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... over to explore the East coast of Canada. Now cool and rehydrated we set off again on our self guided walking tour. We meandered down Yonge street noting the extensive number of costume stores, sex shops and 'gentleman' clubs. We were starting to wonder why Yonge street was known as the shopping street in Toronto when we finally reached the corner of Yonge and Dundas street. On one corner at this junction there is a square appropriately named the Yonge -Dundas Square. This square ...
... back in New York at 6pm. Our coach dropped us off in Chinatown our mission was to make our way to Uptown Manhattan to our hotel.
The first task was to identify the subway station that would take us Uptown. We had a few conflicting directions but in general we were heading in the right direction. We did have a bit of luck in asking a young couple for directions, and as it happens they were heading in the same ...
A pleasant stroll through parklands and gardens had us approaching the fun park and the kids' excitement grew. As there are only service vehicles on the island, there it has a relaxed environment with walking and cycles being the principal means of transport, adding to the ambience.
Nyah and Kai's fun began together with a ride on the Bumble Bee ...
... from a reasonable distance. And by reasonable, I mean short). The idea of being that person who stands behind the person swinging the bat seemed terrifying. Having already spent thousands of dollars trying to make my teeth nice, that spot just didn't appeal to me. Irrelevant of the goofy looking helmet.
But when it came to hitting the ball, with the bat, that was just plain humiliating. I mean, I grew up going to Christmas lunches ...
... the moment, I have been talking with Australians, a Chilean, a Korean, 2 French girls, many Germans, people from the States and an Irish guy (what a strong accent he had!). I love the fact that I get to hear and be familiar with different English and even Spanish.
Tomorrow is going to be my first official day as a volunteer in the hostel. I'm kind of nervous about it, because I still don't really know what are going to be my tasks!
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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 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!!!
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.
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.
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.