Here’s a review of a hotel that will close next week for two years. Consider this the “before” review in preparation for the “after” review in late 2019. But even the old Park Hyatt Toronto is, well…was still a great property.
After a fairly arduous journey from Burbank, CA to San Francisco to Chicago to Toronto, I took the Union Pearson Express to Bloor station then connected on the Toronto Subway to St. George station, only a couple blocks from the hotel. The whole journey took less time than Uber…
The hotel is in Yorkville, a posh Toronto neighborhood with incredible architecture, restaurants, and stores. An old Anglican Church sits across the street from the hotel.
Arriving around 1pm, I was granted an early check-in and upgraded to a suite in the old wing of the hotel. I’ll admit it: the hotel does feel dated. Like a fine hotel…from the 1990’s. And that’s what it was. Hyatt bought the hotel in 1999 from Four Seasons, allegedly paying the highest cost per hotel room ever paid in Canada.
Park Hyatt Toronto Park Suite
I thought my room was perfectly fine. Paint was chipped a bit in certain areas, but the tile in the bathroom and was well-maintained and everything looked nice. Dated, but nice. The living room contained a couch, chair, and desk while the bedroom contained a snugly fit bed.
An illy coffee machine along with a poorly-stocked mini-bar was available.
Construction outside did not create much noise, but did not make the for the most beautiful views.
The bathroom contained a shower/bathtub combo and separate toilet.
Some rooms have already been renovated – check out One Mile at a Time’s review for what the new room will look like.
After the arduous journey to Toronto, I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon nap before my evening appointment.
Park Hyatt Toronto Fitness Center
I understand the hotel once had one of the best spas in the city. That has already closed, as has the fitness center. But the hotel turned what appeared to be a retail store along Avenue Rd with a temporary fitness center. It did the job.
Park Hyatt Toronto Breakfast
Breakfast, served in Annona,was tremendous.
I appreciated the simple a la carte menu and enjoyed freshly-squeezed orange juice, a berry smoothie, cappuccino, fresh berries, and a cheese and bacon omelet with asparagus. A filling, delicious, moderately healthy breakfast.
Park Hyatt Toronto Billing Issue
A few days later, I noticed that breakfast had posted to my credit card. That annoyed me, because even at check-out the associate mentioned that breakfast was waived due to my Globalist status. But a Hyatt customer service rep was able to promptly reverse the charge.
I cannot wait to see what the Park Hyatt does with its Toronto property. We’ll have to be patient since the hotel is not expected to re-open until late 2019. I never checked out the hotel’s rooftop bar, but I hear it is one of the best bars in Toronto. You still have five more days to check that out if you happen to be in town.