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Hotel Ocho
Ranked #17 of 117 Toronto B&B and Inns
Windsor, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Trend, Great potential but not practical”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

I gave this hotel a try recently on a business trip to Toronto. I really enjoy independent hotels. This place has a very cool hip feel. A little rustic and a little refined. The problem is that hip and cool has meant sacrificing functionality and practicality. Room was large, bed (very comfortable) is in the centre of the room meaning it is a very inefficient use of space. There is no closet nor dresser nor armoire only a small rack to hang clothes. Bathroom is beautifully designed with white marble on floors walls and counter but lighting is horrible...actually lighting over all is quite bad. The real draw back is the parking situation - there is a pay lot adjacent to the hotel however it is a flat rate from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, so what happens at 6;15 when your time is up? Knowing Toronto lot owners your car will be tagged and towed. Other option for parking is a block away - tough to drag any luggage that far. If they can get over trying to be so cool and think about the customer this will be great little hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

I stayed at the Ocho in October 2012. I had serious reservations about staying there given the price was so low. I arrived on a cold and rainy night after a long flight - when I checked in I was asked if I had eater dinner (I had not), 10 minutes later a wonderful meal courtesy of the chef (and on the house) arrived at my room.

The room was just big enough for the bed and desk, so don't expect huge amount of room, but it has a wonderful style and natural lighting. The bathroom was excellent and overall the room was very clean.

I will certainly stay at the Ocho again - even if it was twice the price. The personal service from ALL staff was exceptional, they go the extra mile, clearly they are proud of their hotel (and rightly so).

My only comment is that I think the rooms could have better lighting.

I highly recommend this wonderful and stylish hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Morrow, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2012

To me, there are 2 things that a hotel room must do right...the bed and the bathroom. The bed had better be comfortable and the bathroom had better be clean and functional. Hotel Ocho gets them both right.

This is an interesting modern style boutique hotel. There are only 12 rooms in the hotel. The first two floors are the bar and restaurant. The bar was well stocked and the restaurant had a wonderful menu. Service was ever present.

Some may consider the rooms small but I think they're just the right size for anywhere from a 1-4 night stay. The bed is 'floating', in other words, it's positioned in the middle of the room. No issues there. And, it was extremely comfortable and very clean.

The bathroom was also perfect. I can't stand taking showers in a tub. Hotel Ocho has wonderful walk in showers with multiple shower heads.

The location of the hotel is in an interesting and eclectic area. Lots of stuff to do nearby. Despite the potential for activity, I heard none of it at night...very quiet rooms. The Dark Horse Espresso bar was right up the street and serves fantastic coffee. Fresh on Spadina restaurant was down the street and serves wonderful vegan food.

One more thing...if you complain about no one to help you with your luggage, then you have too much luggage. Did someone carry it for you through the airport? Unless your of the Royal Family, then carry your own luggage.

This is now my go-to hotel when I travel to Toronto. Nice job Ocho!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Hotel Ocho on a Saturday night on a stop-over in Toronto. The hotel and area around it are buzzing with activity, but the rooms are lovely and quiet. The bar and restaurant in the hotel are better than most options in Toronto's Chinatown, and you are a short walk to trams to Younge and Parliament Streets. All in all, a great location with helpful staff and lots going for it.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem very nice.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2012

I booked two rooms and also hosted a bachelorette party in the hotel lounge this past weekend.

The service for both rooms and party hosting was top notch (thanks to Jamal!). The team really went above and beyond expectations throughout the weekend.

The hotel itself is very charming, with an industrial decor warmed with beautiful and really original artwork throughout. As a contemporary art lover, I was surprised to find some new artists to look up and admire.

We had both a standard room, which was beautiful, and a deluxe suite, which would really worth the splurge for a romantic evening.

Parking can be found on the east side of Spadina north of the hotel, on Grange St. We paid $14 for one night.

We tried breakfast in the lounge and were surprised to find that they were not sure what time the chef would arrive to serve breakfast (it was after 11:30), and the food was not very good. However appetizers in the lounge the night before had been wonderful. If you need breakfast, there were lots of good options as we walked north.

Overall I would highly recommend this hotel, and look forward to returning again one day!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Waterloo, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

The title of this review is a reflection of the 'feel' of the place. It's an odd place. As noted in a previous review, the receptions desk (it's really a table) is hidden underneath the stairs. When we arrived, the receptionist leaned over the second floor balcony to see if we wanted a table. You see, when you enter the establishment you are in a restaurant. He was friendly enough and when he found out we were there to check-in, he slid down the bannister to the first floor. It was all slightly odd and had a hippie-type feel to it. The room was nice but oddly arranged. The bed is in the centre of the room, while the night table is situated behind the bed. This leaves you with nothing to set your book or glasses on unless you reach behind the headboard to place it on the table. Not terribly convenient. The room was clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. It took me awhile to figure out the state of the art shower controls. There is no bathtub but the shower has two controls and I had a bit of difficulty getting it turned on. Once I figured it out, there were no complaints. The water coming out of shower head was strong and hot. The lights in the room were rather weak for reading and there was only one chair in the room. You can hear street noise in the room.
I love the feel of the neighbourhood since you are in Chinatown. Lots of interesting small stores.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Bristol
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2012

We hired two huge rooms together and were delighted by the stylish spaces. Lovely staff, terrible check in arrangements with the receptionist hiding under a staircase of the ground floor restaurant, but really very little to complain about.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Hotel Ocho
Address: 195 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C5, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Queen Street and West Queen West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ocho 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ocho is the newest hotel in downtown Toronto, which opened its doors on June 15th 2011. Hotel Ocho offers modern boutique-style accommodations featuring our perfectly eclectic mix of visual arts on a backdrop of historical architectural and modern European influenced renovations. Exposed wood beams, steel, white marble and black granite are carried from our bar & lounge to our dining room, and into our cozy hotel rooms. Standard Queen, Superior King & Deluxe King all host plush beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screen TVs and waterfall showerheads. Hotel Ocho offers FREE WI-FI in the entire building. We are conveniently located at the meeting point of downtown Toronto’s key neighbourhoods. Within a 10-minute stroll, our guests will encounter the Bohemian spirit of Kensington Market, hustle and bustle of China Town, night life of King West and Richmond St. Entertainment Districts and one of a kind shopping experience of Queen Street West in Toronto’s Fashion District . eat • drink • sleep. Room type: Deluxe King Room This room offers a large tub and white marble.Room type: Superior King Room This room has black granite floors in the bathroom.Room type: Standard Queen Room. ... more   less 
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