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A cozy docked boat on the harbour's edge in downtown Toronto with accommodating hosts

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast
  • Numerous guests complimented the staff's friendly and helpful service
  • The hotel's location was praised for its peacefulness and proximity to downtown attractions
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
  • The hotel's rooms were described as clean and comfortable by several lodgers
Cons
  • A couple of guests found the rooms and showers to be small
  • Public parking is available nearby for an additional $12 per day
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 15, 2014
Overview
Docked at Toronto Harbour and about a 7-minute drive from Toronto's city centre just off the Gardiner Expressway Highway, Making Waves Boatel is geared towards travellers who would enjoy centrally located, on-the-water accommodations with a free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Each of the hotel's three guest rooms offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a CD player, a mini-fridge and a coffeemaker. Two of the guest rooms share a bathroom with a hair dryer and free toiletries, while one room also comes equipped with cable TV, a DVD player and an en suite bathroom. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available and pets are not permitted.

Hotel amenities include a computer station, a TV in the lobby, a DVD library and a free breakfast. Public parking is available nearby for an additional $12 per day.

The CN Tower and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre are both about a 3-minute drive from the hotel, while the Toronto Eaton Centre can be found 7 minutes away by car. The Rogers Centre is roughly 8 minutes away on foot and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is an 18-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's hosts, location, breakfast and rooms.

Many guests praised the hotel's hosts, finding them friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations and dinner reservations. One patron noted, "Diane and Ted are extremely wonderful, friendly host[s] who make you feel at home on their boat. We sat and talked for quite a while on how they came about starting the Boatel and their travels, they make you feel like family, which allows you to feel more relaxed and enjoy your vacation all the more".

The hotel's location was enjoyed by numerous reviewers. They described it as relaxing and peaceful, as well as close to downtown Toronto, the CN Tower, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, restaurants, shopping and the Rogers Centre.

Several travellers were pleased with the hotel's breakfast, describing it as wonderful, excellent, varied and delicious. One guest remarked, "Diane was super accommodating and creative about my dietary restrictions, and each day provided a home cooked fresh meal I would never have gotten anywhere other than my own home (only better!)".

The hotel's accommodations were complimented by several lodgers, who found them clean, quiet, spacious and well maintained, with comfortable beds. A couple of guests had complaints about the rooms, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, a couple of guests offered negative feedback saying that the rooms and showers were small.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #6 of 117 Toronto B&Bs and Inns with an average rating of 5 out of 5 from 50 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with a 100% recommendation rate from 1 review.
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.
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