Castlegate Bed & Breakfast Inn
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... nice our beef noodle soup and chicken stir fry. After we were done we headed down to the waterfront and parked where we did yesterday to take a walk along the water while the sun was still out. Just before 5pm we drove to the Centennial Park to watch Grants team play Baseball, they started at 6.30pm and didn't have enough players so we joined in. The Umpire was really strict and a bit of a humbug.. But we still enjoyed it. Everyone had to were a white top, so Ryan ...
A block or so further and we came to the New City Hall (again, that's what all the signs say). The pretty pool to the left is used for ice skating in the winter, and the platform behind it (just visible) is often the site of free concerts. The circular building is very open and airy inside, and houses many of the usual offices that people often need to visit in their City Halls, such as permits, taxes, ...
Next morning all was tranquil...
My gaff of the previous evening forgiven..
A planning meeting was called in Starbucks..
The non use of Tom while in cities treaty was signed..
From now we will use paper maps..
Plan was to do touristy stuff.. visit old buildings, see the lakefront area etc...
Got to see some old ...
... and Joel. We haven't seen much of Toronto since most of our time has been spent indoors, preparing for our next three months of living in Nairobi.
Megan and Alyssa are preparing to work with Ghetto Light in the Kibera slum; not far from where I'll be staying! Joel is headed out next month, I believe, and will be working on construction in South Sudan.
Living with Diana and Murray and having them teach ...
... put what I thought it would take to get my car. Well in Canada it is different and they have a deposit, unlike the U.S. Anyway my Visa was short $34; I mean really? Fortunately Avis gave me their phone to call the Visa and Visa called my bank, verified funds, made a quick payment and I was about on my way. Now only if I could get the car to drive.
So Avis gave me an electric/gas car. I found the start button but the car only coasted ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castlegate Bed & Breakfast Inn Toronto
My girlfriend and I stayed at this establishment for two weeks at the end of August 2004. The room was cosy, warm and very clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The location was perfect as the Dupont metro line was seconds walk away, giving you access to all the best sights (such as the CN Tower, and the Eaton Centre for you shopaholics)! We both feel that Castlegate Inn is excellent value for money and would definately stay there again! However, the only slight downside was noise coming from the main road early in the morning.
A great disappointment
My wife and I are seasoned travellers and have very basic and reasonable expectations in regards to cleanliness and security. We arrived in Toronton on an evening flight and went directly to the Inn. The front desk was closed. We found the key to our bedroom in an enveloppe which had been glued to the front door, with the door number on it. We then had to find our room which was not even in the same building as the front desk. With our luggages, we had climb up a good flight of stairs. The front door of our room appeared to be made out of a cheap plywood. It wasn't even a real door. Once we found the light switches to the bedroom, my wife was despondent. The room looked as if was some kind of storage room for outdated furniture. We had no choice but to make do with the situation given that it was late.
The next morning, we found another place, that was cleaner and safer in a much better location for the same price.
Typical B&B,Good Location,Good Price
I stayed at the catlegate for three nights while in Toronto. My most important requirement was (1) Price and (2) Location and Castlegate met both these demands. I called them and got a rate as online they appeared to be booked. Paid $68CAD ~ $55USD which I could not find anywhere downtown for that price. Be warned though that it took us more than 1 hour to find it by car, even though my friend was from Toronto and we were on Spadina. Spadina is weird, there is a RD and Ave and at one point the numbers 0 out and start again. As well the numbers on one side of the street have no corolation with the other side ... Ya hard to find, don't ask your friends to meet you there, I would go one block down to Bloor and Spadina and meet everyone.
The room was cozy, homy feeling, very very clean, nice smell (not hotel and cleaner smell which I hate. The bathroom was very nice, showe stall, full length mirror, nice big closet, tv w/ a lot of channels, nice desk, comfy bed, with convenient fridge and microwave. From these reviews I guess maybe I lucked out and got the good room, I was very pleased. Your room is actually in a different building from the lobby, you have two keys to open front door and your door. Be warned that the lobby have 4 stairs DOWN, if you have luggage its hell then you walk back up those 4 steps w/ your luggage and go to the your building (4/5 townhomes S) and then walk up 5/6 more steps w/your luggage to get to your room. Was it just me or was that a pain? :)
The place was very nicely redone. The outside and inside. The guy that is there on weekdays although seemingly nice is kinda creepy but the lady on the weekend is so kind! Breakfast was kewl but TO being coffee house central with three on every block, I guess maybe you don't need it. I would get breakfast one block down at Bloor at CoffeeTime for $1.17 CAD not US ... I loved it. I got breakfast there one day but the other two I didn't feel like getting up early, wearing my coat, heading to the other building for breakfast. The guy there seemed to have me on watch as they are very ademant you only take one of each ... I didn't like this! They are flexable though if you need to borrow stuff they have irons etc. The check out, as all checkout time, was inconvenient for me as my flight out of TO was 5pm, so at noon I just placed my luggage in their lobby, again the lady there was beyond sweet. I came back to get it and found the entire lobby full of luggage, guess everyone caught on :)
I loved the location, I didn't need a cab or TTC or subway at all. One day only I bought a day pass but that was b/c I was travelling to Scarborough which was 45 min away. Otherwise everything was on foot. Things close by include: Subway and bu stations, 3 within 1 mile from there, coffee shops, places to eat, drug stores and generally everything you need. Attractions by foot include: Chinatown (so close) Casa Loma (you see from the hotel), U of T, The Annex, Shopping District (Bloor), Eaton Center ... well everything except if you want to go down to harbor front you need to take the subway but thats cause its so South. I loved this location! I got to see everything because I walked everywhere. The area was safe, I never felt uneasy even though I was on my own and walked two block down to Bloor at least 4 times a day.
All in all - depending what you are looking for in a hotel - this was a good place!
I've chosen the Castlegate Inn because of the price. I am rather accomodated in B&Bs, because they're normally much cheaper than hotels (in Canada). I do not need daily maid service, as long as it's clean when firstly entered. Castlegate's rooms are seperated in smaller townhouses, which suffer on deficits old houses might have. I couldn't open my window, and the bathroom appears old but functional with a bath tube, small sink and mirror. Bed was comfortable, and there was a TV set offering more than 70 channels. Additionally the room featured a fridge and a microwave, which may be helpful for self-catering. Breakfast was disappointing because it was limited in regard of choice and amount. You were only allowed to one croissant, apple, orange juice and coffee.
Location is northwestern of downtown and very close to a subway stop (Dupont).
Run! RUN! RUN!
Save your money and go elsewhere. The location is not the best and the service is terrible! The sofa bed was not meant to be slept in, the room tiny and cramped. The bathroom was barely acceptable. Travellers beware! You can easily find better than this place!
Very, very disapointed
Our service previous to our trip was via email and was pretty good, the clerk answered all of my questions quickly and was very friendly. I was really excited about this trip as it was a surprise for my fiance.
Upon arrival however we obtained our door key (taped to a door at another location as no one was working during that afternoon) and opened our room to find...
- a broken bed (one end was touching the floor)
- really, really dirty carpet (I would not have walked barefoot there) and a very grungy bathroom
-the room did not appear to have been cleaned, it looked like the last person had just pulled the stained comforter up over the bed.
-I had been told that daily maid service during our stay would cost extra but you would expect that the room would be cleaned in between guests (Ewww!)
It was terrible. We are pretty easy going people and would have liked to sort out the problem (like maybe just getting a different room) but it was impossible.
The manager or staff were unavailable and the phone numbers all directed you to an off site answering service that also could not contact staff. We were really stuck, there was noone there to help us out (there was actually noone there period, just us). We had to leave.
It was embarassing to bring my fiance on his surprise wedding present - hockey trip and end up with nowhere to stay in a strange city.
We contacted VISA (because we were concerned about their 2 week notice to cancel a reservation without being charged policy), took pictures (just in case) and left messages with the answering service explaining our problem, returned the key and left.
We dragged our suitcases to the subway and headed downtown to find somewhere else to stay.
I DO NOT reccomend the Castlegate Inn, it was a terrible experience.
A little Europe in Toronto!
Found Castlegate Inn by accident! ( friend of a friend). Little place just perfect! Reminded me of Europe. Loved the whole thing!
I've seen better dorm rooms
I was looking for a value-priced B&B in Toronto and the website promised what I was looking for. But I would have done much better staying at a Motel 6!!!
Tasteful furniture but lacking in basics you expect in even the most budget-minded hotel: no alarm clock, no bathroom mirror, no luggage rack, no towel bars in the bathroom, no rubber mat in the tub, and only one roll of toilet paper. Mildewed tile grout, bathroom ceiling spotty and looked to be covered in nicotine sludge, only one lock on the door, etc. Their "tasty continental breakfast" consisted of bad coffee and muffins from Costco. There was maid service, but you had to pay EXTRA and was not informed until after I had checked in. Plus, if you needed something, calling the office was almost impossible. After 5:00 pm an answering service that wasn't on site took messages. Never again!
Pleasantly wonderful place to stay
Castlegate Inn offers an affordable place to stay in Toronto. Its closeness to Casa Loma is cool. (Though Casa Loma wasn't what I expected.) Next time I visit T.O. I'm sure I'll stay at the Castlegate.
Great Location, Great Bargain!
Castlegate Inn is a terrific find--located in the lovely and charming Annex neighborhood of Toronto, its price can't be beat, particularly considering its convenient proximity to the University of Toronto and many tourist attractions (Casa Loma Inn, Bata Shoe Museum, etc.)
Staying at the Inn (which I think is actually three or four Victorian-style houses converted within into apartment-type units, all along Spadina Road) is actually more akin to living in an apartment than staying in a "traditional" hotel. My room was generously sized and clean, with private bathroom, cable TV and telephone. (My only complaint: no reading light next to the bed).
The room also contained a mini-kitchen containing a sink, microwave, coffee maker and dishes; there are a couple of grocery stores within walking distance, which easily made up for any lack of room service or on-premises restaurants (and helped save money).
The subway is within easy walking distance, which is great.
And the staff couldn't have been nicer, friendlier or more helpful. I enjoyed my stay immensely and would definitely visit again.