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Good value and pet-friendly downtown Toronto hotel with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls, movie channels, newspapers
  • The staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several guests liked being near Chinatown and its restaurants
  • Many guests praised their rooms for being clean and spacious
  • Wi-Fi rated as very good in online reviews
Cons
  • Parking is $10 per day when arranged with front desk (or $19 if accessing the parkade independently)
  • Several guests thought that the free breakfast offered a limited selection
  • Some guests found the parking rates difficult to understand and the parkade hard to find
  • Some housekeeping complaints from guests
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 28, 2016
Overview
This downtown hotel offers a comfortable budget stay near the city centre, with handy access to public transit and an easy walk from the city's tourist attractions, eateries and many shopping districts. 

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a safe, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a sitting area, a table and chairs and a double jacuzzi. Accessible rooms are available and guests can obtain an iron and ironing board at the front desk.

Underground parking (6 ft clearance) is available for $19 per day with in/out privileges or $10 per day with no in/out privileges. (*See below for details.) Pets are welcome for $15 per day, plus tax ($16.95). 

A free continental breakfast with self-made waffles is available from 6 am to 10 am. Free coffee is available all day in the breakfast area.

The Bar Zone Lounge is available for guest use on site. There are many restaurants within walking distance of this hotel and can be found on Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street and Queen Street.

Hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk, an exercise room, a business centre, a shiatsu massage room, ice and vending machines, an ATM, dry cleaning, a guest laundry, elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

This hotel is located about a 20-minute walk, or a 10-minute transit ride from the Toronto Eaton Centre, the largest mall in downtown Toronto. Popular tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, and the Air Canada Centre are all within an 8-minute drive or 20-30 minute walk of the hotel. Kensington Market (urban grocery and eating district) can be reached in 7 minutes on foot. (All travel times: Google Maps)

*The hotel utilizes the underground parking facility of the Chinatown Centre mall. Parking, if arranged through the front desk before parking, costs $10 per day, plus tax ($11.30) with no in-and-out privileges. If parking is not arranged through the front desk, and you access the parkade independently, you will pay $19 per day, plus tax ($21.47) but you will have in-and-out privileges. (The hotel subsidizes parking rates to their guests and the cheaper rate can only be obtained through the front desk.) Please note that the parkade can only be accessed while travelling southbound on Spadina.
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this centrally-located budget hotel. They found it a clean, comfortable and friendly place to stay and it offered good value.

The location of this hotel was appreciated by many guests. They found it handy to public transit, Queen Street, the Eaton Centre, Kensington Market, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. Some guests stayed at this hotel as well while attending some nearby downtown hospitals. 

This hotel was appreciated for being a good budget option for downtown Toronto and many guests said they would return.

Many guests thought the staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful. 

Guests enjoyed the rooms for being spacious, clean and well appointed with fridges and microwaves. 

Guests appreciated the free continental breakfast with fresh waffles supplied by the hotel, especially considering the lower room price in such an expensive city. Guests reported the breakfast area well cared for.
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The Bad
Some guests gave negative feedback regarding the hotel in recent online reviews.

Although many guests said the breakfast was quite good, a few guests missed the inclusion of yogurt and eggs.

Some guests said that the parking entrance for the hotel was easy to miss and expressed the need for better signage and some found the parkade somewhat dirty. Occasionally guests did not understand how to obtain the discounted rate from the front desk.

Several guests complained that the housekeeping staff did not properly clean their rooms or the hallways. There were a few that cited stained carpets and areas of maintenance that needed attention including moldy bathroom tiles.

Some other complaints involved a slow elevator, old equipment in the exercise room, dark hallways and weak shower pressure.
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Expedia.ca guest ratings averaged to 3.7 out of 5 and 83% of guests recommended the hotel from 1240 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest ratings averaged to 3.5 points out of 5 and the site had 1088 reviews. It was ranked #63 out of 139 hotel properties in Toronto.

Booking.com ratings were 7.6 out of 10 based upon 1389 reviews.

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Guest Reviews
7.2
Good

Rated 7.2/10 based on 4519 reviews

Ranked #96 out of 141 hotels in Toronto

4519
Map Marker Super 8 Toronto
222 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON