I stayed at Hotel Laurier for 5 nights while attending a conference at the University. So in that respect it was very convenient. It was a little unexpected as a Hotel and would better be described as a Hall of Residence or Dorm as others have mentioned. I stayed in a room as opposed to one of the self contained flats.
The room was very small with a solid board single bed, wardrobe, a small sink and desk - just like what students need all over the world. It had cable internet and if you are part of Eduroam it is possible to pick it up in the room. The room was yellow in colour and breeze block in texture (my eyes, my eyes!!), rather like a monastic cell, which did not encourage one to dwell in the room for any length of time when awake.
This urge to be not in the room was also helped by the shared bathroom. Well actually a room joining two rooms containing a toilet and a pod shower. You can tell someone is in the bathroom by the noise of the shower and other noises. Luckily, or not, one of my colleagues was in the adjoining room so we were able to arrange some signal and also knew when it was breakfast time. Handy really as breakfast was not included and so we had to find it elsewhere.
This turned out to be easy but with uninspiring choices from Starbucks generic to the ubiquitous Tim Horton's range of ordinariness. We did eventually find a diner just around the corner which was slightly less ordinary.
While breakfast was ordinary we did find places that sold Elk Burger and Bison Burger in the evening further down the long wide straight road running in front of the hotel.
While this may not be to everyones taste it did provide the feeling of being an undergraduate again - however the undergraduate theme park experience luckily did not include binge drinking, loud corridor shouting at night and the accompanying hangover.
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