Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown

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Address: 300 Jarvis Street, , Toronto, M5B 2C5, Canada

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.5

Big rooms and low rates within reach of downtown attractions.

I was a tad dismayed when I showed up at this former apartment building the first time — if you come from the south, Jarvis Street is pretty seedy — but the huge room and the wealth of restaurants, bars and attractions that lie just a couple of blocks away got me over initial reservations.

Location
3.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
n/a
90%

Location

Opposite the greenhouses of Allen Gardens, Toronto’s “Garden District” is a little down-at-heel, but things gets shinier the minute you hit Carlton or head west to Church. The College streetcar runs east to west from Carlton and the subway is just two blocks west.

Bedrooms

Rooms are really generous (unlike the elevators - quite honestly the smallest I have ever seen). I first saw the guest rooms just after they’d been renovated in 2008 and they were bright and cheerful to return to after a day out exploring. There’s free WiFi.

Public areas

The lobby really just has the reception desk squeezed in, but there’s a restaurant, gym and pool if you get stir crazy in your room. The outdoor sundeck was a pleasat surprise.

Eating and drinking

Decent Italian-esque pasta and chicken dishes make up lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday at Shade, with only breakfast offered every day of the week.

Leisure facilities

Pool, whirlpool, sauna, squash court, and gym.

Service

Service varies from one extreme to another here. I was greeted enthusiastically by some staff members and totally ignored by others.

Who stays there

A half and half mixture of businesspeople and tourists.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Big rooms
  • Down-at-heel street
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