My partner and I flew from Glasgow to Toronto on August 14th, staying at The Days Inn, downtown Toronto. I had spent many an hour on-line prior to our trip, much of it on here and as always it really paid off.
We decide to take a cab from the airport and it cost us $45 plus tip (more of later!) Upon arrival at the hotel we were advised that a room wasn't ready for us and would be another hour! Having been up for 24hours plus, this wasn't the best news for us, but undeterred we decided to go in to the coffee shop at the front of the hotel. Now if my memory serves me right it's called The Coffee Zone and I ahve nothing but praise for the staff, the selection of coffees, the large comfy sofas and the laptops! Ten out of Ten!
To cut a long story short, our room wasn't ready for another couple of hours and we used this time to familiarise ourselves with the immediate area, The College shopping mall, the subway and The Atrium!! Impressed?? We were too!!
We soon found the reason for the delay in the room and also for us not having been able to book any other hotel and it was because The International Aids Conference was taking place during that same week.
The hotel is okay, clean, bright, friendly staff, basic but not tatty. Our room was very small, but two large queen beds, tv and coffee maker. En-suite was okay. It was fine as a base, but would have been nicer to have a little more room.
If I write at length in the way I have done above, then we will be here all day! I will just list all that we did and I have to say the following;
Thank you to all who post on here, although we may not post, there are those of us who are getting great advice from you before we embark on our trips and your advice and opinions are invaluable.
Toronto? INCREDIBLE. The architecture? INCREDIBLE. The people? Incredible.
We really did have a wonderful time in a wonderful city. How New York can be named as the friendliest city in the world is beyond my comprehension, having been there last October. In my opinion it really is Toronto!
We used the subway, easy to navigate, safe to use. Shop and Dine Jump on Jump off bus, brilliant, we paid $33 each for a ticket that meant we could use it for the duration of our stay (up to 7 days) This helped us decide where we wanted to spend more time. We wandered through China Town which was incredible, having spent my childhood in Malaysia, the smells and the shops took me back 40 years! We did the CN tower, a must-do for everyone, had planned to go up to the pod but the waiting time was 1hour so we spent 20 minutes waiting to go up in the elevator but the views were worthwhile.
I must mention that due to the thousands of people in Toronto for the Aids Conference, there was a tremendous atmosphere where ever we went and we also went to the Aids vigil at 9pm in Dundas Square on the Friday night, very moving!
We had booked a day trip to Niagara for the Wednesday and the three hours we spent there was enough for us, but again, an experience you just have to have.
We went on an hour boat cruise round the Toronto islands and the views are truly magnificent, The Harbour area is another must-do. In my opinion, Toronto is a Shoppers Paradise and the best part of the shops was unlike shops here in the UK, there was room to move about and space within the shops, luxury!
Oh we did Casa Loma too, fabulous and such value for money.
I have forgotten so much of what we did, but I hope this helps anyone thinking of going to Toronto. Don't think about it, GO, it is incredible.
To those of you living and working in Toronto, You should be so so proud of yourselves, I have never come across such friendly and helpful people, with no feelings of fear anywhere on the streets or subway.