We crashed at the Park Hyatt this weekend to celebrate G’s half birthday and the end of the conferencing for me. Our stay included a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum‘s exhibit – straight from X’ian – of the famous terracotta warriors from the Qin dynasty. The exhibit, while small, is very good and I would recommend a visit.
4) where the ROM crystal meets the old building; 5) me in the gift shop
At the Hyatt we had a “Park Suite” overlooking Avenue Road and the Eurotrash that hang out at the Four Seasons across the street. We enjoyed lunch at the infamous “Roof Lounge”, site of so many adventures during the Toronto International Film Festival (which is but 10 days away). The bartender there is great and we were lucky to have his undivided attention Saturday for lunch. He regaled us with stories of the (mis)adventures of installing umbrellas on the patio and Sean Penn’s behaviour when in residence.
6) the Park Hyatt; 7) our bathroom
8 & 9) our bedroom and living room – the Hyatt since our last visit has removed the big armoires and ancient TVs and replaced with flat screens in both the living and bedrooms
10) the view down Avenue Road to the Ontario Legislature from the patio at Roof Lounge (with ROM in foreground); 11) the bar at Roof Lounge
12) my Park Hyatt burger – okay but with thoroughly lousy french fries that were both soggy and oil laden; 13) G’s excellent crispy chicken pizza
We took supper in the room; the food did make up a tad for the dreadful cake and the arrival of complementary cream scones with an excellent cherry and plum jam – and handwritten note from management welcoming us and hoping we had a good time at the terracotta exhibit – was a nice touch.
14) G’s half birthday cake at least looked good; 15) G poses for the half birthday shot with Yorkville in the background
16) our room at the bottom centre of the map; 17) the wee welcome gift
18) looking across to the Four Seasons; 19) dinner arrives in room
20) my simply excellent Cobb salad; 21) G’s Lobster Club Sandwich
I’m planning to hit the ROM soon for that exhibit.
The birthday cake was a cutie! Too bad we could only catch a glimpse his darker side. :(
That looks like a relaxing little vacation. Thanks for sharing.