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Good value, and clean and cozy rooms in an excellent downtown location

Pros
  • Many guests liked their clean, comfortable and well-equipped rooms
  • Many guests liked the hotel's location, close to dining, shopping, downtown attractions and the harbourfront
  • Friendly and welcoming staff, according to guests
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the value offered by the hotel
Cons
  • A few guests reported small-sized rooms and bathrooms
  • A few guests complained about paying extra for Wi-Fi
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 1, 2014
Overview
Located about 4-minute walk from St. Andrew Subway Station and 2-minute drive from Toronto's city centre in Toronto's Financial District, the Strathcona Hotel Toronto is suitable for travellers who require a well-priced and centrally located hotel with on-site dining and easy access to public transit.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms offers air conditioning, cable TV, a coffeemaker, an iPod dock, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a desk, a mini-fridge, a separate bedroom and a living area are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms. In-room Wi-Fi is $5.95 per day. Pets are not permitted.

The hotel also offers a business centre, meeting space, free coffee in the lobby, guest laundry, vending machines and on-site dining at the York St. Cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch daily. Public parking is available nearby and charges apply. On-site parking is not available.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is about a 6-minute walk away, while the Toronto Stock Exchange can be found 3 minutes away on foot. The CN Tower is roughly a 7-minute walk away and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 20-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, public parking nearby (charges apply), no pets, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 24, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rates, staff and rooms.

Many guests praised the hotel's location, finding it close to downtown, public transit, the financial and theatre districts, restaurants, shopping, the Rogers Centre, the Air Canada Centre, the Eaton Centre and the CN Tower. One patron noted, "The location of the hotel was fantastic only a 10 minute walk to the Harbour and 15 minutes to the Eaton Centre and Central Coach Terminal. Its also worth mentioning that there are lots of places to eat close by including a Tim Hortons and a 24 hour Subway".

Numerous lodgers were pleased with the hotel's rates. They described them as budget friendly, reasonable, affordable and great. A few guests did complain about the hotel's extra Wi-Fi charge, however.

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by reviewers. They were characterized as friendly, helpful and efficient.

Several travellers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean and well equipped, with comfortable beds and good water pressure. A few guests criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms and parking.

Although several travellers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few guests criticized their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms and bathrooms and noise transfer from the street and guests in adjacent rooms and the hallways. 

A few guests complained about and extra charge for Wi-Fi and poor reception.
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Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 with an 87% recommendation rate from 1,486 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.8 out of 10 from 1,057 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #72 of 141 Toronto hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 780 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 24, 2014 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
7.4
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Rated 7.4/10 based on 1493 reviews

Ranked #90 out of 141 hotels in Toronto


7 out of 10 | Leigh stayed October 23, 2013

"Small room. But had all amenities. Not bad for a downtown hotel for short term stay."

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4 out of 10 | Frank stayed June 05, 2013

"Felt Like a prison cell."

"The front desk was very nice and clean. The lady who checked us in was extremely friendly. When we got upstairs to our room we were a little surprised as to how small the room was. It was very outdated and the beds felt like they have been around a very long time. My wife went to wash her face in the sink. The sink drained very slowly until it sprung a leak from inside the wall. We used up all the towels to soak up the water. It kind of felt like when I was in my 20's and had my first cheap apartment where nothing worked well. We left early in the morning to catch a train and once again the staff were friendly. I told them about the leak and took pictures. They did not seem to be to surprised. Cheers :)"

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8 out of 10 | Alyson stayed October 05, 2011

"small but very clean, nice staff"

"rooms very small but very, very clean. great for an overnight stay if you're just wanting a place to sleep"

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9 out of 10 | Tiffany stayed March 11, 2011

"The room was small but for one night's stay close to Union Station, this place was perfect! I will definitely stay here again."

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5 out of 10 | Elizabeth stayed November 12, 2010

"so so..."

"The room was really tiny. There was no body soap for the bath apart from what was at the sink. There should be ice machine on each floor. How about paper delivery in the morning."

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5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 19, 2010

"SMALLEST HOTEL ROOMS EVER!!!"

"The rooms are extremely small and uncomfortable. Housekeeping insisted on waking us up every morning around 8:30 a.m./9:00 a.m."

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8 out of 10 | Dominick stayed August 25, 2009

"No parking available. Breakfast very expensive, not worth the cost."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 26, 2006

"I am appreciate of the consierge (sp?) and the front desk staff that helped me locate a hotel in North York, helped me borrow a knife, and returned a lost pair of sunglasses throughout my stay. A few not-so-great things: you had to pay for wireless internet; the water in the shower was ice-cold one whole day; there is only 1 ice machine in the basement (we were on the top or near the top); and there was no condiment machines on each floor (if I remember correctly). Would be nice to have an airport shuttle service! However, generally I think service goes the farthest. And for location and the general cleanliness/appearance, it wasn't too bad. Thanks, I will return, Deirdre & Mike Jasper"

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 22, 2006

"the staff (two ladys) in front desk of the hotel was very bad. From my face, I suppose they know I am from Asia. Maybe this is the reason that two ladys have a very bad attitude to me. I had a very very bad experience in this hotel. I will never come to this hotel. A lady working in Restaurant of this hotel is nice"

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9 out of 10 | Pete stayed June 18, 2006

"Best service we've had in a long time, and special mention goes to Heather who did go the extra mile."

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8 out of 10 | Yvonne stayed December 30, 2005

"The hotel is well located, closed to everything. The room is small but nice, fresh and clean."

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8 out of 10 | Bryan stayed December 21, 2005

"Read the comments on how small the rooms were before booking but was pleasantly surprised on arrival; by no means are the rooms large but, at the same time, they are by no means tiny. Perfect for a couple spending a few days downtown. Location was very convenient; just about every place you'd like to go is within a 15 or 20 minute walk and, in case of bad weather, the entrance to the underground concourse is only metres away. All in all, lets call it an 8 out of 10."

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8 out of 10 | Steve stayed November 13, 2005

"The shower was not working well and the generator outside made a lot of noise"

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8 out of 10 | Ian stayed September 25, 2005

"good location,shuttle bus for airport right across the road also 24 hour sandwich shop across from hotel if you get hungry,there is also a very good pub which is attached to the hotel you can take the lift from the hotel straight to it in the basement level,serves good food and barman and waiter are good hosts."

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10 out of 10 | Karin stayed September 15, 2005

"We were so impressed by the hotel, we would definitely stay there again and we will be recommending it to everyone. We were able to stay for $145.00 plus taxes which is amazing. Is this a special rate or is it this price always? The breakfast in the morning was excellent!! I give your place rave reviews. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to express our views."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 13, 2005

"This hotel is good for foreigners who want to stay in the downtown."

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9 out of 10 | Margaret stayed July 13, 2005

"Teh staff were very friendly and helpful. This hotel is obvioulsy not geared toward families with children, more for business travelers but they made us feel welcome and looked after. No parking though so if your driving make other arrangements for your vehicle. Also, the continental breakfast was a bit sparse for $16.00 (CAN). Great location and service though."

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8 out of 10 | Chun yin stayed June 03, 2005

"It's difficult to adjust the temperature of shower, it would be too hot or cold but it never gets WARM..."

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7 out of 10 | Elaine stayed May 29, 2005

"Hotel very clean but rooms cramped. Staff very busy and breakfast buffet cold."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 20, 2005

"The rooms were very small, which made them hard to move around in."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 23, 2005

"There was a power failure, there was no heating in the rooms, no hot water. It was very cold. During the night, as they tried to fix the problems, there was lots a banging going on. We did not get much sleep. The compensation that was given was a complimentary cold buffet breakfast."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed December 10, 2004

"Room was small and crowded. Breakfast was good and economical."

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8 out of 10 | Justin stayed December 04, 2004

"The Strathcona hotel is an older hotel, but well kept and clean. Its in the heart of Downtown Toronto, three blocks from everything (business & entertainment) for easy walking, the PATH System (underground walkway & mall) has an entrance across the street and Union Station is kitty corner connecting you to the entire city and beyond."

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9 out of 10 | Jacqueline stayed November 28, 2004

"The location of the hotel for the price is unbeatable. But I might upgrade to a queen-sized bed next time. The rooms are small but suitable for our purpose of having somewhere safe and comfortable to sleep in downtown Toronto. The staff were all friendly and acknowledged our presence with a hello, even the cleaning staff in the hallways. Everything was very clean, including the elevators. The breakfast in the York St. Cafe was tasty and very quick, but an ample serving. The only drawback is the cramped washroom -- I guess it's better than having to share a washroom European style, but the design and placement of the fixtures could have been better for the space available: my knees banged the toilet tissue holder. The washroom was perfectly clean, though."

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4 out of 10 | Natasha stayed November 28, 2004

"I was really satisfied with the location of the hotel, but I was not too happy about the size of the room for the price that we paid. It did serve its purpose, and I appreciated the friendliness of the staff."

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8 out of 10 | Brad stayed November 21, 2004

"Do not eat at restaurants. Value for dollar and quality is zero."

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9 out of 10 | Stewart stayed August 04, 2004

"I found that there was no remote control for the television set. When I telephoned somebody (possibly the front desk) at about 4:55 PM and was told that a remote control replacement would be sent to the room, none was delivered. Fortunately, I had no desire to watch television during my stay in Toronto."

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8 out of 10 | Valerie stayed May 22, 2004

"Room comfortable but rather small and could have done with a chair to sit on rather than the 'pouffe' that was there. Could do with better air-conditioning as if the weather had been any hotter it would have been uncomfortable, as the system is too noisy to have it switched on all the time. Also, the room faced into a 'well' at the rear of the hotel and lacked a lot of natural light.Nevertheless we had a very enjoyable stay and the staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Mark in the York Street Cafe and Gwen our room attendant."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 22, 2004

"the only good thing about this hotel was the location. the room was still small even after upgrading to a bigger room! one day, there was no shampoo replaced (but the housekeeper managed to remove a bottle that still had shampoo!), water wasn't replaced, the curtains look like they needed washing, the bahtroom door knob needed adjustment as did some other fixtures around the room."

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8 out of 10 | Ted stayed February 14, 2004

"The Strathcona Hotel, with the Via Rail Station kitty-corner to it, is an excellent choice for weary travellors, especially for those whom are waiting to make a connection early the next day. The hassles associated with finding a taxi or the pressures of being on time for your departure are eliminated. I definitely urge everyone to try it. The rates are quite reasonable."

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8 out of 10 | Raynald stayed February 13, 2004

"Small room and not too much place to hang clothes. Furnitures more than rare. I had 2 single beds in my room and the lack of space in the room for one person may be acceptable but not more than that."

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8 out of 10 | May stayed February 01, 2004

"We'll be back! Enjoyed the quietness and size of the hotel."

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9 out of 10 | Jean stayed November 04, 2003

"The decor is cozy. I felt I was in a bed and breakfast and I loved it. I would like to return sometime in the future and stay at this hotel."

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Map Marker Strathcona Hotel Toronto
60 York Street, Toronto, ON