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Old Jan 16, 16, 11:17 am
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Novotel Toronto Centre

45 The Esplanade Toronto, ON CA M5E1W2

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Novotel Toronto Centre

I stayed there for 1 night. Booked Executive room and was upgraded to Signature suite (next category). What a name for something very average...

The central location of the hotel is convenient if you want to stay downtown.

Check In

Two days prior to my stay, I received an e-mail for e-standby upgrades proposing me an upgrade for free to the junior suite (platinum upgrade). I followed the process and received instantly a confirmation that my demand was taken into account and that it will be confirmed at check-in whether my upgrade was granted or not. The upgrade was indeed granted, but not a word was said by the clerk at check-in outside "you are staying with us for 1 night, right ?" and "your room is number XXX, and the lifts are on the left". So very robotic, "minimum syndical" as we say in French. You discover if you are upgraded or not opening your room door.

Room

The room was on the 2nd floor, where the meeting rooms are. Corridors give the feeling of an average hotel (dated). Same for the room : they call that a"suite" because there is a kind of small "corner" at the entrance of the room where they have put a table and 3 armchairs, but this is not a separate room. Fivemin after I arrived, they bring in my room a bottle of water and a small cake + an envelope containing a welcome message from the GM and the drink voucher.

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The room was very dark because you are just under the top of some arcades on the street (see picture). So it was OK for one night, but I wouldn't stay in such a room for several days. On top of that, very poor soundproofing inside (I heard very well at 6 am the neighbour taking his/her shower) and outside (street noise). There is a Nespresso machine in room. Bathroom was the best part of the room !

 

 

 

Dining

The bar/restaurant area is pleasant and the barman was very nice. Drink voucher can be used for soft drinks, beer and wine. I took a glass of wine and he made me choose among their full list of wines-by-the-glass of their regular menu.

Overall

Overall, an averagestay, witha lot of room for improvement. And the weaknesses of the building and the hotel design will be hard to solve, even after a renovation.

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Old Jan 16, 16, 1:11 pm
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Thanks. I'm booked to stay here for four nights later this year and am now starting to hope that the FRHI properties are integrated into LCAH sooner rather than later...
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Thanks. I'm booked to stay here for four nights later this year and am now starting to hope that the FRHI properties are integrated into LCAH sooner rather than later...
I hope for you indeed.
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You got a drink voucher? I just got a piccolo bottle of Henckell-Trocken when I stayed there this summer!
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Old Jan 17, 16, 8:59 am
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You got a drink voucher? I just got a piccolo bottle of Henckell-Trocken when I stayed there this summer!
Yes, classical drink voucher. They bring me a bottle of water in room and not a bottle of Henckell-Trocken (I admit I didn't know what it was, so I googled it ).
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Follow-up : after the stay I reported here (mid-January), I received the usual satisfaction survey which I filled immediately. Never got any answer/feed-back until tonight when I received an e-mail with a kind of copy & paste answers / apologies. Three months after completing the survey, WOW
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I received the usual satisfaction survey which I filled immediately. Never got any answer/feed-back until tonight
The positive spin would be that at least now someone has read and (sort of) responded to your comments... But it really is very poor that it took so long.
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We stayed here for five nights this week. Following Goldorak's review our expectations were not high, so we weren't surprised to find that this is a rather disappointing property or to conclude that we wouldn't return.

We made an unrestricted booking several months in advance, expecting to rebook at some stage to secure a lower rate (or, after Goldorak's report, stay elsewhere). That didn't happen, as a very large conference (Microsoft WPC) brought 15,000+ people to Toronto during our stay. This meant that the hotel was genuinely sold out and no upgrades were to be had.

The lobby area and lifts are clean, fresh and modern. Everything else was identikit 1980s North American chain hotel, including chipped paint in unattractive shades of pink, peach and beige. Nothing about the property said "Novotel"; in fact even as a Mercure it would have seemed overbadged. The 2cm gap at the bottom of the door needed to be blocked off with a towel to try to exclude noise, light and cold air.

Platinum acknowledgement: a bottle of water, a voucher for a single drink, two fluorescent cup cakes that we didn't touch.
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The lobby area and lifts are clean, fresh and modern. Everything else was identikit 1980s North American chain hotel, including chipped paint in unattractive shades of pink, peach and beige. Nothing about the property said "Novotel"; in fact even as a Mercure it would have seemed overbadged. The 2cm gap at the bottom of the door needed to be blocked off with a towel to try to exclude noise, light and cold air.

Platinum acknowledgement: a bottle of water, a voucher for a single drink, two fluorescent cup cakes that we didn't touch.
Thanks for the quick review. Seems that nothing changed. I won't return too.
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Issue at Novotel Toronto Centre

I was given a room without a shower tray in the walk-in shower. I called to the front desk and an engineer was sent up to the room. He told me that the room was newly renovated and all of the new rooms no longer have shower trays to hold bars of soap and shampoo. When I asked him if it was intended for the soap to stay on the shower floor, he replied that he did not know.

I went down and spoke to the hotel GM and was told that I was given a "mock room" that was not yet fully completed. The GM told me that the shower tray should be in all rooms.

Is this really the right room to give to an elite member?

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Indeed a non-sense. But I'm not surprised knowing my own experience in this hotel in 2016. God to know that they are renovating but I will likely not return.
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Originally Posted by Gigantor View Post

I went down and spoke to the hotel GM and was told that I was given a "mock room" that was not yet fully completed.

Is this really the right room to give to an elite member?
Wow, I guess it's an honor for elite member to have PRE-ACCESS on anything; including mock room. Sorry for the jokes.

Anyway, some of the Accor properties need room for improvement; unfortunately some of them didn't have space for it.

Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
Indeed a non-sense. But I'm not surprised knowing my own experience in this hotel in 2016. God to know that they are renovating but I will likely not return.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/accor...to-centre.html
I like the way you reviewed it, especially the "Bathroom was the best part of the room" part. I guess it's not a compliment, right ?
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I like the way you reviewed it, especially the "Bathroom was the best part of the room" part. I guess it's not a compliment, right ?
Correct !
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Indeed a non-sense. But I'm not surprised knowing my own experience in this hotel in 2016. God to know that they are renovating but I will likely not return.
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blast from the past! terrible windows too.

but wait till you stay in Mercure Ginza Tokyo. Haha
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Originally Posted by Gigantor View Post
I was given a room without a shower tray in the walk-in shower. I called to the front desk and an engineer was sent up to the room. He told me that the room was newly renovated and all of the new rooms no longer have shower trays to hold bars of soap and shampoo. When I asked him if it was intended for the soap to stay on the shower floor, he replied that he did not know.

I went down and spoke to the hotel GM and was told that I was given a "mock room" that was not yet fully completed. The GM told me that the shower tray should be in all rooms.

Is this really the right room to give to an elite member?


yes, coz they gave you newly renovated room. you should be happy
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