|Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square Now Open in Downtown Toronto
New 167-room hotel is set amid the high energy and upbeat excitement of Maple Leaf Square.
Toronto, ON: Maple Leaf Square is a sleek, new, urban Toronto destination where NHL Hockey and NBA Basketball fans, city dwellers, concert revellers, busy professionals and frequent travellers gravitate. The newly built urban-lifestyle zone is distinguished by contemporary architecture and design. It features the city’s most significant public art investment, an expansive food emporium, fine and casual dining and shopping opportunities. The $500-million development was conceived and constructed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Lanterra Development Corporation. The entree of Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square by Groupe Germain celebrates one of the development’s most significant recent milestones to completion.
Tranquil guestrooms, a contemporary meeting and event-space collection, exclusive full-floor guest lounge, inspired fitness facilities and a bijoux lobby bar balance the bustle of the nearby arena, residential towers, offices and shops.
“The combination results in a perfect blend that delivers an unforgettable guest experience,” says Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square General Manager Paul de La Durantaye about the mixed-use development. “Modern travellers value refinement, restorative comfort and stylish serenity. With this hotel opening, they will equally appreciate the proximity and vibrancy of this major entertainment venue. Amid this excitement, ours is a discreet retreat.”
The essence of the Maple Leaf Square community is first reflected in permanent public artworks commissioned by Cadillac Fairview, Lanterra Developments and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment that impress on arrival. Canopy is a 90-metre light sculpture inspired by the experience of walking through the dappled light of a forest, abstracted from the geometry of leaves. Connection is an array of responsive luminaires integrated into a pedestrian bridge, used to create oscillations of colour and geometry based on human movement. The rigid structure of the bridge is transformed into a fluid entity, transmitting the rhythm of the crowd to its surroundings.
Street-view, the hotel is distinguished by the ebony marble layer that wraps its exterior and leads to a glimmering glass-and-metal facade. Architecturally eye-catching, its exterior conveys strength and timelessness. Sheer, gleaming front doors signal an open and inviting mood. This two-story glass entry floods the foyer with natural light by day.
Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square’s striking interiors are created by architects LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture and Design, in harmonious Le Germain style. In the main lobby, rift-cut ash stained in the warm brown’s shades combines with crystallized glass and dramatic sheers to distinguish reception. Leather-clad columns and metallic tile flooring are naturally lit from outside by a dramatic window wall. Strands of coloured lights embedded in the lobby floor glisten. Precision acoustic panels ensure an intimate atmosphere within the grand setting. Warmth, comfort and sophistication result. A 40-seat lobby bar features comfortable furnishings with up-beat accents as well as a large share-table to take in the action cast on six 52-inch televisions screens. A significant, custom lighting installation now in development by Australia’s Yellow Goat, called The Knot, will in time complete the grand lobby.
The guestroom corridors are anchored by an elliptical glass column transcending the hotel’s core. With a view to the lobby, the MVP Zone on the second level is exclusive to hotel guests and features expansive windows, hardwood flooring, distinctive European furniture, varied seating options and a series of Artemide Italian chandeliers.
Bright and inviting Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square guestrooms range in size from 400 to 1,500 square feet. Layered details define the stay: through task-lit, ample and ergonomic workspaces; complimentary Wi-Fi; windows that open; glass enclosed rainfall showers; luxurious Frette linen and goose-down bedding. Above the beds in each room, oversized photographic images shot by Matthew Plexman artfully portray Toronto’s NHL, NBA and MLS professional athletes. A puck inspired armchair in each room is offset by honeyed wood built-in decor, warmed silver carpet, deep black accents and a rich black feature wall. A Lutron system provides touch-button ambient lighting throughout.
Five contemporary meeting and event spaces combine to offer a total of 4,600 square feet. Function rooms, public spaces and suites are sophisticated, contemporary with cutting-edge technology and high-quality finishes. For example: the Defensive Zone and Offensive Zone are both functional and efficient meeting venues, equipped with retractable screen, sunscreens and opaque motorized shades. The Penalty Box is enlivened with light from immense windows that overlook the main entrance to Air Canada Centre. Natural light floods through floor-to-ceiling window walls while upholstered acoustic wall panels enhance privacy, atmosphere and productivity.
From an eco-engineering perspective, the building incorporates responsible energy features such as low-E windows to provide maximum light with minimum heat loss, dual-flush toilets in all guest rooms and domestic hot water heating comes from HVAC heat rejection.
Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is offering introductory rates starting at $229 per night plus taxes, based on single occupancy. Reservations are available online at germainmapleleafsquare.com or by calling 416.649.7575 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416.649.7575 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or toll-free 1.888.940.7575 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1.888.940.7575 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. New Holiday Promotion
Stay at the city’s original boutique-hotel, Hôtel Le Germain Toronto on Mercer Street between December 17 and January 8, to be eligible to win a night for two at the new Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square including return airfare on Porter Airlines from Montréal or Québec City***; two tickets for the sought-after Canadiens/Maple Leafs game on April 9, 2011; a deluxe continental breakfast.
* Offer valid from December 17 to January 8 (except for December 31), subject to availability. Taxes not included.
** No purchase required. Eligibility: 18 years and older. Details and complete rules can be found online at germaintoronto.com.
*** Flight of equal value may be taken from Toronto at a later date if winner is from GTA.
About Groupe Germain
A family-owned Quebec company, Groupe Germain owns and operates five Le Germain Boutique-hotels – in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary – as well as two “no-frills-chic” ALT Hotels in Montreal’s Quartier DIX30 and Quebec City. Groupe Germain is renowned for the impeccable hospitality and style it brings to its Boutique-hotels.
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About Maple Leaf Square
The vision for Maple Leaf Square is a collaboration among Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Lanterra Development Corporation, bringing together one of North America’s most successful sports and entertainment companies with Canada’s leader in commercial real estate and an award winning residential property developer. Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto and connected to Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square is a destination for both Torontonians and visitors. This experience destination includes Real Sports Bar & Grill, Real Sports Apparel store, Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, a 48,000-square-foot Longo’s grocery store, two condominium towers with 872 units, commercial and retail space and E11even restaurant. Maple Leaf Square’s modern, contemporary architecture combining glass, concrete, stone and metal, responds to the context of downtown Toronto and overlooks the public square which serves as a gathering place and focal point for the destination, with its large outdoor video board.