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“My First B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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A Seaton Dream B & B
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   243 Seaton Street | Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2T5 , Canada (Downtown Toronto)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 126 Toronto B&B and Inns
Owego, New York
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“My First B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Jamie and Alan made our stay so amazingly enjoyable that I am a B&B convert. I have rarely enjoyed staying in someone else's house but enjoyed this very much. Jamie cooked some of the best breakfast foods I have ever had. Everything from pancakes, to omelets, to crumpets. Again I cannot recommend this place enough. My wife adds that they made every effort to accommodate us and help us feel at home!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

My 13 year old son and I were lucky enough to stay in this lovely B&B at the end of October, early November this year. Not only were we able to experience the wonder that is a Canadian Halloween (where all the houses in this pretty street were decked out in gothic splendor, ready to welcome the groups of mini ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses), but we were also lucky to be there during an unseasonably warm spell - November in Toronto and nearly 20 degrees! What's that about!
We had the best time exploring this lovely city and (with the assistance of our delightful hosts) even finding cool places that interested the fussy 13 year old! The house is so central, that we were within walking distance of many of the City's attractions.
Would I recommend staying at this B&B? Absolutely - it was delightful. Rooms are so clean, uncluttered and spacious and the on suite bathrooms are gorgeous. The breakfasts were sublime (Jamie prides himself on never making the same breakfast for the same guest twice! That is almost above and beyond!)

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

A Seaton Dream is one of the finest B&Bs I have ever enjoyed. The property is very well appointed and features a garden oasis in the back yard. Despite being over a century old, the B&B has been renovated with impressive modern amenities. Yet, the house still retains the charm of yesteryear.

Positives include:

- the wonderful host, Allan, who is gracious, warm, and charming. He was kind enough to give us extra time on the day of our departure
- hearty gourmet breakfast was tummy-filling and perfect start to the day
- the bathroom in our room, The West Wing, was outstanding. The sink and huge bathtub are stunning. Nice towels and lighting too, and we appreciated the tasteful built-in shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispenser.
- decor and aesthetics are first rate
- location: Cabbaggetown is one of Toronto's oldest and most charming neighbourhoods. Seaton St is classic Cabbagetown; rows of Victorian era, wooden porch homes and townhouses on a quiet, tree-lined oasis

Negatives include:

-Noise bleed. This is an old house and not a hotel, so noise easily travels up through the walls and floors. We could easily hear conversations in the living room, and the stairwell is also noisy, due to the echoes off the lovely wooden floors. A floor runner would help alleviate some of this ambient noise.

-Location: the B&B is actually located on the southwest fringe of Cabbagetown; meaning that it is bordered on the west by Regent Park, by the south by Moss Park, and by the north by St James Town, all primarily populated by low-income residents living in social housing. There are many homeless people congregating in these neighbourhoods. Guests from other large cities (Montreal, Chicago, New York, etc.) will barely blink an eye but I think it is important to honestly point out that the 15-minute walk from the B&B to Dundas Square/Yonge Street is quite dodgy, especially at night.

Overall this is an impressive B&B and I do certainly recommend it, despite some of the negatives I mentioned above. The highlights definitely outrank the lowlights and with good sense and the right planning you would be hard-pressed to find a better B&B in Toronto.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

Lovely B&B - nice modern facilities, quiet street and a great breakfast. Thank you Alan for being such a lovely host with 2 great breakfasts, excellent local suggestion for dinner. Look forward to coming again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Zealand
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
78 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Spent two nights, Alan was a perfect host (Jamie was away). He was extremely welcoming and helpful (insisted on carrying our two heavy suitcases upstairs), gave us good advice on sightseeing and local restaurants - and can he cook a great breakfast! Our room (West Wing) was charming and modernised (the house is 102 years old) , clean and well appointed. Just a short walk to the city centre. And a short walk to lots of great restaurants. Check out The House of Parliament for upmarket pub-fare. Wouldn't hesitate to go back to A Seaton Dream and would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: West Wing has a street view, and is quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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10 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

It is always a happy dream to stay at the Seaton Dream. Jamie is a most accomodating host who will take care of any situation - meal preferences, room, directions to attractions, restaurant advisory. We have stayed here often and have never been disappointed with our accomodations or the friendliness of Jamie and Alan. Cheers, gentlemen, we look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Maryland
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Inn was warm, friendly and comfortable. Host Jamie was most welcoming and helpful with information about the neighborhood, places to see, etc.

Room Tip: West wing was comfortable; bathroom luxurious
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 243 Seaton Street | Toronto, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2T5 , Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown Toronto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A Seaton Dream B & B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private bathrooms for all! Experience casual elegance in downtown Toronto. We have carefully planned the decor of our bed and breakfast, which was completely renovated in 2007, to ensure you instantly feel relaxed and comfortable. Whether you are enjoying the garden patio, rejuvenating yourself in the sauna, drifting off to sleep on our new mattresses, or savoring a delicious hot breakfast, we look forward to making you feel at home every minute of your stay. ... more   less 
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