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“where do i begin......” 1 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   89 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2G3, Canada (The Annex)   |  
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Ranked #112 of 141 Hotels in Toronto
Shanty Bay, Canada
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“where do i begin......”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

ok...it was cheap. But there's cheap and there's CHEAP! Not a place I'm yearning to return to.

It took 25 minutes to check in as there was only one person working. The room was "executive"....hmmmmm....very dusty, bathroom had the dreaded hair in the bath syndrome, very run down and in need of lots of repair and redecoration. Desk weeeny, desk chair huge. Room huge, bathroom weeny. Windows grimy, very noisy too because of single glazing (in a city??).

We went out as soon as possible.

Fab location.

Got back, room looked slightly more inviting in the dark. Beds are quite small with really mean bedding and pillows. Husband took the 8 year old, I the seven year old but we still didnt really have enough bedding.

In the morning the shower worked. Which was good. I had to clean the bath before I stepped into it though. Not so good. Towels were teeny, rough and thin. And there were only 2 for 4 of us.

Breakfast was interesting. Fruit was plastic and for display only! Hilarious!!! Teeny 2 slice toaster for everyones use, white bread, muffins and croissant. OK. VERY miserable woman on duty who was mumbling and grumbling and generally not happy.

Oh joy......checkout!!!! lets get outta here!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
I sincerely appreciate your feedback regarding your recent stay with us. All guest feedback allows us the opportunity to improve our services and facilities and we welcome any constructive comments.

I have noted your comments and we are taking the immediate steps to address the deficiencies you noted.

Again, thank you for your feedback and we hope we can be of service to you in the future.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Manama, Bahrain
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The best thing about this hotel is its location. Walking distance to the ROM, and subway stations, bixi bike rentals and yorkvilee.
The hotel is old and needs attention, rooms are warm, but you need to ask for a minibar fridge at the reception and they'l bring one in for you !
They serve free breakfast, nothing fancy.
Good for single travellers or someone looking for a place to crash at night.

Room Tip: High floor, street facing, ask for fridge in advance
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow
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18 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Went here with my mom and it wrked out for the 8 days we were £23 per person per day. Included free was WiFi and continental breakfast (tea, coffee, sunny D, toast, begals, coissants, fresh fruit, yougurts, muffins and cereal).

Got their via airport limo (cost around $60 plus tip) and its just next to the heart of the city via three subway stops.

The hotel its self is in the high end of the city, nestled between a Farrari shop and high end shopping (Prada, Gucci, Tiffany etc).

The guys at the reception were the best! Really welcoming, helped us because we turned up around 2pm and let us stash our bags before checking in almost an hour early (check in is 4pm btw, check out 12pm).

There is one life, which works fine, never had to wait on it the entire trip. We were on the second floor (208) and its a key card system to enter the room (put the more colourful side towards the left side of the door, drag it down and hold it for a second till it beeps, then go in).

Room was spacious, with a TV, king sized bed (three pillows for some reason), table with two chairs. Plenty of lights/lamps. HEating/air con unit, black out surtains etc. There was an availability for a connecting room but it has two locks, one with an actual key and then the little turn lock thing, so pretty secure.

Maids were nice, we left some electrical items out and nothing was touched/taken. Bathroom was clean, fresh towels every day. The bed is changed every day but if you don't need it changed there is a little card you can put on the bed and the maid will just make it up for you.

There are 8 floors in total, elevator is squick. Cinema is like down two blocks then turn to the left.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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13 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

While this hotel is right in the middle of a great location, the desk help is slow and extremely limited when it comes to giving any restaurant ideas and the like. The rooms are outdated, the breakfast leaves much to be desired, unless if you like frozen bagels. The hair dryer in the bathroom is rigged to be hooked up to an extention cord....could go on and on but I will stop here.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
I sincerely appreciate your feedback regarding your stay. All feedback from our guests is important to us and allows us the opportunity to improve our services.

I was of course concerned to hear the details of your experience while staying with us and I can assure you that I have noted your comments and they will be addressed immediately.

Again, my sincere thanks for your feedback and we hope we can be of service to you again in the future.
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Montreal
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed here on a Wednesday in March for one night. We booked a king size room online for 70$ and found the room very nice for the price. It was very spacious and clean. There was a nice real brick wall behind the bed. The washroom was quite small, but clean and it would be fine for a couple nights. The useable space in the closet was very small also, but if you don't need to hang much up it's fine.

There is free coffee or hot water in the lobby at all times because there is no coffee maker in the room. There was no fridge in our room either. There is a continental breakfast downstairs in the morning. It was on until 9:30 am during the week. We got there at 8:45 and it was slim pickings, so you would need to make a move early for best selection. I did manage to snag the last yogourt and last banana, so it wasn't bad. There were still plenty of bagels and coffee.

The parking was very convenient in the backyard of the hotel. It was 15$, plus taxes made 17$, so fairly standard for downtown. That's daily. There weren't a ton of spots, so perhaps in high season you have to park in a nearby lot instead.

There is a whole foods market right next door, so you can get nice snacks and drinks there.

We found a very nice all you can eat sushi restaurant about a 12 minute walk away on Yonge street near Davenport. Aji Sushi I think it was called. Very reasonable, fresh and tasty. The Japanese reception man at the hotel recommended it and he was right.

The location was very good, and is very close to the ROM museum. We would stay there again for sure, if the price was similar.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Thank you for your feedback and positive comments. We are currently in the process of adding coffee makers to all the rooms. You will be able to enjoy freshly brewed coffee in your room on your next visit. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon at the Howard Johnson Yorkville.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012 via mobile

Asian guy genuinely cared to help us with a few small things b4 we could settle in. Great cont. Breakfast.
A worthy hotel experience at twice the price!, well done!,
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  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Thank you for your feedback and positive comments on our hotel. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back to the Howard Johnson, Toronto Yorkville.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

I've been staying here for years. The rooms are clean and functional. The staff are friendly and helpful. And you can't beat the price, given the location. High-end hotels a block or two away charge two to three times as much. Go there if you want to revel in hotel-room luxury. But go to the HoJo if you want a decent place to sleep, for an affordable price, and you plan to spend your time out in Yorkville, not in the room all day!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your feedback and comments on our hotel. We apprecaite your business and look forward to seeing you again at the Howard Johnson soon.
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Address: 89 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2G3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > The Annex
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #112 of 141 Hotels in Toronto
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Toronto - Yorkville 2*
Number of rooms: 69
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