Stayed here for six nights. mid-May 2013. Found the place by calling the Toronto B&B line and they recommended it. I went to the website to check it out and was very impressed.
There are definitely good and bad points to this place. It really is all we needed for a week in Toronto, since we were basically just using the room to sleep and shower. However, upon arriving I was very surprised at the comparison to the website. They must have an excellent photographer to make it appear so pretty and modern. Their description at times led me to believe I would be walking into something much different, but considering the excellent price perhaps it was just my false impression. I can certainly understand them doing their best to present their accommodations in the best light on their website. It was most definitely clean and comfortable, but extremely basic.
Vastu Rooms - not sure what this meant, but decorating was cheap, rooming-house quality.
Ensuite bathroom - it did include a toilet, shower and sink, but tub was child-size and floor space was large enough to turn around, that's about it. The mirror was a small old-seeming thing that closed up on itself and when you opened it, seemed like it was about to fall off the wall.
Free Wi-fi - had no problem with the wi-fi, except it kept needing to be re-set on a daily basis.
A/C and heating - worked fine. Temperatures were beautiful while we were there so we just kept the window open for fresh air for the most part.
Mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave - we only used the fridge, but they all seemed newer and in good working order.
Cable TV - the smallest oldest TV I've seen in a long time, but it did work.
Free snacks and bottled water - readily available, mostly dollar-store snacks and bargain granola bars, etc.
The area/district was perfect. Close to the corner of Bloor & Spadina, walking distance to pretty much everything and if you're not a walker, the subway is literally at the doorstep. We had a rental car but it really wasn't necessary unless you are leaving the city. Very central location and we felt safe walking around at all hours.
Parking - four spots out back and only $35 for the whole stay. Excellent, considering most hotels seem to charge that much per day.
All in all, if you are expecting anything more than a clean, rooming-house type place, you will be disappointed, but for the price and location, this place probably can't be beat.
I would stay again if looking for a budget vacation where sleep and shower is all that is required of the accommodations.
Staff were beyond friendly, although they are only available 10-6.
On the last day, we came back in the evening to find the towels had not bee replaced in the room. The office was closed so we called the "emergency" number, since we were flying out in the morning and definitely needed showers. The owner/manager who answered was apologetic and helpful, referring us to call a special number from the room phone and they would take care of it. Called this number and they very nice lady who answered gave me a code to get into a lock box and get a key card to an empty room, where I found fresh towels to bring to my room. I was quite impressed with this service, as I would have felt terrible if I caused someone to have to leave their home at that hour to bring me towels. Other than that, towels were replaced every day without a problem, there must have been a small mix-up that day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our ecologically friendly "Vastu" rooms were specially designed for a holistic, cozy, and hospitable experience for daily, weekly, and extended stays. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, coffee-maker, mini-fridge, breakfast snacks, free wi-fi and cable TV. Parking and laundry are also available. It is conveniently located in midtown, a short walk to the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, University of Toronto, Fields Institute, George Brown College, Varsity Stadium, Queen's Park, Yorkville and Bloor Shopping. Steps from the Spadina North Subway, arrive at Downtown Theatres, the Roger's Centre, Air Canada Centre, Union Station and University Avenue in minutes. We are proud to offer a strictly non-smoking environment. ... more less
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