Review of our gay-friendly stay at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre. Modern style, a gay-friendly staff, and a perfect location: During our gay couple city trip in the largest Canadian city Toronto, we stayed right in the heart between Downtown Toronto and Church-Wellesley Village, the popular so-called Gay Village. The Marriott hotel offers good service for gay and LGBT travelers including spacious and comfortable rooms, a rooftop pool as well as a whirlpool, a very nice 24-hour fitness studio with a Toronto city view, a rich breakfast buffet and free luggage service. We found all we needed for a gay-friendly stay in Toronto at Lake Ontario before we headed to our next Canada adventure, Niagara Falls. But now enjoy our hotel review of the modern 4-star hotel Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre and see this centrally located city trip hotel through a couple of men‘s eyes.
Review Marriott Downtown Toronto
We arrived in Downton Toronto at the Union Station just after a 25-minute ride on the train. Instead of taking a cap, we decided to do the 15 minutes walk between the skyscrapers of Toronto in a northern direction to our hotel. After a warm welcome with info about the city’s LGBT community and swift check-in, we arrived in our spacious corner room with a stunning view over Nathan Phillips Square. Less than a 5-minutes walk away from the hotel, we took our first selfie in front of the Toronto sign.
Especially for LGBTQ+ travelers who are in town for sightseeing, for going out in the Gay Village and for shopping, this accommodation is ideally located right next to the CF Toronto Eaton Shopping Center and Toronto’s little time square Yonge-Dundas Square. We enjoyed every minute of our pretty packed days in this urban city. But as soon as our heads hit the pillows in the comfortable beds, we felt at home and welcome in the gay-friendly Marriott Downtown CF Toronto Eaton Center.
Corner King Guest Room with Nathan Phillips View
Our corner room with a kingsize bed came along with a stunning view through soundproof windows. Up from the 9th of 18 floors, we were able to overlook the busy business life of the Torontonians. Additional to that, our room offered a large pivot work desk with ergonomic chair and plugs and data ports to charge our phones and camera.
Two comfy chairs and a table were placed right next to the windows, definitely Karl’s favorite spot to enjoy a good morning coffee before breakfast. Daan loved the large walk-in shower with a rainforest shower head in the bathroom. The bathroom features complimentary THANN bath amenities with a lovely scent. Some more things about the rooms: A coffee maker, tea service, a fridge, and a huge 32in/81cm LCD TV. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.
Diverse Continental Breakfast Buffet
The breakfast buffet was located at the Trios Bistro on the ground level with a huge glass wall facing the Church of the Holy Trinity. The food selection was very diverse starting with fresh juices, fruits, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and cold cuts as well as fresh bread, bagels, and pastries. An omelet booth was located right next to the entrance to the breakfast area offering freshly made vegetarian and meat versions. You can be sure about, that Daan loved his freshly prepared omelets. And Karl a good cup of coffee with some delicious sweets to it. There is (almost) no better way to start your Toronto adventure!
Close by Activities in & around Toronto Downtown
Lucky us, we planned our trip right at the time when spring hit the city. Besides the impressive skyscrapers of Toronto’s Downtown, we were eager to see the other side of this metropolis. One of our first walks took us for about 15 minutes in a western direction along Queens Street West, also called Queens West. We loved the contrasts of this area, seeing small wooden buildings lining up in front of the skyscraper background Downtown.
We can recommend exploring the art of Graffiti Alley, the gorgeous Art Museum, or the urban Kensington Market neighborhood. Going in a northern direction from the hotel for about 15 minutes, we ended up in The Gay Village, the LGBT neighborhood of Toronto. Last but not least, we made a trip with the ferry to Toronto Island on Lake Ontario, with a spectacular view of the skyline. You will fall in love with Toronto, Canada, for sure.
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Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre gay-friendly Hotel
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2L2
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Official Website: marriott.com/downtown-toronto
Contact: Tel.: +1 416-597-9200
Good to know…
… about arriving in Toronto! You can walk almost everywhere, although the public transport and the cabs are safe to use as well. The fastest way from the Pearson International Airport to the central station in Downtown Toronto is the Union Pearson Express (UP Express). The UP Express needs just 25 minutes, departing every 15 minutes either way.
Please note: This trip was made possible in partnership with Destination Ontario and Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Center. Anyhow, our photos, texts, and opinions are 100% our own, as usual.