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For New Year’s Eve this year, Justin and I spent an evening in downtown Toronto. We chose to stay in the perfect location for a night on the town (and just staying in) – the newly-opened Delta Toronto hotel.
The location for a hotel in Toronto really could not get any better than this. The Delta Toronto is close to public transit, shopping, and local area attractions. We were able to walk directly from the hotel’s second floor to the PATH system, a 29-kilometre network of pedestrian tunnels that connect underground to shopping and public transit. The PATH network is attached to Toronto’s Union Station, where we could travel via the subway throughout the city. This was perfect as it was really cold outside and it kept us from having to face the chilly winter conditions. We had dinner at a restaurant completely across the city from the hotel, but traveling there was a breeze via the PATH and the subway system. We only ended up walking outdoors for a grand total of 30 seconds!
When we stayed here, the Delta Toronto had only been open for a little over a month – it’s official opening date was November 27, 2014. The building design and decor is modern and elegant. Its structure is inspired by a glass of sparkling wine; the tall building features twinkling glass elements that rise to the very top. There are 567 guest rooms on 40 storeys, offering incredible views of the Toronto Skyline and Lake Ontario. Our room was on the 30th floor with a city view. Upon checking in, we were informed that we might get a view of some fireworks at midnight from our room.
Throughout the hotel, there were many stunning works of art, including giant murals that stretched from floor to ceiling. The photo above shows a work entitled, “Brise Soleil” by artist Aleksandra Rdest. The brightly lit and colourful mural highlights Toronto’s skyline showing the CN Tower and other iconic buildings that run along the waterfront. Some other art at the Delta Toronto evoked imagery of Canadiana, celebrating Canadian geography, landscapes, and even hockey.
How cool are these chairs? This was a small sitting area on the second floor, away from the hustle and bustle of the front lobby. The carpet evoked images of a rustic log cabin, yet the retro chairs gave this spot a modern touch.
Our room was number 3003 on the 30th floor, located close to the elevator. There were two sets of elevators in the hotel – one serving floors 26 and under, and the other serving floors 27 and up. This was a smart feature that allowed guests to travel to their rooms quicker, without having to stop at potentially every floor. We also needed our room key card to access the floors with the guest rooms, which was a great added security measure. Even though our room was nearly next to the elevator, we never heard any noise from the hallways. In fact, we had to sign a form upon our arrival stating that we would not be noisy past 11:00pm. The front desk staff informed us that this was a special measure on New Year’s Eve when people can tend to be a bit louder. This ensured that no one was disturbed in the middle of the night while trying to sleep. We didn’t hear any noise at all considering it was New Year’s Eve, and we had no trouble getting to sleep.
The guest room design at the Delta Toronto is called the ModeRoom. We stayed in a ModeRoom with a King bed and a city view. The windows stretched from floor to ceiling, maximizing the natural light that filled the room. No worries while you’re sleeping though – the curtains kept out all of the light when we were resting! The design from the public areas entered the private rooms, with an emphasis on Canadiana meshed with a modern flair. I loved the splashes of color along the top of the bed, contrasting the dark blue wall. The designers at the Delta Toronto really thought of every modern convenience while arranging the guest rooms. There were outlets on both sides of the bed, allowing us to charge our phones at night. There were regular lamps and small reading lights in the headboard. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and allowed us to get a great night’s sleep.
There was a large LCD TV that we watched from the comfort of our bed. There were many drawers and places to put all of our belongings. There was an iron and an ironing board so Justin could iron his dress shirt before we headed out. One of the best features in this room was the SmartDesk. It would be ideal for those who are traveling on business or would like to work from their laptop at the hotel. Not only was the work space pretty big, but there was a fully connected work area with just about the best connectivity dock that I’ve ever seen at a hotel. We could plug in any of our computer or mobile devices here, which connected directly to the TV.
For just two people staying at the hotel, we had no shortage of places to sit and relax. The chaise lounge in front of the window was a nice touch. We were able to admire the nighttime city views from this spot, and we were also able to cuddle on the lounger together to watch the New Year’s Eve firework celebration.
The bathroom was very clean with lots of great features. There was an extra mirror that was perfect for putting on make-up – had to make sure I looked good for going out on New Year’s Eve! We had tons of space for all of our toiletries. The complimentary bath products smelled great, like freshly cut grass! The enclosed glass shower was quite large. Another unique design feature was a sliding door between the bathroom and the main hotel room. I could see this being useful when having to get up to use the bathroom at night, as to not disturb your partner with the sound of the door shutting.
There was a full staff of concierge, bellhops, and valet that provided us with excellent service. There were so many staff members wandering about, checking up with people to see if they needed any assistance. The front desk staff members were polite and helpful. Self-service parking was $35 for 24 hours, and valet parking was $42. Parking in the underground parking garage allowed us to stay indoors, once again not having to brave the chilly winter conditions outside. The hotel also had an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, though we didn’t end up using either of them. I would really like to stay here again so we could go for a swim – the pool and hot tub are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling views of the city! There was a restaurant and a whiskey bar (Char No. 5 Whisky Bar) on the hotel property. While we didn’t visit the whiskey bar, we did have a couple of drinks at the restaurant, SOCO Kitchen & Bar.
Though we didn’t dine at SOCO Kitchen & Bar, we did enjoy a few drinks here to celebrate the occasion. We sat nestled in an intimate location on some couches beside the bar. The restaurant staff was very attentive and topped up our drinks as required. I loved how the artistic themes from the hotel continued into the restaurant. Many people were focused on the hockey game at the bar, while others were enjoying a meal with friends. It was a great place to eat or drink without having to leave the hotel property. Our bill was conveniently charged to our hotel room account.
We were incredibly pleased with our stay at the Delta Toronto. Staying here really contributed positively to our magical evening as we happily rang in the New Year! We were able to see the fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square from our room, though slightly blocked by a tall building. We were actually able to see numerous fireworks shows from the window, and it was really fun discovering new ones popping up here and there. The hotel was not only in a perfect location that allowed us to easily travel to wherever we wanted in Toronto, but it was a destination in itself with great drinking and dining options. You can visit the Delta Toronto’s official website, or follow them on social media for the latest information: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare. SOCO Kitchen & Bar also has an official website and social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
75 Lower Simcoe Street
Disclaimer: We were guests of the Delta Toronto. In exchange for our review, we were provided with a discounted hotel stay. Our thoughts and opinions, as always, are completely our own.