We were trying to be budget conscious by going to a well reviewed bed and breakfast and the Seaton Dream is nice especially if you have a car - however, being from the U.S. we confirmed using a credit card and since this is Canada we also got hit by the 13 % tax on top of our hotel rate $159/ night so our final total was completed unexpected. It's not clear if this tax is voluntary as from other sites we've seen that mentioned, but we paid it, and because we originally used a credit card to reserve the room we also got stuck with conversion fees, so overall this put us at least $80 over budget. Not that much but it was unfortunately unexpected. If you are from U.S. keep this in mind. We now see that other B &B's make a point to mention that their rates are inclusive of the Canada taxes but this is NOT the case at the Seaton Dream.
As to the actual review, Jamie is a great cook and the breakfasts were delicious. Sitting out on the porch in the neighborhood was alot of fun. There is a pub down the street that has good food for lunch or dinner. The Seaton's location was okay though you really needed a car to get around in Toronto and even to get across the city took over an hour.
Things to see & do: don't miss Casa Loma, St. Lawrence Market, Chinatown.
In September is the annual Toronto film festival and celebrities come to town. Ben Affleck, Kristen Stewart, etc.
I do agree with the other reviewer that because of the warm temperatures the week we were in Toronto, our room (West Wing) was hot & suffocating and so we recommended that the room needs a ceiling fan or something in there to help with air movement. The bathroom is nice but it's a LONG stretch to get INTO the tub as the tub is HUGE. There are also about 15 tiny steps to go up to the 2nd floor and with luggage it's a whopper. But the West wing is spacious and the bay windows face the street and has a nice view.
The back porch is really nice to hang out and all in all we had a good time and if there could be a fan in the room, we'd be back, Canada taxes, conversion fees and all!!!
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- Private bathrooms for all! Experience casual elegance in downtown Toronto. We have carefully planned the decor of our bed and breakfast, which was completely renovated in 2007, to ensure you instantly feel relaxed and comfortable. Whether you are enjoying the garden patio, rejuvenating yourself in the sauna, drifting off to sleep on our new mattresses, or savoring a delicious hot breakfast, we look forward to making you feel at home every minute of your stay. ... more less
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