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Splash out at the Intercontinental

Splash Out at the InterContinental Toronto Centre,  a cradle of luxury and  convenience.

 

 

The large picture windows of my 18th floor room, overlook the  CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Toronto Islands and the new Ripleys Aquarium to the south and the bustling Thursday Farmers market in Simcoe Park on Wellington Street to the north. But inside, the room with its king size bed and fluffy pillows and large well equipped bathroom  is an oasis of calm and the place to be whether on a business trip or a weekend break.

The 25 storey Intercontinental Hotel ,   which recently celebrated its tenth year at this location, has  586 redesigned and updated guest rooms,  superior meeting facilities , a Spa retreat and popular glass canopied Azure Restaurant and Bar in the elegant spacious lobby, where I enjoyed a delicious full breakfast.  “I love the friendly, comfortable ambiance” said my breakfast companion.

Just far enough along Front Street to be a bit removed from all the chaos of the construction projects in the downtown core, yet close enough to walk anywhere you want  to be,  it is  ideal for a Family City Break  with several popular attractions closeby. Park your car and forget it; you can visit them all within a few minutes walk. Turn right out of the lobby onto Simcoe Street and you will come to Bremner Boulvevard and the CN Tower, everyone’s favourite excursion and Rogers Centre. Even if there are no sports events, you can take a tour of the Rogers Centre. www.rogerscentre.com  Just opened right next door is the Ripleys Aquarium, a wonderful new attraction that will delight visitors of any age. It is an inventive world of wonder, with interactive displays, and  a long curved tunnel showcasing just about every fish and form of marine life  in their own marine settings.  Be careful if you suffer from claustropobia, you might get a bit agitated on the slow moving pathway it winds its way through the marine world. A restaurant and educational component completes the complex, a fine addition to Toronto attractions. http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/Canada

Back on Front street, you might be interested in the little known free museum at the CBC building across the road, which contains many artifacts and mementos of well loved series from the past, and just to the east at Front and Yonge Street, the Hockey Hall of Fame will delight fans, young and old.

To celebrate the opening of the nearby  Ripleys Aquarium, The Intercontinental Toronto Centre is making its own splash with a “Be a Big Fish at Intercontinental Toronto Centre” Package, commencing October 21 and starting at $399 per night + tax.

The package contains some innovative extras like a fishbowl in your room which can go home with you or be donated to an educational institution and of course, tickets to the Aquarium. For details and reservations see:  www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com