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Toronto: Soho Metropolitan Hotel

Phone: (416) 599-8800
www.metropolitan.com/soho

Reviewed by: Pauline from NM, review #1159

When: August 2005

Fabulous boutique hotel in a quiet section of downtown Toronto, low rise building, windows open, top quality furnishings.

Soho Metropolitan Hotel, photo by Pauline

We spent 4 nights in the Soho Met on a recent trip to Toronto. I booked the hotel because the website said that the windows open. I like good hotels, but in smaller buildings and with windows that open. I am happier on a lower floor. The Soho Met is a few years old and in a new building, but it is not a sealed highrise (see the photo).

The hotel lobby is on the ground level and the rooms are on the three floors above. Above that are private condos. The rooms look out onto the street, but it is a quiet area (although it is on the edge of the main downtown). Our room had a wall of windows and electric curtains that you opened with a switch by the bed. Only one window opened, and it only opened about six inches, but it was enough to get some fresh air in the room and make me not feel claustrophobic.

We had the luxury double at $270CDN per night. Expensive, but worth it. The room was fabulous. It was large. There was a long hall from the doorway to the main part of the room, so you did not hear noise from the hall. The bathroom was all marble and had a large tub and a separate large shower. There was a speaker in the bathroom so you could hear the TV!! And you could flip a switch to heat the floor! Between the bathroom and the room was a large walk-in closet.

All the furnishings were great quality and beautiful. Large, comfortable bed, nice desk that two could work at (with two chairs and high speed internet). Large TV. Comfy chair and foot stool. The regular doubles are a bit smaller and some are located closer to the elevators.

We got breakfast in the room and it was very nice. And there is a good breakfast restaurant in the hotel (SEN5ES Bakery). Only a breakfast buffet on the weekends ($29 per person) - but the buffet was great.

I highly recommend this hotel. You can walk to King Street and the rest of downtown in minutes or hop on the Gardiner Expressway which is only a few blocks from the hotel to get to other parts of town. 30 drive from the airport to the hotel.

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