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Budget friendly and located near Kensington Market

Pros
  • Several guests found restaurants/shops near the hotel
  • Some guests liked the hotel's close proximity to downtown and/or Chinatown
  • Numerous guests felt that this property was a good budget pick
  • Free Internet access and some free parking
Cons
  • Some guests thought that the hotel's location above a furniture store was odd
  • Many guests complained about the hotel's limited front desk hours
  • Very few on-site facilities
  • Housekeeping service is not necessarily daily
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 19, 2012
Overview
The Urban Living Suites hotel is located on the south side of Dundas Street West, between Bathurst Street and Ossington Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.

The property has sixteen rooms and they include kitchenettes, private bathrooms, coffee makers, hair dryers, towels, linen, and free high speed Internet. The hotel offers some limited free parking (six spaces) and laundry facilities are located near the hotel. The frequency of housekeeping service depends on the length of stay with long termed guests only receiving weekly service.

The hotel does not accommodate pets and smoking is not permitted in rooms either. The property takes a $100 security deposit at time of check in that will be returned pending a post-departure room inspection.

The hotel is located near Kensington Market (850m) and the nearest public subway station is St. Patrick Station (1.7km). The CN Tower is about 2.8km from the hotel and both the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre are at about the same distance (distances - Google Maps).

Check in time at this hotel is at 3pm while check out time is at 11am.

Verified with a Front Desk Agent: housekeeping service depends on the length of stay, the hotel offers free parking but only has six spots.
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The Good
Guests that stayed at the Urban Living Suites hotel typically enjoyed their stays. The highlights of the property appeared to be the hotel's location and the prices of the rooms.

The guests that liked the hotel's location were numerous. They often mentioned that there were lots of restaurants and/or shops near the hotel. Some guests wrote that Kensington Market was nearby, one guest mentioned that the Toronto Western Hospital was close to the hotel, and getting to downtown or Chinatown from the hotel seemed to be easy.

Several patrons considered this property to be an "economical" or "cheap choice" that provided "great value" for the money. One guest called the hotel a "fantastic deal" while another guest said that "for the price it was a good deal."

The staff at the hotel were generally well-liked and guests paid a fair number of compliments to their rooms which were often called "clean." Some guests also liked that their rooms had kitchen facilities that were equipped with cookware and utensils.

Occasionally a guest mentioned that there was some parking at the hotel that was free although the number of free spaces seemed to be limited.
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The Bad
Guests that did not totally enjoy their stay complained about a couple aspects of the hotel that could be considered weak points.

Firstly, several guests complained that the hotel had limited front desk hours. Guests that needed service outside of these hours were out of luck and one guest who arrived early in the morning found out that the front desk was "only open from noon to 7 pm." Other guests had problems on their departure and they pointed out that the 11am check out time was odd because there was no one "there to check you out" at that time.

Some guests also thought that the hotel was odd because of its physical location. This complaint was not in regard to its location in the city per se but rather the hotel's location within its specific building. 

One guest who described the hotel said "the rooms (were) located in the upper part of a furniture store," a location that some guests felt was weird. Another guest said that because the lobby was in a furniture store that it might be "embarrassing" for some guests who were getting dropped off.
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TripAdvisor.com ranked the hotel 41st of 118 Toronto B&Bs/Inns and the site had 41 reviews.

CanadianHotelGuide.com guest ratings averaged to 6.9 points out of 10 and the site had 8 reviews.

GooglePlaces.com had 1 reviewer that gave the hotel 2 points out of 5.

Front Desk Agent: housekeeping service depends on the length of stay, the hotel offers free parking but only has six spots.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.
Guest Reviews
6.2
Fair

Rated 6.2/10 based on 59 reviews

Ranked #122 out of 141 hotels in Toronto


7 out of 10 | Joann stayed August 21, 2011

"Good value for price - clean, comfortable well located"

"this little hotel is right next to Chinatown (5 min walk) which is one of my favorite places in Toronto - so the food options nearby are terrific. It is also on 2 major streetcar lines and only a 15-20 min walk from the AGO - another favorite place. The rooms are minimalist but VERY clean and surprisingly quiet. the little kitchenette is just enough to enable simple ensuite meals or cocktail hour! The only downside for us was receptionist hours - they are a little spotty if you need last minuste assistance for anything."

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7 out of 10 | Guy stayed March 19, 2011

"A hotel? Not really, but great value"

"First of all, this is not really a hotel, but rather a number of bachelor-style rooms rented as hotel rooms. I think this is a great idea in an expensive city such as Toronto because the place is dirt cheap compared to any standard hotel. All I wanted was a place to stay and sleep for a week in order to do research at the Robarts Library of UofT. They won't come to your room unless you hang the door sign for them to clean it. That was very convenient for me as well. The room had been recently renovated and was clean. It was great, given the length and purpose of my stay, to have a kitchenette in the room. The hallway is still in renovation (as of March 2011) and rather depressing. The location, on Dundas, one street west of Bathurst, is not the most attractive of the city, but it is conveniently located; downtown (or Robarts) is about 30 mn on foot (less than 10 mn. by tramway). The main problem for me was that the store where the "main office" is located (downstairs) was closed when I tried to check out at 10:45 a.m. on that Saturday! I had a question to ask about billing before leaving, but I had to wait until 2:30 p.m. for someone to show up! I suggest that they at least provide a "drop off" box for anyone who is in a hurry to leave. All in all, I paid for 8 nights what I would have paid for three in a standard hotel. So, this was great value."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 08, 2011

"Clean, good location, value for money"

"Located just a few streets down from Eaton Center and walking distance from Kensington market, Little Italy, making our stay in Toronto an easy one. Hungry? There's a 24hr Tim Hortons less than 5 minutes away :)"

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2 out of 10 | Sean stayed February 25, 2011

"Not a place to stay while in Toronto"

"The location is pathetic. Overall smell persists. I visited, but I did not stay there."

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9 out of 10 | Marie therese stayed February 18, 2011

"cozy, affordable and worth it!"

"i was very pleased to see it was furnished! i thought it was a room only, but when we got there, it had a small dining room and kitchen, with complete utensils..would totally go back to this place! :)"

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7 out of 10 | Heather stayed September 15, 2010

"They've got the basics covered, great location."

"The location is very convenient to downtown area. They should change the checkout time to noon or one, because no one was at the office at eleven to check me out. It is a fairly basic set-up, no frills. Just what I was looking for- economical and convenient. I would definetly stay there again."

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9 out of 10 | Michel stayed March 09, 2010

"Specially for a family which likes to visit toronto. But the heating must be repair at this hotel. However it was a good stay."

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Map Marker Urban Living Suites
785 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON