Victoria's Mansion

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Address: 68 Gloucester Street, Toronto, M4Y 1L5, Canada

Star rating:

3.6

Efficient inn with a hands-off approach, a few feet from the heart of the Gay Village.

A red brick Victorian mansion built in the 1880’s, this 23-room might have the prime Gay Village location and a rainbow flag fluttering outside, but I've always encountered a very definitely mixed gay and straight clientele.

Location
4.1
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.6
90%
Public areas
n/a
90%

Location

Just a couple of feet away from Church Street, the Gay Village’s main drag, Vic’s is definitely a good place to stay if you’re planning on late nights at the bars and clubs in the area. It’s also a good choice if you’re not — Wellesley subway station (for stations north and south) and Bloor-Yonge station (for stations east and west) are five minutes walk and busy shopping street, Yonge Street, is at the other end of the block.

Bedrooms

Rooms are tidy, clean and efficient. I was pleasantly surprised to open up a cupboard and find it equipped with a microwave, coffee maker and mini fridge. It’s handy for cereal-type breakfasts and re-heating last night’s leftovers. It’s not all that surprising, considering the price, but I do find the soundproofing between rooms can very occasionally be a bit problematic on weekends, but the price, the free WiFi and the bright spotless rooms win for me. 

Public areas

The garden out front is sunny and leafy and there’s a laundry, which is useful for longer stays, but there are no public areas to speak of, other than the usually unmanned reception desk.

Eating and drinking

It’s bed without the breakfast here, but the in-room microwave and fridge are good for trips where you want to cut down on costs. Victoria’s offers discounts at various of the breakfast places round the corner on Church.

Service

Helpful — if you ever spot them. It’s really easy to stay here and never actually set eyes on a single member of staff. They clock on about 11 a.m. and off at 7 p.m., but there are phone numbers displayed in case of emergencies and the place seems to run perfectly without staff sightings.

Who stays there

Most guests are tourists, in Toronto for a couple of days or a week.

Price advice

The hefty Ontario tax of 13% isn’t charged on stays of 30 days or more.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Close to downtown
  • Elusive staff
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