Just returned from spending 10 nights at the DC and could not have been better. Think I must have stayed in a different hotel to the reviewer below !!
Went there with my hubby and daughter to celebrate her forthcoming 21st.
On arrival I asked if we could have a renovated room (as others had advised on here) and was given a free upgrade to a luxury room. The room was lovely. Spacious, 2 queen size beds, lovely modern decor, modern bathroom with marble unit tops. Bedding was really nice and changed every other day. The beds were to die for, the comfiest we have ever slept in. .Towels changed daily if required. Good quality complimentary toiletries.
Free newspaper delivered to room each morning. Tea/coffee making machine with lots of free supplies.
Our room was cleaned every day.
The only complaint I had was that we were woken one evening at 11.15pm...yes pm...by maids hoovering the corridoor and cleaning the room next to us. I complained to the front desk next morning and it never happened again.
The DC has numerous eating places and bars. I only tried the market garden self service one evening and have to say the hot food was expensive and poor.
There is free WIFI access in the public areas around the front desk.
The pool area on the top floor is really nice, theres a jacuzzi in there too.
The childrens pool down stairs with the corkscrew slide is good. Slides were only open fri/sat. There are coin operated washing machines situated in the girls changing rooms. Werw good value at $2 per wash and $2 per dry and are huge so you can do a large load in one go.
There are some great restaurants on the doorstep of the DC. Our faves close by were The Pickle Barrell on Yonge street,close to The Eaton Centre and Spring Rrolls in The Atrium On Bay,again on Yonge street.
For a snack or drink you have to try Johnny Rocketts in Dundas Square. Its a fun authentic style diner with chrome fittings and juke box etc, the waitresses sing and dance. They do fab milk shakes.
Avoid the Swiss Chalet restaurant just below the yonge street entrance of the hotel. The food was very poor and the toilets were a disgrace.
We had a fab meal at Baton Rouge on front street close to the CN Tower. I had the lunch time staek special...a 12oz rib steak and oh boy was it good...it melted in your mouth. My daughter has rack of ribs and it was amazing. Great prices at lunchtime.
The DC is situated between 2 subway stations...College and Dundas...each being a good 5 mins walk away. Use the gerrard street entrance for College..and the yonge street entrance for Dundas.
Across the road in the college park shopping complex there is a metro supermarket which is very good. They sell lovely fresh pizza and bakery items for breakfast.
We purchased a weekly TTC pass which gave us unlimited travel around Toronto (on all TTC routes) on the subway, street cars and buses and was well worth the cost of $33 dollars (adult price). However the passes are only valid from monday-sunday each week so not much point in purchasing one mid-way through the week. You can purchase a daily pass and that seemed good value too.
We made a visit to the theatre to see The Jersey Boys and it was really good. purchased our tickets from the discount ticket booth in dundas square. The theatre is a 25min subway ride away. Really nice theatre in a very good area.
We did the main sightseeing etc..CN tower...the beaches...china town...went to a baseball game at the rogers centre which was brilliant...purchased tickets on the door 30 mins before the game.
We hired a car and went to niagara falls and the beautiful town of niagara on the lake. Just wish we had split our visit between that area and toronto as the niagara area is really lovely. On the coastal rd between niagara falls and niagara on the lake there is a totem pole park and it was fantastic.
Shopped at niagara retail outlet and got some great bargains form levi's and tommy hilfiger.
The eaton centre is a great place to shop in Toronto, however not for bargain hunters. As my daughter loves shopping we took the subway to yorkdale and went to the yorkdale mall. This mall was much better than the eaton centre and much more affordable.
We took a limo from the airport to the hotel which cost us $55 dollars. On our return journey the hotel concierge arranged the limo back to the airport and it cost us $50 dollars.
The airport express bus stops at the hotel. The cost one way is $19.99, so for a family of 3 it was cheaper to get the limo. A normal taxi is around $10 cheaper.
We noticed that parking at the hotel was expensive. Around $22 a day. However there is a public car park opposite and was much cheaper.
We booked this hotel through ebookers and got a good deal.
The helpfulness of the staff here was exceptional.
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