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Glen Grove Conservatory Tower
Ranked #11 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Toronto
Adelaide, Australia
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“Cheap, but worth paying more to be elsewhere”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

We were moved to the Consevatory towers by default as the accommodation we had booked with the Glengrove group became unavailable about one month before departure; which is a story in its own right.
The conservatory towers are conveniently located on bay St, about equidistant from 3 subway stops, closeish to restaurants and shops [5-10 minutes’ walk]. Convenient but just.
The first apartment we were given smelt of cigarette smoke, was dirty and the furniture scruffy and ancient. We were moved to a different apartment; it was better there was no smell and it was a little cleaner.
The rooms are dark, small, and the two apartments both had really old fittings. The concierges varied form pleasant to [more often] abrupt and dismissive. We did like the pool; the gym is basic at best.
We wouldn’t stay there again; even for the location. Look elsewhere.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

We regret that you were inconvenienced prior to your arrival to our property. Further, we apologize for the service design. Our apartments since then have been completely renovated with new furniture, TVs and amenities.

The company is under new management and should you decide to visit us again, you will see a reamarkably different picture.

We look forward to having you stay with us again. Please feel free to call me directly at 416-489-8441 Ext 271.

Regards,

Brian Pereira
General Manager
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Spent hours online looking for 4-5 bedroom house to rent for 3 1/2 weeks to accommodate a dozen people in Toronto for family wedding. Not much available, and cost was prohibitive. Eventually decided on three separate apartments in The Conservatory Tower. We chose it primarily for the location, then on price (good), and if that is important then this place is great value. Our apartment two bedrooms and two bathrooms and was clean when we arrived (other family chose one bedroom apartments). It is serviced weekly, but toiletries and more importantly toilet paper were not replaced - they were the following week when we left a note!! However, for a place which accommodates four guests, it only had three lounge chairs, three small plates... The second bedroom was tiny, and the wardrobe door was broken, fallen off the track. It was propped up, but after 3 weeks was not repaired, neither was the broken mirror. The vertical blinds were missing slats, and these were replaced after complaint. In fact we were offered another apartment, but that was worse, the bed was broken and propped up on the cabinet.
Good points: location (apart from the construction site across the road) washer/dryer, location, reasonable size except for bedroom 2, location. Comfortable for 3, ok for 4. So what's with the location? Walking distance to sops, bars, restaurants, and more importantly to the subway and trams. Very easy to get to from the airport.
Bad points: maintenance is poor, light bulbs were not replaced, fittings were brokena nd not repaired when reported, noisy, air-con was set to heat, and we were not able to reduce the temperature to something bearable - we were opening the windows to let air in when it was snowing outside.
Overall, if you can cope with minor problems - i.e. you don't expect it all to be right, then this is a wonderfully located apartment, and good value for money. If you expect 5 star, look somewhere else. Yes, even knowing what to expect, we'd stay there again.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, July 5, 2012
Thank you for your fair and balanced review of our property. This feedback is very valuable as we get to see our property from the guest standpoint.

We regret that your experience was affected by housekeeping issues and we have taken them very seriously. Please be assured that on your next visit, you will not encounter any such issues as we are planning a major housekeeping overhaul very shortly.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Glengrove.

Warm regards,

Brian Pereira
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

When arrived ,had to pick-up the keys from a less then helpful security guard. Opened the door to the apartment to be greeted to non working A/C and a smell like wet dog. Could only stay one night.Disgusted with dirty floors and kitchen (which had a bad smell from something) and the bed linen.Pavements on Young St was cleaner then this place. This place is a joke.Don't know how it got any good reviews

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Dear George,

We are deeply sorry that your experience with us was less than satisfactory. We would like to state that things are vastly different from what they were in 2012. The company is under new management and should you decide to visit us again, you will see a reamarkably different picture.

We look forward to having you stay with us again. Please feel free to call me directly at 416-489-8441 Ext 271.

Regards,

Brian Pereira
General Manager
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Booked in to stay for 4 days.

Two bedrooms with beds. Both beds had unwashed linens. Visible hairs & stains throughout both beds. I was disgusted & could not sleep in the apartment. Went & checked in across the street at the Mariott Courtyard (much nicer).

It is an apartment block, so no reception. I was given contact details by the security guard in the lobby, however when I rang the number all I got was an answering machine.

Apartment not as pictured. All furniture & beds (which also creaked) where 20+ years old.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
It is regrettable that your stay with us was not to your satisfaction. That said, we would like to mention that we are NOT a hotel. This is an upscale apartment building with spacious one and two bedroom suites.

Our housekeeping procedures are rather stringent so we're surprised you found the linens to be unwashed.

As regards after-hours numbers, we now have arrangements in place where you can get assistance after-hours.

We hope your next visit will be a better experience.

Warm regards,

Brian Pereira
General Manager
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We were attending a work conference in downtown Toronto and needed to find a place that could fit 5 adults and our 10 month old son. We found this place online and couldn't believe the great price. To find a hotel right downtown we were looking at anywhere from $200 - $400 per room and with our larger group we would've needed to hotel rooms. The Conservatory Towers ran us about $140 per night and it was awesome. When we arrived to our suite we were quite impressed. The suite boasted 2 bedrooms, a large living room, dining room, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms...oh and 2 balcony's with a great view of the downtown. The suite was fully furnished and included wifi. It was very clean, secure and quiet for our sleeping baby. The suite didn't come with a crib or pack n play for our son but the agency we rented through was able to provide us with a company that could deliver one to our room for a very small fee. i believe it was $8 a day. All in all this place was fantastic and we will definitely be staying there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of the Conservatory Tower. We're delighted that you were satisfied with the size of the suite and the location. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm regards

Brian Pereira
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2012

I choose the Conservatory Tower due to its proximity to the Toronto General Hospital where I had a family member recovering from a major surgery. It is just across the street from the Elizabeth Street hospital entrance - ever so convenient! I found the check-in very smooth as an envelope was left at the concierge desk for me with the keys and information on the unit.

The unit itself (suite 2005) was clean, although everything was very dated. There were several things missing form the suite upon our check-in - coffee maker, clock radio, hangars, etc. However a phone call to Brian, and those things were immediately delivered to the suite.

If you are looking for a very basic place to stay right downtown, I can recommend this. And as a women staying alone, I felt safe at this location with the security the building had.

Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of our property. Yes, the proximity to hospitals does make the Conservatory Tower a very popular choice among our guests. We're glad that you found the place to be accessible and safe.

Once again, thank you for your comments.

Brian Pereira
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We are really pleased with our stay in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite (#605) at the Conservatory Tower property. Best feature was the pillow top beds, extremely comfortable. Two balconies as well, which would be great for a summer rental. Spacious, clean, well laid-out. Our view was parking lot, but quiet, and we're there to visit, not look out the window, so that didn't bother us.
Towels, toiletries provided, plus really helpful kitchen essentials pack (dish liquid, two days worth of (bad) coffee packets, sugar, salt, and laundry soap and softener for one load of laundry.
Visited fitness centre and pool, spotless, quiet, pool looked clean. 24-hour help line, wireless internet available.
Our phone line was down and took a long time to fix. Also had to get hairdryer replaced. Agency staff are friendly and try to help, but go through property upon arrival and report anything amiss right away to get it fixed quickly. (Lamps without lightbulbs, for example).
Free visitor parking in building was a relief for family and friends dropping by.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Glengrove, General Manager at Glen Grove Conservatory Tower, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
Thank you for your detailed and accurate review of our property. The 2 bedroom units at the Conservatory Tower are spacious and airy (you're right about the balconies coming in really handy in the summers).

We apologize that the phone line took time to be fixed. While its not an excuse, but this happens very rarely. We hope to welcome you once again to the Conservatory Tower on your next visit and we'll ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. We'll even try and change the coffee for you :-)

Regards,

Brian Pereira
General Manager
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Property: Glen Grove Conservatory Tower
Address: 736 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M4, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
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Ranked #11 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Toronto
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glen Grove Conservatory Tower 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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