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The Strathcona Hotel
Ranked #52 of 137 Hotels in Toronto
Clacton-On-Sea
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Great location but beware of nearby works”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Great location but room a little on the small side. Coffee maker was only a single cup for a twin room and no work room for using a laptop or tablet and nowhere to sit other than on the bed. Spacious wardrobe and nice bathroom. Nice wall mounted TV. Nearby works are being carried out but could not be heard from the room which did not have any view other than walls and other windows in a square. Great for access to the underground PATH network which could be accessed via the Fairmont Royal York Hotel which was nearby.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Meg B, Front Office Manager at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Taylor_SE,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. They are always very much appreciated.

When travelling back to the area, please know we do have larger rooms, with a working desk area and more space. Though the room you were in is one those that are light sleepers tend to prefer, we do also have rooms with a view. (Tip: Be sure to ask for a room facing York Street for a view. Also, the larger executive rooms are on floors 8-12, which helps with the view as well!)

Thank you again for your review, and we hope to welcome you back to The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto very soon!
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We spent only a few hours in this hotel. Whatever service we received during this short stay was considered excellent. We chose the hotel mainly for the downtown convenience; the choice was justified as all essential destination points were quite close saving us time. The room was found to be very compact, but all basic facilities were provided and suitably placed in the small accommodation. The reception lobby was too small, but the reception service was fairly quick and smooth. Because of construction, the access was a bit complicated. Overall we liked our stay and enjoyed the comforts.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Meg B, Front Office Manager at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi Schanbis,

Thank you for your review.

I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and found that all the necessities were provided.

If ever looking for a more spacious option, we do have Executive Rooms, as well as a gorgeous Suite, which is very spacious.

Though the access is slightly compromised at the moment, the long term plans will make it worth it! It will be beautiful once complete! And thankfully, it has not been too much of a challenge for us up to this point. (Tip: Check out our website for Direction/Parking information).

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Cobourg, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This hotel reminds me of the European Ibis chain. Very small rooms, very neutral décor, very handy location for downtown and all mod cons. Our twin-bedded room - the cheapest, for some reason - had a good flat screen TV mounted on the wall, a coffee maker, a bowed shower curtain rod so that the wet curtain didn't 'suck in' when one was showering, and very comfortable beds. Good sized closet too so that we could stow our suitcase in there. On our return from the theatre we appreciated the coffee machine in the lobby which for a reasonable price offered decent lattes. Only minor problem was the construction outside. We will certainly use it again on trips to Toronto.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Meg B, Front Office Manager at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Hi Gail,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review.

I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

I stayed at this hotel during TIFF with a business colleague so we were glad to find a room so centrally located. Unfortunately, the service was rather sloppy and some of the staff did not really seem to care. My colleague was shown to his room after a late night arrival, only to find it seemed to be still in use by another guest and was not cleaned. He also had trouble with his taxi driver, and hoping to settle the dispute brought the driver up to reception. The staff were not helpful and did not support his call for assistance. On the last day we ordered a taxi for the airport and it was taken by another guest when we arrived. All in all not a very satisfactory stay.

Room Tip: If you want a queen or twin, do specify. I didn't and was shown to a twin room and had to change...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Meg B, Front Office Manager at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Hi Jlj0511,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. All feedback provides valuable information for us, to help continuously improve our service to guests like yourself, so it is always much appreciated.

Unfortunately we do not own a taxi service or endorse any one company in particular. That being said, I can still understand your frustrations.

If you are ever back in the area again, I would like to invite you to give us another chance to stay with us and experience the hotel in all its intended glory. Feel free to contact me directly and I will ensure your booking.

Thank you again for your review, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Happy Travels!
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Repentigny
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Excellent location at a very affordable price.
Efficient, clean room that reminded me of the hotels I found in Japanese cities - comfortable and no need to be big.
It was on the recommend list of a conference I attended, but I have noted this hotel for my future visits to Toronto.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Meg B, Front Office Manager at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Hi Frits01,

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to write this review.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon!
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The hotel service was very good. The hotel is very conveniently located near the convention center, which was a plus for us. The room was quite small, so movement in the room was very constrained. But the room was clean and tidy and well appointed. The cleaning staff was diligent in cleaning and re-stocking the room every day.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the larger rooms, the higher rate is well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brendan C, Director of Sales at The Strathcona Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you very much for writing this review. Your comments will be very helpful for people looking for a hotel close to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is five minutes from our front doors. We hope you had a great visit to our city and hope to welcome you back someday.
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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Very nice place to stay in terms of bang for the buck and location. When I was there, the roads leading to the hotel were under construction, but no big deal.

Online descriptions showed on-premise resto-bar had a last-call at 23:30...but nowhere did it mention the kitchen closes at 21:45! That left me looking for a place to get a bite after a lengthy commute. Would have been good to know in advance what time the restaurant closed AS WELL AS the bar!

Stayed on Executive floors and was supposed to receive a gift package at check-in. I had to go ask for it after day one and received a brown paper bag with a bottle of water, a bag of chips and another snack. Cute, but felt silly having to ask for it.

Left empty water bottle and wrapper on the table in the room and it stayed there for the duration of my visit - 2 nights! THAT was more surprising than the restaurant issue, but the bed was made and the bathroom cleaned daily, so not a complete disaster.

I'd stay here again because of the location and price - I would just have different expectations going in.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Strathcona Hotel
Address: 60 York St. | At Wellington St., Toronto, Ontario M5J 1S8, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #52 of 137 Hotels in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Strathcona Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto. Come home to the best location in Downtown Toronto. Imagine all the comforts of home combined with one of the best locations in downtown Toronto and you’ve got The Strathcona Hotel. Stay.Play.Work.Meet.Explore. We can handle it all. And just outside our doors is the best of downtown Toronto. Our downtown Toronto hotel is across the street from the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Union Station / VIA Rail and within two blocks of the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CN Tower, and more located in the midst of the theatre and financial districts. The guest rooms and suite accommodations at The Strathcona Hotel downtown Toronto combine style and substance and have been designed for the contemporary wireless world. We provide easy access to all you need to do by day or night including dining at The York Street Café, dinner and drinks at The Strath Pub, or a workout followed by a massage at the Wellington Fitness Club located right next door. Life here is fresh, functional, friendly, and fun. Sure you can work here, but you’ll do it with a smile. As an independently managed hotel, the good news is that we can break all the rules to do what it takes to make you feel warm, welcome, and worry-free. We get that it’s all about best value for dollar, well-maintained rooms, functional meeting and event space, accommodating staff, and, of course, location, location, location! Come to play. Come to meet. Come to get down to business. We’re more than happy to welcome you home. ... more   less 
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