I’ve been fortunate to stay at every one of the properties in the burgeoning Hotel le Germain chain, from Calgary to Quebec.
I was really curious to see how the le Germain aesthetic would translate into the budget sphere.
I have to say the ALT surprised and delighted at every turn. There’s lots of mother chain’s DNA sprinkled throughout— from the high ceilings in the rooms, to the great lighting, to the crispy linens and comfy beds. The palette is grey, black, brown and white, just as you’d expect. Rooms are enormous—especially for the price.
In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to know that this is a budget hotel. Yes, there’s no room service or pool, but they’ve come up with a pretty novel solution: A bar that’s open till 2:00 a.m. (complete with pool table) and food available 24/7.
The food items are good enough, if not spectacular. There are lots of better catering suppliers out there— the hotel would be wise to audition some. But the service at the bar makes you forget the blandness of you meal. The people are friendly to a fault and the whole café area has an awesome vibe. Altogether much more fun than a mini-bar.
I’ll be interested to see how the place holds up-- lack of upkeep can make a cool hotel look dowdy without relentless ongoing attention. A few troubling signs: Both the iron and ironing board in my room were wonky.
I’m hopeful that with the people from le Germain in charge, this nascent chain will continue to exceed expectations. Even with a couple of niggles, it’s by far the best airport option at any price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being ALTernative means moving in new directionsAre you looking for a trendy and stylish hotel that reinvents the concept of the hotel stay? Look no further - you've found it!ALT is the balance between modernity, a dynamic and colourful ambience, comfort, and well-thought out location.At ALT, eco-responsability means doing away with room service, valets and doormen: ALT focuses on your needs, on the essential things that bring added value to your stay.Our "service light" approach allows us to offer guests a unique rate: the same price, every day, all year round!More than a stop at an airport hotel, ALT Hotel Toronto-Pearson offers ultra comfortable rooms with original and intelligent design.When you choose ALT, you are opting for a hotel with centralized free wireless Internet access and much more!The ALT Hotel banner belongs to Groupe Germain Hospitality, a Canadian family owned company, pioneer of the Hotel-boutique concept, with its headquarters in Quebec City. ... more less
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