Despite being tucked only two blocks from the neon melee of Chinatown, laid-back Kensington Market and the shops of Queen Street, most first-time visitors to Toronto never set foot on the quaint Baldwin Village strip. The “Village” is really only one block, but manages to have its own wee personality, despite its diminutive size. It’s the ideal location if you want to be right beside all the downtown action — but don’t want to be kept awake by it.
The six guest rooms share three washrooms, a roomy lounge and dining room. My favourite rooms are those on the second floor ones (first floor, in British terms) — they’ve just that bit more space than downstairs and you don’t hear any comings and goings from other guests arriving and leaving, checking their e-mail, although you will have to share one washroom with two other rooms. The other bathrooms are downstairs.
There’s a public computer with Internet access downstairs, a common dining room and, my favourite bit, the sheltered, sunny courtyard.
Eating and drinking
Continental breakfast is served in the dining room or the sunny courtyard and is a good spread of breads, cheese, fruit and eggs cooked to order.
Hosts Tess and Roger are genuinely nice people, delighted to offer assistance when needed and to leave guests to get on with things when they prefer it that way.
Who stays there
Most guests are tourists, in Toronto for a couple of days or a week. The Inn is also pretty popular with a small, but loyal business set.
Rooms downstairs are cheaper, but smaller and a bit less private.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Close to Chinatown
- No parking