Crash centrally at InterContinental Toronto Centre after a day of sightseeing — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre
Intercontinental as a word defines when you travel in between continents. But even if you aren’t traveling to Toronto from continents away, the InterContinental Toronto Centre hotel on Front Street acts as a hub for action in Toronto.
As you check in, you'll be given a long and friendly breakdown of what to expect. In case you're jet lagged when you arrive, we will break down the important fact that you should become an IHG member before you arrive.
This is a free membership, and it means you'll get free basic WiFi (or for $5, if you expect to do a lot of downloading). If you don’t become a member, then WiFi in the rooms can be close to $20. There is, however, a business center and free WiFi in the spacious lobby.
Beds that beg, "Sleep on me!" — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre
In Toronto’s competitive high-rise culture, a hotel with only 25 floors doesn’t seem too lofty. However, the windows expansively grant the Toronto equivalent of beach or ocean views: city or CN Tower views?
This choice may lead you to rightfully conclude that the InterContinental is incredibly central for the business traveller. It's even directly connected to the Toronto Convention Centre. (Be careful not to exit around 5 p.m., as there will likely be a swarm of suits on cell phones rushing home.)
As if the spa weren't relaxing enough, try the terrace — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre
The third floor has a basic gym, with modern equipment, including treadmills. It's open 24 hours a day. Right beside the gym is the state-of-the-art spa with a pool and all the markers of serenity.
The pool area is a romantic escape — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre
At the spa, they offer lush bathrobes with weight to them to wear while you flip through magazines and down coconut water. Therapy rooms have floors that are designed to look like stonework and massage tables that can also be chairs.
You can schedule a massage with a RMT (registered massage therapist). If you're getting a treatment, no need to use your core to get up. They will do that for you for the ultimate in lazy luxury.
Appointments fill up quickly, so consider adding an appointment when you book your stay.
The massages are a good excuse to ask for late checkout — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre
Azure restaurant in the lobby is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. It specializes in contemporary Canadian cuisine made from local, seasonal ingredients. Toronto’s famed St. Lawrence Market is a mere 10-minute walk away, so you can’t get much more local than that!
The restaurant also works as a good place for a cocktail, should the traveller’s lifestyle be catching up with you.
Whether you're a jet-setter or a jet lagger, the InterContinental will keep you both comfortable and connected in the heart of Toronto.
Azure restaurant is ready to feed you at (almost) any time — Photo courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre