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Residence & Conference Centre - Oshawa

7.4 | Good
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Budget kitchenette suites at Oshawa college campus with free wired Internet & free breakfast

Pros
  • Free wired internet, free parking and free breakfast, free local calls
  • Rooms were described as clean, spacious and well appointed
  • Many guests thought the staff were friendly and helpful
  • The room rates were affordable and the hotel was a good value, said many guests
  • All suites come with a mini-fridge and microwave
  • Common amenities include: kitchen, games room, a patio with BBQ, lounge areas on each floor, fitness centre and guest laundry
Cons
  • According to several reviewers, the hotel was hard to find
  • The breakfast was minimal and lacked variety, said some guests
Freebies
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 23, 2015
Overview
This budget property is situated on the Oshawa Durham College campus. Several restaurants are within a 10-minute walk, and major shopping centres are located within 15 minutes by car, making this a suitable choice for those looking for affordable accommodations who have a vehicle.

This hotel offers 354 suites and each suite features a kitchenette with a microwave, a mini-fridge, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a separate sitting area and individual climate control. Free wired internet and free local calls are available in all rooms. Standard suites are either open concept or have two bedrooms and feature two double beds.

Free self parking is available and a complimentary continental breakfast is offered from May to August.

Other amenities include a fitness centre, guest laundry, a common kitchen, a games room and lounges on each floor. An outdoor patio with BBQ is also available for guest use. 

This hotel offers accommodations to the public from May to August. It also specializes in catering to large groups, like sports teams, or hosting functions such as weddings.

Subway and Tim Hortons are within walking distance, 10 minutes on foot. The Mandarin is an 8-minute drive away, while Shoeless Joe's is a 4-minute drive away. The nearest shopping centre is the Oshawa Centre and is a 15-minute drive from the property. Windfields Farm is 5 minutes away by car and Iroquois Park is an 11-minute drive away. (All walking and driving estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent on April 1, 2013: open from May to August, free breakfast, free wired internet, guest laundry and common kitchen.
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The Good
Of the reviews sourced for this analysis, the positive reviews outnumbered the negative reviews. Guests liked the rates, the rooms and the staff.

The room rates were the biggest draw for many guests. They felt the rates were more than affordable for the area and the hotel offered a good value.

Many guests were impressed with the size of the rooms and thought they were well appointed. Some guests also described the rooms as clean.

The staff, according to several guests, were friendly, helpful and organized.

Some guests liked the hotel's location in relation to shopping and restaurants. However, there are mixed reviews about the location (see below).
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The Bad
As mentioned earlier, the negative reviews were outnumbered by the positive reviews. However, there were some common complaints about the location and the breakfast.

While there were some guests who liked the hotel's location, there were several guests who did not. They felt the hotel was hard to find and thought there could have been better signage. A couple of guests didn't enjoy driving through the entire campus before locating the accommodations.

Some guests did not like the breakfast offered. They felt it was minimal and wanted more variety.
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Sources
Booking.com rated this hotel 8.1 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5 with a 95% recommendation rate based on 35 reviews.

Hotels.com rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.

The author called the hotel to verify some information on April 1, 2013.
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
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32 Commencement Drive, Oshawa, ON