Founded in Quebec, there are two Hotel Le Germain locations by the Groupe Germain in downtown Toronto and they boast being the pioneer of the boutique hotel concept in Canada. Nestled in between the Air Canada Centre, Real Sports Bar and the restaurants, Aria and E11even, you might not have noticed the elegant boutique Hotel St. Germain at Maple Leaf Square. But if you’ve ever been to a Leafs game or any big ticket concert at the Air Canada Centre, you would know it’s a bit of an ordeal trying to get out as everyone goes home or goes to fill up the nearest bars. Hotel St Germain’s PLAY Lounge is another convenient, easily accessible option with plenty of TVs set to a warmly intimate and modern atmosphere serving up local draught beer, wine by the glass or bottle and specialty cocktails like maple bacon caesars.
Available for lunch and dinner with creations by Chef Ken Zess, the menu features Canadian ingredients with interesting choices such as quail, bison burgers, or even a “Chef’s Creation” with whatever is fresh that day.
Some of the suites and meeting rooms have a great view of Maple Leaf Square and even large terraces to enjoy the lively vibe right in front of the Air Canada Centre. Cheeky, sports-themed names for the boardrooms included the Offensive Zone, Defensive Zone and the Penalty Box. In the suites it was interesting to see the glass showers with views from the bedroom for exhibitionists and photographs hanging above the bed featuring Leafs or Raptors players. Even the hallways have nice touches such as fresh apples and hot tea free for the taking. It’s all about the details.
75 Bremner Blvd
St Germain hotel packages:
Romantic Getaway starting at $354
Getaway starting at $315
Shoot and Score starting at $534
Game on! starting at $431
For more info check out www.germainmapleleafsquare.com
The Mercer Street location also boasts interesting features include a putting green on the roof and a chef that was a contestant on The Food Network’s Top Chef Canada (David Chrystian).