Surrounded by big name boutiques and some of the city’s most must-see museums (the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Bata Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum), the HI is well-connected, transit-wise. It’s just feet from St. George subway station, so you can be on Queen, at Bay and King or right down on Front Street within minutes.
It’s the Holiday Inn, so you know what to expect, but these rooms are a good size, especially if you’ve opted for one of the one bed-only rooms. There’s some noise if you’re on a lower floor on the Bloor side, especially during the first few weeks when the new U of T students start. I find that rooms on the northern and eastern sides are reliably quieter. I give this one a few extra points for the pillow menu and for the decent, clean workspace.
There’s a compact business centre with a couple of Dells and a couple of printers. I was very happy to see the free laundry room when here on a longer trip,. There’s free Wifi in all public spaces, as well in guest rooms, if you fancy a change of scene.
Eating and drinking
A quiet cocktail lounge with a fairly obvious drink selection; full meals served till 11 p.m. in the Fox & Fiddle British pub, drinks are served there till 2 a.m..
The gym is really just a token workout facility with two treadmills, a stationary bike, a stair climber and some free weight dumbbells. If you’re in serious need of a workout, get a pass from front desk for the nearby (a four minutewalk) Miles Nadal JCC health club —it offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, gym, kids’ activities and day care.
Helpful, laidback, easy going — I get the feeling the staff like working here.
Who stays there
Businesspeople on expenses, families in town for a few days to check out U of T, couples intent on museum-hopping.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Good for transit
- Beside museums
- On busy Bloor Street