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Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square Hotel 4 star
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75 Bremner Blvd Toronto, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, not to be confused with the second Le Germain hotel in the city, Le Germain on Mercer Street, is the more contemporary of the two, although in terms of design the two are quite close. The focus here is on aesthetics and the atmosphere is a little livelier than at the Mercer Street hotel, although the staff is still as friendly and efficient. The advantage of the Maple Leaf hotel is its location. Right next to Union Station, the main train station, and in the midst of the financial district, business types might prefer to stay here rather than on Mercer Street. It is also a few minutes' walk from the Air Canada Centre. We liked this property's sleek and young ambience and would recommend it to couples looking for a high-standard no fuss place to stay.

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      Le Germain Maple Leaf Square   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.38 /10

    The hotel is located in Maple Leaf Square just behind Union Street Station and the Air Canada Centre in the Financial District of Toronto. It is easy to get around the city from here as various tram and subway lines converge here. However there isn't much going on in the immediate surroundings; if you are a bit of a night owl, then expect to have to walk 10 minutes or so to get to the nearest bar quarter. The airport is about 20 minutes' drive away.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    The 167 rooms are all extremely well-appointed and ergonomic as well as being very attractive in their design. There are five different room categories, including: superior, luxury, suite, balcony suite and apartment. The warm grey carpets are offset by the warm wooden furniture and the rooms are all light and bright due to the large bay windows. Everything in the rooms has been studied to make the space as comfortable and restful as possible, which works very well. The open layout contributes to the cosy atmosphere. All rooms have beautiful bathrooms with round opaque frosted green tinted wash basins and designer faucets and are stocked with Molten Brown products, another sign of pure luxury. Guests can choose between having a bath or shower (if available) but all showers have rainfall shower heads for that extra bit of pampering. The rooms don't vary much in terms of facilities or decor, but more in size. The Luxury rooms have a small seating area, whereas the suites have a full seating area with a fold out sofa-bed (no supplement for a child under 12 years old), dining table and the apartments are full-size, fully equipped accommodations. And where the bathrooms are concerned, some have free-standing baths with city views, which are well worth the extra spend. All rooms have the expected mod-cons like a large flat-screen television, in-room safe and mini-bar. The Suites and Apartments have 52 inch HD televisions. Connecting rooms, wheelchair and mobility-enhanced rooms are available depending on availability.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel is a chic and sleek establishment with 167 rooms, a bar on the ground floor, a large breakfast room on the mezzanine floor and a small gym. It has a lively and young jazzy atmosphere with quirky details in the decor that sets it apart from most hotels in the city. The small lobby has silver floors with inlaid coloured strobe lighting that changes colour. The minimalist decor is welcoming and follows throughout the hotel. The pièce de résistance is the ceiling sculpture of knotted silver wreaths; this touch of organic forms adds warmth to such a clean-cut hotel. The shared spaces are divided up by opaque veil floor to ceiling curtains. The 'Play' lounge is small but stunning. With inlaid slots of coloured neon lighting in the grey stone walls and large polished tree stumps for low-rise tables, the bar is elegant and modern.

    For exercise fiends, there is a gym but although equipped with enough machines to vary the routine, it is fairly small and despite having a large bay window, it is dark. Otherwise, the breakfast room, furnished like a comfortable retro living room with grey and lime green modular furniture, is a pleasant area to curl up with a good book if you don't feel like venturing out into the city. Guests will find a computer and printer here, both of which are free to use for guests. Wireless internet access is free throughout the hotel.

    The unique details in the decor make a stay here extremely pleasant and the lobby definitely has the wow factor compared to the reams of more conventional hotels we have reviewed in the city.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The bar opens at 5:00pm and although isn't the liveliest place in the city, it's a great starting place. The bar staff serves a range of cocktails and finger food, including a range of tapas adapted to Canadian produce. The 'Play' lounge is not open for lunch. Breakfast is served up on the mezzanine floor in the large cosy breakfast room. Guests also have the option of ordering room-service (24-hours). The breakfast, which has been voted one of the best hotel breakfasts in the city by Air Canada's in-flight magazine, Enroute, is a healthy option. You won't find the likes of bacon and eggs here, but continental pastries, all-bran cereal and muesli and hardboiled eggs. The breakfast is of very good quality and the service is extremely efficient. We were a little disappointed by the vending machine of hot drinks and lack of variety of the breakfast buffet, but I suppose a healthy choice 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 Maple Leaf Square, of this review, and Le Germain on Mercer Street close to the Entertainment District.

    The Germain Maple Leaf Square is completely pet-friendly and the staff even set the room up accordingly with accessories for your pet!

    Equipment

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

      massage, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Central location.
    • The contemporary interiors.
    • All-round high quality standards.

    disadvantages

    • Like at the Mercer Street hotel, we would have liked to see more of a variety at breakfast.
    • No spa (but guests can order in-room massage in advance).
    • The hot drinks at breakfast come out of a (free) vending machine on the side counter.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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