Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown
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I am currently 11 hrs into an epic roadtrip back from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, to change my status from, 'Illegal Alien' to ‘Student’, but more on that later.
The last week has been eventful to say the least. On Tuesday night an Aussie mate at Greensboro sent me a message if I wanted to go to see Muse in Charlotte the next night for $30. Needless to say 24 hrs later I was in a car with him and two others driving to Charlotte. When ...
... service agent to reseat us because we were newly weds and didn't want to sit with strangers on the long 8 hour flight. They said 'no, too bad' and hurried us on the plane. We found our seats and of course Larry had to sit between two larger-set people and him not being a small guy himself, it was not going to be a comfortable 8 hour flight. Thank goodness the flight attendant noticed this and told my husband that there were a couple of open seats ...
... I take over from them and show them to their rooms, telling them as much as I can up to this point, honestly, I have no clue about the schedule yet. I will wake them in the morning and take them down to breakfast, they already seem very comfortable here and I am sure they will spend a wonderful time together!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRamada Plaza Toronto Downtown
The hotel is neat and tidy but a little on the tired side. Situated in the university district it has easy access to a range of good food and entertainment spots.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown
Good Location, Clean rooms
I stayed at this hotel for three nights in October 2004. The hotel itself is medium sized on only a few floors. The rooms are relatively clean and the bed is comfortable. The bathroom is clean but basic. Tea/Coffee maker is in room as is iron and ironing board. The hotel has a pool however it can be deserted at times and as it is in a seperate wing with not many people around you need to be careful if you are alone. The nearest subway station is 2 blocks away, however it is only a 15 minute walk to the Eaton Centre. Good value hotel.
Not great but pleasant
We stayed at this Ramada & found the staff very pleasant and helpful. The building is somewhat old & our bathroom was ok but not the most modern.
The location is good. We were a short walking distance from shopping and restaurants.
Overall it was clean and nice but I would prefer something fancier on my next trip to Toronto.
Good for a budget
For a budget hotel this was great. There was a smell in the room as other reviewers have noted, but the bathroom window open for 5 minutes fixed that. Not as clean as it could have been, but I don't spend much time sitting on the floor of my hotel room. Do take the coverlet off the bed though. It's common knowledge that hotels don't wash these (I used to work in a hotel) but these were a little disturbing. Ask for an extra blanket at the front desk.
Close to downtown, easily within walking distance. Front desk staff were helpful, and the newspaper at your door in the morning was nice. Stay away from room service, it's only offered at breakfast and there are great cheap breakfast places nearby. Went for snacks at 4 in the morning and was not scared, it's just off the bar walk, so there isn't a lot of people on the street there. And there's a 24 hour grocery store 2 blocks down that made the best 4 am sandwich ever.
Now other people have talked about the plumbing, it is so loud it's comical. I could hear other floors flushing. I knew when my neighbours were awake, they were my alarm clock because they took a shower! Bathtub was narrow, but wonderfully deep.
All in all, if you're looking for a budget hotel, this does fit the bill, and if you're staying downtown T.O. why are you hanging out in your hotel room?
Tired, drab and disappointing
Our room was in serious need of a makeover. The darkness of the room, the tired and stained carpet and the cracked tiles in the bathroom all helped to contibute to a disappointing experience. The decor and conditions of the facilities were all of a time long ago. The hotel is located in an area bordering on being seedy although it is reasonably close to shopping areas such as the Eaton Centre.
Great Value! Quiet & Comfortable.
A great value. Saved big $$$ through Hotels.ca on a Labor Day weekend too! Staff were friendly and accomodating. Gave us a great top floor room with free high speed internet. (need your own ethernet cable as the hotel does not provide) Rooms are old style, but large and comfortable. Great window views. Great lap pool/hot tub. Parking underground $15/day. Iron had some goo on it - almost wrecked my shirt. Perfect location, if you don't mind walking. Got toddlers? Bring a stroller. Nearby - Eaton Centre, World's Biggest Book Store, Ryerson University, Dominion Grocery Store, St. Lawrence Market, Harveys, Casey's. Took 5 Minute subway ride from Eaton Ctr. to Union Station then to CN Tower, etc. Very quiet neighborhood. Nice park across the street. Would definitely come back again - without kids in tow. If you are fussy about your hotel - go somewhere else. For the average traveller that needs a clean, comfortable, quiet room at a great price - it's perfect.
Great location and good Hotel
This hotel location is great if you want to be near the gay center of Toronto. Many eating places and subway entrance. Parking in the hotel was good but for a fee. The room we got was large and comfortable. The carpet really needed cleaning. The front desk was helpful. The pool was nice but a bit small. Overall a very good deal! I will stay there again next time.
Convenient location for exploring Toronto
Stayed at the Ramada on 15/16 July 2004. After having previously stayed in Best Western Primrose for an uncomfortable 4 days at the start of our trip, moved around the corner and stayed here the last night.
What a difference- the Ramada's staff were excellent, allowed for a room inspection (learned from Best Western experience!). The hotel has excellent facilities, internet access in rooms and internet computer in lobby, swimming pool and sauna along with fitness room. There is a restaurant situated on 1st floor.
The suite we stayed in was spacious, with 2 bedrooms, living area with pull out setee, 3 televisions and a shared wash room. The decor was dated but the suite was clean and tidy. This suite cost $179+taxes for 4 adults and 1 child to stay in (which compared to previous rates of at least $100+taxes per double bedded room per couple) represented excellent value for money. Would recommend to anyone looking for accomodation in Toronto, excellent value.
Cheap but nasty
This hotel is in a relatively quiet location just a couple of blocks from the major shopping streets, but be warned: this may be cheap but it is drab. The rooms are large because it was an older hotel. The little window in the bathroom was the best feature. The decor is old, dark and depressing. The doors and floorboards squeak and the plumbing is the noisiest I have ever suffered - think jumbo jet refuelling when the upstairs toilet or shower is used. The health club is a dark dungeon like room with a fake ficus and a bare dangling bulb - well OK one dim fluorescent, and no TV or music, and very scary to be in. Spend a few dollars more and go elsewhere.
Great hotel at a reasonable price.
After an unpleasant 4 night stay at the Best Western Primrose, I checked in at Ramada since they had an excellent 2 floor indoor public parking facilities available. I was charged CN $154 for a night. The Ramada is a much newer facility than Best Western Primrose. I was allowed an early check in at 1130 but unfortunately due to some miscommunication, the room that I was given the first time was already occupied. Nonetheless, they had a room for me by noon. I was very happy with the early check in that was given to me without any request on my end. I was given a junior suite. It was amazing. I had a TV in the bedroom and a TV outside in the sitting area which had a couch and a coffee table. The decor was good. There are white French doors leading to the bedroom. Fancy. The bathroom was very inviting. A good size porcelain bathtub. The toilet flush was unusual. It's the type that you will find in the mall and public bathroom but it was spotless. There was a small window in the bath room and one side of the window you could not close it to prevent people from watching you while in the shower. The window did fog up after a little bit which did the trick. Make sure to turn on the ventilation which is located in the sitting area before taking a shower. Due to unusual locator of the switch for the ventilation, I forgot to turn the ventilation on. As a result, the smoke detector went off on me and I could not turn it off. I had to pull the battery out for it to shut up.
Highspeed internet connection is available for free. I just had to plug in the laptop to the datacable and after a few setting changes, I was good to go. It was a slow internet connection but I manage to check my emails etc. Good lighting were available in the both rooms and bathroom.
The hallways are spotless and inviting. There is only 1 elevator but it's very effective. Overall, it was a great experience staying at the Ramada. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning a trip to Toronto.
Great Hidden Gem
This Hotel was such an incredible find. I stayed at the Best Western Primrose Hotel for one night and soon realized its a dorm for a nearby university the students were partying everywhere. I chose to leave and found the Ramada around the corner.
It was great the service was good. The room was huge. The pool was perfect for my 6 year old daughter. They even have a squash court...so my teenager could beat up his poor dad. That made his trip...haha.
My wife was even able to get a tan. The pool has an outdoor deck with cabana lounge chairs!
Overall the location was fantastic, the hotel was the best find we could have made. We will be going back in the summer of 2004. We are going on the ferry. We bought a "passport to savings" on the Spirit of Ontario website so we now can get a free upgrade and free parking too!
I love Toronto.