Got a chance to stay at Ivy in colourful Room 3 (each of the 4 rooms is different in size or decor) on a Saturday night. Pure bliss! Huge bathroom with separate room for the toilet and separate large shower stall and huge soaker tub with choice of scented bath salts. High-end Hastens bed, swivel wall-mounted flat screen large TV, desk, 2 upholstered chairs, overstuffed armchair, ottoman, actual balcony facing peaceful courtyard (over George restaurant), and complimentary continental breakfast (coffee ready to order) and honour bar (several full-size bottles but no gin; two kinds of wine and assorted beers kept on ice) available just outside the room for in-room enjoyment.
Being a Saturday/Sunday, the business centre/library area of the private women's club upstairs was empty and the concierge said I could use it. Although the gorgeous basement-level pool, hot tub, and spa area is women-only, I still recommend this place to couples if the man can skip that part. We got the urban one-night getaway package, so a 4 course tasting menu at George was included. The service at George was a little rough -- we weren't offered any upgrades or wine pairings and the amuse bouche and first two courses came out too quickly -- we hadn't even received our aperitif cocktails yet!
Ivy is significantly cheaper than staying at Hazelton but now that I've stayed overnight at both, I would choose Ivy again and again. The only difference is the slightly smaller closet space at Ivy compared to the two-sided closet/storage area in Hazelton rooms, and the lack of a TV in the bathroom at Ivy. Otherwise the room setup and comfort quality is the same. Ivy provides Bulgari white tea scented toiletries along with the choice of 3 scented bath salts. Hazelton provides a fridge in-room stocked only with wine products and teas whereas Ivy gives many choices just outside the room and a free breakfast (Ivy continental included 2 kinds of croissants, jam, apple strudel slices, an interesting coconut oatmeal porridge that tasted great at room temperature, fresh berry fruit salad, choice of orange or grapefruit juice, and hot tea or coffee on demand.) Yes, Hazelton does room service and has a restaurant open for brunch on site, whereas George at Ivy does not provide that flexibility. The indoor pool at Hazelton was a huge disappointment (no windows, awful lighting and no relaxation area around the pool) whereas the women-only pool at Ivy is lovely and even has an underwater treadmill! Queen Street East between Church and Jarvis is no Yorkville. But for $200+ less on average per night, Ivy offers better value at a similar standard.
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