Toronto Hotel Tips by rsilva
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The view from the 16th floor
We stayed at this hotel for 5 days and overall it was a good experience.
Front-desk staff were less than friendly, but still quite professional, the room was OK, but not great, but it was reasonably large and clean and that is enough for me.
Location is very good, just behind Dundas square and the Eaton Centre.
If you want to go see a theatre play, you are 2 minutes away from a ticket sales point.
There is a desk in the Hotel where you can arrange sightseeing tours and get vouchers for the CN Tower or helicopter rides.
I got a great rate online, with a free night so we paid an average of 100 CAD/night
We stayed here again during our last stay, this time for 8 nights and it was another good experience.
We were first placed on the second floor by the not-very-friendly girl at the front desk, but the view was not any good (we had a tree right in front of us) and there were buses parked (with their engine on) early in the morning. The usual street noise was also quite noticeable.
The next day I went to the front desk again and this time I spoke to a very friendly person (the front desk manager) who was very kind and placed us on the 16th floor with a view overlooking Yonge street (you don't actually see it because of the buildings, but its quite nice).
Rooms were still clean and comfortable, they seemed a bit smaller this time, but still adequate.
There was wireless internet available for 8.95/day, which is only available on some floors, so if you need it ask for a room with access or take the laptop to the lobby. I was told there is also a computer you can use in the basement. Be careful, however, as the subscription is actually renewed automatically if the time is up... without any warning. If you subscribe for 24 hours (you can also subscribe for just one hour or one month), one minute after you will be billed another 24 hours, so make sure you keep track of time.
We paid 100CAD/night including taxes, so I was glad to see that the prices did not go up since our last trip. Parking is 14 CAD/day.
Unique Qualities: Good location
Address: 65 Dundas Street East Toronto Ontario Canada
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Driving up Yonge Street (coming from the lakefront), turn right when you see the Eaton Centre at your left (right at the corner of the Hard Rock Cafe), straight on and then turn right at the traffic lights,
My feelings for this hotel are mixed:
- My room had a view over the wall in front of it and there was absolutely no light in the room. Day or night, I would have to look at my watch to figure out the time of day. I might have been particularly unlucky as I was on the 4th floor, maybe the higher floors are a bit better. I was given the possibility to change but only on a few of the days and it would mean changing 3 time in total.
The location is very good, in the middle of the Financial district, on Yonge st. between King and Front st. Union station (train and subway) is less than 5 minutes away and King st. subway is even less (1 1/2 block away). There are many good restaurants very close and there is even an Irish pub/bar right in front of it in case you want to go for a drink or just eat something without going too far. This can be useful considering that the hotel restaurant was closed for renovation.
The frontdesk staff was not great. The girl, Carla, was very nice and friendly as for the others... not rude, but not very friendly either. On a few occasions I had some requests, which were only taken care of when I asked Carla (for instance, some shoeshine).
My room was very small, there was just enough space to fit two twin beds and a small desk. I had to open the luggage on the bed. The bathroom had been renovated and looked quite good. Of course it had a problem that affects many hotels: The showerhead is fixed on the wall, meaning that tall people, like myself, have to bend down in order to take a shower. This is quite annoying.
I was told that the deluxe rooms were a bit larger and also had a view (i.e. light!!!), but they cost an additional 25 CAD per night.
What I liked about the hotel was that there was free wireless internet in the rooms, which worked great!
I would probably stay at this hotel again, but would seriously consider getting a deluxe room as I got depressed in my "bunker". Overall, I think it is quite good value for money, considering the location. I paid about 125 CAD (incl. taxes).
Unique Qualities: Free wireless internet.
Address: 56 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E1G5
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: By public transport, King street subway station is the closest, then just go south on Yonge for 1 1/2 blocks.
The airport shuttle (15.50/person) stops at the Royal York hotel which is about 2-3 blocks away (walkable, if you don't have very heavy luggage)
Phone: +1 416 363-1666
View from the room
I was in Toronto also for a training course and during that time, I stayed at this Hotel (the training center was nearby).
It is a very nice hotel with good amenities like swimming pool and "Jacuzzi", it also had a laundry room which was useful as we had been on vacation a whole week before. The washing was complimentary, but there was a small fee for drying the clothes.
What I did not like was the lady at the front desk during check-in. She was a bit rude and unfriendly, but I guess she was having a bad day as she was friendly on the next.
The other front-desk staff were friendly.
There was free, high-speed internet in the room, just plug in the laptop and surf. It was great as it allowed me to book the "Raptors" games :). There were also a couple of nice bathrobes. This was part of the "package deal" for this room; I guess it was not standard.
We had breakfast vouchers that were part of the price, but they only entitled us to a drink coffee/tea or juice and either a muffin or a toast. Anything else was paid for. The quality was OK, but the service was the worst we had in Toronto.
Room-service was fast and cheap. At least twice, we did not feel like going out for dinner and ended up eating in the room. The food was not only very good quality (for room service standards), but also very affordable
This is not a hotel you will be likely to choose if you are on holidays as it is about 25-30 minutes drive from downtown Toronto (there are buses also that take just slightly longer), but is good for business travelers.
Unique Qualities: Pool, jacuzzi, self-service laundry.
Address: 6257 Airport Road Mississauga Ont
Comparison: about average
Phone: 905 678-1400
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