Beautiful Spaces: Where We Stayed in Montreal & Toronto, Canada

by Gigi Griffis

The view from the Thompson Toronto’s swanky rooftop bar.

Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. These hotels were kind enough to provide complimentary stays in exchange for this review.

Our third and fourth stops in Canada were Montreal and Toronto.

In Montreal, we spent two nights at the urban, stylish Hotel Le Crystal, with its comfortable, roomy interiors and its 12th-floor hot tub.

It was the first time in awhile that we had a suite-style room and I was grateful. When you’re traveling as a pair, there’s something especially nice about having a couple separate rooms. When I wake up early in the mornings, I can retreat to the couch to read or work without disturbing Chad. When he wants to stay up for another hour after I turn in, the reverse works as well.

This suite was particularly comfortable, with its quiet sliding doors to the bedroom, its cozy couch and nice desk, and its thrillingly spacious closet, which allowed me to unpack and have everything at my fingertips for the first time in weeks.

Breakfast at the hotel’s chic restaurant was also excellent. I recommend the salted caramel French toast.

Finally, I loved that they left me a letter detailing the dog-friendly spots in Montreal. What an excellent little bonus.

But enough talk. You’ll want photos:




living area









glorious closet

breakfast restaurant

french toast


Next stop was super popular Toronto, where we stayed for three nights at two different hotels.

The first? The swanky, chic, urban-feeling Thompson Toronto with its gorgeous rooftop bar full of well-dressed people and panoramic views. The decor was hip and fun. The location perfect for downtown explorations (which included, for us, a trip to the top of the lofty CN Tower). The bed was comfortable. And I thought the little treats they left as a welcome in the room were really delightful.








rooftop bar


Then there was the Mary Am Hotel, located a bit farther from the center, but decidedly more affordable, with free parking and a kitchenette.

Highlights here included the kitchenette, a comfortable bed, and good Wi-Fi. I was also charmed by the hallway art and the super sweet staff and the very reasonable price tag (rooms start at $120 per night).

Mary Am room




Suites at Le Crystal in Montreal start at $279 CAD per night. The 12th floor is a spa, pool, hot tub, and gym overlooking the city. The hot tub and pool are included with all guest stays. Pets are welcome with a $75 fee per stay, which includes a welcome package with treats. Valet parking is 35 CAD per night. A business center is available downstairs and the rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, which worked well during our stay.

Rooms at the Thompson Toronto start at $439 CAD per night and include access to the rooftop bar and pool, with its spectacular city views. Valet parking is available for an additional fee ($42) and pets stay free.

Suites at Mary Am Hotel in Toronto start at $120 per night and include parking. Continental breakfast, served in your room, costs an additional $13 CAD per person. Pets are not permitted. Mary Am also runs a bunch of executive suites around the city, which look very luxurious indeed.

Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve reviewed here.

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larissa September 1, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Wow! I feel like that is all I can say to just how beautiful the suite is. Even little Luna looks so comfy and happy! I want to trip to Canada soon and I love this post as it just adds to the hotels I want to visit! Thanks so much for sharing!


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