Downtown Hotel Close to Shopping and Entertainment Districts
Sporting the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto lies in the heart of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers and just steps from a panoply of boutiques and restaurants. From this point, guests can walk to the Eaton Centre indoor mall and open-air entertainment junction of Dundas Square, frequently billed as the “Times Square of Toronto.” And while many attractions can be reached by foot—from the theater district to the world-class galleries of the Yorkville area—the hotel is also right next to a subway station.
Said to be the world’s largest Courtyard by Marriott, the hotel features nearly 600 rooms, each with a separate seating area looking out onto the city. The onsite restaurant, Yonge Street Grille, serves healthful American food for breakfast and dinner. There’s also The Bistro in the lobby, where guests can grab sandwiches, salads, and Starbucks coffee drinks, as well as cocktails.
Toronto, Ontario: Walking City with High-End Shopping and World-Class Museums
Toronto is known as a wonderful walking city with a sprawling network of eclectic neighborhoods and miles of waterside parkland. Set on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city’s scenic hiking and walking trails wind along the harbor front. Beginning in early December, a number of outdoor ice-skating rinks open up throughout the city.
A northerly stroll through the fashion district and Chinatown leads to Kensington Market, a bohemian village rife with vintage shops and organic food markets. For haute couture shopping and fine dining, visitors flock to the Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood, where modern-art installations and crosswalks lined with memory foam soften the industrial streetscape.
Toronto also serves as home to some of Canada’s best museums, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, the rare Québécois religious statuary, and the restored Georgian house at The Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition to hosting the country’s largest African and Oceanic art collection, the massive museum curates Italian baroque sculptures and historical Canadian art, including contemporary Inuit masterpieces. Be sure to stop at the Ontario Science Centre, where you can watch an IMAX film, delve into space at the planetarium, or touch a plasma ball at the Science Arcade.
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