This is a pretty good hotel.
I stayed at this hotel during a 2 day continuing education course. The course organizers selected the hotel and presumably obtained a group rate, so I cannot say how much the room costs.
I flew into Toronto quite late and arrived at ~1 am. The receptionist at the front desk was helpful, and I believe, provided me an "upgraded" room.
The room is very nice. It was a two floor room, with a view on the Rogers Centre field. I am not much of a spectator sports fan, but can easily imagine the appeal in watching the Blue Jays (or Argonauts) put up a valiant struggle before eventual defeat... The lower room has a capacity limit of 15. The bedroom upstairs was well furnished. The upstairs wash-room had a complicated shower with too many levers and buttons. A comfortable king-sized bed was provided. A coffee machine is provided. The rooms are non-smoking.
The hotel has a somewhat dated feel, I suspect reflective of the decade in which the Rogers centre (former Sky Dome) was built. Clean, but starting to be a little worn out.
The conference facilities were good individually. Getting from one meeting room to another was an exercise in trail making. A large auditorium is on the 2nd floor (with nice views of the city) and two meeting rooms in the basement. This required 2 elevators or 3 sets of fire-escape style stairs. The food during the breaks was typical (not too healthy muffins mostly).
A few significant down-sides:
1 Transit to the hotel almost certainly requires a taxi ride. I took the TTC from the Airport to the hotel when I arrived, but this is a long time-consuming ride, 1 bus, 2 subways and a 5-6 block walk from Union station. Going back to the hotel, I took a taxi (but keep in mind the inevitable traffic to the airport and count 60 - 90 minutes in travel).
2 An exercise centre is provided, but closed as of 6pm on Saturday and all day Sunday, so entirely useless for my needs. (Very contradictory for a "sports" themed hotel.)
3 Religious propaganda is in full place at this hotel, not only the typical hotel bible but also a mormon religious text is available for your reading pleasure!
4 Finally, Internet access is available (wireless or wired)... at a cost of $13 / day. I find this excessive and clearly priced above the cost of the providing service. At a hotel that does not charge for using the TV, hot water or electricity, I believe that $13 (plus tax) is a rip-off.
Overall, I would recommend the hotel (with reservations), especially for someone who enjoys spectator sports.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charge up for business productivity or wind down for leisure creativity at Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel. You set the pace at our Toronto downtown hotel's accommodations. We are a boutique hotel in Toronto that has 348 guest rooms and guest suites, with all of the amenities and services for excellence on a stay in Toronto - including a Lobby Lounge, Club Lounge, Starbucks Coffee, on-site restaurant, and indoor pool. We will follow your lead and meet your every need, whether you have come to out city to get work done or explore. Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel offers a fantastic destination in the heart of Toronto, close to Rogers Center, CN Tower, and Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... more less
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