Hotel Review: Intercontinental Yorkville
Toronto with kids By Holly Rosen Fink
The kid-friendly Intercontinental Yorkville is a good value for any family visiting Toronto with kids. (Courtesy Intercontinental Yorkville)
The family-friendly hotel offers modern, spacious rooms, and other amenities sure to make any family comfortable and happy. It also has onsite dining options, an indoor pool, and a roof terrace. In addition, it’s a very pet-friendly property.
The hotel is surrounded by family-friendly museums, restaurants and shops. Sitting right on Bloor Street, the main public transit corridor, guests can access public transportation or choose to tour the city by foot. Culture minded families will love being steps from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Gardiner Museum.
Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville is a located in the heart of one of the city’s most cultural and exclusive neighborhoods. It’s just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main attractions. The rooms, which feature modern, sleek decor, are spacious, clean, and comfortable. Best of all, they offer all the amenities a family needs, from accessible WIFI to a flat-screen TV. There’s also onsite dining, as well as a slew of kid-friendly and affordable restaurants within walking distance.
The hotel is 30 minutes away from Toronto Pearson International Airport, and just 10 minutes away from the Toronto City Airport.
Rooms & Amenities
Each of the 208 rooms in this family-friendly hotel in Toronto have modern decor with natural wood finishings, and are clean and spacious. They have lush bedding and air-conditioning, with marble bathrooms that include separate bathtubs and showers. Amenities include coffee and tea making facilities, LCD TVs, and accessible Wifi. Additional perks include iPod docking stations and pay per view movies on demand.
Families can choose between a room or suite. Classic rooms are 365 square feet, and come with a king or two queen beds. Suites have separate sitting areas and additional bathrooms.
Laundry services are available and housekeeping is daily.
If your family is tried post sightseeing, Signatures Restaurant at this family-friendly hotel in Toronto is a good choice. Its menu reflects Toronto’s multicultural makeup, with a variety of healthy, kid-friendly appealing options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. During the summer, families can visit the SkyLounge, an outdoor patio and tapas restaurant. Alternatively, tired families can get 24-hour room service.
Otherwise, families can leave the premises to embark on a culinary adventure in a nearby restaurant. They can get inexpensive bowls of ramen or good sushi at Sushi Inn or go a bit further for dim sum at Rol San in Chinatown.
There is a multitude of things to do with kids in Toronto. The beauty of this kid-friendly hotel in Toronto is that many of these attractions are nearby. It’s very close to the Bata Shoe Museum, a museum that teaches the history of shoes. It’s also a stone’s throw away from the Royal Ontario Museum where kids will learn about natural history and world cultures. Families can jump on public transport to get to the CN Tower, Toronto’s tallest building, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada where kids will revel in 16,000 aquatic animals.
Families with very young kids will enjoy a trip to the Toronto Zoo, home to over 5,000 animals. Or they can venture to Sky Zone Toronto, an indoor trampoline park where kids can burn energy if they need to.
Older kids will enjoy shopping on Queen Street, where they’ll find chains and boutiques, and taking a stroll through Kensington Market, an eclectic part of the city, with coffee shops and various eateries.
Things We Love
- The climate-controlled 14-metre lap pool is just the ticket for kids to cool off anytime from 5am-11pm.
- The hotel’s concierge offers “scoop” suggestions on where to go and what to do, making your trip to Toronto a special one.
- Speak to the concierge to get tips on what family-friendly things to do and where to eat.
- If you have time, ask about a day trip to Niagara Falls. There are many transportation options, including luxury, kid-friendly bus tours.
- Nearby tourist sites include the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Casa Loma, Kensington Market, and the Distillery District.
- Check the hotel’s website before you book for special deals and package offers.
- The hotel does not offer cribs, so be prepared to bring your own bed for the baby.