Stylish Boutique Hotel in Downtown Entertainment District
Bright purple lights are cast on Hotel Metro at night, illuminating the building's red-brick art-deco façade. The glow helps distinguish the modern hotel from other buildings in downtown London, Ontario, where much of the architecture has a 19th-century vibe. The emphasis on contemporary style is even more prevalent inside. Vibrant abstract paintings are hung on exposed brick walls, and the second-floor atrium area features sleek surfaces and a stark, charcoal-and-white color scheme. Hotel Metro is positioned among many entertainment venues, including Budweiser Gardens, where you can enjoy upcoming events such as Disney On Ice and touring Broadway shows ranging from West Side Story to Rock of Ages.
In posh Marvelous suites, arched windows overlook downtown London. Luxe Vera Wang bedding adds designer flair to the spaces, and in the stylish bathrooms, guests can kick back and soak in the large tubs or test out new galoshes in the rainfall showers. Lofts are located on the top floor and feature exposed brick walls and lots of space. To accentuate the relaxing atmosphere, the hotel offers spa treatments such as in-room massages.
Century-old hardwood floors and wood furnishings made locally from salvaged trees decorate Blue Duby, located downstairs. Chefs at this upscale eatery whip up tasty dishes such as house-made linguini and Atlantic salmon with miso and spinach.
London, Ontario: Lush Urban Parks Along the Thames River
The Thames River cuts through most of London, which is situated in 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, you’ll find trees that have been carved into whimsical, colorful sculptures. Victoria Park, one of the city's most popular outdoor spaces, is centrally located 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 singing excerpts from the mayor's diary.