We booked this hotel for a Toronto stay, through a secondary booking website, for what we thought was a pretty good deal until we arrived and learned of all the add-ons:
-$38 per day for valet parking (and let's add-in that you're expected to tip with valet service). There wasn't really another available option. We were also told that it was 'secured' so we couldn't just go down to get anything out of our car, we'd have to have the valet bring it around (with 15 minutes advance notice) every time we needed our car. So, we did a lot of walking.
-Internet was extra. Don't you hate that? It doesn't cost the hotel much for internet. Heck, why not go Wifi?
-Did you know that doubles are extra at the Thompson? My husband prefers to sleep on the floor so it's usually no big deal if we are given a king room EXCEPT we called down for an extra blanket and was told, "we don't have extra blankets available." What type of hotel has no extra blankets? My husband said, "what about a cot, then?" "We don't have cots". What we were offered is to pay extra for the double room. Being somewhat in a bind, we paid it. It wasn't really bigger, maybe a smidge.
-No in-room coffee. Go down to the lobby or order it room service from the very over-priced and not good "diner" in the hotel. (If you're going to go downstairs anyway, there's a Second Cup at King & Bathrhurst and a Tim Horton's just a little West on King from Bathhurst).
On top of these add-on costs:
-the rooms may be "modern" in decor but they're actually pretty cheaply furnished. The wood is all cheap veneer which is already badly chipped an scarred.
-the floors are cheap laminate
-the mattresses are very soft
-the open shower is pretty but it means water on the floor *everywhere* and you only get one of those cheap hotel towel bath mats
-they give you only 2 towels
-the rooftop pool is the highlight of the hotel. It gives a stunning view of the Toronto skyline BUT it closes at 7pm so that the rooftop bar can become a nightclub.
Bottom line, this hotel caters to 20-somethings who want to pretend to be Paris Hilton & the hotel had plenty of these types of guests parading around the pool in skimpy bikinis, and strutting through the lobby in "Jersey Shore" chic. The hotel also seems to only employ attractive 20-somethings as well who were competent and polite, but clearly send a message about who this hotel wants to attract (and doesn't). It's not family-friendly and, clearly, it does not want to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thompson Toronto, Thompson's first international addition, opened the summer of 2010 in the diverse and artistically driven King West Village, a neighborhood adjacent to the city's financial and entertainment districts. Designed by Studio Gaia, 102 ultra-sleek guestrooms feature dark hardwood flooring, contrasting accents in lush orange and cool white, and floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of Toronto's cityscape. The hotel's three dining facilities cater to all tastes: offering comfort food at The Thompson Diner, a modern incarnation of the quintessential 24-hour American diner, and traditional Japanese at Wabora Sushi.Other hotel amenities include a state of the art screening room, an exclusive nightclub, 1812, and Toronto's first and only rooftop pool bar and lounge. ... more less
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