[Update: this post was written while Toronto was in Stage 3 – do your research into COVID protocols for any stays + activities you have planned] What a year 2020 has been, right? Although we’ve spent most of this year at home, unless we’re working, Mickey and I decided that a little break from what has become our routine (and our house!) was exactly what we needed a few weeks ago. The team at One King West in Toronto was kind enough to host us for a weekend of relaxation and forgetting about our stress; it was the best way to take my mind off of things for a few days and I highly recommend taking a few days to disconnect right now, whether it’s at home if you’re more comfortable, or at a hotel that has put rigorous COVID protocols into place.
Peace of mind at One King West
I want to quickly touch on One King West’s protocols because I think that safety is of the utmost importance right now. Mickey and I haven’t really done too much this year, mainly staying at home, so when we have gone out somewhere I’ve been doing my research on our destination’s COVID protocols. One King West really put me at ease with their safety standards. Things like socially distanced spaces throughout the building, a minimization of community areas, deep sanitation of rooms + 24-hour minimum waiting periods between guests, and the PPE kit that we received when we checked in are just a few of the things that the hotel is doing to keep their guests safe.
A room with a view
During our stay at One King West, we were in one of their Tower Premium Suites, which are perfect if you’re planning an extended stay or want to minimize outside interactions. Their suites are designed for both short-term and long-term stays, with everything you need available in the room. Our suite featured both a bedroom and living area, complete with kitchen appliances (stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave) and cook/dishware, and a washer/dryer combo. It was the perfect place to unwind. And while all of those things are great, the best part had to have been the incredible view that we had of the city. We went to bed and woke up to an amazing view of the CN Tower, downtown Toronto and the islands – it was so incredible to see. If you’re able to book a room with a view of the CN Tower, I highly encourage it, though you’ll really get to see the city from any side of the building!
Excite your taste buds
One of the best parts of our stay at One King West was definitely our visit to Teller’s Bar and Lounge, located in the lobby of the hotel (please note that at this current time, restaurants in Toronto are close for indoor dining. Teller’s Bar is currently closed for dining but is offering an extensive takeout menu). We were lucky enough to enjoy a tasting menu prepared by executive Chef Akshay. He brought out a selection of his favourite dishes, and the flavours were so incredible. We tried out the fresh burrata, coconut curry mussels, veal bolognese, and lemon shrimp risotto – I don’t know if I could pick a favourite, but it might have to be the veal bolognese. And you have to try their house-made focaccia. Thank me later.
With the hotel being located at the intersection of King + Yonge, you’re also in a great spot to check out some other incredible restaurants (again, check COVID protocols before visiting), like Chotto Matte, a personal favourite, and The Corner Place, a great spot to stop by for brunch with their delicious food and reasonable prices.
Enjoy the area around One King West
As I mentioned, One King West is located in a terrific spot, central to so many great destinations in downtown Toronto. If you want to get out to safely enjoy a few key Toronto attractions, this is a great spot to stay! You’re within a quick walk of spots like St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery District, Ripley’s Aquarium, Eaton Centre, the CN Tower and more! Plan your stay in advance as you will need to make reservations to visit some of these spots.
We had such an incredible time during our staycation at One King West and can’t wait to head back to do it again! What are your favourite spots to visit while in Toronto?
[Disclaimer: this stay was gifted by One King West, but all opinions are 100% my own!]