay here in the future as well.
We stayed at the InterContinental Yorkville for 4 nights during the week. As other reviewers have said, the top two floors of the hotel are under renovation. We received a message from the hotel shortly before our stay to let us know. If I had known beforehand, I may have booked elsewhere, but as it was, it didn't affect our stay too much. The work is done between 7:30 and 5, and being on the 6th floor, we were directly below where they were working. I wear earplugs, and so the noise didn't bother me much (even during a nap one afternoon) and we were out most days, so it really didn't bother us. I think it would have been nice if the hotel had offered a discount at their restaurant for the inconvenience - I'm fairly sure our rate was not reduced.
Other than that, this is a very nice hotel. It seems to be an older hotel, so the rooms are spacious. Our room had a large bathroom, separate shower and bathtub. Each day there is fresh water and hot chocolate available, and earlier morning, bottled water and apples, in the lobby by the elevators. We ate once at the hotel restaurant which we felt was overpriced.
The location of this hotel for us couldn't be beat. We were in Toronto for music auditions and this hotel is right across the street from the Glenn Gould school of Music (RCM) as well as the University of Toronto. There is a Tim Hortons and a Starbucks within a 5 minute walk, as well as a Shoppers Drug Mart right next door to the hotel. (The hotel also has a small shop where you can buy chargers, snacks, etc.)
The closest subway is within 5 minutes walk as well.
The weather wasn't the most pleasant so we didn't walk too far, so I can't speak to restaurants (other than the coffee shops) in the area. The Royal Ontario museum is right across the road and the Bata shoe museum is a few blocks away.
If I need to stay in this area, I will stay at this hotel again. The noise is a temporary thing, and the benefits of the renovations will only add to the attraction of the hotel.
FIRST OFF - NOISE ALERT!! Its a shame that IHG doesn't put a notice on the site so you have no idea until you get to the checkin. Its also featuring jack-hammering which shakes the building.Really a huge failure by IHG !
First off the hotel is very dated. I was on the 5th floor and it really smelt of mildew. The rooms were clean, comfortable but renovation has been long in coming.
Now for the second time in 2 stays at Toronto IC's they dont provide a toothbrush. I have never stayed anywhere, even a 1/2 star rural Chinese hotel that does not. This is supposed to be a 4 star. I guess that in Canada IC's dont feel the need to offer the basics
Now its located almost directly across from Varsity field, a few hundred yards from the Royal Ontario Museum ( ROM) and across from the Royal Conservatory of Music. The Bedford st entrance of the St George station is about 3 minutes walk and is the closest
You are near Yorkville, U of T and the Annex so its a great location. Lots of restaurants pubs and places to go, with easy access to the subway system so the location its 5 star.. its just the dated hotel
Once the renovation is done its likely worth having a look again, but as it stands now I would NOT stay here again. I was very disappointed in the hotel quality its a 3 star at best.
Frankly I would NOT stay at any Toronto IC's and reticent to stay at any in Canada. They seem to offer a 2.5 to 3 star product at a 4 star price. Its not the same quality product as IC offers in Vietnam, China, Korea or many parts of Europe. So if you are coming from abroad you will be very very disappointed
Located near trendy Yorkville this hotel is perfectly situated for high-end shoppers, discerning diners and even inexpensive local pubs (The Duke of York is a good spot around the corner).
Warning, as you may have read in other reviews this hotel is currently under renovation and we were warned to expect noise between 9am and 5pm, however we stayed over a weekend and so didn’t experience any of this.
With a bit of work this 4 star hotel could easily become a 5 star. But we felt the value for money was very good. If you are driving there is a relatively inexpensive (for downtown) and convenient underground public parking lot attached to the hotel that brings you right up into the lobby. Check-in was seamless.
Our room was of a good size overlooking busy Bloor street, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The king size bed and pillows were very comfortable, as one would expect from a 4 star hotel. The layout of the room was odd though. The writing desk was next to the bed and the loveseat and chair opposite, with now view to the TV. So to watch TV you have to lie in bed. The logical layout would be to reverse these two placements and I have no idea why the hotel decided to do this, unless it was to save on the cost of one more end table. We were only staying one night, but if it had been a longer stay we would have found this annoying.
The room is equipped with a stocked mini-bar with just enough extra room to add your own bottle of wine or a couple of beers. There is also a coffee maker. Another odd thing, in the closet guests are provided with one housecoat and pair of slippers. Why only one? The bathroom was of a very good size, well appointed and clean, though the fixtures seem to be original and look dated. The separate shower stall is quite small. Perhaps this is part of the renovation process?
Before heading out for the evening we decided to drop into the hotel bar “Proof” for a couple of cocktails. It’s a large and comfortable bar with a vodka theme. We were intrigued by the many tasty looking appetizers on the menu and thought we would stay for a while and try a few with our drinks. I ordered a martini, which was a generous size by Canadian standards and made perfectly. But before we got to order any appetizers we were driven out of the bar after our first drink by the constant thumping of loud electronic music, which seemed to be odds with the quiet, comfortable and relaxing décor. Obviously we are not the target demographic (being in out late 50’s/early 60’s), but then we watched some younger people come in, look around and promptly leave the near empty bar. So who knows? It seems this bar has an identity crisis. Too bad, I’d like to have tried some of those appetizers!
We opted to include breakfast with our package. The dining rooms looks to be newly renovated and is bright and modern, while still classy. Our server was very cheerful and courteous. We were expecting the usual breakfast buffet, but no, it’s a la carte here. I treated myself to Eggs Benedict, which were very good. My wife had French toast, which was loaded with fresh berries and apparently delicious.
All in all we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. All of the staff we encountered were very friendly, polite and professional.
The owner / upper management of InterContinental have put both their staff and guests in a terrible position. I was staying on the 5th floor of the hotel for three days. When I say the noise from construction was terrible, I mean it was at a decibel that makes you frantic—I was eventually moved to the fourth floor, which muffled some of the drilling, which was constant between 9-5ish (one night it didn’t end until 5.30, and one morning began before 9). I am genuinely concerned that housekeeping who spend several hours on the upper floor cleaning do not have hearing protection. Making a phone call to the front desk on the hotel phone, I could barely hear over the noise of the drilling, and even an hour in the room was enough to get ringing in ears that took hours to subside. I was out of the hotel room for most of the 9-5 construction hours, but cannot imagine what someone would do who had planned to take a relaxing break / have moments of quiet in a busy day, especially during -20 weather. When I checked in and tried to nap after an overnight flight, I found myself wishing I could pay money to just be in a room with a bed that is quiet, which is just a totally ridiculous thought when you are already in a hotel. A friend in the city offered to let me hang out in her apartment while she was at work, and I nearly accepted just to have a pause. I cannot overstate how unacceptable this is. It is unacceptable for staff to be working in these conditions, and it is unacceptable that they will constantly have to field very legitimate and upset complaints when this was clearly out of their power. I felt unable to leave because I had been invited and hosted at the hotel by a prominent Toronto institution for a professional engagement; I felt uncomfortable asking my hosts to alter my booking, but also know they would be mortified that I or future guests would experience these conditions. It is an absolutely unacceptable position for anyone to be placed in, and for the hotel to profit off of. Once they realized the extent of the noise once work had started (I can understand that this may have been an unexpected degree of disruption, because no one would think this was acceptable if they knew beforehand), the owner / upper management should have 1) alerted guests that it was an untenable level of disruption (and not just “under renovation") OR ceased construction until they rethought their plan 2) closed the 5th floor at the very least, moved guests to lower floors or to alternative accommodation, and 3) contacted future bookings to alert them to the severity of the noise, cancel any on the topmost open floor and, if they have any integrity, close the hotel entirely. That this has not been done is disrespectful to everyone staying at or working at the hotel.
Construction is slated from now until May, with no work done on the weekends.