Hotel at a Glance: Isabella Hotel and Suites
Isabella Hotel and Suites occupies a circa-1891 stone mansion in one of Toronto’s central downtown neighborhoods, St. James Town. You’ll be just a short walk from the subway and other major Toronto attractions, including the campus of the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum.
- Wake up to a free continental breakfast each morning.
- Take a stroll over to the CN Tower, Toronto’s tallest landmark at 1,800 feet; call ahead and make reservations for a dinner in the rotating restaurant up top.
- Gabby’s Restaurant: Enjoy a meal on the eatery’s charming outdoor patio.
- Free WiFi is available in the lobby and patio lounge; WiFi is also available in guest rooms for a small fee.
Toronto, Ontario: Scenic Trails, Boutique Shopping, and the Hockey Hall of Fame
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. From there, a northerly stroll takes you to the Fashion District, where warehouses and old factories that sat empty for years now house upscale restaurants, galleries, and cutting-edge boutiques. A bit farther north lies Kensington Market, a bohemian village rife with vintage shops and organic-food markets.
Toronto may be home to Canada’s best collection of museums. Hockey is a national pastime, so it makes sense that the Hockey Hall of Fame is here. Its interactive Pepsi Shut Out exhibit challenges goaltender wannabes to stop a slap shot against a virtual Wayne Gretzky. The Hall of Fame’s centerpiece is the hallowed Esso Great Hall, home to the Stanley Cup and portraits of all 381 inductees. Science buffs can 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.
The nearby Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits an astounding collection of work from Canadian artists and European masters in a Frank Gehry–designed building that centers on a circular floating staircase. Toronto is also known as a city of gardens, and you’ll find one of its best, the Toronto Music Garden, stretched out along the waterfront. Designed in part by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Music Garden translates the music of Bach through beautiful landscaped installations, including a winding river and giant grass steps.
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