Templar Hotel Toronto — 2 nights at a minimalist boutique hotel
**please note, Templar Hotel Toronto is now permanently closed**
Blink, and you just might miss the Templar Hotel Toronto on Adelaide Street West. Signage is minimal, which is fitting, because so too is the general décor that runs throughout the hotel.
You might be forgiven you’re entering an office block, or apartment building when you stop at number 348. There’s hardly any indication you’re at the right place, except when you approach the reception desk. From the other side of the street, it’s possible to see the hotel’s name and Viridian green ‘T’ sign.
As the general theme of my travel preferences, there’s nothing I love more than staying at boutique hotels. Unlike the bigger brand hotels, you never know what you’re going to get — whether it’s good or not so good!
What to expect from Templar Hotel Toronto
There’s only one way to describe the rooms at Templar Hotel Toronto, and that’s modern chic. Every suite or loft in the hotel’s finished in teak wood, with floor-to-ceiling windows.
I chose the Queen Suite, which may sound expensive, but was actually very reasonable. The biggest highlight was the bathroom. Like stepping into a giant white abyss, you can bathe in an over-sized soaker tub, or shower under 2 showerheads. Naturally I tried both, just to use up the delectable toiletries on display from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.
The beds are Japanese inspired, and come complete with organic mattresses covered in natural linens. It was very easy to fall asleep when using the generous-sized hypoallergenic down-filled duvets and pillow.
If you’re traveling solo to Toronto like I did, you might want to consider joining a guided tour. It was perfect for a first-timer like me to the city, plus I met some great people along the way.
“Like stepping into a white abyss, guests can choose between soaking in an over-sized soaker tub….”
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Amenities at the Templar Hotel in Toronto
In the room, you’ll find an espresso machine along with cups etc, and some bottles of water.
The water however isn’t complimentary so buy your own from a local store.
You can unwind after a long day’s exploring with a bit of television using the Apple TV.
They also provide free magazines and guides in case you prefer to read instead.
The Templar Hotel Toronto doesn’t serve breakfast, nor do they have a restaurant.
However, this isn’t a problem, as the area’s so central, there are many great places around.
Templar Hotel Toronto — the customer service
From the day of arrival to the day of departure, the staff were nothing but friendly and helpful.
Whether you strolled in after midnight or left at 6am, there was always someone at the desk. On one particularly warm day, the receptionist even came to my room to kill a bug!
The one negative
When choosing a location so central, it’s only normal that you may find some disturbance from the local pubs/nightclubs.
However, during my last night — and on a Friday evening — I found it near impossible to sleep.
I’m no party pooper, and just sucked up the noise and tried to sleep with the pillow over my ears. The windows in the rooms are pretty thin, so I could hear everything that was happening outside.
I stayed on the 3rd floor, so I’m not sure whether the rooms higher up would experience the same level of noise. Despite this, I had a pleasant stay at The Templar Hotel, and would recommend it if visiting Toronto.
“From the day of arrival to the day of departure, the staff were nothing but friendly and helpful.”
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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....