Travel review – The Adelaide Hotel in Toronto, Canada

I received pretty positive feedback for my last travel post, so it has encouraged me to write more about travel. I was in Toronto for work early last month, and I stayed at The Adelaide Hotel, located at the corner of Bay and Adelaide. This hotel, if you are not aware, was formerly the Trump Hotel, and had changed their management, name, and branding at the end of July 2017. I was really excited about staying at this hotel because of its proximity to the office, and also because of its luxury 5 star rating.

I was honestly in awe of the hotel when I first arrived. The hotel is now run by Marriott, and my previous favourite hotel chain was the Westin, which is also run by Marriott. What I loved about the Westin was that it smelled AMAZING as soon as you walk in. The Adelaide Hotel also has a distinct scent which isn’t overpowering, although it doesn’t smell as good as the Westin. In addition, the decorations in the lobby and throughout the hotel is a dark purple theme, with accents of black and white marble and grey, which translates to rich luxury.

Check in was very fast and smooth, and they were also very accommodating of my request of a king bed room, even though my room type wasn’t guaranteed because I was travelling for work and my company had just a room block set up.

In terms of the room itself, it wasn’t too spacious (last time I came to Toronto for work, I stayed at the Fairmont Royal York, which had bigger rooms), but it was a good size for my needs. It has a generously sized and well-lit closet, as well as a very nice bar area that offered a Nespresso machine and espresso pods. The bed is probably one of the comfiest hotel beds I’ve slept on in a very long time. The mattress was very soft but not saggy, and seemed relatively new since it did not have uneven sagging anywhere. The bedsheets were also very soft and comfortable, just the way I like it.

The bathroom is huge, probably the size of my bedroom at home. It offers white granite or marble or some kind of stone all over the walls, a giant tub that is big and deep enough to fit two people comfortably, as well as a double-doored rain shower. The shower even has a little seat that helps to make exfoliating and shaving easy. The toilet was located in a separate small room with its own door, which is quite hygienic.

Service here is very good; the hotel offers turndown service which is something I haven’t experienced in a while. There is meticulous attention to detail which translates into a very clean and comfortable environment. The small touches made this a very memorable experience.

Now for some dislikes… to be honest there weren’t many. The only thing that really bothered me was the type of toilet paper they used. For a luxury hotel, the toilet paper was very thin and not that soft. The other small thing was that the desk in my room had a type of leatherette top which was very dated and scratched up, which took away from the luxury feeling of the room.

I generally had a very positive experience staying at this hotel, and would definitely come back.

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My Seattle trip and other life tidbits!

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Through a recent conversation with MizzJ, I realized that I haven’t done one of these life “recaps” in a while. Nothing really has happened in my life recently that warranted a blog post; it’s been rather uneventful actually. However, last weekend I went to Seattle for an extended weekend trip so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the little things that’s been happening in my life.

Seattle trip

Last weekend, we went on an extended weekend trip to Seattle! I haven’t actually traveled around the city of Seattle since maybe the early 2000s, so it was nice to stay for a few nights, relax, and see the city.

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On the 2.5 hour drive down from Vancouver, we stopped for lunch at a Hawaiian restaurant in Everett – Kama’aina Grindz (on TripAdvisor). This was one of the best meals of this trip; the food was super fresh, the service was amazing and prices were very reasonable for the quality of food. I had the Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke; the tuna was very fresh and the sauce was tangy with a bit of spice. The boyfriend had the Blackened Mahi Mahi Hoagie; the fish was also very fresh and tasty, and the yam fries were SO GOOD. We both really liked this restaurant, and would come back again.

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We stayed in Bellevue, a city east of Seattle, because there were better hotel options for cheap, and the parking was also free. The hotel we chose (after what seemed like weeks of indecision), was the Sheraton Bellevue. I’m surprised it didn’t rate better on TripAdvisor because we had a really good experience here; the room and bathroom were both super clean and the staff were friendly. We got a free upgrade to a Club Room, which also included complimentary appetizers from 5-8PM every day, complimentary breakfast from 7-10AM every day, and free wifi. The bed was the highlight of the room – it was so comfy, soft and BOUNCY!

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We didn’t do much crazy sightseeing, it was mostly a weekend of eating, shopping and relaxing. On the Friday, we went to Bellevue Square for shopping. On Saturday, we explored Pike Place Market, satisfied my inner Starbucks fangirl, and also went for lunch at the award-winning Pike Place Chowder. We both had the New England clam chowder and half a dungeness crab roll. The chowder was really yummy but I felt it was a bit oversalted (the boyfriend was happy with his, and he’s not a chowder fan to begin with), and the dungeness crab roll was good but a bit bland. Together they worked well together but if you were eating both by itself, it may not have been so good.

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For dinner on Saturday, we went to Crab Pot in Bellevue. As a lover of seafood (or just food in general), I was excited to try this place out after seeing photos of it all over Instagram and posted by friends on Facebook. The food was mediocre – I didn’t have high expectations for that – but the experience was great. It was so much fun smashing the crab shells with the mallet and eating with our hands. If you’re in Seattle, I definitely recommend checking this place out. It’s a bit pricey for what you get, but it’s a fun experience. For those of you who live near a Boiling Crab, sorry but Crab Pot doesn’t compare so just continue eating Boiling Crab.

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On Sunday we made our way back home, stopped at a few places to stock up on some US-only products (like vanilla coke and cherry coke!), and also stopped at the outlet. I did a ton of damage this weekend, which means I can’t buy anything for the rest of this month AND all of next month, maybe even until summer.

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Other life tidbits

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I went to the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Part II concert in early January. It was my first time seeing him in concert and also the first concert I’ve been to in probably 2 years. JT is amazing in person, singing and dancing with so much energy and dedication. He was also extremely humble and kept bowing to the audience to thank them for their support. Also I liked that he didn’t have an opening act, just a short 10 minute intermission. The entire concert was 3 hours and he sang and danced the entire time (apart from that 10 minute intermission). If you’re a fan of good music and good entertainment, definitely recommend checking out a JT concert – he is really that sexy!

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I also went to my first Canucks game ever in January with the boyfriend. I’ve never been before because tickets are usually way too expensive, but the boyfriend got tickets for Christmas so he took me. It was a really epic game – the one against the Flames where there was a line brawl 2 seconds into the first period and then Tortorella got suspended for storming the Flames’ locker room.

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Other than that, life is still normal. I hope you guys have had a good year 2014 so far!