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The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar

7.4 | Good
MAP

Good value downtown Toronto hotel near subway with jazz bar and restaurant

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free toast/coffee
  • Many reviewers praised the friendly and attentive staff
  • Several guests enjoyed their clean and functional rooms
  • The hotel's downtown location was praised for its proximity to restaurants, shopping and public transit
  • Several guests praised the rates as affordable and felt the hotel offered good value
Cons
  • No on-site parking, no elevator
  • Noise disturbances were reported by some guests
  • A few guests found their rooms to be small, with no telephones
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 15, 2015
Overview
Situated in Toronto's city centre and about a 2-minute walk from Osgoode Subway Station, The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar is popular with pedestrian travellers who prefer an economical downtown hotel with easy access to public transit and a jazz bar/restaurant on site.

This hotel has 12 guest rooms, each offering one double bed, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV and free toiletries. Standard rooms offer a private bathroom, while basic rooms provide a shared bathroom. Irons and ironing boards are available upon request. Some rooms have an additional desk.

Free coffee and toast are offered to guests each morning, while the on-site Rextaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The jazz bar offers live music daily. Pets are not permitted, the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms, and there is no on-site parking available. This hotel does not have an elevator.

The Toronto Eaton Centre is roughly a 12-minute walk northeast of the hotel, while the Hockey Hall of Fame can be found about 8 minutes away via public transit or 17 minutes on foot. The CN Tower is a 12-minute walk southward, and Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is about a 30-minute drive northwest. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, no parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call date: May 7, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the location, the staff and the rooms. Several reviewers also liked the rates.

Many guests praised the hotel's location, and found it to be close to restaurants, shopping, the CN Tower, various attractions and the Chinatown district.

The hotel's staff were the source of numerous compliments by lodgers, and were characterized as helpful, attentive and personable.

Several reviewers were pleased with their accommodations at this hotel, and described their rooms as clean and functional, with comfortable beds, good Wi-Fi signals and great views of the CN Tower.

The hotel's value was also praised by several guests, who found the rates cheap, especially for the location. One lodger stated that the "hotel is basic, but nicely renovated and a third to a quarter the price of neighbouring hotels".
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about noise transfer and the rooms.

Some guests mentioned noise disturbances. They reported noise from the jazz bar downstairs, as well as street noise, and suggested booking rooms on the second floor to avoid noise transfer.

While the majority of reviewers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few lodgers had complaints. They reported the rooms being small, and also mentioned there were no in-room telephones.

The hotel's lack of elevator was also pointed out for those with heavy luggage or mobility issues.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.9 out of 10 from 68 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #32 of 122 Toronto B&B and Inns with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 50 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with an 84% recommendation rate from 44 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 7, 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.
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Rated 7.4/10 based on 636 reviews

Ranked #86 out of 138 hotels in Toronto

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Map Marker The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar
194 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON