The Strathcona is excellently situated for exploring Toronto, within easy walking distance of various attractions such as the CN Tower, the Eaton Centre, etc.
We were given a room with two double beds in (although I thought I had booked a standard double). Beds are comfortable and rooms are clean. The standard rooms are fairly small (we could only just open the door past the corner of the bed) but as a base for exploring Toronto the hotel offers good value for money. We really only needed somewhere to sleep and store luggage while we enjoyed time out and about in the city, and the Strathcona is ideal on this basis. If you intend to spend much time in your hotel room (although why would you with all that Toronto and the surrounding area have to offer?) then you may want to choose a superior/executive room.
We did not opt for the hotel breakfast, although for convenience this may be useful. Instead we went to Shopsy's for a very enjoyable breakfast.
The Strath pub, downstairs from the hotel and accessible via the hotel elevators as well as from street level, is disappointing. We arrived on a Sunday lunchtime and were hoping for a bite to eat before heading out to explore Toronto. Sadly, the Strath is not open on Sundays. In addition, the next day we thought we would have lunch there having returned to the hotel just after 2pm to get some dry clothes after being caught in a rain storm, only to find that food was not served after 2pm (until the evening). We did call in later that day for a game of pool but found the staff quite discourteous and the wine unpleasant and over-priced (even by Toronto standards).
It is a shame that the friendliness and helpfulness of the hotel staff seems not to extend to the pub and, to some extent, the association between the two establishments does a disservice to the hotel.
I would recommend the Strathcona hotel and would stay there again when visiting Toronto.
- 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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