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Durham Hotel & Conference Centre
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Oshawa
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We stayed here as a last minute refuge from the ice storm that hit southern Ontario the weekend before Christmas. Our power had, at this point, been out for almost 24 hours and our house was cold an dark. This was an inexpensive escape and we were so happy with our choice.

The check in staff was friendly, attentive and compassionate to the people that were in the same situation as us. They made us feel very welcome. The hotel lobby was very inviting and once we got to our rooms, were pleased at the cleanliness and comfort it provided. Never has a hot shower felt so good...lol...

The beds were very comfortable, and we all slept well. Our room had 2 double beds, a tv with cable, free wifi, a bar fridge, an iron and ironing board (not that ironing at that point was a concern), and a balcony.

The breakfast buffet was very good....Lots of choices of both hot and cold foods and friendly staff. There is an indoor pool, and I noticed a nice outdoor pool for use in the summer.

As i said, this was a last minute stay, but I would stay here again if necessary and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank CubasCallingMe
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us even though it was at such a stressful time with the power outage. At the Quality Hotel it is the mission of all our staff and management to ensure all our guests have an enjoyable stay with us.
Thnak you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

A little dated. Location being close to the 401 was good. Also close to many amenities. Nice pool and courtyard. Saw several bugs in the hallway though. Overall it was average, though we expected something a little better for the star rating.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank OttawaBigSexy
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2014

Thank you for your comments, we value feedback from our guests as we are all about continuous improvement. We are commencing extensive renovations to our hotel starting early spring. Your next visit to our hotel will see a lot of changes.

We look forward to your next visit.

Thank you once again for staying with us.

Kayo Mehta

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

True story: Stayed Nov 29th through the 31st 2013
- Called the front desk for towels and the lady who brought them told us is we needed anything else to "go see one of the ladies in the hall with a cart that clean the rooms.They should have most everything we might need."
- Walked by the same pizza box for a day and a half in the hall. Can only imagine how many employees must have walked by that pizza box.
- Both of the mornings we stayed the washrooms in the lobby were beyond disgusting. Un-flushed toilets, paper all over the floors. Smelled terrible. Obviously had not been looked at since the day before and it was nearly 9 am.
- The buffet was brutal. Mushy pasta. Cold foods tasted off, not fresh at all.
- The hotel was busy but the restaurant was almost empty and the waitress kept disappearing. Had to get up and look for her every time we needed something.
- Went to the bar after dinner for a few drinks. Had to go to the bar for the first drink as the bartender ignored us. Had to disturb her from her personal phone call for our second one. Then gave up when we couldn't find her for the third and returned to our room advising the desk to have the drinks charged to our room.
- Condom rapper under the bed.
- Went to the front desk after breakfast the day of check-out to review hotel bill. Greeted by staff member still chewing her breakfast. Asked for a copy of the bill to review. The response was, "Your bill is $479.00." Repeated again that I would like a printed copy of the bill to review. The response was, "You can review the copy that was put under your door this morning." Advised the girl, that if she didn't mind printing the bill again, so that I could review it without walking to my room. Was simply answered with a huff and she printed the bill.

The over-whelming feeling from every staff member I came into contact with, was that I was not important. They must have a ton of staff that just don't care. Can't believe management doesn't see it.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AndyOwen
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Thank you for your review of our property, we appreciate your comments as it helps us to make the necessary changes to maintain the standards for all of our guests. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the inefficiencies that you found during your stay and let you know that we do take all guest feedback seriously and will review our policies with all departments within the hotel. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your customer experience and we look forward to seeing your again in the near future.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

My wife and I chose this hotal as it was close to the areas we were visiting. The rate was low for the area and the room was a bit cold as the outside air could come into the room when the heater was on. But it was clean and both the tv and internet worked well. Towels were very rough, the pool was clear but a bit cold and the hot tub could use some work. The area was quiet though and we had a decent sleep. In the morning they did not have the free buffet but did more than compensate by allowing us to order from the menus free of charge. So all in all for the price, free parking, free internet and a decent breakfast it was definately worth it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Scott M
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Thank you for your review of our property, we very much appreciate guest comments as it helps us to make the necessary changes to maintain the standards for all of our guests.

Thank you for choosing the Quality Inn!

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

If you're on a budget, this is a good place to stay. It's old and the whole hotel could do with some touching up. Friendly staff, very clean room, comfortable beds and good price helped us overlook the small blemishes due to age.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Erica F
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre. We appreciate your comments regarding your recent stay with us. Renovation plans are in the works for the hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stayed here to go to the Dixie Chicks concert on Nov. 8, 2013. I was pleasantly surprised at the lobby, and the room was very clean. Cleo, the manager on duty, even arranged a late check-out for us even though the hotel was very busy with sports tournaments. We were disappointed that it was buffet only on Friday night. Also, why was the restaurant closed over lunch? Maybe we read the brochure wrong in the room, but it sounded like we could get a sit-down lunch in the restaurant. Also, take note that the hotel is in-between the VIA Rail station/GO Train station and the downtown core. It was a $15 cab to the station and to the arena, which might not be clear if you book and then look on Google Maps. Also, there's no coffeeshops or restaurants within walking distance, so if you're traveling without a car be prepared to cab a lot or eat at the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor (we were on the fifth floor). Not because of the view, but because it's muc...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mr T
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Quality Hotel and the reviews of our property. We very much appreciate your comments as it helps us to make the necessary changes to maintain the standards for all of our guests.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Just stayed for one night on the recommendation of a co-worker. Arrived and was was greeted by a very personable Amanda. Check-in was easy and I was pleasantly surprised by the large room size. The bed was very comfortable and I felt at home. They are updating the rooms, but would recommend changing the curved shower bar as it interferes with the door given the small bathroom area. I later went downstairs to have dinner. I walked in and there was only one customer there. I watched the blonde waitress walk around as I stood at the doorway, unsure if I should sit myself. After being ignored, I left. I returned a half hour later, as I really did not want to order delivery. This time I sat myself and still had to wait quite awhile. I wouldn't have left a tip except the food was delicious. And the breakfast that was included was Excellent, as was the waitress (who, I was told, usually is the one on at night...and obviously should've been). But I did not let that poor service hinder the fact that the rest of my stay went very well. Thank You!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Kayo_Mehta, General Manager at Durham Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Quality Hotel & Convention Centre. We appreciate your comments as it helps us to make the necessary changes to maintain the standards for all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Additional Information about Durham Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 1011 Bloor St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K6, Canada (Formerly Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Oshawa)
Location: Canada > Ontario > Oshawa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Oshawa
Price Range: $109 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Durham Hotel & Conference Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 98
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