About a month ago, my dad travelled to the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto to deliver a presentation to a group of people in his field. Since the presentation was on a Saturday, he decided to stay the night before and was nice enough to ask my mom and I if we’d like to join him for a mini getaway. Being a lover of travel of any kind, I instantly agreed. Here are some photos from our little adventure and some thoughts on the hotel!
As soon as we arrived, I decided to take some photos of the room before the three of us destroyed it with our messy boots and bags.
We had (in my opinion) a great view, with the Toronto Star building and the edge of the Toronto syline to our left…
…and the edge of the stunning, frozen Lake Ontario on our right…
…a view which, if you ask me, got better with each passing moment.
After getting settled in and relaxing for a while, we decided to hit the streets and grab some dinner. Now, I did remember to bring my camera with me, but I didn’t take it out at all. I know, I’m terrible but I’m still getting used to my camera (believe it or not) and I’m not bold enough yet to just whip it out on the mean streets of TO (I literally envisioned at least 4 different scenarios, all of which conatin either my camera falling, breaking or being stolen from me). I am sorry, but we just went to a typical Chinese resaturant and ate fairly standard food, so you didn’t really miss much.
The next morning, I woke up early in the AM and opened the blinds to THIS… :O
…so I made my mom a cup of tea, myself a cup of coffee and we just watched TV, chatted and relaxed a little while my dad presented downstairs.
After a shower and some packing, I hit the hotel to do some exploring. I remember doing a very similar trip a couple years ago and I didn’t get to see as much of the hotel as I wanted to, so this time, I made time for it! My favourite parts of the hotel, believe it or not, were in the lobby, because it was just so extravagant and well-designed; I loved it! Here’s a look at some of my favourite shots/parts:
After a while of exploring (and dealing with some really bad shots because of the poor light — thanks snow!), I noticed that the snow was progressively getting worse…
…so, I headed back to the room to see that my dad had just finished his presentation and was ready to roll.
I did, however, managed to capture this little (what I consider a) gem as we headed out of the city:
Sadly, that was it for our little adventure. I took SO many photos that I thought looked okay on the screen of my camera, but a lot of them ended up being blurry. I hope you enjoyed the photos that you did see, though, and I promise I’m going to work on the photography skills for the next time an opportunity like this arises! 🙂
In terms of my thoughts on the hotel itself, oh my, what a wonderful hotel it is. The people that worked there were delightful, polite and helpful, and I love the location of it, being steps away from Lake Ontario and only a few minutes away from Toronto’s financial district. It has a plethora of amenities, two separate towers of rooms (so you can feel like the most fabulous Rapunzel like, ever), and 35 floors of awesome, and one final, top level that seems like a pretty posh restaurant. We didn’t get to try the restaurant out this time, but here’s hoping we’ll get the chance another day! *fingers crossed*
Overall, it’s a fantastic hotel and I totally recommend checking it out if you are planning a stay in Toronto (and apparently they open up their second, main level resaturant to the public, so that’s always a choice if you’re in the area)! 😀
Alright, well, that’s the tale of my adventure in TO! If you want to read what beauty and style essentials I packed for my overnight stay, click here.
Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!
Lots of love,