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Templar Hotel
Ranked #86 of 138 Hotels in Toronto
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the Templar one night and wish it could have been longer. The entrance is a bit unsettling with no real signs that it's a hotel, but you are actually in the right place! Check in was much simpler and quicker than other hotels. I stayed on the 4th floor and didn't have any issues with noise. The rooms are small but considering the location and price, I think it's fair. They include an iPad for you though I never found the charger for it. Also has an Apple TV but I'm not sure of the point since you have to use your personal Apple ID for it. The bathroom was gorgeous with marble and multiple shower heads. My favorite part was the bed. It was very comfortable with linen sheets. So comfortable I plan on contacting the hotel to see where I can get them. Hotel is a few blocks from nearest metro but has several great restaurants nearby, including a Thai place that seemed incredibly popular. I will stay here again if in Toronto.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

We've stayed for a weekend back in december. it is a 4 out of 5 for me as there are some good and some not so good parts. Here are what i loved and what i've disliked:


Like: - The lobby ain't typical, in fact it is small, modern and barely occupying space. i love that they went different since it pulls them apart from all the other brands

- The bed was so ohhh comfy.

- Very well located, you get a lot of restaurants around. plus if you go to a rogers center event like we did, you don't have the fuss of trying to drive around all that crazy traffic after the event.

- Service is really awesome.

- Huge bath, nice modern furniture.

- We were on the 6th floor and even there, the ipad and it's free wifi worked properly. Maybe it was because of our corner room, but i dont think it made a difference.

Dislike: - First, make sure you get the address because the cab driver probably won't know where to go and even when at destination, its a bit hard to tell during the evening.

- Yes, the bathroom door is really heavy.

- Even on the 6th floor room we could still hear the nightclubs' music during the night.

- For what we've paid, we could have gotten a bigger room elsewhere as room space and bed size.

I guess not having a coffee machine in the room would be a bad idea, but for us, we just don't drink coffee anyway. So it wasn't much of a big deal. In all, i would rate my stay a 4 stars out of 5. And sorry, if i do typos as my main language is french.

Room Tip: high floor have a bit less clubs noise during weekends.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bluezombi
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Reviewed 31 January 2014 via mobile

Nice location and great services. Clean and stylish. Remind me about CitizenM in Amsterdam.

However,

1. No sign, might be good for private purpose, kind of like this idea.
2. No coffee machine in the room.
3. No phone and poor WIFI so the iPad in the room for FaceTime isn't very useful
4. Close to a club so very noisy during the night.
5. The bathroom door is somehow very very heavy...
6. The room service menu is out of date... If they want the guest to talk to the chief first before making any choice, why not just list in there, so no waste time on going through the menu...

Overall is a good hotel but not as good as I thought before checked in.

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

This boutique hotel takes service to a unique and personalized level. Get used to be called by your first name and to having an actual discussion with the chef (instead of a menu in your room or at the dining room) about what your will have for breakfast, what wine you want for dinner later or what would be a suitable late night snack from room service. Sure this is a hotel but it feels allot like staying at a generous friend's high end urban condo where the people are just being great hosts. This is not a traditional hotel experience but if you are open minded and appreciate bring more of a guest that a customer, this is for you. Stay hip Templar.

Room Tip: go for the side away for the street or the corner rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank EHtown
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

First, this is not a hotel for everyone. If you want a usual luxury hotel, go elsewhere. If you want a well-designed, low-key, hip place with a clean design esthetic, this may be your hotel.

(By the way--read all the reviews here. I think some of them may be phony reviews by friends.)

The pluses:
The design and furnishings are modern and quite nice. One reviewer said "soulless," but I think minimalist is a better description.
The bathrooms are terrific (but the toilet is in a small frosted glass stall, so if you aren't comfortable being somewhat visible while you are sitting there, consider another place).
The staff was very pleasant, attentive, and helpful. Not quite bend-over-backward five star, but very good.
The location is a short walk from Queen Street West and old Chinatown as well as from tiff--very nice.

The restaurant was very good, and Roberto is a great chef/host. However, you may be able to get better value in other nearby (expensive) restaurants. The multi-course meal was very good, but not quite great.

A plus/minus: the rooms have no phones because they expect everyone has mobile phones now. If you want to contact the front desk, you do it using the in-room iPad.

Now the minuses:
1. Oh dear lord, you MUST get a 5th or 6th floor room on the south side if you are there on a weekend. Although I managed to sleep through much of it, the music from the club next door reached a stunning crescendo at 2:45 am, just before closing at 3:00, and woke me from a sound sleep. It must have been bone crushingly loud in the club itself. I mean, really loud. I'm afraid that alone would be a deal breaker for me--I'm not a 3:00 am kind of guy, and I don't think I could stay at the Templar again.
2. WiFi service decreases on the higher floors. We started on the 6th floor where the service was poor. I had to sit in the hallway to get email. WiFi on the 3rd floor was much better. (We were relocated to the 3rd floor because of a leak, but that increased the noise of the club, ruining a decent night's sleep. )
3. They're a bit under the right level of service. Two people in a room, only one robe. Come on guys, either don't provide robes, or put enough for everyone on the reservation. They have towels, but no wash cloths. If you put shower gel in your bathroom, you should have wash cloths too, right? Also, when we checked in, our room was missing some electronic equipment. Doesn't housekeeping have a checklist to ensure everything is as it should be? Finally, a coffee machine in the room wouldn't kill you--although since Tim Horton's is a block away, that's not a deal breaker.
4. There is no sign outside, and the hotel is not well known to taxi drivers. Memorize the address so you can get there.

Room Tip: If you stay on a weekend, you MUST get a room high up (5th or 6th floor) and on the south side, as o...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank David F
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The Templar Hotel in Toronto is a small (less than 30 rooms) hotel. We stayed one night in a King Suite for the Toronto Film Festival. Rooms are extremely pricey in Toronto during this festival, we found a decent rate for this hotel so we decided to go with it. Watch out for the 5 star rating it has on sites like booking.com ... This hotel isn't a real 5 star, it's more like modern/clean/small 4 star hotel in reality.

To start with the positive. The hotel is brand new, it opened it's doors just a few months ago. It is overall very clean and the overall design is interesting. The deco is extremely minimal, it has a swedish and japanese feel, which gives it a unique style. In the room, it was great that the bed was very comfortable and the bath was very very large. We ordered room service from the hotel restaurant (it's called Monk), and the food was very good! The location is also a plus, mostly if you are going for the Toronto Film Festival. It's about 5 minutes was to TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre, Scotia bank Theatre, Princess Of Wales and Roy Thompson Hall.

For the negative sides, many basic things were not there to merit the 5 star rating in my opinion. There is no pool or real fitness centre, there is no turndown service, amenities in the room are lacking (no slippers, no mini bar, no coffee machine.. etc). I would say the service was uneven, not very personal or attentive to detail. For example we had to ask twice for them to bring a second bathrobe... Also, as much as the minimal aspect of the place is interesting and easier to keep clean, it feels overall empty,cold and a little soulless.

I will only go back if the price is right. It doesn't really compete with other 5 star hotels in Toronto, so it really needs to keep its price down to keep me interested as a client. But If all you need is a nice comfortable bed and a clean bathroom, this hotel can be fully satisfying.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank HG56
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

If you are in the market for a completely new hotel experience then this is your property. Throw everything you know about hotel stays out of the window and experience The Templar way. The hotel oozes style and has a calming atmosphere. Check in is not done by means of a huge desk and a battery of computer stations. Instead, a helpful staff member checks you in from a stylish and simple desk (table) by means of an Apple laptop. It took around 2 minutes from the time I entered the hotel to entering my room. The rooms are minimalistic, stylish with clean lines and very comfortable. Materials used are only of the highest quality. I have stayed in many hotels around the world and the 2 things I need are a comfortable bed and an excellent shower. Both qualify as more than adequate; actually the bed is exceptional and the rain shower is perfect. I am not a bath guy but the tub is huge and very stylish; easily large enough for 2 people. The provided iPad in each room is there for all communication and entertainment needs. I had been in the hotel’s restaurant before and Chef Roberto is one of those remarkable people who radiate hospitality. Not only is he and excellent chef, he is also a very likeable, pleasant and helpful person. Eating at the Chef’s Table in Monk Restaurant is an experience by itself. I cannot wait to spend more time in the hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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5  Thank Jan Z
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Address: 348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R7, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #86 of 138 Hotels in Toronto
Price Range: £104 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Templar Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Templar Hotel is a small, unique boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto. There is so much that makes the Templar Hotel a special place - its people, its secretive history, the trendy and minimalist look. Located in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, the Templar Hotel promises to provide an experience that you won't get at a standard large chain hotel. ... more   less 
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