My review of Trump International Hotel Toronto – the most masculine hotel I’ve visited!

This is my review of the Trump International Hotel in Toronto.

I can imagine that long-term readers of Head for Points are already going ‘What?‘.  ‘Why did he stay at a Trump hotel?!‘  To be honest, it came as a surprise to me.

After my trip to Niagara Falls (see my Embassy Suites review here), I needed a hotel in Toronto for two nights.  I looked on TripAdvisor and was surprised to see the Trump as the No 1 hotel.  I was even more surprised to see that it had won an award for ‘Best Hotel in Canada’.

On its own this may not have convinced me.  However, I had some HotelTonight referral credit to spend and the Trump International regularly appeared on there.  The cost was roughly equal to my credits so it seemed a sensible redemption.

The three newest luxury hotels in Toronto – the Trump, Shangri-La and Four Seasons – are mixed hotel and condo towers.  They are HUGE.  The Trump is 65 stories high, the Four Seasons is 55 stories.  You can’t help but think that the hotel is only there to ‘brand’ (and thus increase the cost of) the apartments.

The main cluster of luxury hotels in Toronto is in Yorkville, about a mile up the road from Trump which is smack-bang in the middle of the financial district.  Yorkville is a low rise, more European-style part of town and is where the luxury shops and the main museum are located.  You will find the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, InterContinental Yorkville and others in this area.

The nearest luxury neighbours to the Trump seemed to be the InterContinental City Centre and the Shangri-La.  The Trump location is not great – it is, admittedly, very close to Union Station if you take the train from the airport.  There is very, very little in the surrounding area apart from office blocks – we struggled on both nights we were there to find somewhere decent to eat outside the hotel.  In Yorkville you are overrun with options.

That said, taxis and Uber are easily available and driving up to Yorkville or elsewhere from the Trump would not be a major issue.  The Trump is convenient for the harbour and the CN Tower.

Let’s go back to the title of this article.  Both my Mum and I were upgraded to full one bedroom suites.  This was not as generous as it sounds – the website showed that the suites were only sell for around 20% more than the base rooms over the Summer.

My suite was the most masculine I have ever had.  I half-expected to find a cigar and a glass of whisky on my pillow at night.  It didn’t happen, but I did return to a room with the lights turned low and the local jazz station playing on the radio.  Very smooth.

The room was all black, white, marble and chrome.  I loved it.  I could have stayed for a week and happily stayed in my room all day working on HFP.  The theme continues throughout the corridors and the lifts.

My Mum hated it.  Absolutely.  Totally.  Completely.

Here are a couple of shots so you can see what I mean, although they don’t fully get across the essence of the place:

Trump1

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Trump2

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This is a library photo of the lobby:

Trump Toronto lobby

and of the tower:

Trump Hotel Toronto

Public space is limited.  There IS a swimming pool on the 30-something’th floor – the views are great but the pool itself is narrow and useful only for lap swimming.  There is also a small jacuzzi.  There is also a restaurant, which doubles as the breakfast room (a la carte only, nothing as downmarket as a buffet here).

On ground level there is a small lobby and a small English-style bar.  It is not a hotel to hang out and people-watch.

If you heading to Toronto, this what you should consider:

Yorkville is the most ‘walkable’ area, albeit easily reached from elswhere in the City.  The Four Seasons seems to be the best top end option.  The Park Hyatt seems to have a poor reputation so the InterContinental may be the best points option.  You are best placed for shops and restaurants.

The Trump and the other downtown hotels are good for the harbour (which is well worth visiting), the CN Tower (do people still go up that?), the airport train and of course any business meetings you are likely to have.

I would stay at the Trump again if I was in Toronto on my own, just to soak up the sheer masculinity of the place.  However, I am 90% certain that, if I came with my wife and kids, we would head to Yorkville.

 

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Comments

  1. It’s very similar decor to the trump soho NYC. Stayed at the trump three times as its smack bang where we like to be downtown away from the regular typical Times Square hotels etc. Views from the ‘tub’ are amazing if all the uptown buildings. Me and the wife love only trouble is it looked great first time we went it has things like a fendi ottoman in faux Christ knows skin, cream sofas ….that type of thing. All very designer and I’m sure v expensive but by the third time we went service was just rude, and as the kardashians live there when in town it was full of paps outside all the time which was just annoying. The furniture had totally shown its age v quickly as expected all in all wouldn’t stay here again now going to try the quin midtown. Wouldn’t stop me staying at a trump again or even trump tower which us surprisingly good value for NYC!

  2. John Tickner says:

    My partner and I stayed at the Tump in May and we loved it too !

    We found good places to eat nearby by asking the concierge who recommended The Chase, although the best dinner had to go to Lee’s and his famous Singapore Slaw. And as far as the CN Tower is concerned, you don’t only go up it any longer – you walk outside around the edge of it (www.edgewalkcntower.ca.)

    I think your right – it’s not the place to be with young kids, but for older kids and adults it’s great.

  3. I’m female and I think it looks lovely. However, it will be a cold day in hell before I stay anywhere with that man’s name attached.

  4. My wife and I stayed at the Trump in Honolulu with our (then) 3-year-old and 9-month-old a few years ago and we loved it. Huge room with kitchen; great service; child friendly; lovely restaurant and bar. We’ll definitely stay there again if we go back.

  5. Hi, just a suggestion: photos are a bit small to see the details of the room, it would be great if we could click on a picture and a larger photo would open up in a popup window.

  6. Thanks – I never quite know where to stay in Toronto. Although to be honest I’m more surprised that you use Tripadvisor than the fact that you stayed at a Trump hotel.

    • I can recommend Cambridge Suites in Toronto. Although from 3 years ago, we are staying in their sister hotel in Halifax NS in 3 weeks time.
      In Toronto we are using our free Hilton nights. People have asked about connecting two and for a couple and keeping the room. I booked a Junior Suite for cash and then booked my and my wife’s free nights consecutively after it. I then emailed the hotel and asked for the same room and the confirmations for the free nights have changed to the suite. It will be interesting to see whether I get an upgrade for Gold status.
      Two weeks later we are staying at the Hilton in Quebec City using half price points which made it just cheaper than cash although I forgot the points earned! This was two bookings mine (two nights) and my wife’s (1). I was offered an upgrade to a corner room with river view for 2,800 points per night which I took and when I asked for my wife’s reservation to be in same room hers was upgraded. Again we shall see what Gold brings.

    • Tripadvisor is a good way to get an overview. Sheer weight of numbers counts for something.

  7. A disgustingly vile man. I’d rather stay in a dingy hostel than give him, or his companies, a single penny.

  8. Complete turn-off on looks alone.
    And, as Pol noted earlier, just never on principle alone when it comes to Trump.

    Those looks, btw, are similar to my choice not to fly the “bling-fest” that is Emirates et. al.

    • I have to admit that Trump the man would put me off too. It is reassuring to know I am not the only one to shun Emirates (the place and the airline) on moral grounds.

      • You’re certainly not alone. I have a whole list of hotels, airlines and countries I avoid on moral grounds.

  9. Agree on your comment builds, Tim & Pol — airlines AND the places.

  10. In summer it’s hard to beat the Westin or Radisson on the lakefront – both have their faults – especially the Westin with a conference – but waterfront views and Centre Island ferries make up for it. And the streetcar upgrade and roadworks should now be done…

  11. I stayed at the Altis Belém Hotel in Lisbon a couple of years ago and whilst I wouldn’t describe it as masculine it had a black and white theme (mainly black) going on, even the toilet paper was black!

    Hope you had a good time in Canada, I really liked Toronto and Niagara Falls but would agree with the British world athletics correspondent who described Edmonton as “Deadmonton”