View of Lake Ontario from the pool and terrace area
View of Lake Ontario from the pool and terrace area

This is part 1 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 2 here and part 3 here.

The Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, in Toronto, Canada, just finished a 3.5 million-dollar renovation in April 2014. As I mentioned earlier, Radisson hotels across North America are undergoing a massive brand refresh in which all hotels will be complete by 2015.

From the hardwood floors in room at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront to its rooftop terrace, there’s a lot to like about this newly renovated hotel:

A splendid view from the room
A splendid view from the room

1. Hardwood floors
There’s something fabulous about hardwood floors that opens up the room and allows for easy gazing out onto Lake Ontario. Don’t forget to ask for a harborview room when booking.


Brightly lit bathroom

2. Oversized showers
The whole bathroom was sleek and modern with that nice oversized shower. I also enjoyed the Radisson RITUALS bath amenities (used at all Radisson hotels). It’s worth noting that I have a small obsession with the RITUALS conditioner Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk. Ahh the smell of cherry blossom!

Pool with a perfect view of CN Tower
Pool with a perfect view of CN Tower

3. Cocktail & view
From the pool and terrace you can enjoy views of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands and the CN Tower, all while you sip on delicious cocktails). And don’t worry: When it gets cold you can still sit inside the Watermark Lounge and enjoy a great view.

4. Yummy food
The hotel’s signature restaurant, the Watermark Restaurant, uses fresh local ingredients like Canadian maple syrup (clearly) and smoked meat from Montreal. I had the roasted honey nut rack of lamb with mint/lamb infusion, basil-mashed potatoes and honey-glazed baby carrots. Chef Romel Griate has some unique combinations on the menu.

View of Toronto from the CN Tower
View of Toronto from the CN Tower


Steam Whistle brewery tour
Steam Whistle brewery tour

5. Location, location!
The hotel is in a good location to easily get to the CN Tower (which I recommend visiting for stunning views of the entire city) and a microbrewery called Steam Whistle. Their signature pilsner has won awards across Canada. When I realized their one and only beer couldn’t be shipped to the US, I thought about making a large purchase but then I got real and thought about my already overstuffed little suitcase.

Art as we walked through Kensington
Art as we walked through Kensington

Tip: If you are into graffiti art, here’s a walking tour for you. Tour guys/Toronto Urban Adventures takes you to the lesser-known spots in Kensington and Chinatown neighborhoods. Jason Kucherawy was a fabulous guide ([email protected]/1.800.691.9320)

Rates at Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront begin at $169 for low season and $249 for peak season. 249 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario; Tel: 416.203.3333. 

All photos courtesy of Caitlin Martin. 


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