We are so glad we chose Cambridge Suites for our first trip to Toronto.
The suite was comfortable - the bed was enormous - and the service was excellent. All hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Room service and housekeeping service are excellent, we could not fault them. We felt so pampered by the little touches.
The continental breakfast exceeded our expectations and we were amazed by the choice and quality of the food served in the hotel. The restaurant may seem expensive at first glance, but when your food arrives it really is value for money.
The laundry in the basement was a godsend, the fitness suite on the top floor, although small and basic was underused and we had no problems getting in, the whirlpool spa was huge fun and the views at night are great.
The location is wonderful, we went all around Toronto, mainly on foot but the subway and trolley bus stations are nearby. The hotel is in the financial district as so is quiet at night and on weekends. There are shops , restaurants, theatres and the all important ATMs within minutes of the hotel.
We would definitely choose The Cambridge Suites for our next visit.
Toronto's Hidden Gem
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of enjoying the Cambridge Suites hotel in Toronto.
What a gorgeous place! The suites are all VERY large, all two rooms with beautiful furnishings and great decorating. The staff was extremely friendly from the Front Desk to the room attendant everyone was just great!
The hotel is located right downtown minutes to the Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame. It is connected to the Underground Mall so we didn't even have to go outside to shop! We were right there.
The best part about this hotel is that not only is it superior than the big chain hotels in downtown Toronto, but its soooo much quieter. The Front Desk agent said the hotel was sold out, but we didn't hear a peep all night. Only 12 rooms per floor.
Check-out the HUGE Jacuzzi on the 22nd Floor. Its a city oasis as you are surrounded by windows overlooking Downtown Toronto. Just lovely. The sauna and gym are also located here and provide for a great work-out OR relaxing environment.
Only complaint is that the beds were TOO comfortable. I almost didn't want to get out of bed!
Keep up the good work Cambridge Suites, and open some hotels down here in the US!!!
I'll Be Back
Stayed at the Cambridge Suites Nov 5-7 for about US$120/night (Expedia) for a weekend getaway. To be honest, for the price I was expecting a so-so experience and I assumed a fair number of the positive reviews might have been submitted by hotel employees. But all those glowing reviews turned out to be true. Unless you're looking for $300/night luxury, this is a fantastic place to stay. Immaculately clean; quiet; close to public transportation (I took the subway and bus from the airport for about US$2); within walking distance of major shops, the theater district, Chinatown, etc. And friendly staff. Oh, and of course, the size of the rooms -- which was the major selling point for me. (I am almost afraid to submit this review because I don't want everyone else going there and increasing the price of a room -- but then it's already #1 on TripAdvisor ...)
We booked our stay at the Cambridge Suites based on the glowing reports we had read on this site and we weren't disappointed. We had a standard room, it was quite large (we are from the UK so are used to things being on a smaller scale) and was ideal for a week's holiday as it was a little like having your own 1 bedroom flat rather than being in a hotel room. The reception staff were friendly and polite and the concierge service was very efficient (we used it to book a hire car). We took our swimsuits (planned ahead after reading the review on here) and tried out the whirlpool and sauna on the top floor. It was great - after a morning's shopping and wandering around the city what better than a whirlpool overlooking the rooftops of the city. It even snowed outside while we were in the lovely, warm bath!
The hotel is a stone's throw from the Eaton Centre and is on the PATH system so you can go out without having to face the bleak winter weather. It's also near the Queen subway station (also accessible via PATH) so ideally located.
We didn't try the restaurant, but we had the complimentary continental breakfast every day. They could have done with a few more tables, but to be honest we were having such a great time we didn't care that we had to wait a few minutes for a seat on one morning.
I'd certainly recommend the Cambridge Suites.
Quiet, convenient Toronto hotel
Cambridge Suites was a great choice for us (middle aged couple with no kids) spending 4 nights in Toronto on vacation. It's a relatively small hotel (only a few rooms on each floor) with mainly business travellers, so it is quiet, and the service is excellent. It is one of only 3 in the Cambridge Suites chain, and it has nice little details like original art, and fresh fruit in bowls outside the elevator. The price was similar to other upper-moderate hotels in the area (about $160 US per night).
The suite was big enough to give us a little personal space when we needed it (for example, one person watched the World Series in the living room, the other watched Survivor in the bedroom). The living room has a sleep sofa, coffee table, TV, and chair, and a small dining table. There are a couple of closets -- one in the hall, and one in the dressing area (which has a built-in dresser in the vanity). Robes and an iron and hair dryer are provided.
On the weekday mornings when breakfast was only available until 9 a.m. we had it delivered to the room (no additional charge, other than optional gratuity); on the weekend mornings we went down to the second floor to get the full buffet selection -- no hot dishes, but plenty of choice for juice, cereals, pastries, beverages, etc.
The bar/snack kitchen in the room was great -- sink, fridge, coffee maker, microwave, minibar, dishes/flatware.The room comes with a basket of teas, coffee, cookies, and microwave popcorn that is re-filled daily. The ice bucket was filled, and a next day weather report, complimentary chocolates and milk for coffee were delivered each evening with the turndown of the bed.
There is a fitness center on the 22nd floor -- including a Jacuzzi and a sauna with views out over the city. The fitness equipment is basic (treadmill, stairstepper, elliptical machine, bike and hand weights), but more than adequate (there is a TV and dressing rooms also). If you need more, you can get a free day pass to a nearby health club.
The location is great -- on the corner of Yonge and Richmond, one block south of Queen (and the Eaton Center), where you can pick up the subway or streetcar. It's only a couple of blocks to theatres or the St. Lawrence Market area. Except for a drive to the zoo, we walked or took public transit everywhere. Underground parking at the hotel is $16CA on weekdays, and $12CA on weekends.
The only quibble we might have is that the room was too hot (there is a thermostat, but adjusting it according to the instructions didn't work). However, we didn't inform the hotel staff of this, so we don't know if they could have fixed it. Also, there is a window that can be opened in the bedroom -- this helped some (but an open window also lets in the street noise, alas).
Terrific family accomodation
Family stay for a couple of nights in Summer 04. Location excellent, staff really helpful, the breakfast was everything the kids wanted.
Would certainly choose to stay here again.
A very nice hotel...
This is a very nice hotel, and centrally located.
The suites are large and tastefully furnished, with big windows looking out at skyscrapers across the street. The rooms are immaculate and the broadband connection is brilliant (i.e., fast and "free"). So, all in all, it's a convenient and commodious place to stay---with the added bonus that there are always taxis waiting outside to take you wherever you want to go.
That I haven't given the hotel five stars is owing to two things: 1) There's no real view, to speak of, and no special ambiance; this is Toronto, after all, not San Francisco or Beirut; 2) the bathrooms are okay, but not not much more than that. Weak shower. Not up to the standard of the rest of the hotel.
We will be visiting Toronto August 27 to 30. Attending Blue Jays
game on Sunday August 29. Dilemma : Do we stay at the airport and shuttle in..or stay closer to the Skydome?
Any suggestions for hotels?
We arrive at Pearson 9PM Friday and depart at 10:15 AM. Monday.
Appreciate your assistance:-)
Re: Toronto Airport
Depends on how much you want to spend. I've only been there on business a couple of times but the fare from the airport to "downtown" is about $35. so depending on the number of trips....(you do the math). the alternative is to stay "in town" and walk or take the train. I find the Cambridge Suites reasonable and convenient, but a bit of a walk to the Jays' stadium.
YOU MUST take a trip up the CN tower and photograph down to the stadium on one day...Great shots if the dome is open.....
Re: Re: Toronto Airport
i would strongly suggest that you stay in the center.
the area around the airport is very boring, while central toronto is really nice.
Re: Toronto Airport
Seeing as you are only here for the weekend, your best bet is to stay downtown. There is much more to do. The Skydome has a Rennaissance hotel in it. Just up the street from the Skydome is the Holiday Inn on King. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, there are many others around. It is quite a hike from the airport to downtown. You will want to visit the CN Tower during your trip and it is right beside the dome. The Canadian National Exhibition will be running while you are here and would only be about a $10 cab ride from the dome. I don't know if you are bringing kids with you but the Ontario Place admission is included in your admission to the Ex.
Hope this helps
Re: Re: Toronto Airport
Just like others have suggested, stay in the downtown area is your best bet. There's really nth to do in the vincinity of the airport, as it's pretty much an industrial/business area.
Not sure what your budget is, for hotel, Holiday Inn on King is not a bad choice. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and it's about a 10-min walk to the Skydome. You can also walk up to Queen Street for shopping, and more restaurants. If you like musical, there are a couple of theatres in the area too.
Re: Re: Toronto Airport
Nightlife only exists in downtown area. The airport area is industrial plants/ commerical suburbs. Unless you're planning on renting a car, staying in an airport hotel will be inconvienent.