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Today's itinerary was simple; go and see Niagara Falls. We met in the lobby at 8.45am (after a nice little Starbucks breakfast), and walked down to the Toronto Bus Station. We took the 9.30am number 2 bus the 2 hour trip (how ironic is that) to the town of Niagara, and were allowed to explore the area as we liked until our bus back to Toronto at 4. …
So this morning started early, and by early I mean we had our alarms set for 3.15am (not cool at all). We finished packing our things, checked out, and joined the group for our ride to the airport and our flight to Toronto, Canada. The most interesting thing at Chicago Airport would have been the full body scanner I had to go through. First you put …
Day 34: (same)
Friday, July 4
Happy Birthday, America! Sorry I won't be there for your party, but I decided to spend the day firming up my lodging for the next few weeks. Just one more slot to fill and I'm set.
Just so this won't be completely boring, I'm including a couple of shots of things that struck me as I went about my way ...
... She sees a sign for discount for seniors.. "he is old, can he have discount"?... girl laughs and gives us both discount... back at ya CJ!!!
Great value cruise with entertaining and informative commentary.. out around the harbour
Included a stopover of an hour on one of the many islands.
Nice and cool and green after the city.
... expected time of arrival there is 11 PM which should give me enough time to get to the YHA and check in for the night. That is if all goes well. If not I’ll pitch my tent stretch out and go to sleep. I did this route last year with Mark and enjoyed both rides which gave me time to relax and collect my thoughts. There are always tables to sit at on the ferry with electric connections. I can’t remember ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre
Good location, okay rooms
This hotel is in a good spot on the far northeast end of the downtown area, metro is nearby, as are some good restaurants and bars. There is a large gay neighborhood to the north which is an interesting walk, and next to the abandoned Maple Leaf Gardens. The room was small but clean.
The TV was difficult to deal with as the cable connection kept coming loose; I called to have it looked at but nobody came. Also, there was a lot of street noise here as I think a major sewer line must run outside of the hotel and pumping was done on it until about 11:00 p.m. I am not sure of this is a constant activity or not. Parking in the hotel is also costly compared to some private lots nearby. You are not getting any kind of guest's discount on parking. Getting from rooms to the parking lot is also confusing and the elevators can be time consuming due to high traffic. On the good side, the indoor pool was okay, the staff was friendly and the hotel bar was pretty cool. I loved Toronto, great restaurants, fun attractions, and sophisticated atmosphere. This hotel is decently priced and has some amenities.
My husband and I stayed at the Days Inn August 30-Sept 1/2003 and we had an overall good stay. We didn't spend too much time in the room which I guess was good becuase it wasn't that big. We had a standard room on the 21st floor facing the street and it was small, but there was lots of storage space and a fridge and everything. The elevator was really slow espically if you are on one of the top floors
I do have to say that the parking is not a good point of the hotel.
When I arrived I didn't know where to park to unload and there was nothing in the front, there was also not underground parking at all (it was the long weekend) I was forced to park across the street at the public parking for $15.00 until 6pm the next night. I did park in the hotel the next night and it was $20.00 a little steep but hey I'm from Niagara Falls so its pennies compared to some of the hotels at home The fire alarm went off at 3am. It didn't say what to do and there were fire trucks outside so I called front desk. She told us to stay in our room unless we were told over the loud speaker that we needed to get out. All I can say is that is the last time I stay so high up. t would have been one hell of a walk down those stairs. Overall it was a great weekend and I would probably stay there again!
Loved the Days Hotel
Spent 4 nights at the Days Hotel and loved every minute.The reviewer talking about bed bugs must have been in another hotel altogether!!You can't get cleaner than this hotel.The heated swimming pool was huge,the staff was accommodating,the area close to everything Toronto had to offer. And all of this for $55 a night!!!!Guys,come on,be fair and honest in your reviews.
Great value & excellent location
After reading the bad reviews for this hotel we were really apprehensive about visiting. However to put your mind at rest if you're about to book/visit, this hotel is friendly, clean and centrally located. The Eaton Centre (a massive shopping mall) is less than 10 minutes walk, so is the subway and a whole host of restaurants, bars and shops. We were on the 3rd floor and the room was very clean and well equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, very clean bathroom with lots of shampoo, soaps etc, and NO bed bugs as one reviewer wrote! Also, how could the rooms be 5ft x 5ft? The bed measures that, doh! I wish people wouldn't write silly reviews as it really does upset sensible people who've booked to go.One negative point, if we're really super-critical, is that the corridors were quite dark. Just some brighter lighting would help plus some nice brilliant white gloss paintwork instead of the coffee colour.Back on the plus side, there's a wonderful, large, clean swimming pool with a small gym next to it. The water was clean, really warm and we had the pool to ourselves each morning. The restaurant, coffee shop and bar were all good value and a good place to watch the world go by. It's a really great value hotel and we'll certainly be back next year.
Did Not Get A Good Night's Sleep!!!
Stayed at the Days Inn-Toronto Downtown Novemember 13. On a tour to the Royal Agricultural Fair, our group stayed here, what a mistake! Fire alarms started going off at two A.M. and continued for hours! Our group was staying on the 9th floor and were told by security that the problem was on the 7th and 8th floor and to return to our rooms. Our bus driver, who had lost friends in the Twin Towers refused and spent the rest of the night on the bus. There were many, many students (highschool age) who were running the halls, screaming and there was a lot of underage drinking going on. I suspect that was the cause of the Fire alarms. Now I realize I should have called the police as management seemed to care less about our business and more about keeping the drunk teenagers happy. We packed up and left at 5A.M. as the alarms went off yet again. There are too many other options to stay in Toronto to put up with this kind of service.
Excellent hotel - all new!
What a lovely gem of a hotel! My Husband and I recently travelled to Toronto and were quite taken with the Days hotel. They have a new bar called te Beer Cellar which is lovely! Rooms are on the small side but very functional and cheery. The Restaurant (I think it is called Windows) was just perfect for breakfast or dinner. Staff were so friendly and treated us like royalty! We will definitely be returning next year.
Small rooms, great location
I have stayed at this hotel several times. I have found the check in and out process painless, friendly staff, clean rooms, secure, reasonable rate secured parking, small fridge in room, small table and two chairs, with comfortable twin double beds. Housekeeping staff was thorough. My only faultfinding issue would be the really small rooms. Plenty of storage space though. Elevators are slow and not too frequent. Super location as far as alcohol/food. entertainment, etc. goes. Quite a bargain for the $$$ as far as I am concerned. "I'll be back" Lucas
Bed Bugs - Warning!
Perhaps I could get over the unsanitary conditions, dark halls and rooms so small I thought it must be a joke...No joke - 5X5 rooms! WHAT I COULD NOT GET OVER IS THIS HOTEL'S PROBLEM WITH BED BUGS! My husband and I were there with 2 other couples, three rooms in total. After one night, we were all covered in bites from head to toe! Checked out and moved across the street to the Best Western Primrose. Nice hotel, much larger rooms, friendly staff. Manager at the Days Inn told me this is an ongoing problem they face - BEWARE!
Days Inn - Toronto Downtown...not a bad value
My first stay in Canada was at Days Inn - Toronto Downtown...I was impressed with the lobby and the prompt service,and the fact that it is a 23 story Days Inn...the basic room comes with cable TV,hair dryer,mini-fridge,and ample clothing storage space,not loaded with amenities,but still enough for most budget-minded folks...the staff were very professional,and thats wonderful, considering it was about $57(U.S.) per night.I had a very beautiful view of downtown Toronto from my bed.They offer rooms for smokers,but the cigarette smell is a little strong...I think
the wallpaper(weird yellow diamonds) and bedlinens(rainbow colored stripes) could use a good updating...free sauna and indoor pool access is nice...they have a sports bar down in front of the lobby,Boosters is the name,I think...It's a great place to get loaded on any night...the Horizons Cafe is nice,pretty much american with a delicious breakfast buffet(you can bill it to your room if you desire)...this hotel is just steps from TTC(subway) access,which means that you won't have to do much walking even if you want to go to CN Tower or Air Canada Centre. This hotel is great for the cost-conscious traveler who would rather sacrifice all of the amenities in order to have fun with their money!
Days inn small rooms but good location
Whenever I travel to toronto I prefer to stay at the days in downtown as it is a at a good central location for the average traveler, good value for a downtown location. The rooms tend to be a bit on the small side compared to standard hotel rooms but they are usually priced substantially less than other rooms in the area.
In my own case I like the days inn for its price, central location and close proximity to the gay district in Toronto.