I apologise for the delay in writing this promised trip report. We enjoyed another great trip in Toronto. The purpose was business and to visit my young adult daughter who was doing a 7 week rotation at Toronto Sick Kids. I’ve posted reviews of the high and low lights of the trip.
We stayed at the Royal York for 3 nights. We’ve been guests of many other hotels in the chain and were disappointed in this one. The room was very small, dated, and not well maintained. Concierge service was uneven and not particularly knowledgeable.
We dined at a number of restaurants including Adega, Canoe, Globe, York’s Kitchen (the Fairmont’s breakfast room), Nota Bene, Michele’s, Pizzeria Libretto, as well as made an attempt to have brunch at Conviction Kitchen.
I’ve posted all my reviews except for Yorks’ which I’ve reviewed here (no entry on TA) and Michele’s, for which I had previously posted a review some years ago. We went to the latter after leaving a disastrous brunch at Conviction Kitchen and not having a brunch reservation elsewhere. Although the food at Michele’s was good, the service was painfully slow and the restaurant was so cold one could have hung meat safely. As for the former, we ate breakfast here compliments of the hotel after some problems with concierge service. The hotel dining room, Epic, unfortunately is not open on weekends. The room is located underground in the lower levels of the hotel and is devoid of natural light. On the day we were there, it was extremely busy, had a frenetic feel, and most resembled a low end cafeteria. Food was, for the most part, predictable. The omelette station was filthy. Pastries were quite good. This place is not up to “Fairmont standards.” Give it a miss.
We took in a performance of Jersey Boys, which we found amateurish and finally saw Casa Loma. To call the latter a museum is laughable; it’s an event centre and a shabby one at that. We were upset to see this beautiful property treated so poorly.