This review will essentially verify what others have said recently about this property. I stayed on the 9th floor in an executive room with two double beds, facing York St. The room decor was a very chic, chrome/red/white and looks very European. Good points are location, cleanliness and friendly staff. Areas to be aware of are outside noise (construction on York St and garbage trucks at 5 am), no on-site parking, and very small rooms (by North American standards).
I was attending a conference at the Royal York Fairmont which is right across the street and found this hotel very convenient and much less expensive than the host hotel. Ironically enough, I think I could have got a cheaper rack rate if I had booked the room myself online vice accepting the "conference rate." Internet was good but is not included in the room rate. I had a small desk built in to the wall that was suitable for a work laptop.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to a business traveller who needs the convenience of a location near Front St/University Ave/York St intersection, doesn't want to spend oodles of cash, and just needs a place for a night or two. I would not recommend for families with children due to lack of amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto. Come home to the best location in Downtown Toronto. Imagine all the comforts of home combined with one of the best locations in downtown Toronto and you’ve got The Strathcona Hotel. Stay.Play.Work.Meet.Explore. We can handle it all. And just outside our doors is the best of downtown Toronto. Our downtown Toronto hotel is across the street from the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Union Station / VIA Rail and within two blocks of the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CN Tower, and more located in the midst of the theatre and financial districts. The guest rooms and suite accommodations at The Strathcona Hotel downtown Toronto combine style and substance and have been designed for the contemporary wireless world. We provide easy access to all you need to do by day or night including dining at The York Street Café, dinner and drinks at The Strath Pub, or a workout followed by a massage at the Wellington Fitness Club located right next door. Life here is fresh, functional, friendly, and fun. Sure you can work here, but you’ll do it with a smile. As an independently managed hotel, the good news is that we can break all the rules to do what it takes to make you feel warm, welcome, and worry-free. We get that it’s all about best value for dollar, well-maintained rooms, functional meeting and event space, accommodating staff, and, of course, location, location, location! Come to play. Come to meet. Come to get down to business. We’re more than happy to welcome you home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Strathcona Hotel Toronto