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“Affordable "hostel"-like accommodation in great location”
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The Rex Hotel
Ranked #11 of 117 Toronto B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 June 2010

We enjoyed our stay in Toronto at the Rex Hotel, but it should be obvious from the price that this is not a cool "boutique" hotel, but more like a hostel with private rooms. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the downstairs jazz bar is great for a drink and catching up with friends. The price is also pretty unbeatable for the location. That said, it's important to realize that this is a VERY basic place so adjust your expectations accordingly. The rooms are tiny, ours wasn't completely clean on arrival (dirty towel in bathroom and shower covered in soap scum), and there are few amenities (other than towels, TV & air-con). However, the staff are really nice (although busy when bar is full), there were no bed bugs, and all you have to do is ask if you need anything. So, if you're on a super tight budget but still want to be close to the action in Toronto, I would recommend it; otherwise, I would shell out a bit more for something more upscale.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

Had a wonderful time at the Rex hotel. I have stayed in may downtown hotels before being from out of town and someone who enjoys the night life in Toronto. The Rex was by far the best hotel I have been to. The room was simple, but it was just what my girlfriend and I needed. The staff was amazingly friendly from the moment of our arrival to the moment we checked out. I would recommend this to anyone was who looking for a nice place to stay it was close to everything sub way ect, the live music was wonderful, but it was also not over powering when we were in the room. It was just down right wonderful!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

The Rex is in a great location - walking distance to most of the sights, or 3 mins walk from the subway. Rooms are very very basic and there are no frills here, but the atmosphere in the Rex is great. Fantastic musice every night (until 1am, so don't expect and early night on the 1st floor if you don't have earplugs!

The staff are great - breakfast is a cup of coffee and some toast, but that was all that was needed to send you off on your day in Toronto - sitting at the bar in the evening you will meet some great people and see some fantastic bands. For this price the Rex is great - just don't expect room service!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

Definitely not a family hotel, which we loved... kinda sick of getting woken up early in the morning by screaming children in the next room everywhere we stay. Room was small and simple; just a bed, TV, window and bathroom. No phone or clock. If you're a high-maintenance type person, this isn't for you. Perfect for my wife and I on a long weekend trip to the city. Very centrally located - just about everything we wanted was within walking distance. Restaurants, bars, shopping, and Toronto Art Gallery were within blocks. Harbourfront was a little further, but still walkable. Parking garage up the block isn't too expensive, about $13 per night. Staff was great - they even loaned us a parking pass for two of our three nights that one of the managers wasn't using, so we only had to pay parking one night. Bar downstairs is great - live music pretty much all times of the day. Could hear the music just a tiny bit in our room, but didn't disrupt our sleeping at all. This place was damn near perfect, will definitely go back next time we're in Toronto.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

Very clean, modern, comfortable and compact! We were very lucky to find such a convenient location at such an affordable price. The manager/owner was very helpful and pleasant. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2010

I´m not sure how I was lucky enough to find this place but it is absolutely a hidden gem. The place is right on Queen St. W a few short blocks from the CN tower (which I could see out of my window). You are a few blocks from the train station and have ample dining within walking distance.

I am not sure how long they have been a hotel there, but the rooms were pretty impressive - although small (which was OK for me). Absolutely the best thing about this place is the jazz bar downstairs. After checking in I was able to go downstairs, have some food, a drink and listen to some live music, perfect for unwinding after a day of traveling.

The room was small, but very up to date. There was no fridge, microwave, or anything like that, just a bed, TV and shower (nice shower). The food downstairs was great, the music was awesome, and the rates were reasonable.

The only potential negatives might be a) the room was small and b) they bill the room as FOOD on the receipt which made it confusing when it came time to get reimbursed.

All in all - Loved it!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Address: 194 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Queen Street and West Queen West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range: £52 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Rex Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Toronto's Queen Street Entertainment District, The Rex Hotel is a true boutique hotel experience. Compact, modern and tidy, our rooms cater to today's current business or pleasure traveler on a short visit to the downtown core.The newly renovated rooms include ensuite washrooms, individually controlled heating/air conditioning units, flat screen television and cable, wireless internet access, and one double pillow-top bed. ... more   less 
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