Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Toronto East
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... place is light by a couple of lamps, creating a very nice atmosphere. ...until the power suddenly goes off and we are sitting in complete darkness!!!
For a moment everyone goes quiet, stunned by the unexpected lack of light. Then we start to laugh and make jokes, the situation eases and we continue to tend to our wings as the waitresses start buzzing around trying to get candles and other sources of light. The bar doesn't have too many windows where we sit but ...
... as an unplugged electric drill. There may be juice left in it from the last time it was plugged in, but it is just left there to fool you. Being exhausted, I would generally be able to sleep. BUT when it comes to flying... There's no chance. I am going to try to fool myself somehow, but I don't see that working. I am currently boarding my flight en route to Geneva Switzerland via ...
... luggage secured in the trunk. Getting out of the airport by car was a little challenging and we discovered early on the we had gone the wrong way as there are way too many roundabouts sporting signs posted to places that were not on the map. Turing around was required naturally and was posing a problem as Nancy could not get the car into reverse. Cheryl thinking she was the expert could not get the car into reverse. Paula was also unsuccessful and by this time we were ...
... would 'love' to take a similar trip, the next largest group took great pleasure in excitedly sharing the details of their past road trips, and the smallest group portrayed an attitude that they are continually 'living the adventure'. Going forward, I know which group I plan to join. This pattern reminded me of an intriguing quote that my daughter wrote in her grade eight year book, 'life is a journey, not a destination' and she added to the quote 'so ...
Gastronomically, this island serves primarily surf n' turf. Fishing and raising cattle (latest stats show 1:1 cow to person ratio) are major industry, so naturally we try local grilled fish, roast beef and fresh soft cheeses. Today we drive along the coast to Praia da ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Toronto East Scarborough
Coming from Ireland i booked this due to price and the howard johnston name! What a mistake! The room was disgusting and the air conditioning didnt work - i contacted front desk who moved us with much hassle. The new room bathroom had rusted sinks, a large hole on top of the television and the toilet was hanging off the wall. The smell was awful!!!! We actually checked out early from here it was that bad. They say its close to the subway system - its not!!!! 15 mins by car! They also say the rooms are recently renovated - mine had not been rennovated in years. The windows were so dirty someone wrote "wash me "on them - the balcony was all rusted away to nothing and it was totally unsafe!!!!! only a bar stops someone from entering your room through this door!
My girlfriend and I chose to stay there for its cheap rate. It was not worth it.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel 3 times during 2004 - in July, September, and December. We chose it because it was an inexpensive, convenient choice situated just off Highway 401 in Scarborough. With each subsequent visit we became more disillusioned, but in all fairness, the indoor pool is a plus (despite hours which need extending), as is the mediocre free continental breakfast.
What a disaster
Service very poor, safety issues not delt with. I will never stay there again. Very unprofessional.
This is a two storey hotel, that was once a Holiday Inn Many years ago according to my old map. Each room has a patio door that overlooks the parking lot-type hotel. The patio doors do not open for security reasons I guess, which is good. Easy to find location right off the 401, next to the Zellers Distribution Center. Easy drive to Toronto Zoo, and close to Don Valley Parkway, making it easy to drive into downtown core.
We recently stayed at this location during the Molson Indy Toronto events, along with friends visiting from Scotland.
I would rather go camping than stay at this hotel!
Accomodations average - Service Terrible
I came to this hotel for a romantic night with my husband, after a hard week at work. Checking in took forever becuase only 1 guy is ever at the desk. The accomodations were pretty good, with a nice balcony and a nice courtyard. However there were a bunch of prom kids yelling in the hall all night long, opening and closing room & hallways doors ALL NIGHT. We were unable to get any sleep and when we complained, they did not appologize, they said "It only happens once a year" and they said that "We got a discounted rate anyways" We filed a complaint with head office and they made it up to us, but this perticular location needs to learn customer service skills, and not too rent out rooms to under-agers.
A good rate and a 3 star AAA rating steered me to this hotel. How they got that rating is beyond me. Checking in took 20 minutes as their was only one clerk. After going to my room, I noticed the door was broken, jagged wood was all around the lock like someone was trying to break into the room. I went downstairs and was given another room. While in the shower, the drain was clogged and big globs of hair came out. The A/C did not work and the cover of the controls came off exposing a sharp screw. I called for maintenance, but nobody answered the phone, just got a voice mail. One of the options was for the manager, which also had a voice mail. I left him a message and not surprisingly, he never got back to me. I then tried to call Howard Johnson's 800 number, but the phone was not turned on. I went downstairs and had to wait another 15 minutes talk to someone because they were checking people in. They called maintenance and said my phone was working. Up I went and the phone still was not working. Down to the lobby again, they told me the phone is now working and the mainatenance man is up at the room. Finally the drain was unclogged, they fixed the A/C and the phone worked, but it was not to clean. Other areas of the room was OK, but could have been better. The overall condition of the hotel is worn and shabby. I noticed exit signs were not lit, carpet in the halls was ripped. The hallways were gross with garbage, bottle caps, and beer bottles. I was told the night before there was a large group of teen-agers who trashed the place. This could explain some of the conditions. The free breakfast was average with cereal, juice, bagels and coffee. It may not be the worst hotel, but certainly does not warrent 3 stars. I will wait for a response from the manager, if I do not get one, I will notify AAA and the head office of Cendant, the owners of the Howard Johnson. I doubt I will stay here again.