A couple of qualifiers first: I'm not as well-traveled as some who log on here, and wouldn't know a four star hotel from a two star hotel. I want a good night's rest in a secure, quiet environment, with no surprises and no bugs, and that's about all. And in that respect, the Yorkland Hotel -- now rechristened the 'Days Hotel & Conference Center,' as you can see by visiting http://www.dayshoteltoronto.com/ -- was just what the doctor ordered. If I return to Toronto, I'll come here.
The room was quiet, bug free -- it passed my flashlight bed bug inspection -- and everything worked. Firm mattress. Warm enough, and that means a lot in Toronto in February. Friendly staff; I have fond memories for Evelyn and Viajay, although everyone there was quite nice. I asked for a fridge, and they brought me one without delay.
A few mild caveats:
Look at the map and you'll see that the Don Mills subway station is a short walk away. True, but a 'short walk' becomes twice as long when the terra firma is smothered in snow, as it's bound to be here in winter. You might want something closer to the subway station if visiting here in the snow-bound months.
The breakfast is a bit on the spartan side. Just a bit. Depends on what you expect.
This hotel may not have bed bugs, but I think all hotels should invest in mattress encasements, given the threat bed bugs pose to travelers. What's it gonna cost? $50 wholesale per bed?
And my biggest, perhaps most unreasonable beef: I had to lug my clothes in the freezing weather to this laundromat --
-- because the hotel laundry service wants something like $6 to wash my blue jeans. Maybe that's typical, but no thanks.
I don't mind paying a premium. The hotel could install washer/driers that go for, say, $5 a load. That would be a mild rip off, but I'd pay it rather than hike through the snow. I *won't* pay $6 just to get a pair of jeans washed.
Next to last thoughts: this hotel seems to be a popular conference center in the Toronto area. If you pass a full parking lot, it's likely because a conference is in process. This had no negative effect on me as a guest.
Last thoughts: I think this has to be an almost ideal bet for the business traveler. The wifi works, there's a safe in the room big enough for a laptop, and even a gym, to keep your muscle tone up. But party-seeking youth should look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set just off Highways 401 and 404, the Yorkland Hotel is 9 minutes' walk from Don Mills subway station. Free WiFi is available throughout. Each room includes a flat-screen TV and an alarm clock with MP3 connection. A coffee maker and work desk are also provided. This property is 5 miles from The Ontario Science Center. Downtown Toronto is 20 minutes' drive away. North York is a great choice for travellers interested in Shopping for clothes, Shopping and Aquarium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Hotel And Conference Centre - Toronto Don Valley
- Yorkland Hotel Toronto
- Wyndham Toronto