I use TripAdvisor almost all the time before booking hotels. and I think every time I find the ratings giving to a hotel are pretty accurate. Although I have to wonder whether those who give poor or bad reviews are those who experienced it only once and those who actually don't bother to write a review are the ones who have to say all the good things about certain hotel, but never make it to the pool of reviews for whatever reason.
Anyhow, the hotel at first when we called (we drove there) as we were approaching the hotel from the 401; seemed quite welcoming...the person who answered the phone at the front desk was respectful, she pointed that the hotel had only a few spots for parking and offered us one of them as it was available for the night we were staying.
When we arrive to the hotel, there was no spots available in the parking lot (small lot across the street) my spouse waited outside while I went inside and find out if it there was an actual spot reserved for us. The person parked in our spot was a manager or perhaps a supervisor, not sure, but she was pregnant and she ran out to the street to move her car! I was so worry she was going to fall in the middle of the road or something..... anyways we checked-in and were treated with respect... The lobby is small and it shares the entrance with a funky bar/restaurant. There are all kinds of artifacts, that looked tasteful all around. As went up stairs we noticed some interesting photographs on the walls, and beautiful chandelier... very chic. The hotel was being a host for the CONTACT photography festival that was happening.. and the reason we visited TO.
Before we entered the rooms area (there is a locked door where you need to use your room key to go through) we wondered through the hallway, a dark long hallway that it is illuminated by hanging mini-red-lampshades, with a chain with the room number. We were curious to see the interior. We didn't see any photos of the hotels before we booked it. so We were really curious to see what they look like, we entered the room and it was a surprise!! It was decorated very tasteful and colorful and modern and classy at the same time. we loved it!. It was a nice atmosphere to be in, we usually stay at the Sheraton downtown or at the Sheraton airport location and we were tired of all the 'fancy' drapery that these kind of hotels have. The rooms were awesome, the set up for the shower, toilet, sink, all were positioned in a very organized way. At the end, we ended up staying an extra night because we loved it so much. The people was great to deal with, love this place! I think if there was a negative thing, and isn't negative at all is just a small detail... was the restaurant service was a little bit slow..... but we didn’t care.
Love this place, and now we are looking forward to stay in another boutique hotel somewhere else!!
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- Also Known As:
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