To save money, because we were staying in town for six nights, we stayed here but regretted it. As previous posters have mentioned, the front desk staff seem poorly trained, and they are more used to big school groups than individual guests.
An unfriendly young man who was working the overnight shift told me he couldnt tell me if there was any possibility of moving to a different room to a quiter section of the hall and that I would have to ask in the office the next day. The front desk person doesn't know how full the residence is?
On the plus side, the room was air conditioned, which is necessary in Toronto in summer, and the curtains at least had linings to block out light in the morning.
Our biggest complaint was the noise from what seemed to be the undergrad students who are residents there in wetmore hall, where we stayed..
They showed no consideration for other guests, walking through the halls and yelling at each other from one end of the hall to another, well past midnight, and slamming room doors and hallway entrance doors. There is a kitchen common area where they gathered each night watching TV that blared away.
Security is good, with locks on the main building entrance, the entrance to each floor and you can;t use the elevator unless you have a room key.
Be warned that you could end up with a large group of high-school students staying on your floor as well, since it's a popular accommodation for student groups. The communal bathroom can also be a very long trek down the hall from where your room is.
Location is good and fairly central, in a leafy and green area of the campus. Building is ugly late 1960s architecture with lots of concrete, like a disguised parking garage.
If you have a car, note that there is no overnight parking on Willcocks street in front of the residence. I parked on Spadina just below Willcocks, where you can park overnight but the meter starts charging at 8 a.m. So you have to get up and move your car or put money in the meter. A better bet would be to find a city-run parking lot and just leave your car there if you don't need to drive anywhere while in town.
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