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Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre {CAN} (no longer Honors)

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre {CAN} (no longer Honors)

Old Nov 12, 09, 1:06 pm
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Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre {CAN} (no longer Honors)

I had a short stay at the HGI Toronto City Centre a couple weeks ago. It's on Dundas about half a mile from Yonge and Dundas so it is walkable, the safety of that area can be questionable though.

The hotel was formerly a Comfort Inn. It is very clean and appointed like a typical HGI.

I'm a diamond but myway preference is points and I get breakfast from my client so I didn't check out the breakfast area. Reading other reviews it seems like their breakfast area can be a disaster. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel that also does room service. I tried to order room service buy got bounced around so I just went down to the restaurant.

Last time I went to this area I stated in the Holiday Inn Express and this was much nicer than that hotel.

Pictures on my blog http://travelingrd.blogspot.com/2009...ty-centre.html
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Old Nov 12, 09, 1:53 pm
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Great!!

I was thinking about staying HGI toronto, your review was very much appreciated. I am looking into the other HGI the one at 92 Peter street. Any thoughts on this property. I am interested in the Whirlpool room.
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Old Sep 20, 10, 12:42 pm
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Question Toronto City Center: HGI on Dundas or Courtyard on Yonge?

I'm staying for two weeks in Toronto for work and have a choice between the Hilton Garden Inn City Center on Dundas St and the Courtyard Marriott on Yonge St.

Any suggestions? I've stayed at the Courtyard three or four times and was satisfied, but I found a slightly lower rate at the HGI and I'd prefer to get more HHonors points.

They are only a few blocks away from each other, so I don't think the neighborhoods are going to be that different.

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Old Sep 20, 10, 5:50 pm
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I prefered HGI over CY, not only the room is bigger but much newer, CY is not bad but way too old
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Old Sep 20, 10, 6:57 pm
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I always stay at the CY and LOVE the location. The AAA rate includes the breakfast buffet and it's the one of the better breakfast buffets I have had. I like how it is only a half block from the college street subway stop and a block from church street bars and restaraunts. The only thing I don't like is if you are in the south tower on a higher a lot of times the wifi signal is week and you are stuck using the wired hi speed. The work out room and pool aren't very good though but I like they give out free earbud headphones you can take with you if you don't have any with you. I am only a silver at marriott and they let me use the express line and unless if the hotel is sold out they will give me a room with a balcony and if I can't get a balcony room I always got an end room even when I had no status at marriott.

I am going to be staying at the HGI on Dundas though during our thanksgiving weekend this year for the first time just because my hotel stays are down this quarter and that will give me the 10 needed nights for the free night certificate diamond promo. The HGI appears to be a little closer to the theater I have tickets for and the eaton center but a further walk from the subway (I always take via rail from windsor and take the subway to my hotel).

I am a gay male though so the courtyard is a great location for me for night life since the village is only a block away and nice to be able to walk back to my hotel in a few minutes. With the HGI I will probably just walk to the village and cab it back in november.
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Old Sep 20, 10, 7:10 pm
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I am huge fan of HGI chain, but the one in Dundas is the worst I have seen. Mostly because it used to be CY if I am not mistaken.

If its not too far, checkout HGI on 92 peter. A very nice property and wonderful staff.
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Old Sep 20, 10, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by zaf View Post
I am huge fan of HGI chain, but the one in Dundas is the worst I have seen. Mostly because it used to be CY if I am not mistaken.

If its not too far, checkout HGI on 92 peter. A very nice property and wonderful staff.
It used to be a comforts suite and I was told HGI renovated the hotel. The courtyard on yonge not that far away is pretty nice.
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Old Sep 21, 10, 2:44 pm
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Why not try for the HGI on Adelaide/Peter? It is in a good location and you are close enough (15 minutes) to the Younge/Dundas area if need be.
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Old Sep 21, 10, 4:05 pm
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My limiting factor is price. We have a corporate rate of 130 at the CY, and I need to stay at or under it if I want to stay somewhere else.

Suggestions based on that limit?
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Old Sep 21, 10, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by yyz-kin View Post
Why not try for the HGI on Adelaide/Peter? It is in a good location and you are close enough (15 minutes) to the Younge/Dundas area if need be.
That HGI is a brand new building purpose built for that property a couple of years ago.

Keep in mind you are near the heart of the club district and that area of Toronto has more bars and clubs per capita than anywhere else in the world. Thurs through Sat it is very busy and noisy until about 4 am.

Also the property on Dundas is in a bit of a sketchy area - just because they are only a few blocks away, the areas are a bit different.
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Old Sep 21, 10, 7:12 pm
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Originally Posted by DAS02135 View Post
My limiting factor is price. We have a corporate rate of 130 at the CY, and I need to stay at or under it if I want to stay somewhere else.

Suggestions based on that limit?
Rates vary depending on the dates, but I know sometimes the Delta Chelsea by the Eaton center close to Yonge and Dundas can be cheaper than the courtyard and it's a nice hotel. It's one of the largest hotels downtown and near both the CY and HGI
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Old Sep 21, 10, 7:18 pm
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Since you are staying for two weeks you might want to check out town inn on Church as well. I haven't stayed there since they redid them but am told they did a good job. They are apartments turned into hotel suites with full kitchens and the rates are reasonable sometimes.
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Old Jan 1, 11, 7:26 pm
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HGI Toronto City Center Trip Report

Here is a report of our stay at the HGI Toronto City Center
http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en...tyhocn=YYZCCGI

We had tickets to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert http://www.priscillathemusical.com/ at the Prince of Wales Theater for New Years Eve (2010).

I had originally booked the Toronto Hilton using points for location and we had never stayed there. On Thursday, 12/30, a friend decided to join us if we could get things organized.

The Hilton was showing as sold out for paid rooms and reward rooms. I might could have called the DD ask asked for a second room but wanted to see what other options there were.

The HGI Downtown was showing sold out and no reward rooms.

The HGI City Center came up as a Point Stretcher for 21000 points for 12/31. I jumped on it and booked two rooms under the point stretcher! Canceled the Hilton, got another theater ticket two seats form ours and we were off!

The HGI is a nice hotel. The lobby is large. We checked in around noon and the front desk staff were very nice. I lost my paper with the notes and names, but the front desk agent from Grenada was very good; friendly, efficient, and entertaining. We were given rooms 621 and 619. The hotel voluntarily gave our friend in the second room a breakfast voucher, even though not required to, which was great. We valet parked the car ($30CAD). There are in/out privileges but we just left it till ready to leave. Because it was New Years Eve they made sure that every person in the rooms had their name on the reservation. They were expecting to be sold out and extra security was on the door that night.

The room was large with lots of space. The rooms are a bit dark because the windows are very small. But this is a city hotel and it's just the way things are some times. The furnishings were in good condition and the bed very comfortable. There was a flat screen TV, fridge, micro, desk, chair, couch, coffee table. There is an independent restaurant attached to the hotel but we did not eat there. The breakfast this morning was great. They have the usual cold cereals, yogurts, make your own waffles but also had a chef cooking eggs and omelets to order with delish bacon and pork sausages (the nice British style ones). Everyone this morning were absolutely fabulous and provided top notch service with a smile and conversation.

We checked out around 11am and instead of trying to put our stuff in the car, they held our luggage at the desk till we returned from more shopping. The valet was great and brought the car up quickly.

The hotel is a couple of city blocks off Dundas Square and the Eaton Center. The area immediately around the hotel is a bit run down and not very nice. But it was not so derelict that we felt unsafe (or any more unsafe than in any big urban setting). Driving here was so easy. Off the Gardner you take the Jarvis exit and the hotel is on the corner of Jarvis and Dundas. The front door and parking is actually off Jarvis.

I would recommend staying here.
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Old Jan 2, 11, 1:06 pm
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I stayed there on 12/31 also, this is a supprisingly nice hotel
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Old Jan 3, 11, 1:51 pm
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I prefer the HGI downtown but I stay here if the rate for the HGI downtown is more than my corporate will pay.

The HGI Center City hotel itself is very nice and the staff is great, I just wish the neighborhood was better. There are more nice places to eat within easy walking distance of HGI downtown.

On the plus side the gentlemens club next door normally has very funny slogans on the marquee.
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