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Popular Toronto-Scarborough hotel by Hwy 401 with jacuzzi suite & free: breakfast & parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot buffet breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Clean rooms with comfortable beds said guests
  • Location was handy to Hwy 401, Toronto Zoo, U of T Scarborough campus, downtown Toronto, and Scarborough Town Centre
  • Staff were friendly and helpful according to reviewers
  • Many guests enjoyed the free hot breakfast
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
Cons
  • Some found their AC units/heaters noisy
  • Some guests thought the hotel was due for a refresh
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 20, 2016
Overview
This comfortable hotel is just off Hwy 401, with restaurants, a convenience store and gas station in the immediate neighbourhood. The Scarborough Town Centre provides mall shopping, restaurants, groceries and cinema, a 4-minute drive away.

The pet-free hotel offers 140 smoking and non-smoking rooms over 3 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a 37" flat screen TV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a mini-fridge, work desks with ergonomic chairs, a larger sitting area and a double jacuzzi.  Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. 

A free hot breakfast buffet is available, along with a free hot beverage bar in the lobby. Guests will find restaurants within a 2-minute walk, including Keg Steakhouse, Gino's Pizza and Uptown Fine Caribbean.

Hotel amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning, ice/vending machines, BBQ grills, safety deposit boxes, an elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms. 

University of Toronto Scarborough campus is a 9-minute drive from the hotel.The CN Tower, in downtown Toronto is at least a 25-minute drive from the hotel or an hour using public transit. Ontario Science Centre is a 15-minute drive away, while the Toronto Zoo is a 10-minute drive away. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 23-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on March 19, 2016: work desks in executive rooms and there is one room with a double jacuzzi
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this hotel and some found it reasonably priced, especially when compared to downtown Toronto hotels.

Although not brand new, the hotel was well kept, fresh and clean. Guests found the amenities in the rooms in good shape, had spacious bathrooms and some raved about the comfort of the beds. 

Guests found the staff friendly, warm and hospitable. They were helpful and knowledgeable in providing directions to and advice about local attractions, shops and restaurants.

Many guests liked both the quality and the selection of the food offered at the hot breakfast buffet. Some also said there was good coffee available 24/7 and fresh cookies at the front desk.

Guests liked the location. They appreciated having quick and easy access to Hwy 401, found it easy to locate with shopping and good restaurants nearby (like the Keg next door) and also those at the Scarborough Town Centre mall. Other recent guests used it to access downtown Toronto, the zoo and the university campus in Scarborough.

Wi-Fi was rated as very good by online reviewers. One recent guest said, "Wifi was complimentary and worked well in room and the lobby."
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The Bad
There was some negative feedback online.

Some guests found the air-conditioning units noisy and disruptive. Others mentioned that the hotel was due for a refresh and the manager did respond with information that the hotel will be renovating in 2016.

Although many enjoyed the free hot breakfast, some guests complained occasionally over certain foods they did not enjoy, or found it boring after a number of days.


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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #58 out of 138 Toronto hotels, based on 231 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4 out of 5, based on 610 reviews. 

Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
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