Thursday, April 24, 2008

18th April 2008

We headed off to Toronto this morning, arriving at The Royal York around lunchtime. We ate a quick lunch in the Royal Deli downstairs while waiting for our room to be ready. Unfortunately it took ages so we had to leave to meet my cousin Dawn and her husband Gary before we could get into our room.

It was so nice to see Dawn and Gary. They took us to Moxie's, a really nice little place on Yonge Street. We had soft drinks, some snacks and a really good chat. It was a lovely afternoon.

We were running a little late by this point (slightly complicated by the fact that we had left our car park by an emergency exit and so were having some difficulty finding our way back in!) but managed to get across to my cousin Holly and her partner Gary’s house just after our planned arrival time of 6.30pm. We had a wonderful evening with Holly and Gary, plus my cousins Ruby and Heather, and Heather’s two children (who are totally grown up now) Jessica and Sian. It was so nice to have some time with everyone. Alex went out for a drive with Sian and his pickup truck, and it was a really lovely break for him, away from us.

We arrived back at the Royal York quite late this evening. It is such a lovely place, with an incredible lobby. It almost feels like stepping back in time to a more golden age, perhaps the thirties or forties. Our super room was ready and waiting for us. I cannot recommend the Royal York highly enough. It is everything you could possibly wish for in a hotel - a bit of faded grandeur coupled with excellent service. Nothing is too much trouble. It is well worth paying extra for a superior room. Certainly for us – after paying more than £300 per night for something so much smaller in Paris two weeks before – the $259 per night charge seems very good value for money indeed. The room is really large, with two bathrooms, two very comfortable Queen size beds, a sofa, desk, armchair and various other comfortable pieces of furniture plus two huge cupboards for our clothes. I’m told we have a lake view room. Of course, it is too dark to see much of the view tonight, although I can make out Union Station across the road. I shall look forward to seeing more of the view tomorrow morning!

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