by Amanda Geronikos
An onsite restaurant (plus room service) with a children’s menu and high chairs? Check. Cribs and comfortable accommodations? Check. Pool? You got it. Popular Toronto attractions and activities nearby? There are plenty.
Our verdict? Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown is an ideal spot for families to stay when visiting Toronto. The hotel doesn’t offer fancy frills, but it offers everything you need — all at an affordable rate — and that in itself speaks volumes.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor swimming pool
- Onsite convenience store
- Room service with kids' menus
- Free Wi-Fi
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The rooms at Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown are one step away from luxury accommodations. They're modern, clean, spacious and most importantly, comfortable. You'll enjoy a peaceful night's sleep in a Garden Sleep System bed, with 250 thread count sheets, down comforters and down and feather pillows), and relax in an ergonomic chair at your room's large desk.
All units include microwaves, refrigerators, complimentary coffee and tea makers, safes, telephones (two), and 37-inch HDTV's. Bathrooms provide scald-proof shower and tub combinations with Neutrogena and Bath and Body Works amenities.
For families, the rooms with two queen beds are a no-brainer; they're the largest units. Another option is the 1 King Bed with Sofabed unit.
If you're traveling with an infant or young child, the 1 King Bed, 1 King Bed Whirlpool and 1 King Bed with Spa Shower units will accommodate your small family. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, and can be used in all rooms.
We stayed here for work for 3 nights. As with other Hilton Garden Inn properties, it maintained the cleanliness I expected. Good wifi signal in room and the lobby. Fridge and microwave was convenient. I liked that the window could open for some fresh air. The bed was firm without being too hard. And as others mentioned, great location. Several eateries close by. A convenience store is just a block away for necessities (and transit passes). Catching the bus was super easy as well, just 5-7 minute walk.
The only reason I docked off a star was the "odd" service at breakfast. They seemed to be trying to rush my colleague and I out, even though there was plenty of room and other diners were taking their time. Nothing overtly rude, just a bit curt and uncomfortable in asking about our check and trying to clear our stuff before we were ready. It was such the opposite of the previous dinner, when I came in with some of my other co-workers.
by kimberly q
Great location downtown . In walking distance of alot of great places. Would def recommend.
The safe in the room is small. Friendly and helpfull staff. Not alot of options on the dinner menu. But what they had tasted great.
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown has a small indoor pool. Beyond that, there's not much for kids in the way of activities, but that's okay; you're within close proximity of several tourist attractions, including the CN Tower. Go out and explore!
The Marquis Bistro
Located on the second floor, The Marquis Bistro serves breakfast and dinner in a casually chic atmosphere. Breakfast is plentiful, with eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast, waffles, pastries, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, assorted juices and coffee. Dinner includes salads, sandwiches, steak, chicken and fish, along with a children's menu of chicken tenders, grilled cheese sandwiches and the like. High chairs are available upon request.
Breakfast is served 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in the lobby and open 24 hours a day, the Pavilion Pantry offers snacks, cold drinks, microwave meals (for your in-room microwave) and sundries. You can pay for your purchase with cash or a card, or simply have it billed to your room.
Got cranky kids or simply need a night to relax? Order from the in-room dining menu at The Marquis Bistro. In-room dining is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary wired and wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.
Other amenities include a fitness center, ATM and coin-operated laundry machines. If you need to print tickets, head to the business center, where you'll enjoy complimentary printing and photo copying services.
ADA accommodations and amenities are available throughout the hotel.
The hotel doesn't provide babysitting services, but is happy to suggest local providers.
The Art of Smart Timing
Summer is high season in Toronto, so expect to pay the highest hotel rates in June, July and August. March through May and September are great times to visit; you'll beat most of the crowds and enjoy slightly lower hotel rates. For the best deals, visit Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown during the winter.
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown is about a 25-minute drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport. You can rent a car at the airport, though we suggest you utilize the Toronto Airport Express, a more cost-effective option that drops you off a few blocks from the hotel. If you're able, fly in and out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It's a small airport with complimentary shuttle buses into and out of the city.
If you'll be driving a car, valet parking is available for a fee per night.
Toronto is accessible by bus, subway and taxi. You can also drive, but we suggest public transportation.
For Mom and Dad
The Marquis Bistro has a lounge that's simple, yet fulfilling for a quiet night away from the kids.
If you'd like to enjoy a night out in the city, head to Wayne Gretzky's Toronto (a block from the hotel) for drinks before dinner at one of Queen Street's (also near the hotel) many restaurants.