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4.3 | Poor

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Toronto East

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Cheap & pet-friendly Toronto East hotel near Hwy 401 with indoor pool but many complaints

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Courteous, helpful staff, according to guests
  • Affordable price point, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401
Cons
  • Dirty rooms and common areas, according to guests
  • Aging decor in need of updates, according to guests
  • Some guests were bothered by moldy smells in their rooms
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 6, 2014
Overview
Located a 2-minute drive from the 401 and a 24-minute drive from downtown Toronto, this hotel appeals to travellers who want to have quick, easy access to the highway and who want to stay outside of the downtown Toronto area.

All of the 191 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Guests have the choice between standard rooms (king, queen or double beds) or more spacious suites (king, queen or double beds and a jacuzzi). Pets are allowed for $15/night.

Guests can dine on site at China Buffet King, serving lunch and dinner daily. Guests are also offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. There are a number of restaurants located within a 5-minute drive. On-site amenities include free parking, an indoor pool and a hot tub.

This hotel is about a 5-minute drive outside of the Scarborough city centre. Mall shopping is available at the Scarborough Town Centre, a 7-minute drive away. The Ontario Science Centre is a 12-minute drive away, while the Toronto Zoo is a 17-minute drive away. Guests should plan for a 26-minute drive to travel the 29 km between the hotel and Pearson International Airport (YYZ). (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast and pet policy (call date: November 1, 2012).
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The Good
While many of the reviews used for this analysis were negative, there were some positive comments among them. Guests were pleased with the reasonable room rates and this hotel's location.

Price point was a draw for guests, many of whom felt that the room rate was affordable.

Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401 (a 2-minute drive), and said that it was easy to find.

Guests received good service from staff at this hotel, who were described as friendly and helpful.

Some guests said that the hotel was quiet and peaceful.

There were some peripheral comments from guests who appreciated having a fridge and a microwave in their rooms.
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The Bad
A good portion of the reviews used for this analysis were negative, and guests were particularly critical about aging decor and a lack of detailed cleaning.

This hotel was aging and in need of updating throughout. Worn carpets, dated furniture and cigarette holes in the bedding were mentioned specifically.

There was a lack of detailed cleaning in the rooms and in the common areas, according to a number of guests. Rusty bathtubs, dirty tiles and stained sinks were mentioned specifically.

Several guests commented that the pool area and the hot tub were dirty as well.

A number of guests also complained about moldy odours coming from their rooms.

There were some additional comments about slow and spotty Wi-Fi connections.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #9 out of 11 Scarborough hotels, based on 117 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 6 out of 10, or "pleasant", based on 110 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.7 out of 5, or "fair", based on 81 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast and pet policy (call date: November 1, 2012).
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.
Guest Reviews
4.3
Poor

Rated 4.3/10 based on 517 reviews

Ranked #140 out of 142 hotels in Toronto

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Map Marker Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Toronto East
22 Metropolitan Road, Toronto, ON