After my flight to YYZ on Air France I spent the night in Toronto, choosing the Hyatt Regency. Although the hotel is dated, I found it perfectly suitable for my short stay.
Note my stay was in February 2020…the pandemic may alter your experience at this hotel.
Hyatt Regency Toronto Review
I took the Union Pearson Express from the airport to Union Station, then walked about one kilometer from the station to the hotel. It was icy out with snow flurries and I wasn’t wearing the right shoes, but after sitting on a plane all day it was almost exhilarating to get some fresh air. The hotel is located in an area of town that appears to be rapidly gentrifying.
An agent named Keshor checked me in, warmly welcomed me, and let me know I had been updated to a suite. He thanked me for my Globalist status and loyalty to Hyatt and told me to call him at reception if I ran into any issues in my room.
My suite included a large living room with kitchenette, one bathroom, and bedroom. I must say, the dark carpet and dark wood looked quite sterile, but the most important thing was that I had plenty of room to spread out.
The room was cold, but I cranked up the thermostat and it heated right up.
Pharmacopia amenities were in the bathroom–standard for Hyatt Regency.
As I said, I was quite tired and did not feel like even going downstairs. For dinner, I ordered dinner from Mi Taco Taqueria via Uber Eats. I’ve had better, but it did the job nicely and I was soon asleep.
View from my room:
In the morning, I dragged myself out of bed early to do a workout prior to breakfast. I had been traveling all week and done plenty of walking, but no strength training. The gym included LifeFitness equipment was fairly crowded (I came back later to take the pictures).
Sauna + Pool
The outdoor pool was closed for the season, but I was surprised to find a sauna…it is not listed anywhere on the hotel’s website.
This Hyatt Regency does not have a Regency Club. As such, Globalists can use their breakfast benefit in the King Street Social Kitchen in the hotel’s ground level. The restaurant offers both a buffet an a la carte menu (or at least did prior to COVID-19). The buffet included the biggest cereal selection I’ve ever seen, omelet bar, pastries, fruit, salads, bagels and salmon with capers, and hot items including bacon, sausage, potatoes, and oatmeal.
Today, however, I decided to order huevos rancheros off the a la carte menu. Honestly, the kitchen did a great job and it made for a nice breakfast with a bowl of berries and cappuccino.
Here’s the full menu:
The highlight of breakfast, though, was my waitress Suzanne. She was so pleasant (in a motherly sort of way) and took great care of me. I appreciated her smile and warm personality.
As a Globalist, the entire charge was removed at check-out.
In retrospect, I got to the hotel in the evening, worked, slept, and went right back to the airport the next morning. In that sense, I should have just stayed at the airport. Next time I return to Toronto I hope the Park Hyatt remodel is complete. I prefer the Yorkville neighborhood anyway. But I enjoyed the suite upgrade and warm hospitality at this hotel by Suzanne and Keshor.