I arrived with a colleague to this motel for two nights for fitness training around 7:30pm.
Our first initial visual impression was kind of like: "uh oh... what have I gotten us into?".
When we entered the lobby, the staff was friendly and genuinely nice.
When I asked about the gym - listed on the hojo website, we were told that the gym was no longer there. This was kind of a let down as we had hoped we'd be able to have some space to practice our training other than in the room.
Our room was located in the second building in the back - more of a motel feel with a balcony and some rusty stairs that could use a clean up. There was little lighting on the staircase as well so it was hard to see where you were stepping.
When we arrived there were 2 -3 younger people hanging out by our room on the balcony - not smoking, just hanging out. This causes a red flag goes off in both us and made us feel a little uncomfortable.
When we accessed our room, we noticed that there was a stain on one of the sheets, and the inside latch lock was busted. There were also broken tiles, on the floor and around the door. It almost looked like the door had been kicked in at one time.
We called the front desk and asked why there were people hanging out on the balcony. The Hojo staff said they were probably just smoking, and that's allowed. But when we mentioned they weren't smoking he said he would be right up to talk to them and us.
He knocked on the door and said that they were probably just residents....
*People actually reside at this hotel. >:/
I asked him about the latch lock. The staff member said that the lock was missing due to fire code, and wasn't because anyone had previously kicked in it. We then requested a room change after showing the stains and mentioned how we didn't feel comfortable with the people hanging around outside.
When we accessed our new room, the room smelled musty, there was mold growing behind the toilet - however the sheets were clean, and there was a latch lock. Apparently latch locks aren't against the fire code, as this room had one. You could tell that this room hadn't been cleaned in a while as the room was dusty and the tiles had dirt on them.
The shower took about 10 minutes before the water heated up, the water pressure was low, and the fridge was not very cold - even after adjusting the dial on the back.
I decided to try the continental breakfast located in the dingy basement.
The breakfast of champion options were: White bread, brown bread, white cereal, bran cereal, white bagels, and waffles. This breakfast is not for the gluten sensitive so I passed.
I would not recommend this hotel. I was told by someone from the area to try Pickering next time I need to visit Scarborough over night, so if you are reviewing this in it's entirety, I would suggest doing the same.
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