We're local to Toronto, but needed a place to stay overnight. Booking a Howard Johnson location meant, to us, reasonable and affordable accommodations. When we arrived, we were absolutely appalled by the room decor and the poor quality mattress. Given the coverlet was of a style popular in the 80s, I was really disgusted to think how old the linens may be. The bed was visibly sagged in the middle and made for a poor sleep. Furthermore, several of the TV stations were staticky. My boyfriend was congested the whole evening; with allergies to pollens and mold, we weren't comfortable staying in the room and will never return.
Beyond this--before arriving, I phoned the hotel several times over a period of 20 minutes without an answer from reception. I needed to know where to park. After receiving no answer, I parked in an adjacent lot that cost me twice as much. Nothing to be done about that, but I was frustrated and unhappy.
The only positive aspect of this hotel is its location.
Those looking for reasonably priced downtown accommodations that are cleaner would better be referred to the Econolodge at Gerrard and Jarvis--the location is significantly less nice, but the rooms are infinitely better, and access to public transit is equivalent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of upscale and trendy Yorkville-Bloor Village. Our hotel in Toronto, ON, provides you with high-speed Internet access, free Rise & Dine continental breakfast and use of our fitness room. We offer around the clock coffee and tea service, and children under 12 stay for free. Public transportation is just one block away, providing quick and easy access to many areas around the city. Our wonderful location and 24-hour front desk staff makes our hotel near Queen's Park the answer to your Toronto lodging needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Yorkville
- Howard Johnson Toronto
- Toronto Howard Johnson