Howard Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto LakeshoreHoward Johnson Toronto Lakeshore

Older Toronto hotel near St. Joseph's Hospital with off-site parking and many complaints

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls
  • Some guests found the location handy for accessing St.Joseph's Hospital
  • A few guests found the hotel conveniently located near dining
  • A couple of guests found the beds comfortable
  • No elevator
  • Many guests were displeased to discover that parking was a couple of blocks away and an extra charge of $12
  • Many guests described extremely small rooms
  • Many guests complained of dirty rooms
  • Some guests complained of bad odours in their rooms and bathrooms
  • Many guests expressed concerns about the safety of the area
  • Many reviewers were very disturbed by noise from the street car station next door, making it difficult to sleep
  • Some guests thought the hotel was overpriced
  • One guest complained of bed bugs in Dec 2014
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 16, 2015
The Howard Johnson Toronto Lakeshore is located west of downtown Toronto and is across the street from the Roncesvalles Carhouse, home base for the TTC street cars. With only a 5-minute walk to St. Joseph's Health Centre, this hotel may be a convenient resting spot for those accessing the hospital.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a TV, free local calls, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, a desk and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a jetted tub and/or a mini-fridge.

Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $20 per night. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available on the first floor. This hotel has two floors and does not have an elevator.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, but there is a McDonalds Restaurant next door.

Parking is a $12 charge for an off-site facility that is a few blocks away. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage, an ATM, and ice/vending machines.

Public transit bus and street car stops are next door to this hotel, while Marilyn Bell Park, Exhibition Place, BMO Field, Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place, and the nearest GoTrain station are all about an 8-minute drive away. 

Downtown attractions, including the CN Tower, Rogers Center, Air Canada Center, theatres, and nightlife, are all about 15 minutes away by car. Access to Highway 401 and the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) are both about 16 to 20 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on September 15, 2014: On-site and in-room amenities, pet policy, free Wi-Fi, and wheelchair accessibility.
The Good
There were few positive reviews for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial, and many guests seemed generally unhappy with their stay. However, there were a few positives found for this hotel.

A few reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing public transit and nearby restaurants, while a couple of other guests said it was easy to access area attractions by transit or cabs from this hotel.

A couple of guests found the beds comfortable, while a couple of other reviewers found their rooms clean. However, there were many concerns about the quality and condition of the guest rooms by other reviewers (see below for more details).

Some guests who used this hotel to access St. Joseph's Hospital seemed satisfied to have a place to stay close by.
The Bad
As mentioned above, many reviewers were very displeased with the quality of the accommodations at this hotel, among the reviews read for this editorial. Several reviewers specifically mentioned that they would not stay at this hotel again and that they could not recommend the hotel to others.

Many guests found their rooms small and cramped, while many other reviewers complained of dirty conditions. One guest explained that the rooms were not cleaned daily and even when a housekeeper came to clean they did half a job, leaving bathroom floors still dirty and sticky.

Some guests described unpleasant odors in their rooms. Several reviewers described the hotel as run down, with various guests using words such as dilapidated, disgusting and scuzzy to describe the hotel. One  recent guest complained of burned-out light bulbs leaving the room with no lighting other than the bathroom's lights, dirty sheets and only two random channels on the TV.

This hotel did not appear to meet many guest's expectation of value.

Many reviewers complained that the parking available was too far away (two blocks), while a few guests were unhappy about paying an additional fee for parking.

Several reviewers complained about noise from the nearby street car station where streetcars go in and out at all times of the day and night, while a some other guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms, fights and even the housekeepers. A couple of reviewers found the in-room air conditioning too loud.

The staff at the hotel received mixed reviews, some guests encountering friendly staff and some encountering rude staff.

A couple of guests mentioned that the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel felt unsafe.

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Sources gave this hotel an average score of 2.3 out of 5, with 64% of 332 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #126 out of 141 hotels in Toronto, with an average score of 2 out of 5, from 204 reviews. Only 7% of guests from 169 reviews recommended this hotel. rated this hotel 5.7 out of 10 from 170 reviews.

The author called the hotel on September 15, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 4.3/10 based on 904 reviews

Ranked #141 out of 142 hotels in Toronto

Map Marker Howard Johnson Toronto Lakeshore
14 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON