Value!!! Location. A comfortable bed. Friendly accommodating staff. The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar.
We stayed 6 nights. We were in room 114 directly above the stage- and yes- we could hear it all. All the way until 11:30-1am some nights. But it was great! We liked the music, the night life, the hustle and bustle about the whole facility.
We booked on an online site that features William Shatner. I researched prior to booking, looked at pictures, reviews and their website. I knew going in it was an older facility, that it was small and that the rooms were VERY simple. The cost and the location were exactly what we were needing.
Upon check in- we had been assigned a non remodeled room. It was TINY, run down, the window overlooked into a storage room (why?) and the bathroom was so small, my 6'1" fiance couldn't sit up straight sitting on the toilet without his shoulder hitting the sink! (BTW- you need to elect to have a room with a bathroom, otherwise you only have a sink and use the shared bathroom in the hallway)
We knew that 6 nights in this depressing area would take it's toll on us. In my research I had seen rooms with remodeled bathrooms and cleaner spaces. We asked about them- and for an additional 10 a night we were able to upgrade. We were so glad we did!
The rooms have dimming lights, a/c, a bed (full size) and night stand, four pillows, a decent bathroom with clean towels, and a television. There isn't a closet (typically) but there are coat hooks and a few hangers, and a few shelves for your stuff. We requested, prior to check in, an iron and board, as well as a hair dryer and they were waiting in the room for us upon arrival!
We were in town for business AND pleasure. And I must say- The location was Perfect!!! A few blocks down from city hall, a few minutes to the "touristy" areas in any direction, and really close to subways as well.
The restaurant was a nice in house perk and the neighborhood was full of options from late night eating, convenience shops, coffee shops, as well as chain shopping stores to independent shops. I really must say that the location absolutely outweighed the tiny, barely basic rooms.
Downsides..... the noise (which didn't bug us too much) Queen St has a fire truck/Ambulance sirening down the road at least once an hour. Naps... difficult. But, in a major city- so noise is expected.
Another downside... the little bits of uncleanliness. From the large amount of mildew hidden in the grout of the shower, the toothpaste splatters on the walls, the dirt and dust in the window sills, to the Large amount of DUST bunnies under the bed. There was no remote control for the television (which they tried to remedy for us by giving us one from an unoccupied room but it didn't work-not a big deal to me) AND the sheets/pillowcases had holes/tears/small stains in them. (but seemed clean)
I would stay again. I know what to expect. I loved the location. The price reflected the location/quality of the facility. And the staff really was great.
Thanks Rex! Maybe we'll see you again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Toronto's Queen Street Entertainment District, The Rex Hotel is a true boutique hotel experience. Compact, modern and tidy, our rooms cater to today's current business or pleasure traveler on a short visit to the downtown core.The newly renovated rooms include ensuite washrooms, individually controlled heating/air conditioning units, flat screen television and cable, wireless internet access, and one double pillow-top bed. ... more less
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