Weekend Escape To The Adelaide Hotel In Toronto

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If you're looking for a quick weekend escape but don't want to travel too far, head to Toronto. This incredible city in the heart of Ontario always has something exciting going on for the entire family. Every trip to Toronto allows me to experience something new, from dining to shopping. When I have the itch to go to New York City, sometimes a trip to Toronto is all I need to get my fix.

Where to stay:

I had the pleasure of experiencing the luxurious Adelaide Hotel in downtown Toronto. This AAA-Five-Diamond luxury hotel opened it's doors this past summer on the corner of Bay and Adelaide, and it's simply stunning—from the chic décor to the large suites, it took my breath away. When you're staying in a luxury hotel like The Adelaide, you'll be blown away with the beauty as soon as you walk in the front doors. Check-in, as expected, was a joyful experience. It's the friendly, personalized service, and attention to detail, that made our stay here so wonderful. The Adelaide Hotel was named the 11th top luxury hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, and rated the 2nd most luxurious hotel in Toronto—and it's easy to see why. 

In case you didn't know, the Adelaide Hotel will be transitioning to Canada's first St. Regis hotel in late 2018, and although the transition hasn't happened yet, there is nothing lacking at this luxury hotel. St. Regis Toronto will bring with it all that St. Regis hotels are known for, including the amazing rituals and services, like the Butler Service and Afternoon Tea. I can't wait to experience Canada's first St. Regis hotel when the transformation is complete.

We stayed in a large two-bedroom suite, with a stunning marbled entrance leading to the dining room and kitchen. The chandelier over the dining room table was stunning, and so were the views of downtown Toronto from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The two-bedrooms in the spacious suite each have their own full-sized bathrooms, and the living room, complete with fireplace, was a perfect place to retreat to at the end of the night. Of course, the turndown service is welcoming when you've been out exploring Toronto for hours of end, and the beds? So very comfortable.

The Adelaide Hotel has an incredible spa, where I was lucky to enjoy a full-body one-hour massage, and later spend some time swimming in the huge infinity pool with my youngest son. (We loved the hot tub, as well). From the service to the amenities, and breakfast on the top floor restaurant, it was a perfect stay, and I can't wait to return.

Although it's hard leaving a hotel as luxurious as the Adelaide Hotel, it's fun to explore Toronto and enjoy the many fine places to dine, for lunch or dinner.

Where to dine:

CN Tower 360 restaurant: The CN Tower is a must-see when you're in Toronto, especially if you're visiting the city for the first time. I have been to the CN Tower many times, with and without my children, but I have never been to the top to dine at the 360 restaurant. The CN Tower's 351-metre high revolving restaurant offers the most spectacular views of the city, and you're able to see it all, from every angle, because it makes a complete revolution every hour or so. This was so fun for my youngest son, who enjoyed the views almost as much as he enjoyed his meal. We ordered several sides, including sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, and vegetables, and all were equally delicious—so was the filet mignon and chicken Quebec. All ingredients are Canadian, for a truly authentic and very tasty experience.

Cibo Wine Bar: I love Cibo Wine Bar and have been several times. This truly delicious, vibrant, and modern Italian restaurant has two locations in Toronto, and one in Yorkville. (You can find Cibo Wine Bar in Miami, as well). I've been to the one on King Street and Yorkville. I love the extensive wine menu and the tasty food—there is something on the menu for everyone. (The bruschetta is delicious, and a great way to start your meal). The service is quick, which makes eating out with children a breeze. It's just as fun when you go with adults only. If you're overwhelmed with the wine options, let your waiter select for you.

El Catrin: The pedestrian-only Distillery District is a wonderful historic site to visit when you're in Toronto, where you'll find many great restaurants, shops, and Canadian art galleries. Just walking around the cobblestone streets is an experience, no matter the season. (In December, the annual Christmas Market takes over the streets, adding to the charm).

A great place to eat for lunch or dinner— especially if you're craving a truly authentic Mexican dining experience—is El Catrin. And if you love Guacamole, you're in luck, because it doesn't get any better than watching your server make it fresh, right in front of you. The menu, featuring only traditional and modern Mexican cuisine, was created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, and since it is a tapas style menu, you'll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes so you can try it all. El Catrin has the one of the best (heated) patios in Toronto, and whether you're dining inside or outside, you'll feel like you're actually in Mexico, because of the cool décor. (It actually took three Mexican artists almost 100 days to create the mural inside).

Dining and shopping (we walked to Eaton Centre, just a couple blocks away from the Adelaide Hotel) in Toronto is enough reason to visit this city, but there is so much more to do, as well–we loved visiting the Ripley's Aquarium, which is always a fun time for the family.

Thank you for hosting us, Toronto Tourism! It was an incredible weekend and we can't wait to explore Toronto more the next time we're back.
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