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Free Wi-Fi and parking, comfortable beds and easy access to Highway 401

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, wired internet and parking
  • Excellent service, according to guests
  • Convenient location to highway and amenities, according to guests
  • Several guests enjoyed the clean rooms
  • Several reviewers thought the beds were comfortable
Cons
  • Some guests felt the hotel looked tired
  • A few guests complained about the lack of soundproofing between rooms
  • The bathrooms were small, according to guests
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 13, 2012
Overview
This hotel is near downtown Oshawa and is minutes from Highway 401 (7-minute drive). Amenities like restaurants and shopping are located within a 10 to 15-minute drive, making this hotel well-suited for travellers looking to explore the area by car.

All 194 rooms include free Wi-Fi and wired internet, free local calls, climate control, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a coffee/tea maker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board and a desk and chair. Rooms are furnished with either a king bed or 2 double beds. Balconies and microwaves are available with some rooms. Non-smoking and accessible rooms can be requested.

This hotel offers free parking (large vehicle parking available as well) and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Guests also have access to a fitness centre, a pool (outdoor and indoor), a sauna, a hot tub, a business centre (copy/fax). The hotel will accommodate pets ($15 per day). Other amenities include meeting rooms, a banquet hall, currency exchange, valet cleaning service and coin-operated laundry.

Bloor Street Restaurant is a family-style on-site restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 6 am to 10:30 am and dinner from 5:30 pm to 11 pm. The on-site Bloor Street Lounge offers lunch and dinner and is open from 11 am to 10:30 pm daily. Room service is available as well during these hours.

Downtown Oshawa which boasts local attractions like Lakeview Park, The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery and Parkwood Estate (a national historic site) are all located within a 12-minute drive of the hotel. Shopping is available at the Oshawa Centre, a 9-minute drive from the hotel. There are several chain restaurants within a 12-minute drive, such as Shoeless Joe's, Montana's, East Side Mario's and Kelsey's. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent December 12, 2012: pet policy and restaurant hours.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, the positive reviews outweighed the negative reviews. Guests praised the service and spoke favourably about the rooms, the location and the beds.

Many guests commended the staff for their excellent service and described them as friendly. One reviewer even said that the front desk staff "brightened up their day".

Several reviewers appreciated the level of cleanliness in the rooms. 

The location was convenient to amenities like the Oshawa Centre (shopping) and several restaurants. Guests liked the easy access to the main highway and thought the proximity to the train station was convenient.

Some guests thought the beds were comfortable. One guests said the beds were "unbelievable".
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The Bad
While the reviews used for this analysis were mainly positive, there were some complaints among reviewers. Guests criticized things like the age of the hotel, noise level, the size of the bathrooms and the room temperature.

Some guests felt the hotel looked tired and old. One reviewer described their room as "shabby looking".

A few reviewers complained about the lack of soundproofing in the hotel. They were bothered by how much noise they could hear from other suites and one reviewer said they could "hear the people next door like they were in the same room".

A handful of guests felt the bathrooms were small.
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Sources
Booking.com rated this property 8 out of 10 based on 21 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 3.4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this property #2 out of 4 based on 83 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent December 12, 2012: pet policy and restaurant hours.
Editor's Analysis by Jennee R.
Analyzed by Jennee R.
Jennee loves to travel and loves to live vicariously through others to help them find the right place to rest their heads while away from home.
Guest Reviews
7.3
Good

Rated 7.3/10 based on 316 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 6 hotels in Oshawa


7 out of 10 | Henry stayed March 09, 2013

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8 out of 10 | Lora stayed September 25, 2009

"I thought everything went well except for when we checked in. The girl that checked us in answered phones, left the front desk twice, tended to someone else while we were waiting. While checking us in she answered the phone again and tended to something else with the other girl at the front desk that had nothing to do with our check in. I feel she could have been more atentive to us instead of making us wait forever to check in and making us feel like we weren't important."

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3 out of 10 | Kim stayed October 25, 2006

"Myself and my colleague found this hotel to be dingy. There were cigarette burns on the alarm clock and there were no bedskirts on the beds. The patio doors were leaky and did not latch properly. The lighting was dark in the hallways and the ceiling were low and claustrophobic. We went to the gym and it had a very old musty smell to it. This smell was also in many of the hallways. There was a smell of hospital throughout the hotel. The main foyer was nice with the exception of the tables shich were covered in dust except in the spot where the newspapers sit in the mornings. The restaurant had fresh buffet in the morning which was nice and the staff in the restaurant was friendly. I would not stay at this hotel in the future nor would I recommend it to anyone who was looking for a hotel in Oshawa."

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8 out of 10 | Darlene stayed July 03, 2006


8 out of 10 | Barry stayed May 14, 2006


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 13, 2005


6 out of 10 | Lisa stayed November 19, 2004

"The Oshawa Holiday Inn is quite old. The rooms have been re-done and were clean, good room service. The hotel is situated on the East end of Oshawa on 401 and one has to drive to all the stores, restaurants etc for at least 10-15 minutes. But this hotel has a good restaurant and several conference rooms, so it is self contained. Since Oshawa does not have many hotels like this, it can ask the for the high rates which I would not pay otherwise, being so far away from the city core."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 15, 2004

Location
Map Marker Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa, ON