If you want a no frills hotel stay here, simple as that.
This was our second time staying here and again it suited our needs and we found it adequate. However if you want something plush and upmarket then look elsewhere.
The front desk and domestic staff are pleasant, professional and helpful, the exercise room is ok but could do with some updated equipment and weights, the pool is fine and a nice temperature and if you time it right you can have it to yourself but the hot tub was broken, had it ever been fixed since our previous visit three years prior!?
The bed was comfortable and we were on the 18th floor which meant it was quiet-ish but you could still here the c-train, however it wasn't really an issue. The rooms are tired though, they could do with a lick of paint (our bathroom was especially shoddy) and some new furniture - oh and a safety deposit box would be a nice touch.
We were disappointed with the slow, confused service we received in Moxie's however, having visited three in Canada this was the worst, it's not cheap either so you'd expect better for the price you pay.
I noticed this time the sketchy area that the hotel is in, I know you will get beggars, drunks etc in any downtown location but I felt vulnerable at times and I am quite comfortable in big cities in general. One time there were vagrants perched on the hotel steps, another time drunks outside Moxies (not customers) and teenage beggars hassling for "train fare" on the c-train stop right outside the door. This isn't the hotels fault at all, I realise, however it's something to consider if you are a lone female traveller. Luckily I had my 6'6" husband with me :)
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