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Hotel Le Germain Hotel 4 star
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30 Mercer St Toronto, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Le Germain on Mercer Street, not to be confused with Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, was without doubt one of our favourite hotels in Toronto as it is an all-round good-value luxury five star hotel. With a subtle business atmosphere and a strong French identity, Le Germain is very distinct from other hotels in the city. Comfortable, very well appointed and thought-out, the hotel is also suitable for leisure guests. Its location, at the heart of the Entertainment district, means that it is within walking distance of most attractions in the area without being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. A perfect choice for professionals who are used to staying at luxury hotels and for couples looking for a simple yet high standard hotel.

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      Le Germain   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.97 /10

    The hotel is located on Mercer Street, a quiet street just off Bluejays, which is one of the main streets in the Entertainment District. This is ideal if you don't want to be right in the middle of the hustle and bustle along Queen Street or further into the city centre. Nearby there is a good choice of places to eat and you will find a variety of retail shops along Queen Street, which is just a couple of minutes' walk from the hotel. The airport is located about 20 minutes away by car.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    There are 120 rooms split into four categories: superior, deluxe, luxury and suite. The rooms are all more or less the same and vary mainly in size and view - the higher the floor, the better the view over Toronto. The rooms are otherwise extremely comfortable and cosy. The good quality high-thread-count crisp white linens on the beds, the brown carpets, and the heavy honey-coloured pine wood furniture make Le Germain the perfect place to spend the day in bed if you cannot bear to face the cold outside. All the rooms have king size beds, a large flat-screen television and all the expected mod-cons including plush bathrobes and slippers and the all-important international adapters already in the rooms at the desk. The decor is nothing flashy, but conjures up at atmosphere that is relaxing. The bathrooms here are the piece de resistance - with a window onto the room, the bathroom, with bathtub and separate stand-in shower cabin, is extremely well-appointed and ergonomic. The round steel sinks and the green tinted opaque glass counters add a contemporary touch that goes very well with the wooden panelling and slate floors. The bathrooms are stocked with Molten Brown products, another tell-tale sign of quality.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    The five star hotel is a cosy and high quality establishment for guests with high standards. Opened in 2003, the hotel has been extremely successful with the local business clientele as well as high-powered leisure guests. Although Le Germain is being marketed as a boutique hotel, its 120 rooms put it firmly in the large hotel category. However, despite its 11 floors, the hotel has an intimate atmosphere and you rarely see crowds hanging around in the lobby; and there is hardly ever any disturbance when it comes to noisy neighbours - Le Germain isn't that kind of hotel.

    The hotel's hushed atmosphere and quality furniture gives it a sleek contemporary look despite the simple decor. Upon entering the lobby, you will find the hotel bar and restaurant to the left, the reception straight ahead, and a living room area to the right. The living area is a comfortable stylish raised area with sofas, a modern glass-encased fireplace, a computer terminal that is free for guests to use, a tea and coffee machine (complimentary) and a huge floor-to-ceiling bookshelf with lots of art and design books for guests to flick through. The hotel also has a gym (open 24 hours and free) as well as a breakfast room on the mezzanine floor. There is no spa here but there is a massage room - treatments are booked only upon request. There is also a small terrace on the top floor, with a very small mini golf - a place for smokers rather than golfers. Here you have a view of the CN Tower and the nearby Prince of Wales Theatre.

    Although there is nothing particularly Canadian about Le Germain, it does have a French touch in the service - the staff, most of whom is French, greet guests in French to reflect the Germain family's French heritage in Montreal. The highlight of the hotel is the living area on the ground floor and its sleek quality interiors.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel has two restaurants - one on the mezzanine floor where breakfast is served in the mornings and the hotel bar to the right on the way out, which doubles up as the restaurant for lunch and dinner. With its dimmed lights and contemporary decor, this area is fairly pleasant but does lack in atmosphere, so for a very quiet intimate dinner it is a suitable option, but if you are looking for something a little livelier then we would recommend going elsewhere, even in the evenings.

    The breakfast, which has been voted one of the best hotel breakfasts in the city by Air Canada's magazine, is a healthy option. You won't find the likes of bacon and eggs here, but continental pastries, all-bran cereal and muesli and the occasional egg. The breakfast is of very good quality and the service is extremely efficient with the staff remembering the small details that make a big difference, like how you like your tea or coffee. The room itself looks a little cold, a little like a conference room and we were a little disappointed by the lack of variety of the breakfast buffet, but I suppose a bit of healthy choices couldn't do anyone any harm!

    To know

    Le Germain is a Canadian hotel group that started up with a property in Montreal and then expanded to Quebec, Toronto and Calgary. A family-owned and run business, great care is taken over every detail of the hotel, which can be felt upon walking into the rooms. There are two Le Germain hotels in Toronto, Le Germain of this review and Le Germain Maple Leaf Square closer to the city centre just behind Union Street Station, which is the main train station in the city.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The ergonomic and clean-cut stylish design.
    • Location - in the Entertainment District.
    • Friendly and efficient service, from the doormen to the receptionists.
    • Very comfortable rooms.

    disadvantages

    • Lacks atmosphere.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
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