As this location was titled "Ovation", and not "Pelican Suites", I --as a resident of Ovation-- think I can safely write this review, despite never having used this building for a trip.
Seeing some of the nasty reviews about Ovation, I really felt the need to advise people considering staying here of a few important things:
1) This is not a hotel! - Can't stress that enough, people. This is a residential condominium, and most of the people you'll see -like me- own the units in which they live. On at least one occasion I've heard someone argue with the late night security staff about the state of his room--unable to understand that the building's staff is not a concierge. There is no lobby bar, no laundry service, no maid service, and no one from the condo's staff will come to fix anything that's broken in the apartment because (like I said) this is not a hotel.
2) The building's amenities are meant for ALL residents. - If Pelican or any other company tells you you have to pay extra to use them: they are lying. You essentially qualify as a sub-letter, which means you are a resident if you stay here. As an owner living in my suite, I may not like short term guests treating the place I call home like a hotel ... but I'd be furious to know a corporation was charging any resident, short term or not, fees to access amenities that are free to all residents! If you are paying anything to use these (short of a small fee to DEL property management for an ID card), you are being swindled!
3) These are people's homes! - Expect to get dirty looks from people if you don't remember that. But really, as long as you keep in mind that this is a residential property and not a hotel, you'll be fine.
WIth that out of the way, I thought I'd share a few points about Ovation!
About the building:
The building itself is relatively young, and looks fabulous from the outside. A large waterfall feature in the courtyard makes for some pretty impressive pictures - but the driveway for the parking garage passes right through it, so be patient if you're trying to capture a moment on film.
The common areas are deligently cleaned and kept well, and damages -if they occur- are repaired relatively quickly.
The amenities are pretty cool. Three pool tables, four 5-pin bowling lanes, gym, pool, 18-seat theatre (large screen with a DVD player), and a huge party room available for functions.
Couple tips: if you need to access the lobby or the amenities, you need to goto the third floor, not ground. You can, however, access the street from the ground floor. Just accross the street from the ground exit is a 24/7 mini-grocery store--expensive, but better than driving to the nearest gas station for late-night nessissities.
About the parking : Parking is all covered and mostly underground. The door on the lower level is for residents, and the one near the lobby entrance is for visitors. If the company you've rented a unit from hasn't given you permission to park in the space assigned to the suite, you'll have to use visitors. This happens often because companies that own and rent suites will rent the parking space seperately to long term residents, as this is more ecomical for them.
About the area:
Directly accross from Square One (large shopping mall), Celebration Square (festival area), City Hall, a library, a YMCA and within walking distance of a large movie theatre, as well as several bars and restaurants (my favorite is Spring Rolls just down the street), it's a very central-Missisauga location.
Despite being in 'downtown' Mississauga, don't expect to be able to walk everywhere like in Toronto, or other dense urban areas. You'll probably need a car to get around, as Mississauga transit is fairly slow, though you can take the GO bus directly to downtown Toronto if you'd prefer.
For adults there is West 50, and '& company'; both restaurants by day and dance clubs my night. West 50 has an impressive beer collection!
For family entertainent, if you have a car, you'll be able to get to Playdium (arcade), a go-cart arena, a Chuck-E-Cheese (arcade for younger kids), bowling lanes, paintball, and laser tag.
All-in-all, I think Mississauga is a wonderful place to live. I love the area, and I love the Ovation buildings. Though I must say, if I was staying in town less than a couple weeks, I'd opt for a regular Hotel... maaaaybe one with a kitchenette. Personally, I just can't see myself cooking and cleaning while on vacation. Here, you'll have to do all that youself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly furnished one, two, and three bedroom condominium apartments. New buildings. Fully furnished with everything included : all utilities, phone, cable TV, hi-speed internet, six appliances, underground parking, hardwood floor, Fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer inside the suite, open balcony, Clean, new building, has all the facilities : swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Gym, exercise room, bowling, billiards, concierge, 24-hours security. Few steps from Square One shopping mall, Library, YMCA, transit, GO train, ...etc.Daily, weekly, or monthly. All short-term and long-term available. One / two / three bedrooms available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ovation Hotel Mississauga
- Ovation Mississauga, Ontario