Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Stay at the Trump Toronto: Hotel Review

A few weeks ago,  I had the pleasure of staying at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto and I can confidently say it was one of my top hotel experiences. If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen much of my trip, but I thought I'd talk a little more about my stay on the blog. Prior to posting about my stay, I knew that my affiliation with Trump Hotels would spark controversy and backlash. Within minutes of my first post, I was proven right. "Really, Trump??" she writes and hastily unfollows. This was the response of many, who were apparently offended by my stay and decided to unfollow and block (bye, it was nice knowing you). Trump Hotels are in fact not affiliated with the political campaign, and not once was there any mention of politics during my stay. Anyways, if it wasn't already clear through the multiple insta captions, I'll say it again.

[DISCLAIMER: My stay at the Trump Toronto in no way expresses my political views, nor does it express a political affiliation with Trump. For those of you who seem to think I am now Trump's chief of staff, please take your negativity far far away, and then swallow it :) For everyone else who was supportive, you da real MVP, thank you!]

Upon arrival and check in, we had the warmest welcome. The staff were all so kind and helpful throughout our stay. Now I know it's their job, but I have stayed at hotels where the staff does the bare minimum and the experience is less than optimal. When we entered our deluxe suite, we were met with a platter of sweets (which we devoured within minutes) and the sweetest note from the Marketing and Social Media Manager, Jeanne (shoutout to Jeanne!). It was definitely a great start to the weekend.

The theme throughout the hotel is "champagne and caviar." The decor all throughout the hotel left me in awe. I was obsessed. I'm seriously considering renovating my own home because everything now just seems so mediocre. Jeanne was kind enough to give us a tour of the hotel. We were given the opportunity to photograph areas that are not accessible to hotel guests and got some amazing shots out of it. One of my favourite photos from the weekend was taken in the bathroom of a private event space. It was THE chic-est bathroom that I have even been in, which takes bathroom selfies to a whole new level. We also had access to a grand staircase which I shot another one of my favourite looks.

As mentioned before, I stayed in a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite. It was spacious and comfortable and accommodates for the aftermath of the tornado that apparently blew through the room as a result of trying to find my camera lens at the the bottom of my travel bag. Needless to say, there's enough room to comfortably get ready if you're one of those people that "has nothing to wear" but somehow ends up under a mound of clothes. The bathroom is also equipped with a shower and bath tub and I only wish I brought along bath bombs to enjoy it!

I don't know if anyone else does this but I have this hotel ritual (I guess?) where I have to try the complimentary coffee. It's not because it's complimentary or because I'm a huge coffee lover, but ever since my first hotel visit, it's just something that I've been doing. Most hotel coffee is mediocre and being a moderate coffee consumer, I don't usually end up at the bottom of the cup. However, our suite was equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine and let's just say we had our fun.

Below is a little photo diary of some of my favourite shots :)

The Grand Staircase
Champagne & Caviar
America Restaurant
View from America Restaurant
America Restaurant
The bathroom of a private event space