Typical B&B,Good Location,Good Price A review of Castlegate Bed & Breakfast Inn
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!