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Pimblett's Downtown Toronto B&B
Ranked #49 of 115 Toronto B&B and Inns
Central Florida
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21 reviews
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“Run away!”
Reviewed August 29, 2010

When I got to this B&B and went inside, I was shocked. Actually, I didn't even need to go inside. The doorknob on the front door didn't even work. It was just hanging in the hole. To lock the door, you have to juggle the door so the deadbolt will fit into its slot. Upon entering, you're greeted with a hallway full of crap. Some reviews found it charming. I found it scary. Right at the entrance is a side table with board games. The boxes looked like they'd been chewed bare by rats.

The room I had reserved wasn't available, even though I'd e-mailed requesting a particular room, got the confirmation for a different room, e-mailed back and received a confirmation for that room. Instead, he was going to put us in a tiny room. He did give us a better room in the end. "Better" being a relative term.

The room itself wasn't too bad compared to the rest of the house. The place was just filthy, full of things like stuffed animal heads with years of dirt and dust on them. Our room was slightly cleaner. The electrical outlets didn't have covers on them. The bathroom was clean, but the wallpaper was falling off the walls. In the morning, we woke up to our bed shaking. We never figured out why, but it didn't help our confidence in the stability of the place. It's the quintessential fire trap. Very scary.

It was supposed to have wifi, but I was never able to access it. I think they actually had it turned off most of the time. As for the location, it seemed to be in a seedy area. We walked down some side streets, and there were nice homes and we saw people who looked like they were headed towards professional jobs. On the other hand, there were plenty of homeless people and panhandler in doorways.

The host and the cook seemed like very nice people, but that can't make up for a dirty, overcrowded place with bare wires hanging on the walls. I would NOT go back, and the people we met there had the same opinions.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Grand Forks, Canada
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Reviewed June 17, 2010

My wife and I were truly delighted by the Victorian/Royal "theme room" motif. While on first glance it seemed a fleamarket junkie had run amok, several days' stay revealed a very deft and clever touch in the ingeniously assembled and rather authentic looking "clutter" of books, art, and assorted antiquaria/memorabilia. Adding an amicably eccentric living touch to all this British charm, is the cordial host, Geoffrey, with able assistants, John and Mr. Lawrence, presiding over a solid establishment - uniquely appointed and convenient rooms with all the amenities, clean and very comfortable beds, plentiful portions of excellent food, friendly hospitality - in a veritable family setting, complete with a "Vicar" and the lovable canine, Brewster! With its storybook atmosphere (like living inside an Agatha Christie novel, with shades of Sherlock Holmes!), and centrally located in an enchantingly picturesque, historical neighbourhood, Pimblett's Guest House made this a most memorable stay, and endeared us to Toronto more than we ever thought possible!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

I'm not given to writing harsh reviews on Trip Advisor, but this place is so bad I'm willing to make an exception! The only thing I can say in its favour is that Geoffrey Pimblett is a likeable English eccentric. Whilst he may like to compare himself to Basil Fawlty there is actually no similarity. Pimblett's B&B is dark, dingy and a bit shabby, and located in a slighly run down neighbourhood. The "retro" wallpaper appears to be original and was peeling off in places.

Of the rooms we saw, four shared one bathroom and the one with a private bathroom was pricey. The electrics in the private bathroom left something to be desired: there was no circuit breaker on the sockets, a random cable hung down next to the exterior door and half the lightbulbs were missing.

There were no tea & coffee making facilities in our room (or perhaps they were very well hidden under the clutter) and we were told to steal glasses from the kitchen if we needed them.

Breakfast was an experience: It is available between 9 and 11am but everything is cooked well before that (I suspect the bacon had been there for days!). Some of the items on my plate were overcooked and piping hot, whilst others were stone cold - the cold pancake that was burnt on one side was a particular delicacy! One of the "selling points" of Pimbletts was that you get to choose your own teapot - I wasn't offered that option.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed May 5, 2010

There's little to recommend about this B&B. The premises are cluttered with tacky flea market leftovers, used paperbacks and paintings rendered by talentless hobbyists. If you like '60s wallpaper then this is your nirvana. Otherwise, or just the same, a visit here is an experience in epic tastelessness. The breakfasts, including carbonized bacon, were pretty much inedible unless one chose only to eat the toast. Toronto is a city with a fine restaurant scene and it is recommended to eat elsewhere to this B&B. Sound travels without resistance in this place. This means hearing conversations while in one's room between the owner and guests as they enter or to listening to the owner scold his much too large for the space Doberman. While the location is convenient, the block on which the B&B is located is thoroughly without charm. This is partly due to one of those seemingly ubiquitous in Toronto "Beer Stores" with a massive parking area. Carlton Street to the north is a much more pleasant place to walk. The bathroom in our room was clean. The mattress was a too soft spring one that had a negative effect on my lower back.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

Nothing like a hotel at all, you couldn't even compare the two. The moment you walk in the door its an amazing experience. Chock block full to the brim of antiques and books of every size and nature. If you are claustrophobic forget it. This is an old row house with charm and character oozing out of every cranny. The kind and accomodating English gentleman, Geoffrey, who own and operates the B and B has storys that charm and thrill you and is very willing to tell if you ask. 10 month old Doberman Brewster is just as warm and welcoming, well maybe even more so. The whole package from owner to dog to decoration is an experience and a half you won't want to miss. To the right traveller in the right frame of mind this place is a total and utter delight. Breakfast was overwhelmingly enormous and so British, just adored every moment. Taking my husband back for the experience in a couple of weeks. Authentic Mexican food restaurant at the top of the street called Margarites, gotta go back and try it.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Montreal
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

If you have any notions of a tidy place to come back to, forget it. You're coming into someone's home who is a character and a half. Geoffrey has become a friend over the years and we enjoy coming back. Things are disorderly, it's true, but that's what I like. The plates are eclectic, things are erratic but organized in their way. We received a fine blessing from The Vicar in the sunroom. If I was a writer, this is where I'd want to stay. Take a chance. Geoffrey's great.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Toronto
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

I stayed for a week in August and several days in October -- both were very good experiences. Mr. Pimblett and his staff create a charming, cozy environment and are friendly, capable and helpful. The B&B is decorated in a charming Victorian/Royal theme. There are washrooms, TVs, and thoughtful conveniences in the rooms (some have balconies or separate entrances). I was given keys to the front door and my room so could come and go as I pleased. The breakfasts are amazing and plentiful. There are tables in the kitchen, sun room and patio so lots of choice as to seating. It was lovely to meet friendly people from Italy, Brazil, and the US during breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed both of my stays there!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Pimblett's Downtown Toronto B&B
Address: 242 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2G2, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 115 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Pimblett's Downtown Toronto B&B 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Englishman's home where guest are welcome. Affordable downtown Toronto location. Parking available, fully cooked breakfast. Queen rooms, king beds, one room with a jacuzzi. Close to shops, restaurants, bars and all Toronto Downtown sites. Special tourist accommodation and business guests welcome. Wireless internet and internet desk provided. ... more   less 
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