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Close to downtown. 4-min walk from subway, economical choice, free breakfast

Pros
  • Free wired Internet, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the subway and Toronto's downtown
  • The hotel's value was praised by numerous reviewers who found the rates to be affordable and reasonable
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and functional rooms
Cons
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few guests
  • Some guests complained of small rooms
  • Some guests would have liked Wi-Fi
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 22, 2013
Overview
Located about a 4-minute walk from Sherbourne subway station and an 8-minute drive from Toronto's city centre, the Isabella Hotel and Suites is geared towards travellers looking for economical accommodations and a free continental breakfast.

This hotel has 39 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free wired Internet, cable TV, a telephone and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one double bed, while rooms with a coffeemaker, a desk, a sitting area with a sofabed, a jetted tub, a dining area and a fireplace are also available. One suite also has a balcony.

The hotel also offers guest laundry facilities, concierge staff to assist with planning and booking activities and a free continental breakfast. The lobby and lounge both feature free Wi-Fi.

Gabby's, a full-service restaurant and bar featuring a patio, is located on the premises and is open for lunch and dinner daily. Limited on-site parking is available for an additional $15 per day, on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are not allowed and the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms.

The Royal Ontario Museum is about a 12-minute trip via public transit, while the Eaton Centre is an 8-minute drive southward. The Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, is approximately a 12-minute drive southwest of the hotel, and Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 30-minute drive west. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free wired Internet, parking $15/day, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: May 21, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, value and rooms.

Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's location. They found it to be close to the subway, restaurants, Tim Hortons, Yonge St., Bloor St., a grocery store, a drug store and downtown Toronto.

The hotel's value was praised by many reviewers. They described the rates as inexpensive, reasonable, affordable, and as providing good value for the money.

Several lodgers complimented the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, quiet and functional, with comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that a few guests had complaints about their rooms (see below).

The hotel's staff were also praised by some guests, who found them friendly, helpful and accommodating.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

While the majority of guests were satisfied with their accommodations at the hotel, some reviewers had complaints. They reported small rooms and bathrooms, dated decor and old TVs. It was also disappointing to a few lodgers that there was only wired Internet in the rooms, not Wi-Fi. 

Noise disturbances were mentioned by a few guests. They experienced street noise, as well as guests making noise in the hallways and noise from the bar downstairs.
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Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.3 out of 5 with a 76% recommendation rate from 179 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #110 out of 138 Toronto hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 135 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 6.6 out of 10 from 85 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 21, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
6.5
Fair

Rated 6.5/10 based on 329 reviews

Ranked #114 out of 1 hotels in Toronto

Map Marker Isabella Hotel and Suites
556 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON