Look out England! London, Ontario is giving you a run for your money!
London is a small-to-medium sized city in southern Ontario. The surrounding countryside is known for having charming inns and bed and breakfasts but my honest expectations for accommodations within the city itself were modest. I expected comfortable yet forgettable brand name hotels, but the Hotel Metro blew away my expectations. It easily cracked my top 5 list of the most stylish hotels I've ever been in.
For reasons completely unknown, I was plagued by bad sleep my entire time in London so I didn't have a great sleep in Hotel Metro. But I can't think of a single reason why that's the hotel's fault. I think it was just one of those weeks for me and Ryan slept just fine.
My restless night didn't stop me from feeling relaxed since the room had my absolute favourite hotel feature -a deep soaker tub. I LOVE deep bathtubs and finding them when I travel is a rare treat. The included slippers and loofah were a nice touch, as were the Aveda toiletries - though if I were to get a bit picky, I'd have to say I was a bit disappointed that such a massive tub didn't come with some bubble bath or bath salts.
Thankfully, the toilet is in it's own private room, but everything else is an open book. This definitely adds to the sleek, modern feel of the room but I have to admit it felt a bit weird trying to have a relaxing bath when Ryan was a few feet away watching sports. If you don't know your travel companion well before the trip, you sure will afterwards! If this isn't for you, I believe there are a couple of rooms with a more traditional set up.
Rooms at Hotel Metro start at $129 and up and I think this represents a good value. It's priced comparably to other hotels in the same category yet offers better bang-for-buck as you get a memorable stay in a hotel full of personality and flare. I would absolutely stay here again and Hotel Metro is just one of the special, unexpected touches that have made London one of my new favourite travel destinations.
It's time for readers to weigh in! Where have you found a surprisingly cool hotel?
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My visit to London was sponsored in part by the Southwest Ontario Tourism Conference. All writing, research, and opinions remain my own.