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Budget hotel in downtown Toronto with friendly staff and spacious rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free local calls
  • 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
Cons
  • 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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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 1, 2014
Overview
The Super 8 Downtown Toronto is attached to the Chinatown Centre mall which is located on the west side of Spadina Avenue, just south of Dundas Street West in downtown Toronto. This hotel is suitable for the budget-conscious traveller providing close access to public transit and many low-cost eating options nearby.

This hotel is a non-smoking property and all guest rooms include free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free local calls, flat screen TVs, microwaves, coffee makers, mini-fridges, and hair dryers.

Hotel amenities include 2 elevators, an exercise room, a business centre, a shiatsu massage room, ice and vending machines, an ATM, dry cleaning services and a laundromat. The hotel has accessible facilities. The Bar Zone Lounge is available for guest use on site.

The hotel utilizes the underground parking facility of the Chinatown Centre mall. Parking, if arranged through the front desk, costs $10 per day, plus tax ($11.30) with no in-and-out privileges. If parking is not arranged through the front desk 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.

Pets are welcome for $15 per day plus tax ($16.95). 

The Super 8 Downtown Toronto 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. There are many restaurants within walking distance of this hotel and can be found on Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street and Queen Street. Kensington Market (urban grocery and eating district) can be reached in 7 minutes on foot. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on Oct 9, 2013: the parking rate for the mall's parkade is $19 per day plus tax ($21.47)and includes in-and-out privileges, and there is free Wi-Fi in the rooms. (Parking is in an underground section of the Chinatown Centre and thus cars must be under 6 feet in height. If you do not require the use of your car, the cost to leave your car parked all day is $10 plus tax--but only if arranged with the front desk.)
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The Good
Most guests that stayed at the Super 8 Downtown Toronto seemed to enjoy their stays, in the reviews used for this analysis. Many guests paid compliments to the location, the price, the staff and the guest rooms.

The location of this hotel was appreciated by many guests, in recent online reviews, for being close to 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. Many guests enjoyed its proximity to an abundance of restaurants.

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. 

Many guests enjoyed the rooms for being spacious, clean and well appointed with fridges and microwaves. There were some complaints regarding the rooms as well. (Please see below for more details.)

Several guests enjoyed the free continental breakfast supplied by the hotel, although there were some guests that provided negative feedback regarding the breakfast (see below).
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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, there were some that complained regarding the selection offered. Complaints seemed to centre around a lack of fresh fruit and yogurt.

Some guests said that the parking entrance for the hotel was easy to miss and expressed the need for better signage and more than one guest was confused over the two-tier parking cost and said that it should have been better explained by the front desk staff.

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

Some other complaints involved slow and unreliable Wi-Fi, slow elevator, old equipment in the exercise room and weak shower pressure.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest ratings averaged to 3.9 out of 5 and 88% of guests recommended the hotel from 516 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest ratings averaged to 3.5 points out of 5 and the site had 461 reviews. 66% of the guests recommended the hotel and it was ranked #60 out of 139 hotel properties in Toronto.


Parking details and free Wi-Fi were confirmed with the front desk agent on Oct 9, 2013.

Editor's Analysis by Scott B.
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Guest Reviews
7.5
Good

Rated 7.5/10 based on 653 reviews

Ranked #83 out of 141 hotels in Toronto


7 out of 10 | Leitha stayed September 18, 2014


4 out of 10 | Kelly stayed September 08, 2014

"They need new matresses, they were horrible. My son got an electrical shock from one of the outlets (burnt mark on the wall) room was not very clean."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 23, 2014


8 out of 10 | Wanda stayed February 19, 2014

"Our room had a problem with the heat but the staff rectified the issue very quickly and gave us the option of switching rooms if we were not satisfied with the solution. Excellent customer service!"

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 05, 2013

"super 8 downtown toronto"

"The service at the front desk was very good. The location is excellent, close to restaurants, boutiques, etc. The room was very nice, only thing I didn't like was the shower. We had very little water pressure. I liked that they had a variety of foods for breakfast (toast, bagels, english muffins, oatmeal, cereal, muffins). I would stay at this hotel again."

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8 out of 10 | Frederic stayed January 13, 2013


7 out of 10 | Aurelia stayed October 02, 2011


9 out of 10 | Jenifer stayed July 09, 2011

"Best value for the location"

"The service at check-in was great. The receptionist was very helpful with: parking, hotel accommodations and every question I had was answered. The room was spacious and perfect for two. The location of hotel is right in the heart of Chinatown and steps away from Queen St. and shopping and nightlife. It is the best bang for your buck within the blocks of bars and clubs. What I did not like about the hotel was that the bathroom floors weren't clean but other than that the stay was lovely. Would definitely recommend it"

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9 out of 10 | Mervin stayed September 15, 2010

"Very satisfactory"

"Location was good/clean and good parking."

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9 out of 10 | Steve stayed November 15, 2009

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