Stylish Boutique Hotel in London, Ontario's Entertainment District
Bright purple lights are cast upon Hotel Metro at night, illuminating the building's red brick art-deco façade. The glow helps distinguish the modern hotel from many other buildings in downtown London, Ontario, where much of the architecture has a 19th-century vibe. Inside the hotel, there's a keen attention paid to this contemporary style: vibrant abstract paintings are hung on exposed-brick walls, and the second-floor atrium area features sleek edges and a stark charcoal-and-white color scheme. The swanky hotel is positioned among many entertainment centers, including John Labatt Centre, which will host colorful shows such as Disney on Ice, Kelly Clarkson, and Cirque du Soleil in 2012.
Within the posh Marvelous suite, arched windows look to downtown London. Luxe Vera Wang bedding adds a designer flair to the space, and in the stylish bathroom area, guests can kick back and soak in a large tub and or test out new galoshes in a rainfall shower. To accentuate the relaxing atmosphere, the hotel also doles out spa treatments such as in-room massages.
Century-old hardwood floor and wood furnishings made locally from salvaged trees decorate Braise Restaurant, located downstairs. Chefs at this upscale eatery whip up butter-poached lobster and crispy duck confit.
London, Ontario: Lush Urban Parks Along the Thames River
The Thames River cuts through most of London, which is situated on Ontario's southwestern corner. Often referred to as "The Forest City," London was built among lush woodlands that have been preserved in more than 200 urban parks. During tours of downtown, visitors can happen upon trees that have been carved into whimsical, colorful sculptures. Victoria Park, one of the city's most popular outdoor spaces, is centrally located downtown in Richmond Row amid more than 200 pubs, bistros, and boutiques.
Much of the architecture in London retains its late-19th-century charm. Throughout the city, several historical buildings and museums showcase London's past with antique memorabilia and voice actors that sing excerpts from the mayor's diary.