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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Romance in the City at Cosmo Toronto

With a kiddo, an entrepreneurial career and life's general demands, Hubby and I saw our 7th anniversary come and go late September with a family picnic of sloppy joes in the living room and our 4 year old as chaperone. Très old married couple. The intention was to plan something that weekend when we could drop her off at the free babysitters  grandparents' house, but something came up and then all of a sudden it was 2 months later and November! We finally got the opportunity to snuggle up and get romantic with a mini staycation right here in the city at Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto.

Location, Location: Tucked away off Yonge & King on Colborne Street but just a stone's throw from major downtown attractions like Toronto Eaton Centre and St. Lawrence Market and minutes from Union Station, this boutique hotel's location was ideal. I was able to take the GO Train into the city on a Friday afternoon while the Mister joined me after work just in time for drinks and we were in close proximity to several great restos so it was a breeze to find a cozy spot to eat. 

Amenities: Being so close to the financial district, Cosmo Toronto serves as an extended stay property for  corporate types and travellers so our Deluxe Suite came equipped with tons of great amenities including a kitchenette plus separate living room and bedroom, speciality coffee brewer, plush bathrobes and two flat screen TVs. We stayed a single night so we didn't make much use of the suite's features but it certainly was great to have a fridge to store an extra bottle of bubbly and a microwave to warm up the dessert we brought back from dinner. 

After an utterly relaxing sleep, I wasn't thinking about a morning workout in the least but my hip + urban guy is a regular at the gym so he made use of the 24 fitness centre. By the time I discovered the yoga mat tucked away in the closet (much more my speed) it was already time to head down a few floors for some pampering. 
Say Spa: Truly the highlight of our time at Comso, Shizen Spa is quaint but the lush environment quickly transports you from the bustle of the city save for a bit of traffic noise we heard mid-massage. We enjoyed the Romance Package and it was sublime. The 90 minute treatment starts off with 30 minutes of alone time in a rose petal filled soaker tub for two with chocolate covered strawberries and herbal tea to be followed by a 60 minute side by side couples relaxation massage. If you have insurance coverage to use up or just prefer a really deep massage I recommend requesting Registered Massage Therapists for your treatment. I thoroughly enjoyed the services provided by our aestheticians but my back issues demand a little more intense therapy and the upgrade difference is about $20. 

Rates & Packages: Cosmo Toronto offers a variety of promotions year round so I highly recommend you look those up first before searching for regular rates which seem to start around $219 per night for a standard room. Their current "Take The Elevator Home" holiday promotion offers extras like complimentary valet  starting at $244 for example. The spa is no different. The Romance Package we enjoyed is priced at $285 + taxes but there are several winter specials starting at $125 that you can take advantage of for your own relaxing couples retreat in the city.

If you're looking for an easy romantic getaway  that still feels like you've whisked away to a secluded destination, I highly recommend Cosmopolitan Toronto.

For more info visit: Cosmopolitan Toronto, 8 Colborne Street, Toronto www.cosmotoronto.com

-- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast & Wardrobe Expert

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