From Toronto Pearson Airport I took the airport bus to downtown. It costs $16.45 Canadian ($14.25 USD) one way, $28.35 ($24.50 USD) roundtrip and took 45 minutes. Unfortunately my hotel wasn't downtown, and the airport bus didn't travel to Yorkville (where my hotel was located). So I got off at the Royal York (the most famous hotel in the center of the city), and jumped in one of the many waiting cabs. There was lots of traffic, and the 15-minute ride cost $12 Canadian ($10.37 USD). The next time I stay in Yorkville, I'll save all the hassle and time by taking a taxi straight from the airport for $20 more. FYI: Everyone accepts USD, but they give cash in Canadian dollars. Airport Express: tel.: 905-564-3232.
MARRIOTT ON BLOOR
The Marriott on Bloor is perfect for business travelers working in the area (not downtown Toronto). The hotel has 258 spacious (265 square feet) guest rooms, and has been awarded 4 stars by Mobil Travel Guide and 4 diamonds by AAA. The best part of the room is the new Revive bed. It's Marriott's answer to Westin's Heavenly Bed. It's almost as comfortable, and I slept well. I also got some work done, as the room had high-speed internet connection for $10 a day (or free if you turn on your wireless button and snag a signal from the lobby or a nearby office). Marriott Bloor, 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto; tel.: 416-961-8000; toll-free: 800-859-7180.
For Tech TV's two travel segments, I talked about the best travel newsletters viewers can sign up for, and which frequent flier websites they should log on to. The show airs nationwide in Canada and Australia. I love doing it because everyone -- the producers, crew and hosts -- is so cool. The studio is close to downtown, in the Queens Quay/Bathurst neighborhood. When the studio broke for lunch, co-hosts Amber Mac Arthur and Leo Laporte said they were taking me to the best restaurant nearby. There are not a lot of good food options. But Guirei Restaurant is straight out of Japan, with polite, attentive waiters, fresh seafood and really good sushi (or so I hear). I went with the chicken teriyaki, served in a traditional box plate. It came with miso soup, salad, rice and tempura ($10). Yum! Guirei Japanese Restaurant, 600 Queens Quay W., Toronto; tel.: 416-977-6111.
Another restaurant worth noting is Tomi-Kro, on Toronto's East Side. Friends took me to this non-touristy area for dinner. The exterior didn't look like much, but once inside I felt like I was in an upscale New York City eatery. The place was hopping, the vibe was good. We tried an array of tapas and mains (entrees) that were either Mediterranean-style or Japanese fusion. I even tried braised bison which tasted just like beef. The average entree was $22. Tomi-Kro is worth the drive. Closed Sunday. Tomi-Kro, 1214 Queen St. East, at Leslie, Toronto; tel.: 416-463-6677. For more click HERE.