We stayed here for a week in October 2006. The location is great in terms of public transport, about 3 blocks from the Bloor-Yonge subway which will take you North, South, East and West in the city as this is the junction of two lines. If you’re travelling in from the airport (without huge bags) it’s very easy to take the 192 Airport Rocket to Kipling subway station and then it’s a direct line to Bloor-Yonge. All for only $2.75 per adult and 70 cents for children 12 yrs and under.
We walked from the apartment as far as the CN Tower, to Kensington Market, the Eaton Centre and so on. Well, pretty much everywhere apart from the day there was a very cold, strong wind blowing!
The upmarket shopping available at Yorkville and Hazelton Lanes (which includes the wonderful Whole food Market) are all within about 10/15 mins walk at most of the apartment.
We rented a two bedroom apartment which consisted of one bedroom with 2 single beds and a dbl bed in the other bedroom. There was a good size L-shaped living room with a three-seater sofa (converted to a sofa-bed if needed) a two-seater sofa and an armchair, coffee table and side tables and lamps, TV with cable (they say basic but it seemed like plenty of channels to us) and a dining table for six. While the décor is somewhat dated and in the pink/brown/beige spectrum it was clean. There was a balcony off the sitting/dining room (distant view of the lake and nice sun rises).The sitting room and both bedrooms had ceiling fans and air con units. We didn’t need this is late Oct but the apartment was also warm enough, worth noting as this is a cold city in winter. Various cupboards and wardrobes for storage, so no problems tripping over bags.
The small kitchen was basic with original old style units but, again, clean. There was a full stove, microwave, full size fridge/freezer, electric kettle, coffee maker and toaster. The Cromwell provided washing-up liquid and dishcloths/tea towels. A reasonable amount of pots, pans, plates etc. When I asked for extra towels, tea cloths and a hair dryer these where all provided quite happily.
There are numerous 24 hour supermarkets within a few minutes. Rabba was about the best (turn left out of the building, on the corner near Yonge). Above Rabba there’s a 24 hour internet café which was very handy for sending emails home and quite cheap. They do have WiFi at the Cromwell if you’re travelling with a laptop. Otherwise turn right out of the building and turn left onto Church. There’s a Hasty Market, also a Beer Store about one block down on Church and there’s a very nice wine store on Wellesley nr the corner with Church.
Also on Church, nr the junction with Wellesley, there are various take out pizza and kebab/falafel (shawarma) places and yet another supermarket, fruit and veg shop and a Starbucks (!) about 3 or 4 blocks along Church. All very close. Some nice restaurants in walking distance too.
All the staff we came into contact with at The Cromwell where friendly and helpful. We arrived after office hours (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm approx) and the Superintendent who lives in the building met us with our keys and door entry card. No problems getting in or getting our keys, all the info was as supplied. Not like the time we ended up sitting on a door-step in Barcelona! These things matter when renting apartments!!
There’s a laundry in the basement that costs $2 per wash and $1.50 for the dryer (you need to get your own detergent etc) again useful for those on a longer trip or with children.
If you want 5 star luxury you can pay for that. If you want good basic, spacious accommodation that gives you a great location and facilities such as a kitchen, so you can relax after a long day out, this is the place. We paid $1,144 CAN /£563 (approx) inc tax for a week which, compared to a hotel (effectively a week in a bedroom and a bathroom as a family!) seemed like a very good deal to me.
I was travelling with my two children and felt quite safe as a woman on my own, with children, walking around both the immediate area and Toronto in general.
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