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Old Jun 19, 18, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by CJKatl View Post
The hotel is not a typical CY. It is more like an older seventies urban Holiday Inn, which will not be for everyone.
It used to be a Howard Johnson's. Never had an orange roof, though.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 5:35 am
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This 'CY' has a modern 'CY' lobby that is large. Its on Yonge street & near the subway line.. Only about 3 blocks from Eaton centre.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:39 am
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Stayed here for one night at the end of April. Nothing new to report about the staff and rooms that hasn't already been mentioned in the thread many times. One odd thing is that my room keys kept de-magnetizing so I had to have them replaced three times. By the time I was leaving I had eight room key cards laying around and I'm pretty sure none of them worked. The front desk said it may have been because they were in proximity to my credit cards but I've never had this happen before.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by GregWTravels View Post
It used to be a Howard Johnson's. Never had an orange roof, though.
This makes sense because I LOVED HoJos. Clam night was a holiday in my house growing up. The Fudgiana is an all-time favorite dessert. And their chocolate lollipop was indescribable.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 6:34 pm
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Stayed here for 4 nights.

There is signage that this is "the largest courtyard in the world!" which was in quotations, so dunno if that's a fact or if they heard someone say that so they made posters.

As a platinum, I was offered 500 points or the $10usd/person/night chits, which is worth $13cad a chit, and i booked for a second guest so i had a $104cad food and "beverage" credit. I tried using these chits for drinks and was told in a very Ontario way "you cannot use this for alcohol, is this not the rule at every other courtyard outside of ontario? you should know this!" I then had to explain literally every hotel in the world outside of ontario will accept chit for beverages. Also, you can only use 2 chits per day, or as the server clarified, per check.

Got upgraded to a corner room with balcony in the south tower. But the internet did not work so I complained, spent 20 mins with guesttek trying to trouble shoot (which actually works most the time) and was given 2000 points goodwill, and would be moved to another room. The second room was not as nice/expansive/with a balcony, was in the north tower, but it's fine. All the rooms very recently renovated, comfortable, standard courtyard. The wifi-to-tv feature does not work yet. No suites were available, I did ask, as this hotel was apparently sold out.

The pool had a hot tub but they literally boarded it up then put chairs on top. Chintziness or a party hotel run amok, I dunno. Great property I like it and the location is decent.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 7:36 pm
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Thanks for the update. Much appreciated.

Chits may or may not be used for booze based on local state/province/country rules, so no the 'every hotel outside of Ontario will accept this' is wrong. That's up to the property to inform, since most travelers wouldn't know, but no need to give the staff a hard time. And yes, it's 2 $10 chits per day, not per check - aka, you could use one earlier in the day & one later in the day/

My guess (and it's only that), is that if the hot tub was boarded up, some prior party went bad, they need to get the eco folk (or others) to fix it all, & it was easier to board it up. But they should have put a note out letting everyone know.

But good to know overall that the hotel worked out.

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Old Mar 4, 19, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock View Post
My guess (and it's only that), is that if the hot tub was boarded up, some prior party went bad, they need to get the eco folk (or others) to fix it all, & it was easier to board it up. But they should have put a note out letting everyone know.
The hot tub has been boarded up for months. I think they are done with it. I can ask. They've fixed the gym up a little in recent months with some better cardio machines and a couple of weeks ago they were re-doing the walls. It's a decent improvement on the old gym.

Re: $10 drink chit it's clearly stated it's not for alcohol (which is a shame). I usually take the points, but if I'm feeling like CY breakfast daily, the $10 helps.

The elevators have their issues. On my last stay 2 of the 4 on the south tower were broken, so morning and peak periods were terrible for 17 floors (cleaning staff using the guest elevators too). The hotel put out water and fruit at the Lobby Level outside the elevators to apologies for the inconvenience(s).

The WiFi throughout the entire hotel is usually pretty poor, including premium internet. The beds, bathrooms post renovation a couple of years ago are solid, and the location is excellent.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 3:34 pm
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Update: In the last two weeks, Courtyard Toronto Downtown is now giving daily breakfast coupon vouchers to the buffet/Nook area. $CAD24 value. Gratuity & Tax Included.
Valid for you and one guest.
Dated for each day of your stay.
Valid for Bonvoy Platinum & up.


Welcome amenity is still 500 points or $CAD10 F&B credit daily (no alcohol, etc, same rules apply as listed in this thread).

Front Desk Clerk said it was launched 'based on guest feedback'.
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Old May 7, 19, 10:13 am
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Only Gold Elite status here. I just booked using my points for a stay for mid Jul. I've never been to TO so I hope the location of this property is convenient to tourist attractions.

One question I have is: I booked for 5 nights (5th night free using points). I think I am most likely going to stay 4 nights and forfeit the 5th. There is no penalty I'm assuming?
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Old May 7, 19, 12:51 pm
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No penalty, but you won't get any points back.

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