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“Location! Location! Location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Rex Hotel
Ranked #12 of 115 Toronto B&B and Inns
Tacoma, Washington
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Location! Location! Location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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orillia
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

I was not used to a hotel room smaller than my small spare bedroom, however this was not really an issue when you looked out the window and could see the fantastic view of the CN tower with all the old Toronto buildings in the forefront, very juxtapose!
Cons: needs art on the bare walls and a full length mirror to open the very tiny space(there was just enough space for a double bed and a small night stand and a metal shelf for setting luggage on) the mirror would really assist with getting ready for the day/night.The bathroom was dim lit so the tiny mirror was not really usable.
Have to pay to see the night music act ,It would have been a real bonus if it was included in the $120.00 room.because if the night show was like the day show this place has amazing music!!!
Pros: Right in the middle of everything fun.Great night vibe in this area of Toronto.
Walking distance to everything, coffee shops, bars, pubs, china town, kensington, open markets, shopping both eclectic and department store (Winners)
When we checked in the live music was amazing and energetic! The hotel invited us to sit and enjoy the show while the ensured the room was ready and made up for us to stay in.
Surprisingly quiet, if you closed your windows, very sound proof.
Happy friendly staff, free wake up coffee and tea down stairs.
The pros out weighed the cons. If you are looking for a room with a large king size bed, a dozen types of pillows, fridge,chairs, tables, bath and lotions this is not for you.
If you are looking for a place to rest your head after a day/night of really getting to know Toronto's roots, if you like great people, great food, great music and a great time then you should truly stay at the Rex because it has it all!

Room Tip: Book a room with a bathroom:)
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank OrilliaFoody
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Surrey, Canada
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73 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed at the Rex for 3 nights while I was in town for a work conference. I had called in ahead and let them know that I was going to arrive late, no problem was the response as the Jazz club will go until about 12:30am. When I did arrive, sure enough, there on the reservation card was a note, late check-in. The room that I had was 225, cozy is the polite term but small is the true term. The room was a twin/queen bed with not really much more room than a couple of feet to work around it, a TV in the corner up on the wall, a night stand, and a very small work space with a fold out chair. The bathroom was very well done and appears to be recently remodelled, large glass shower area, stainless steel basin that looks almost industrial, nice tile work. The room was perfect for what I needed, a clean place to sleep while in town at the conference and all of my stime being taken up while at the convention center. If you need a large desk/work space along with a minibar, larger dresser with drawers, a sitting area along with a closet that includes an iron and ironing board, or daily maid service, this is not the place for you. I have no complaints about this property, the location, the service, or the cost. I was speaking with one of the staff about the blinds in the window. There appears to be a lot of thought into the renovation of the rooms, triple glass to block out the street noise, I was facing right onto Queen but the noise was not unbareable, black out blinds to keep it dark, working inside of the window, very smart. The nice touch about coffee and toast each morning for breakfast was simple and included, if you wanted a larger meal, the cost was only $5. The location is half a block from the Subway, the trolley car goes right past the front of the hotel, even thought I was right above the bar/lounge, I never heard any noise. As others have mentioned, the owners and staff do a great job in welcoming you as their guest, the property on the whole is older and is not traditional for a hotel, but for a couple of nights at the price for an adventurous traveller, The Rex makes a lot of sense. A nice touch is the free wireless internet that is password protected.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FP4BMO
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alabang
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Our reservation was handled by Avi, with prompt and efficiency. Room includes continental breakfast and available till 11 am on weekedays and 12nn on weekends- what a privilege!
The location is at the center of the city, from financial, to shopping/entertainment and university area. A walk to the "CNN Tower"....For those who enjoyed walking. Subway station is 3 minutes wallk from the hotel.
Our first breakfast was a welcomed by a friendly chat with the hotel owner, Bob. He gave us a city map, with all his personal suggestion on how to about visiting various tourist spots, with ease and practical tips.
The Jazz bar and resto at the ground floor is a plus. Live entertainment from 12nn to 12mid night. A terrace/patio outside for smokers is so convenient. The hotel team, from the food / beverage server to houskeeping staff are very accommodating and friendly. I will surely recommend to friends and family.

Room Tip: Higher floor for early sleepers.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jaroalabang
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Hollywood, Florida
Level Contributor
58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights and can say it was great choice. the hotel is located in the heart of Toronto on Queen Street West which has plenty of restaurants shops etc.Subway station just 2min by walking most of the sights in walking distance. It is managed by very friendly and helpful people who really enjoy it. The bar offers delicious pub style food and every day jazz performances. One night we decided to stay there and were pretty excited.
Fully recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MartinPestik
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Stayed there for a week in the summer .Right on Queen street west , you can't miss the façade ! Once you are inside look for Bob . His family owns the place and he's been around for 65 long years ! He's surely going to show you the choice of rooms he has on offer , very patiently ! The rooms are clean but non descript .The food downstairs is also good . Robin's going to spruce up your mornings with her smile and warm toast & coffee !
The best attraction is the music ! Every single evening , jazz fills your ears and you soak it all in !
Sit out on the patio to enjoy the changing colours of the CN towers with a sip of your beer ! Good hospitality and friendly staff ! Would like to stay there again to enjoy the character of the place !

Room Tip: Take Bob's advice !
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MadhuSG
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Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Great stay! I was there for two nights with my 16 year old daughter. Really friendly staff , great location and would definitely go back! Sorry not to hear the live music -but too tired! Did not hear music in room

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank kate k
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Property: The Rex Hotel
Address: 194 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Queen Street and West Queen West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 115 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Rex Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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