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Le Meridien King Edward – Toronto, ON


Le Meridien King Edward is a historic hotel situated in the heart of central Toronto's financial district. Opened in 1903, this hotel was the first luxury hotel in Toronto. The main attractions of the city like the Eaton Center, Harbour Front and the Air Canada Center are located a short stroll away from this hotel. The Pearson International Airport is 27 miles away.

Le Meridien King Edward offers 298 Edwardian-style guest rooms and suites that combine old-world charm with sophisticated comforts. A gallery displays beautiful sculptures and paintings. Wireless internet access is available in public spaces.

First Impression/Lobby: To say that the lobby of Le Meridien King Edward is grand would be an understatement. Though a bit dated, the stuccoed lobby was huge and definitely spectacular. I could imagine just how glorious the hotel must have been in its prime.

Reception: Our reception was great and professional. The person at the desk sure took her time but she saw to it that we got a good room.

The Suite: Our room was spacious and was done up elegantly in muted tones. All modern amenities were available. Though there was no Wi-Fi, the staff brought a router so that we could have Wi-Fi. The bathroom was equally spacious and featured a separate bath and a shower stall. However, I felt that our room was a bit dated and that the furnishing needed a revamp.

Room Service: Since we were in Toronto for only a couple of nights and there was so much to see we did not dine in at all. (Click here to read our Toronto restaurant reviews.)

Housekeeping: The daily housekeeping service was great. In fact, they even folded clothing that was left out and lined up our shoes in a nice row. Also, evening service was just as good. Needless to say, we were truly impressed.

Concierge: Here is one area that the hotel let us down. The concierge really had no clue when it came to restaurant recommendations. A total let down because they did so well in almost every other department.

Restaurant: The wood paneled Consort Bar in the lobby overlooks King Street East. Jazz music plays in the background. This bar is open for lunch. Lighter fare and signature cocktails are served in the evenings.

Victoria, a gourmet restaurant has a contemporary décor. Popular for its Sunday brunch, this restaurant also serves an à la carte breakfast, an afternoon tea and an upscale dinner.

Pool/Spa/Activities: Le Meridien King Edward also offers a fitness center and a full-service spa. The fitness center, Le Fitness offers state-of the art equipment. The Nouvelle Maria Spa and Salon offers a range of beauty treatments and massages.

Check-Out: As with all their service areas, the check out process was quick and highly professional.

Overall Impression: For the price you will definitely not be disappointed. While it’s not the most updated or luxurious luxury hotel in Toronto, it surely is affordable (when compared to other luxury hotels in the area).

I was very impressed with Le Meridien King Edward. Our rating for this hotel is Almost Bombastic. This hotel did not quite make it to the Bombastic level only because of their dated accommodations. Had we rated them on service alone they would have got a much higher rating. But for the price, you would could not go wrong by booking a room here.

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