On my way to Toronto I stopped at Niagara Falls. It was as beautiful as it was cold! After taking a few snaps I very happily got back on the bus which was taking me directly to my hotel – The Cambridge Suites Hotel.
It was evening by the time I arrived into Toronto and as it was also Valentine’s Day the city’s bars and restaurants were packed with couples and singles alike. As it was -16c I decided to go straight to the hotel and warm up.
The hotel lobby was quite small the staff, all sporting Canada tops in support of the “proper” Olympics, were great and I was whisked up to my 22nd floor suite in no time at all. The suite itself was a good size with amazing views of the city. The bed pretty much took up all of the space in the bedroom but the separate living area and bathroom were both very big. There was also a small kitchenette with a rather tempting selection of snacks!
I must say I was reluctant to leave my hotel suite. I was ready to basically hibernate, munch away on the chocolate bars and hide in the bed but as I had not been to Toronto before I ventured out for a few hours. The Cambridge Suites Hotel is located at the centre of downtown Toronto – just one block from the main shopping district and it also has direct access to the PATH system (Toronto’s underground walkway, linking 28 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment venues). I decided alcohol and pizza would help combat the freezing temperatures. There are loads of options for bars and restaurants near to the hotel – guests really are spoiled for choice. Not before long I called the night to an end. My bed was really comfortable, warm and just what the doctor ordered.
The following day I woke refreshed and ready to take on the world, albeit with a few more layers of clothing. My first stop was the hotel gym which had everything you come to expect from a hotel gym but with the added benefit of fantastic views across the city. My next stop was breakfast (much more fun!) I got to the hotel restaurant fairly late, about half an hour before it finished. Most of the food had been eaten by the guests who had arrived earlier (they had probably avoid the gym!) and it didn’t look like the food was going to be replaced at any point. The two waitresses were rushed off their feet. I managed to get my hands on some cereal, the last bagel and a splash of juice. I did get an unbelievably strong cup of coffee which would fuel me for the rest of the day! The breakfast was complimentary for me but if I did have to pay $15 I would have been disappointed.
There are some great tourist attractions in Toronto and obviously as a first timer I had to scale the heights of the CN Tower. It is an incredible building and for those slightly scared of heights, i.e. me, it is bloody high! Although a little pricy, the views are awesome and it was cool to watch fearless tourists step onto the glass floor right at the top. There is also a great revolving restaurant and cocktail bar which would make a good location for a business dinner or somewhere to take clients.
I really enjoyed my time in Toronto. There is so much to do and see – I wish it had been a little warmer so I could have done more! Due to the unbelievably cold weather I spent quite a bit of time in the hotel and I’m so glad I had a suite. There was plenty of space, the sofa was comfortable, it was warm and I could work from there without any bother.
Why should you book the Cambridge Suites Hotel for your boss? The Cambridge Suites Hotel really is in a fantastic location and ideal for business travellers. Everything is within walking distance either using the PATH system in winter or overground in warmer temperatures. The WiFi is excellent and complimentary throughout the hotel. Ask for a room on a higher floor so that the sounds of the city do not keep your manager awake.
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at The Cambridge Suites Hotel, Toronto. Opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate is $134 per person (April 2014)