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Small rooms in charming older house in downtown Toronto near subway, with mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing restaurants, shopping and public transit
  • Several reviewers found their rooms to be generally comfortable
  • Some guests found the decor charming
Cons
  • Many guests complained of rude and accusatory managers/owners
  • Several guests complained that their rooms were small and cramped
  • Several reviewers were disturbed by noise from inside and outside the hotel
  • No elevator to 4 floors
  • Guests said the TV only had a small number of channels
  • Parking is off site
  • Many guests complained of noisy and uncomfortable basement rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 19, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated near the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley streets. There is a subway station within a 1-minute walk of the property and Queen's Park is about 8 minutes away on foot. With no on-site parking, this property may be suitable for guests looking to explore the city on foot or via transit.

This property is 100% smoke-free and has 11 rooms. All rooms include an en suite bathroom, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, an alarm clock, a 27" flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, climate control, windows that open and daily housekeeping. Rooms are furnished with one single bed, one double bed or one queen bed.

This property has four floors and no elevator. Off-site parking is available at several nearby public facilities that range in price from $5 to $12 per day. Pets and small children are not permitted.

There is no on-site dining, however there are several restaurants located within a 5-minute walk of this hotel.

The Royal Ontario Museum is about 14 minutes away on foot, while the Eaton Centre and Ed Mirvish Theatre are both about a 16-minute walk away. Nathan Phillips Square is about 22 minutes away on foot, while the financial district on Bay Street is a 24-minute walk away. Front Street area attractions, including the Air Canada Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the CN Tower, may be accessed via the subway and Union Station in about 12 minutes.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is about 30 minutes away by car. (All walking, public transit and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Many guests described pleasant experiences at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis. One reviewer fondly described this hotel as simple, while another guest said that the hotel exceeded his expectations.

Many reviewers found their rooms to be clean and one guest said that her room was immaculate. Some guests found their rooms to be comfortable.

The interior decor was frequently complimented. One guest thought that the interiors were exquisite, while another reviewer described crown mouldings, antique chairs and beautiful ceilings.

The location was found to be convenient, by many guests, for accessing public transit, night life venues, restaurants and shopping. 
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The Bad
There were a few common concerns and complaints found for this property, among the reviews used for this hotel.

Several guests found their rooms to be small, cramped and lacking storage. Some reviewers complained about noise disturbances. A couple of guests who stayed in the basement room said that they could hear the subway going by, a couple of other reviewers could hear TV noise and conversations in neighbouring rooms, and more than one guest was disturbed by noise from a neighbouring night club.

A couple of reviewers thought that the staff were noticeably absent. These guests said that they would have preferred to have the staff around more to answer questions and help with their needs.

While many guests found this property charming, a few reviewers did not enjoy their small and cramped rooms, the basement rooms with views into a nearby office or classroom, the difficult to operate radios and TVs.

A large number of guests complained bitterly of rude managers that yelled at the guests and were not in the least accommodating. For these guests, the charm of the hotel and good location vanished quickly from their minds, and they did ever want to return nor recommend it.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.7 out of 5, with 80% of 15 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #98 out of 138 properties in Toronto, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 28 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.1 out of 10, based on 89 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Toronto

Rated 7.2/10 based on 693 reviews

Ranked #95 out of 138 hotels in Toronto

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Map Marker Wellesley Manor
29 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, ON