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Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Three of us stayed 5 nights at the Howard Johnson Toronto West. Ours was a flight and hotel package deal through Orbitz. I was concerned about my hotel choice based on the previous reviews, and was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very attentive to any issue that arose. They are friendly and very hard working. Staff was helpful with directions and maps to help us navigate Toronto. I had no issues with the cleanliness of our room, and there was no offensive odor as another traveller described. The beds are comfortable, and we made use of the sleeper sofa as well. Our room had no refrigerator. The list of amenities does not include a refrigerator, although the pictures of the rooms do show a refrigerator. The hotel policy is to not take food back to your room. Both the 504 and the 501 streetcar routes have stops at the hotel, this gives you access to the entire system. Our room was not noisy from the Streetcar yard, as noted by another reviewer. We were provided with only 3 bath towels daily, I'm sure we could have asked for more and they would have been readily provided. The safes in the rooms are inoperable, there is a safe at the front desk for use by guests. Breakfast consisted of juices, coffee, breads, bagels, cereal and make your own waffles, no hot foods or yogurt options. The hotel providing thoroughly for our basic travel needs. We will stay here again.

Not great. There is no garage, but you can park 2 blocks over and pay $12 for a 3 day pass. I got this hotel on the cheap, but I expected more from a chain such as Howard Johnson. This was a dive hotel and I got exactly what I paid for: not much.

The hotel is far from the downtown are. I recommend to rent a car. Also, the floors were very dirty and be prepared to enjoy the tran all night if you get the room in the corner facing the street.

The rooms were small but cozy, the bed was very comfy, the bathroom was not super clean, but the rest of the room was fine. The location was good, not in the center of downtown, but right next to the streetcar which runs frequently and directly to downtown. There are shops and restaurants nearby. There was a basic free breakfast. Overall- it could be cleaner and more spiffy but not bad for the price, considering it was the weekend of the film festival which brought me to Toronto.

The location made it very easy for us to get in and out of the city and avoid traffic.

I arrived in the hotel at about 1 am. The train still undergoing and it was very noisy as we sleep near that. No lift to go up to 2nd floor. The baggage will let you feel crazy. I don't know is it all air-conditioners was so noisy. No thing let me live in this hotel next time!

This hotel was just right. I wanted a place that was. Close to Chinatown and this was it. Staff kept things tidy and in order. Simple and clean.

loud, noisy, unfriendly staff (with the exception of the lady at the breakfast), would not stay there again

Streetcars were loud all night, couldn't sleep at all. Temperature control possibly busted, it was way too hot. All in all. I would not stay at this location again even if you paid me!

This HoJo is in a bad part of town, I actually had a cab driver tell me not to go outside at night because of drugs and crime. Good to know. Also, rooms extremely small, like can't get your suitcase to the bed because there is a desk in the way small. Not very clean smelling, no bed bugs though. The light rail trains are going all night outside the window though, so very noisy. Overall, cheap place to stay, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Got this room at an ok price considering if was TIFF time...but room smelled like stinky feet, wasn't ready for check in at 3PM! Also, no parking, had to park my car in an open public lot down the road and go down at 7am to put more money in the machine. They have an underground lot under an apt building a block away but only have like 10 spots and people park there who arent even staying at the hotel. Contintental breakfast was only open 7am to 10am...thought that was kind of short. The night desk guy couldn't understand or speak English...just shrugged his shoulders at us when we asked for something. Also asked the hotel to call us a cab and we waited outside for 15 mins then went in to ask if it was on the way and the girl said she forgot to call them back. so ended up waiting 30 mins for a cab. Shady location, lots of homeless people. I don't suggest the hotel, we had to stay there or else we would have been paying 250 or 300 bucks for a nice hotel.

Extremely noisy at all times. Very unprofessional and non courteous staff. Imposing fees and parking fees that when you reserve are mentioned. King size bedroom was really a smaller version of a double bed room. Required a$50 "SAFETY and SECURITY " deposit fee and parking is about 3 blocks away

The Hotel was 15 minutes from where I needed to be, each day. The Hotel manager was extremely helpful with directions and traffic avoidance issues!

Very bad... There was ants in my room and the manager was saying it was normal. Room was very small and not clean.

The only positive thing that I can say about this hotel is it easy to get to Exhibition Place from the hotel. The continental breakfast included dried out bagels, cereal and warm milk. The hotel is located right in front of the street car terminal that runs all night long. The convenient parking that is located a couple of blocks away is cheap to park at but you must get up at 6 am to feed the meter to pay for the rest of the day. The front desk staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. I was truly disappointed in this experience.

I was able to visit Lakeshore.. w/in walking distance. I also bike all over the city. Also came @ the perfect time, many holiday events/performances all around the city. The hotel was neat. The Manager could've been more friendly & also the cleaning staff could've made the bed daily w/fresh sheets, however overall the staff was fairly nice & some were very helpful. I also think this hotel should have video cameras placed right outside because I rented 2 bikes, locked them up @ the bike rack in front of the hotel, & by morning 1 was stolen along w/the lock. In comparison to other trips... this trip was adventurous & fun.

Hotel was not bad, as feedbacks tell... This hotel is not a bed bug "heaven", but there is some, very few of them. Overall, if you plan to spend less money, so Hojo is the best place to stay for couple nights.

The room was very small and it smealt very bad. My room was never cleaned by a cleaning lady. There was no parking for customer staying at the hotel unless you paid them $15.00 per day. There was no elevator in the hotel. You could not control the heat in the room you actually had to go downstairs to the front desk and ask for heat. The staff turned off our heat during the middle of the night when we asked for it to be on.

The rooms are a little small for sure but it's very legitimate in comparison to a hostel's rooms because you have your own bathroom. The TV has cable, the WiFi connexion is just incredible (so fast and reliable!) and the rooms were clean. The only thing is that they really weren't friendly when we checked out; they asked us to pay an extra 20$ because we left 10 mins too late. I couldn't tell if this is regular in hotels though, but I've never seen that in hostels of motels.

After reading reviews on this hotel, I was expecting a bad experience and dirty rooms. The rooms were quite clean, and very spacious, including a couch with a pull out bed. The breakfast wasn't very good, but luckily there was a McDonald's next door. I would stay here again.

14 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto ON

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Parkdale, Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West is within 2 miles (3 km) of sights such as High Park and Medieval Times. This 43-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. It's also close to Canadian Broadcasting Centre and CN Tower.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. This hotel has a restaurant where you can enjoy a bite to eat.


Rooms

Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West's 43 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, free newspapers, and free local calls. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Other standard amenities include hair dryers, safes, and ironing boards.


Property features

At Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, express check-in, and express check-out. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This hotel also has free newspapers.

Room options

Double Room, Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West

Everyone (2) Couples (11) Business (6) Family (5) Friends (6) Other (9)
4

comfortable basic hotel close to transportation

Everyone

Three of us stayed 5 nights at the Howard Johnson Toronto West. Ours was a flight and hotel package deal through Orbitz. I was concerned about my hotel choice based on the previous reviews, and was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very attentive to any issue that arose. They are friendly and very hard working. Staff was helpful with directions and maps to help us navigate Toronto. I had no issues with the cleanliness of our room, and there was no offensive odor as another traveller described. The beds are comfortable, and we made use of the sleeper sofa as well. Our room had no refrigerator. The list of amenities does not include a refrigerator, although the pictures of the rooms do show a refrigerator. The hotel policy is to not take food back to your room. Both the 504 and the 501 streetcar routes have stops at the hotel, this gives you access to the entire system. Our room was not noisy from the Streetcar yard, as noted by another reviewer. We were provided with only 3 bath towels daily, I'm sure we could have asked for more and they would have been readily provided. The safes in the rooms are inoperable, there is a safe at the front desk for use by guests. Breakfast consisted of juices, coffee, breads, bagels, cereal and make your own waffles, no hot foods or yogurt options. The hotel providing thoroughly for our basic travel needs. We will stay here again.

By , from Chicago on Mar 20, 2017

Review comment responded on May 18, 2017

thank you

2
Everyone

Not great. There is no garage, but you can park 2 blocks over and pay $12 for a 3 day pass. I got this hotel on the cheap, but I expected more from a chain such as Howard Johnson. This was a dive hotel and I got exactly what I paid for: not much.

By on Sep 15, 2016

2

weekend with friends

GetawayWithFriends

The hotel is far from the downtown are. I recommend to rent a car. Also, the floors were very dirty and be prepared to enjoy the tran all night if you get the room in the corner facing the street.

By on Apr 17, 2015

4

ok hotel

Couples

The rooms were small but cozy, the bed was very comfy, the bathroom was not super clean, but the rest of the room was fine. The location was good, not in the center of downtown, but right next to the streetcar which runs frequently and directly to downtown. There are shops and restaurants nearby. There was a basic free breakfast. Overall- it could be cleaner and more spiffy but not bad for the price, considering it was the weekend of the film festival which brought me to Toronto.

By on Sep 10, 2014

3

convenient location; suitable ammenities

Couples

The location made it very easy for us to get in and out of the city and avoid traffic.

By on May 5, 2014

2

a noisy night

Families

I arrived in the hotel at about 1 am. The train still undergoing and it was very noisy as we sleep near that. No lift to go up to 2nd floor. The baggage will let you feel crazy. I don't know is it all air-conditioners was so noisy. No thing let me live in this hotel next time!

By on Sep 17, 2012

3

right by chinatown

Couples

This hotel was just right. I wanted a place that was. Close to Chinatown and this was it. Staff kept things tidy and in order. Simple and clean.

By on Jun 18, 2012

2

poor experience

BusinessTravelers

loud, noisy, unfriendly staff (with the exception of the lady at the breakfast), would not stay there again

By on Mar 6, 2012

1

noisy!

Couples

Streetcars were loud all night, couldn't sleep at all. Temperature control possibly busted, it was way too hot. All in all. I would not stay at this location again even if you paid me!

By on Jan 1, 2012

1

hojo has no mojo

BusinessTravelers

This HoJo is in a bad part of town, I actually had a cab driver tell me not to go outside at night because of drugs and crime. Good to know. Also, rooms extremely small, like can't get your suitcase to the bed because there is a desk in the way small. Not very clean smelling, no bed bugs though. The light rail trains are going all night outside the window though, so very noisy. Overall, cheap place to stay, but you certainly get what you pay for.

By on Oct 10, 2011