I recently toured Hotel Le Germain and Le Germain Maple Square, two downtown Toronto boutique hotels owned by Quebec-based Groupe Germain, to see how Lemay Michaud Architecture and Design had shaped a unique environment at each property.
For example, the 167-room Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is steps away from the Air Canada Centre in the heart of Maple Leaf Square. The Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is a sports lover's oasis: The hotel, which opened in November, 2010, has guest room photos featuring members of Toronto's major sports teams working out at the gym.
Balcony rooms overlook Maple Leaf Square. Guests can sit on their balcony lounges or in their bathtubs and watch live games on the giant screen at Air Canada Centre.
Accent lighting throughout the hotel changes with the seasons (i.e. red during basketball and soccer season for the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, and blue during hockey season for the Toronto Maple Leafs).
The hotel's 5,000 square feet of meeting space in 5 meeting rooms are also sports-inspired (e.g. The Penalty Box, the Offensive Zone). The MVP Lounge doubles as a breakfast room and all day lounge.
In contrast, the Hotel Le Germain Toronto, in Toronto's Theatre District, aims to provide all the comforts of home. The hotel's ultra-modern feel is reinforced with wood, glass and red accents.
The open concept lobby has an elevated, glass encased, wood burning fireplace. Up the steps beside the fireplace is the library. Guests sitting on the couches facing the fireplace feel like they are in their living rooms. In the evening the lights are dimmed in the lobby and the library to create a restful ambiance.
Meeting venues include the Dominion Boardroom with a capacity of 30 and the Hatley Room, a multi-purpose space with a capacity of 70. It has an area that is used as a breakfast room and for breaks during business meetings.
In both properties, water carafes replace bottled water in meeting and guest rooms. On each floor, guests can fill their carafes at Ovopur stations that provide fresh, purified and filtered water. And in a really unique touch, green apples are provided in bowls at reception, on wall racks on guest room floors and at each place setting for meetings.
Photo Credits: Executive Oasis International