Meet the Toronto X Hotel

By Neilia Sherman

The Toronto X Hotel, is one of this city’s most unique and luxurious hotels.

First things, first. We have to talk about the views. I have lived in Toronto all my life but I have never seen my hometown like this. The lake, the parklands, Ontario Place, the lights at night—I can go on and on.

I had the opportunity to spend two nights in Toronto’s new Hotel X—the latest addition to the Library Collection of Hotels, owned by Henry Kallan. This was Pre-pandemic times but even know it is still the perfect place for a Staycation in the Six.

While the original 6 hotels are smaller in scale and exude warmth and comfort—the Toronto addition is in a league of its own. After obtaining a 99 year lease from the city of Toronto, the build was started in 2013.

The result is a 28 story hotel with 400 plus rooms that is modern and homey at the same time. My husband and I stayed in accessible room during the CNE to make it easier for us to get around and have a place to rest. He has MS and I have fibromyalgia—so when we want to attend several events over a weekend—we often stay in a hotel in downtown Toronto—about an hour from the suburb where we live.

On the Labour Day weekend, we wanted to attend the Kansas concert at the CNE, as well as the Yiddish Festival Ashkenaz. We first thought of this hotel as secondary to these events but once we checked in, we realized that the hotel was so enjoyable—that we had to push ourselves to enter the crowded CNE grounds.

The rooms are cool and class sport luxury features such as: push button blinds, lights that dim,  high pressure showers, make-up mirrors

This glamorous, literary and multi-dimensional hotel is new to Toronto but part of an exclusive chain of hotels known as the Library Collection. Indeed, there are books all over the hotel and they seamlessly blend in with the modern decor. On one side of the hotel is exhibition place and the other side faces Lake Ontario.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy a short getaway at this hotel during the Canadian National Exhibition. What could be more convenient. My husband has mobility challenges and we liked the idea of being able to enjoy all the CNE has to offer offer a two day period, while resting in between.

When we got to our room on the 12th floor, the first thing that struck me was the absolutely amazing view from the large picture windows . Normally downtown Toronto hotels have their views blocked by condos and office buildings but this location by Lake Ontario was stunning. Not to mention Ontario Place, the lakeshore walking trails and historic Fort York next door.

Having access to the Library Lounge when we arrived, set the tone for a weekend of pampering. We were offered our choice of wine and a variety of beverages and then we snacked on the cheese and roasted veggie creations that were discretely set up in a corner of the room.

Having a lovely night at the Rooftop Pool

The rooftop pool was so nice–a bit small though–and surrounded by comfy lounge chairs. As the sun set the views got even more spectacular if that is possible. Plans are in the works to build another pool which will alleviate the problem of crowding. We were able to watch the Air show during the day and enjoy a cocktail while lounging in the evening. The additonal pool will be a great addition.

The location can’t be beat for business or leisure. A great perk is the car service which will take you within 5km of the hotel in the downtown area. There are conferences and business events held in the Enercare centre and Ontario Place, Centre Island and Fort York are all nearby.

However, in our case, we were there to take in the CNE and we took advantage of the EX package which included two passes to the CNE over the course of the weekend. As an older couple with mobility issues, it had been years since we had attended a concert. But we were able to walk out of the hotel and through the CNE to the bandshell and take in Kansas, an iconic band from the 70’s.

Back to hotel for rest and relaxation in our spacious and comfortable room which sported high end towels and products. A nightcap at the rooftop bar completed the special evening. After a night of rest, we were ready to tour the hotel and then relax by the pool. The delays had been worth it as the owner had found a way to incorporate the historic surrounding lands into the hotel. Special features included both brides and grooms areas for weddings and pre-wedding celebrations. There is also a fully decked out theatre ( think film festivals, private parties and conferences).

This hotel has delightful surprises around every corner. Cozy reading areas go along with the many bookshelves filled with brand new hardcover books. The room has modern touches like blinds that are operated by touching a button beside the beds. That visit really made my summer in 2018. No wonder I am thinking about checking in during the CNE again. Next summer? I will be there!

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