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Inside the airport the air was close and stale. It was early in the
morning and it showed on the faces of the people around him. Families arguing
and sleeping and children were running around. There was a lot of communication
but little noise and this unsettled him. He felt crowded and leaned back and
closed his eyes.
When he couldn't see them, they didn't exist. When he couldn't see them,
he was no longer there. He was back ...
Left Montreal early this morning, on the airport bus at 7am. Heightened security due to July 4th I guess they even re x-rayed Clive's neoprene knee brace , took him ages to get thru(kept setting off machines with all his metal parts lol) Quick flight to Toronto just over an hour. Checked in then got a free Lions shuttle bus to register at convention and pick up all our ...
Got up early to return the rental car and get through security. The plane was on time arriving, I had another seat that I had carefully selected (and paid for) that was both an exit row and had no seat in front of it ... and there was no-one sitting in the middle seat of the row, either, just someone sitting in the window seat (except the window was a porthole the size of a tin can ...
... my chopsticks with the prowess of the karate kid in Honkers!
I got back in time to meet the mandatory assembly at 3pm. The tour guide is a Canadian lady in her late 50s and seems cool enough, but one yank gal just did the biggest dummy spit 'cause she and her husband had other arrangements and would not be attending the compulsory drink/briefing session at 6. I immediately burnt her image into my brain and will be ...
... hospital while Karen cared for the children and in particular managed Shelby and Hudson who were understandably very very upset and what had happened.
3 hours,3 stitches and a tetanus shot later the whole event was stitched up and Mark and I sat in the kitchen of our rental house sometime after 2:00am in the morning and just couldn't believe how the day had ended. It could have been so much worse.... I am one very lucky girl!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Banting House Inn Toronto
Can't wait to come back every year!
I stay at Banting House at least once every year with several friends.
We keep coming back because of the service (the hosts and staff are great) and the location (right downtown). The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast is wonderful!
Awesome Place ! - Awesome Hosts !
What a wonderful place - I have stayed here on many occasions and find it is like a home away from home! The hosts are great, and go out of their way to make your stay in Toronto as delightful as possible! A definite "must stay" when in Tornoto!
A Great Place
I have stayed here three times and I would not consider staying any place else when I come to Toronto. Paul, Michael, Louise, and John went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The rooms are pretty, quiet, and clean. The breakfasts are very generous. The location is an easy walk to many sights in the downtown. It's also less than three blocks to the metro station. When you throw in the reasonable prices, the place is unbeatable.
You can't go wrong!
This is a GREAT place! I thought it was very clean, unique house, lots of wood , and the arches in the front hall way are very nice - unique - what really makes this place though is the staff, they were very helpful, polite, friendly, you can tell these people love their work, really about the nicest and friendliest bunch i've ever had the pleasure of staying with ...they carry your luggage to and from your room, cater to just about anything you want, even parked my car; and the breakfast is very good, homemade everything, a very well done hot breakfast/ nice presentation - i'll definately go back - and was VERY reasonably priced for what you get, no surprise extra charges - highly recommend it
A Top-Notch Oasis!
A big thank you to Paul and Michael, proprietors of the Banting House Bed and Breakfast for creating a top notch oasis in the heart of downtown Toronto! We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at this wonderfully appointed historic home. The theme room concept works well and our Oriental Room was true to it's name. Comfort with style though - the new bed was perfect and the air-conditioning ensured a great sleep on what turned out to be a muggy and hot weekend. Our hosts were most welcoming and Paul's attention to our every need and his thoroughly interesting insights into what to see and do were really appreciated. Breakfast by Louise was fabulously made to order and served with warmth and humour. And what a nice garden! There are pathways and little spots to sit. The patio turned out to be a great common area for some laughter and great conversation with both our hosts and other guests. We would recommend the Banting House B & B to anyone! It was a completely enjoyable experience which we intend to repeat! Thank you from Peggy and Marty!!!
The Bantinghouse B&B on Homewood Ave in Toronto, is Great!
I have always said that I don't want to stay anywhere when I am away unless it is better or at least equal to my own home! Being from Tallahassee, Florida where southern comfort is a given, well the Bantinghouse B&B in Toronto is all of this! It was almost better than being at home. The propietors, Paul and Michael and their staff bend over backwards to make their guests comfortable. You leave the breakfast table every morning "stuffed". And if your into decor, you have your choice of period decorated and "coifed" rooms...I loved it...we had a lunged and snoozed in the "Doll's House" and "Country" - when we go back over New Years '04 we've got the Oriental Room as our get-away, niftty, aye!!! Unbelievable yes, the price is unbelievable, you can't match it anywhere else...no hotel can accommodate you, make you feel as special, or stuff your tummy as well at breakfast as can be done at the Bantinghouse B&B...and the best part of it all is that Paul and Michael will become life long friends, and Lucy dog too! No hotel offers this kind of ambiance or benefit!! Congratulations, Paul and Michael - from your new friends, warmly Richard and Jack.
Avoid this place at all costs. With an unfriendly atmosphere and unkept rooms, you are sure to leave this home with a bad taste in your mouth.
Good place to stay!
The Banting House B and B is a GOOD place to stay in Toronto. It's 3 blocks off Yonge St, just North of the Eaton Center area. Easy to get anywhere in town from this location and the bus to the wonderful Toronto subway is less than a 1 block walk or you can walk the 3 blocks to Yonge and get the subway from there. Cab is $5-7 CAN ($3.50-5 US) ride to anywhere in central downtown and the Toronto cabs do not charge extra for 2+ riders. Cab from airport should be same as to a downtown hotel. Paul, the host, made us very welcomed, from the moment we pulled up. We were a party of three, a family. The neighborhood is old, and interesting. The house is also old and architechturally interesting and was actually a tad smaller than I expected from the website, however the site photos are accurate. They are still working on it. The breakfast is cooked to order from the usual morning options and was abundant and delicious. Good coffee. The daily homemade bread (toast) with fresh real butter and jam made by Paul's mother is divine. Available from early to nearly noon. The room was clean and the beds comfortable. The Banting House is good however it is not "upscale" - don't take that as a negative, as it is equivalent to a good 3 star hotel and is a good place to stay, and few B and B are upscale even if their website makes them look that way. Banting is clean, secure, and offers a strong feeling of home and relaxation. The on-site parking is tight, but they move the cars for you so no worry. Lucy, the house dog, is delightful, but will leave you alone if you don't want her around. No elevator but Paul will get your bags up and down if you mention wanting help. The strongest point of the Banting House is the host, the warm and comfortable feeling, and the good feeling in the house. My teens loved it. Paul was just very nice, genuine, glad to have you in his house. Paul is glad to help you make plans. He was fun to talk with at breakfast, and does his darndest to make your stay ffy as a cloud. My daughter kept smelling them, they were so nice. We will return. Check them out, they have rooms in all prices. I figure not paying $17-23 CAN ($14-18 US) a day for hotel parking (as I did earlier that week) and a huge breakfast are worth quite a bit. We looked into some of the rooms, and the internet photos are pretty accurate. The back yard is a bit less lovely than the photo, but in fairness we were there in the cold and muddy season between winter and spring and not much looks as well as it will in the summer or covered in clean snow. Paul said they have a weekly rate and if I had to be somewhere in Toronto for a week or two, the Banting would be an excellent choice. We stayed 2 days and wish it had been longer.
Diamond in the Rough
I've spent the last MONTH researching somthing and I'm pretty sure I've discovered a real gem.I was looking for a 'home away from home' for my family, who are being so good about doing the whole wedding in Toronto. I didn't want an impersonal hotel, but I quickly found out that Bed and Breakfasts can be extremely rigid, snobby and unwelcoming. I'm not kidding when I tell you I've thoroughly searched every Toronto Bed and Breakfast on the net. 40+ pages of google results with a fine tooth comb - insane!!WELL - what a relief to find The Banting House! It's got about 6 or 7 rooms - enough room for a big family, and its LOVELY. The guy there, Paul, was SO SO nice about accomodating my family. The Banting house regularly allows it's guests full access to the kitchen, BBQ and internet (in a special office set up JUST for guests). They encourage people to make dinner in the house, use the dining room ... really get comfortable. I got excellent service over the phone today - even though my booking is for a high season time!This is THE service for non-Toronto native brides trying to make mom, dad, sis, brother, grama, grampa, etc. feel comfortable and happy in the big city. The house is a lovely old Edwardian in Cabbagetown.I can't believe my luck!!I hope some other bride (or travelling family) will benefit from this reccomendation.