As part of a two week family roadtrip through Canada (with my husband and our three kids), we wanted to stay in Kingston to see the Thousand Islands. We had stayed at another Canadian university dorm space and were happy with it, so we booked this one. The location, on campus and just one block from a trail along the riverside, was great.
Upon check-in, we were told that parking was not included, so we had to pay $15 per weekday for parking our car on campus. The hotel room itself was two very bare-bones dorm rooms connected by a bathroom.
My tolerance for simple lodgings is pretty high, but there were several major problems with the rooms, especially with a not-so-cheap price of $110+tax+parking.
1) The room's thermostat didn't really make any difference, so the rooms were stuffy. We were told to open the windows for more airflow, but the screens were not tight enough to prevent bugs from getting in. So it was pretty stuffy.
2) There was no wifi in the rooms. We were loaned a cable for a connection but it didn't work. Alas.
3) When we walked into the room at check in, the toilet was in the process of making a super-loud refilling sound like it had just been flushed (it hadn't). There was some kind of problem with the gasket seal in the back of the toilet tank. I reported this to the front desk. Although the attendant was friendly and called maintenance, they weren't able to fix it until the next morning. My husband and I were both woken up multiple times to the disruptive sound of rushing water filling a toilet bowl. Obnoxious. Although a plumber came the next day to replace the gasket, the sound continued every 5 to 10 minutes. Around the clock. (we stayed two nights).
Finally, I have slept on some hard beds (dorm beds, wooden wigwams in Scotland, guest beds in loved ones' houses, and in tents on air mattresses), but this bed was far and away the hardest bed I've ever had the misfortune of finding myself on.
Unfortunately, the lovely location, the benefit of having two linked bedrooms, and the friendly and helpful staff are outweighed by the relative expense compared to quality and the myriad problems we experienced. (Note: Queens University is currently building new residence buildings near the Leggett Hall location. Perhaps those will be a better value for visitors to Kingston and the University.)
Pros: location. two rooms linked. near University. common kitchen / lounge space.
Cons: fairly expensive for what you get. uncomfortable beds.
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