Peering out of the taxi window as we departed the airport I was overly eager for my first glimpse. Like spotting the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the first sighting of Big Ben in London, I couldn’t feel like I had officially arrived in Toronto until I saw its tower. The CN Tower was built by the Canadian National Railways in 1976 and today is used as a broadcast transmitter as well as a climbing/dining/entertainment venue. At 1,825 ft (plus 5 inches to be exact) it is the world’s tallest tower and not long into our transfer it soon sprung into sight, it’s not hard to miss! Whilst visiting Toronto for Fashion Week I became obsessed with photographing the tower, a habit fed by the fact that I was staying right beneath it and was treated to a meal at the top of it.
Like Jeremy Beadle the tower pops up in places you least expect it and demands attention. Hanging out in parks on West Queen West, appearing at the end of a busy street Downtown and poking out from under an iron bridge, the tower catches your eye and captured my imagination.
Nowhere was it better framed, however, than by my bedroom window at the Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. The boutique Germain is located slap bang in-between the Air Canada Centre and The Rogers Centre, and on one side of the building guests can lay claim to a direct view to the CN Tower from their bed and bath. Despite its buzzing Downtown location the hotel is a haven of calm, which deems the ear plugs they provide on the bed each evening redundant. Not redundant in this hotel is the attention to detail in the rooms; iphone docking station, plug socket and light controls (from ‘ambient’ to ‘all off’ ) within easy arms reach of the bed. And boy what a bed. Huge white pillows, a snuggly duvet, perfectly soft mattress and a fit man hanging above it – BEST BED IN THE WORLD I say! In the bathroom you will find FULL size Molten Brown products and a rainforest shower from which you can view the giant flat screen TV in the bedroom. Together with a hair dryer that actually dries hair, a full length mirror in a place that makes sense and Nespresso machine on the desk, you feel like this hotel has really thought about its guests. They also provide something all hotels need to wise up to – FREE, super-fast WiFi throughout the whole hotel – no password necessary.
And then I got to go up it!