For as long as I can remember, The Westin Harbour Castle has been a beacon of unexpected special surprises. When I was young, I was sent down there by Kiss 92.5 FM. I met Ani DiFranco, Nelly Furtado, Glass Tiger’s Alan Frew, and Soul Decision who I had met before, but was always a bit of a young Canadian gal’s dream.
Driving by the (formerly rotating) restaurant or under the connecting walkway, I would always wonder which celebrities were staying within its walls! I’ve seen this hotel go through various iterations from grand ballrooms with out of control carpets, to its current modern minimalist sophistication. The Westin Harbour Castle is a classic Toronto hotel, and lately it’s become just a bit more!
The twin-towered hotel was built in 1972 and opened in April 1975. It has had various owners over the years and is now part of the Marriott Group. With nearly 1,000 rooms and several suites across its 33 floors (plus penthouse level), it would be easy to assume that you could get lost in the shuffle. Not the case! If you follow the Westin Harbour Castle on instagram, you’ll notice the team’s consistent involvement within the community, and more often than not a contest or giveaway to enjoy.
According to Trivago, The Westin Harbour Castle is the 6th most popular hotel in Toronto. Booking.com gives it a 9.2/10 rating for couples – with good reason! The location, amenities, service, and affordability give you the best of Toronto’s 5 star hotels without breaking the bank. Service starts with a smile and continues long past the time your head hits the pillow.
Speaking of pillows, the bed is so divine that they’ve got a whole section dedicated to mattress sales on the website. “The Westin Heavenly Bed is uniquely designed with plush, pillow-top construction for premium comfort and support. Slip into the Westin Heavenly Bed and experience a night of restorative sleep to get you ready for the day ahead.” No joke – The Westin’s mattress was one of the most comfortable nights of rest I’ve ever had.
Trying to keep fit on the road? The Westin Harbour Castle features an indoor pool, roof-top tennis courts, a and fitness center. No problem bringing your pooch for a morning run either, it’s pet-friendly, too!
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Westin Harbour Castle hotel features three restaurants. The Chartroom Bar and Lounge is open for lunch and dinner and serves American-style food in a buffet and a la carte. Toula Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner only and serves Italian food a la carte. Savoury is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an a la carte menu. Mizzen Restaurant is open for breakfast and serves an international array. The Harbour coffee bar opens for breakfast, too.
We were lucky enough to enjoy the Westin Harbour Castle’s in-room dining. Room service here, again, is served with a smile! Being that it was a Raptors playoff game (#WeTheNorth // #WeTheChamps), nachos, pizza, buffalo wings, and a banana split were perfect accompaniments. In my experience, room service usually takes a while and is a little on the cold side by the time it arrives. Our white tablecloth delivery was piping hot with gorgeous, fresh ingredients.
Getting to the Westin Harbour Castle
The Westin Harbour Castle is located at 1 Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from The Hockey Hall of Fame, Scotiabank Area, the Rogers Centre, The CN Tower, The Distillery District, Sugar Beach, Harbourfont, and the ferry terminal to the Toronto Islands.
Thank-you to the team at the Westin Harbour Castle for our stunning stay!
*Certain elements in this post were provided in exchange for an open and honest review of the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto. As always, information and opinions are genuine and my own.