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.
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.
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.
Pool, whirlpool, sauna, squash court, and gym.
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Big rooms
- Down-at-heel street