I'm tempted to rate this hotel only 3 stars to penalize Marriott for not having free WiFi in the guest rooms; it's very frustrating to have to go down to the (small) lobby to get free internet. But, okay, I guess I have to rate the hotel 4 stars because it meets Marriott standards, and it is in an excellent location in downtown Toronto. The hotel is right by the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets, which is as good as it gets. Yonge Street is one of my favorite streets in the world for soaking up city character and people watching. And Bloor Street just to the west of the hotel is a fantastic shopping district with almost every high-end store you can think of. Because the hotel is immediately adjacent to a subway station, transportation is easy.
Speaking of the subway, here is my number one tip: If you fly into Pearson Airport, don't take the fancy airport bus that costs nearly $30 and takes forever to get you as far north as this Marriott. Instead, for $3 (CAD), hop on the #192 city bus (called the "Airport Rocket"), which takes you directly to the Kipling subway station. At Kipling, board the subway, which will deliver you to Yonge & Bloor Streets in about 30 minutes.
My second subway tip is to look into purchasing a daily pass. For $10.75 (CAD), a one-day pass can be used by 2 adults and up to 4 children for unlimited subway trips; that's a lot cheaper than $3 per person per trip!
This hotel isn't actually very large for a Marriott, because there are only 6 floors of guest rooms. Outward facing rooms may give you something of a view, but inward facing rooms overlook an ugly central area of the building.
Overall I have no particular complaints other than the WiFi issue. There were a few minor defects, like a loose shower control and visible silicon seal in the bathroom sink, that make it seem like someone could pay a little closer attention to detail. But tiny defects like these will not affect your overall enjoyment. I'd certainly be more than happy to stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville is a top choice among Yorkville hotels, located in the heart of Yorkville, which is Toronto's fashionable downtown area. In Yorkville, guests can enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment in an area known for vibrant shops and venues. Our Yorkville hotel's location puts you in the middle of it all. You have direct access to the Yonge and Bloor subway too, plus we offer newly renovated guest rooms and beautiful public spaces for relaxing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Toronto
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