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The Soho Metropolitan Hotel is located between the Entertainment district and the Art district of Toronto and is a popular hotel for a wide-ranging clientele, from Jude Law to the average family on holiday. For us, the hotel was a good all-rounder, but didn't make it in our top 10 due to its lacking atmosphere and need for a bit of a refurbishment to freshen up the rooms.

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      The Soho Metropolitan   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Soho Metropolitan   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.57 /10

    The hotel is located on Bluejays, a fairly quiet main road perpendicular to Queen Street and a short walk away from the city's main attractions and sites.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The hotel has 92 rooms, placing it in the 'boutique' hotel category, although it doesn't feel much like a boutique due to its lack of personalised service and attention de detail in its décor. The hotel has 18 suites, a three-floor Penthouse suite, or the 'Jude Law' suite, as he once stayed here during the TIFF (Tribeca International Film Festival), and the rest of the rooms are conventional rooms.

    All rooms have an 80sq ft walk-in wardrobe, marble bathrooms with heated floors and Molten Brown amenities. Otherwise they all have the usual mod-cons like a mini-bar, in-room safe, large flat-screen television with DVD player, Frette linens, and remote controlled drapes.

    The décor tends to vary very little from room to room, which are all painted in neutral tones and dressed with a couple of black and white photographs hanging in frames. Otherwise the rooms seemed extremely bland to us and in need of a bit of a makeover as some had worn cream carpets and suedette furniture. The spacious bathrooms with separate bath tub and free-standing showers were the highlight of the rooms here.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Open in 2003, the hotel has been well-maintained, although it could do with a fresh lick of paint. The hotel feels quite small and intimate, despite its small shopping centre-like lobby from which stems the restaurant and all-day deli. The hotel has an Asian background, hence the theme in the restaurant, which serves Asian fusion cuisine. Guests also have the choice of grabbing a bite to eat at the café/deli open for lunch and brunch. There is no spa onsite, although the hotel does work with Daniel, the hair dresser's on the same block, which also has a couple of massage rooms. The hotel does however have a good size indoor lap pool and good size gym set against floor-to-ceiling windows, letting in plenty of light. During the warmer months, there is also a large terrace where guests are welcome o sunbathe on sunloungers if the area isn't being used for an event. For guests on business, there is Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    There are two outlets altogether onsite: Senses Café, the all-day deli, and the Senses restaurant adjoined to the lobby. Both are of a good standard and are casual enough to hang out in jeans and a t-shirt. Vincent Leung, the Senses chef, marks the restaurant's cuisine with his 'East meets West' fusion style, reflecting the hotel's Chinese ownership. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 6:00pm-10:00pm. The décor of the restaurant is pleasant enough, with Asian touches like the silk cushions and red and black features.

    The Senses bar-lounge is open every day from 4:00pm-1am. For a quick bite to eat or if you just want to relax and read the paper, there is also the Senses deli, open for brunch and lunch every day. The bakery specialises in pastries and chocolates from Thomas Haas. Neither of the outlets are the most happening and lively of the city, but offer a practical alternative to having to venture outside if you don't feel like it. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service.

    To know

    The Soho Metropolitan has an Asian background, its owner from Hong-Kong, which is denoted in small touches of the décor of the restaurant. The Soho Met's sister hotel, The Metropolitan, is located in Downtown Toronto.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, golf, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Located between art and entertainment district.

    disadvantages

    • Lacks atmosphere and style.

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