• Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Le Germain Maple Leaf Square | Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

I use pretty basic measures when I first start looking into what hotel to stay at. Like a lot of people, I first just look up the top 10 hotels on Tripadvisor then I search reviews on blogs of the hotels. In Toronto there were a few huge chains I’d heard of, and then at #4 was one called Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. I didn’t know the brand but it sounded French which was enough for me to look into it. Click here for rates and availability. 

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

“Choose Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square for its elegance, comfort and quality. Every detail, down to the very last one, is important. We want you to enjoy all the comforts of home. And more.” – from their website

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

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I wanted somewhere fun & unique for me and my parents to stay at when we first got to Toronto. The Le Germain was modern and although luxurious felt like a boutique hotel. I was looking for a few things in a hotel and it had all of them:

  • Perfect location so we could walk everywhere. We could walk almost everywhere, but for places too far away, it was right outside Union Station so location couldn’t be better.
  • Two beds in a room so me and my parents could save money by getting only one room. Their “prestige” rooms had two beds.
  • Free Wi-Fi for all of us (some places have it for only two devices).
  • Continental breakfast, which was delicious.

The only thing it didn’t have was a pool, but looking at other options none had outdoor pools, I guess because it’s so cold up in there.

Rooms at Le Germain Maple Leaf Sqaure

For me the rooms’ most important feature is the bed! This place had the softest beds. In India, even the most top end hotels don’t have that amazing of bedding, so I was pretty stoked. It had a big goose down duvet and feather pillows. The bathroom was huge with a giant rainfall shower and products were by Molton Brown. I told my mom ahead of time the products would be good so not to pack shampoo and conditioner, and luckily was right.

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Torontobelow dad is helping plan out the day (with help from a case of beer)- maybe he’ll start his own travel blog! jk

Best Family Hotel in Downtown TorontoRooms had a coffee machine, music playing when you walked in, a safe, mini bar, magnifying mirror, all the other things most rooms have.

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown TorontoDown the hallways were these art features/ aka snacks of apples on lighted shelves. I joked to my mom “You should take one for breakfast” and immediately after the guy helping us with our bags said “You are welcome to take these apples whenever you want”. Every time we walked to the elevator there was a different number of apples. Sadly, with the lighting they didn’t photograph well. But then, maybe you had to be there to get why we found it so amusing.

There was art of people playing sports or working out on the walls. It made me stop eating so many Cheez-its, so was much appreciated.

Valet, Food, & Concierge

Other than a fitness room and lounge/bar, they had an amazing concierge who helped us plan out our day. Check out what we did in Toronto over 3 days in this article.

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown TorontoValet was $10 more than parking in the nearby garage and was $40 per night. The benefit of valet is that you can have them bring the car out anytime and you still pay $40, while in a garage every time you exit you pay $30 again. But remember to calculate in the tip when you decide which can make valet add up quickly.

Breakfast was very yummy and had a great view out over the city. The offered all the coffee options, lunch meats, breads, salmon, boiled eggs, fruits, granola, yogurt, and a few other things. Breakfast goes until 11 AM so you can sleep in!

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Best Family Hotel in Downtown Toronto

Contact & Booking

The location of Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is 75 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, M5J oA1 and it’s really easy to get to off the highway and shows up perfectly on google maps and apple maps. Click through to book Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. You can call them at +1 888 940 7575. Rooms start at $269 Canadian dollars.


Many thanks to Le Germain Maple Leaf Square for offering me a media rate on this room.



About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Mel August 25, 2015 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Welcome to Toronto! Do you have anything fun planned while you’re here?

    • Rachel Jones August 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you. I already left actually but we have a blast. I have a post soon on 20 cool things we did – we will for sure be back.

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