Ideal for shopping and bar-hopping: perfectly positioned on Yonge Street, the Courtyard has the subway, College Streetcar, Church Street nightlife and Yonge-Dundas shops all within five minutes.
This is one of the larger hotels in the city with 550 rooms, but they remodeled them in 2007 — I was touched that the staff was so proud of them. With those numbers, I was expecting rooms to be small, but they’re way bigger than pretty much all others in this area at this price point. My room had two beds, a roomy sitting area and plenty more space besides.
I always like people-watching in a hotel lobby and the Courtyard is busy enough to keep me entertained and comfy enough that I’m happy away to while away an hour over a coffee and the papers. There’s a 24-hour market, a handy coffeehouse and free WiFi access throughout the hotel.
Eating and drinking
Both Yonge Street Grille, the hotel’s three meals a day option, and dinner/drinks venue, the Fireside Lounge, are somewhat overshadowed by the number of great bars and restaurants peppered in the blocks all round. In my opinion, they’re best for pre-dinner drinks while you’re waiting for everyone to assemble to go out. The busy Second Cup coffee shop on the Yonge and Wood corner is a good place to grab a coffee, but I prefer sitting in the hotel lounge — it’s less frantic.
Access to the lap pool and whirlpool is 24 hours a day. An impressively equipped gym has flat screen TVs with 50 channels, tons of towels and plenty of chilled water.
The personable, personal service and amiable welcome always makes me feel like I’m staying in a much smaller hotel. Despite those 550 rooms, the Courtyard staff keep things down to earth and friendly.
Who stays there
Most guests are tourists, in Toronto for a couple of days or a week. During Lesbian and Gay Pride week, the hotel is crammed with a rainbow crowd who love the hotel’s parade route location.
Whether you opt for valet or park it yourself, parking is a pricey $30 Canadian a day. Local parking lots will only save you a couple of dollars, so I usually opt for the easy option and park here.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Great value
- Busy location