Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West
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Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West

14 Roncesvalles Ave King St West and Queensway, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2K3 Canada
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2.9 of 5 bubbles
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2.3 of 5 bubbles
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Looking for a place to stay in Toronto? Then look no further than Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West, a budget friendly motel that brings the best of Toronto to your doorstep.

Rooms at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West provide a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West guests have access to 24 hour front desk, newspaper, and express check-in and check-out. You can also enjoy free breakfast. Need a place to park? There is paid private parking available nearby.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Bloor West Village (1.8 mi) and West Queen West (1.8 mi), guests of Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West can easily experience some of Toronto's most well known attractions.

If you’re looking for a diner, consider a visit to The Ace, Avenue Open Kitchen, or Jane and Bloor Restaurant, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West.

Should time allow, Roncesvalles Village, Sunnyside Park, and Lamport Stadium are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West as you experience everything Toronto has to offer.

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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Room features
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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Languages Spoken
English, Korean, Vietnamese

Location

14 Roncesvalles Ave King St West and Queensway, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2K3 Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 63 out of 100
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Toronto Island Airport
Toronto Pearson Intl Airport
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Brian R wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a terrible hotel. Not only is the hotel a dump, the location is awful. Located at the corner of King and Queen streets in Toronto, it is directly beside the TTC Streetcar turnaround. Noisy screeching sounds made it impossible to sleep. The room itself was a health hazard - soiled towels and stained bedspread - I'm not sure the linens were even washed! I found a Bic lighter in between the sheets! The bathtub had peeling enamel and rusty fittings; the tub faucet was lose and therefor difficult to adjust the water temperature; there was hair on the bathtub surround; window in the bathroom had no lock and had been left open. The wall paper was ripped, the door to the bathroom had punch holes;...I could go on and on. It was a disgrace! Oh, and no parking, which was never identified on the website. Shame on you Howard Johnson and Wyndham Hotels!! Someone from your corporate office needs to go and inspect this hotel as soon as possible. I will never stay at another Howard Johnson Hotel! I can't believe they had to nerve to charge money to stay there. The franchisee is clearly squeezing every penny out of this tired and sad building. Stay away! I stayed the night only because I arrived in the evening and had a funeral to attend early the next morning.
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Date of stay: February 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from SalimaM82, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Hi Brian, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your stay at the Howard Johnson. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future. We hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience.
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Marie wrote a review Jul 2012
Ontario's Near North, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hotel because we were in Toronto at a concert. We booked two rooms one for ourselves and one for our teenage children. Sure we knew it was going to be cheap, but we were hoping it was going to be cheerful too! (It happens!)

The first clue that we might not enjoy our stay was when we asked a guy at garage for directions. His exact words were, "Whoa, rough neighbourhood..." and this was coming from a guy who looked like he could handle himself in ANY neighbourhood.

When we arrived after driving for 7 hours (yes we live in the middle of no-where) we were told our rooms were not ready. So we hung around the very friendly front desk staff and waited.

Finally we were told we could go up.

Up we went...and low and behold we couldn't believe our eyes. (Maneuvering ourselves and our luggage down the hallway filled with bundles of used bedclothes was pretty creepy.) Our room was beaten up (small holes in the walls), abused and stained. Clean? I don't know! I couldn't tell! Was it dirt or a stain?
It was incredible! I'm not a neat freak, you can ask my collection of very happy dust bunnies...they'll tell you! But this was freaky. I felt like I was going to be sleeping in crime scene, or perhaps that I had been teleported to an episode of Starsky and Hutch and at any moment Huggy Bear was going to jump out and give us a tour.

I was mortified and immediately went to look at the kids room. It wasn't any better, however, my morbid teens thought it was funny that there was what looked like to be bullet holes in the walls and more peculiar stains on the carpet to which I won't even go into. (They weren't bullet holes...just holes...and very imaginative kids.)

I went back to my room and opened the phone book and booked us into a different hotel. We went down stairs and because we had pre-paid for the hotel rooms we were not able to be reimbursed. Such is life. You win some, you lose some.

If you've read any of my other reviews you will know that I give good and fair reviews. But honestly, the only good thing I can say about this place was that the staff were lovely and genuinely concerned that we were leaving. We were very polite to the staff and not insulting...it's not their fault...they're just working there, they don't own the place.

Bottom line: If you're broke, young and used to youth hostels and you need to spend a few nights in Toronto - go ahead, I'm sure it's safe enough. The location is pretty good.
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Date of stay: October 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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DistressedTraveller wrote a review May 2011
Houston, Texas
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dear Sir//Mam,
Please post this on your website to help other Travellers.
HOJO at 14 Roncesvalles Ave Toronto, ON M6R 2K3
This is a Really Terrible place to live. Please watch out for the following.
Rude hotel staff, extremely dirty carpet (check carpet color INSIDE the ROOM versus OUTSIDE the room). Outside the room the carpet is clean, but inside the room the carpet is stained with black shoe and feces marks (never washed!!!).
The comforter and the sheet underneath had the stains when I asked for the new comforter, i was given sheets in exchange. The size of their pillow is the size of the Diameter of your Head!!! That’s it.
There is a stain going from the side of the mattress all the way to the edge of the bed all the way to the carpet. Patches of these stains were on the carpet.
DO NOT trust the size of the rooms you see in a picture or photo. The ROOMS are Extremely TINY!!!
Online advertisement will talk about in room safe. There is NO SAFE.
Online advertisement will describe clean shower. I found pubic hair on the hair drier!!. When I brought to the attention of the staff, they did NOTHING.
Area where the hotel is located is very dangerous. Please be careful with you possessions.
There was NO fitness center. NO Parking facility, NO SAFETY DEPOSITE BOX, No CYCLING!!!
There is CONTINOUS LOUD NOISE from the Street Car (similar to light rail/Tram) ALL DAY and NIGHT.

It is really a terrible hotel please STAY AWAY because for a $10.00 difference they will rip you off saying "WE DID NOT PUT THE ADVERTISEMENT, the websites did. Complaint to the website not to us"
Sincerely
Distressed Traveler who lived at HOJO 14 Roncesvalles Ave Toronto, ON M6R 2K3 and became sick upon reaching home.
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Date of stay: May 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: They charge the same room rates so why choose them
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Response from gm13164, Manager at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West
Responded 30 May 2011
Thank you for taking the time to leave a note with your comments on Trip Advisor. Feedback from valuable guests assists us in improving our service and property on a daily basis. In addition, please know that your comments and suggestions will be addressed. However, we need to verify your name and date of stay in order to launch our coaching endeavors with the relevant members of staff. We would greatly appreciate if you could contact us either by phone 416 532 9900 or email gm13164@sterlinghotelscanada.com as our goal is to not only meet the needs of each and every guest we serve, but to exceed your expectations and make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Once again thank you very much for your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Eugine Arul General Manager
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Richard S wrote a review Mar 2020
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking at a street view of this property on Google didn't leave a great impression... seeing the same view upon arrival did nothing to quell my apprehensions.

However, the front desk staff was great and the check in experience went well and I was off to a guarded trek to the room.

I must say that I was PLEASANTLY surprised! The room was remodeled and quite modern. The bed was comfy and the towels smelled clean with a hint of bleach.

From a convenience standpoint, public transit is literally right outside the front door and there are fast and sit down food options in walking distance.

Hotel offers a limited breakfast but there is a McDonalds right next door that is 24/7

Wi-Fi was slow and dodgy.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: 3 floors but no lift
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Response from SalimaM82, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi Richard, Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review of your stay at the Howard Johnson Downtown! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed our friendly staff, clean rooms and convenient location. We look forward to serving you again in the near future!
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greeneye50 wrote a review Mar 2011
Venice
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We got here on the 14th of march 2011 and we must say the hotel didn't actually look that shabby from the outside, even though the neighborhood is a little Ghettolike!
Anyways, the receptionist was unfriendly and actually only paid attention once and that was when it came to pay the 50 cad deposit. The room was located at the 3rd floor and since there was no elevator we had to carry our 3 big suitcases all the way up without any kind of help offered whatsoever. We were yelled and insulted at by a drunk man who came down the stairs right by the reception desk and nobody even thought of interfering . Once we got into the room, we couldn't believe our eyes. The carpet along the stairs all the way towards the room was already the most disgusting thing we've ever seen but the one in the room topped it. There were stains with the size of a spaghetti bowl, mold stains on the bathroom curtain, on the pillow on the sheets and on the wall. It was announced as a double but it was too small even for a single. We went downstairs to complain but the manager wasn't there so there was nothing she could do. On the next morning we tried to have breakfast but since there was nothing but a waffle maker, we skipped that. Unfortunately the manager wasn't there again so we left to get a new place. Once we found one we took our stuff and left. The room hasn't been cleaned in the morning either. We called the manger the next morning, who turned out to be a very rude, unreasonable and uneducated person. He wouldn't let me finish one sentence and referred to his policy there is no way to get a refund about 5 times during that conversation. All in all THIS HOTEL IS A SCAM!!! and we can only highly recommend you not to go there, not even for a dollar a day!!!
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Date of stay: March 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mimicuchi wrote a review Sept 2010
Orlando, Florida
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff in this hotel knows that if you go inside, you won't stay. This is the reason they offer 30% off in 3 days stay. Very atractive for people don't know this horrible place. After you arrive and see all around or go to undescriptibles room, you will never can cancel and have your money back. No choice....stay in there frustaded or gift them your money just for nothing. I will never come back and I will never recommend this hotel. When I see that appear somebody telling something diferent or saying that this is a very good place, even a good place, I know for sure that is somebody instructed for them to do it.
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Vixalot wrote a review Nov 2015
Waterloo, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at this hotel because we wanted an inexpensive hotel for 1 night stay in Toronto in this specific area. This was the only hotel in the area. The room was fine. Small, but fairly clean. What I would expect from a 2 star hotel for less than $100. My problem was with the front desk staff. I arrived to a man listening to his headphones. No smile. Rude. Then the next morning we were just double checking that we didn't forget anything when the room phone rang at 11:03 am. I answered it and was told in an extremely rude voice that check out was at 11. I explained we were just on our way out. I just couldn't believe it! Never in all my years of staying in hotels have I ever received a call in my room for being 3 minutes late on a check out. Left the worst taste in my mouth. Will never stay here again. Ever.
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Date of stay: November 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Loud streetcars all night
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TheBear917 wrote a review Sept 2015
Manchester, United Kingdom
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for a couple of nights because of the ok location and what we thought was a resonable price. Thinking about it now though, this place may be used on next seasons I'm a Celebrity Get me out of here!

The 'maid' couldn't even be bothered hoovering the stairs, I don't actually think they own a hoover. Our room stunk of smoke so badly that we could still smell it on our clothes a week or so afterwards. The room was disgustingly dirty, I don't think the bathroom had been mopped this year. When you had a shower you had to dry your feet throughly before stepping out otherwise they would be dirty from the floor. I think the mop issue is the same as the hoover, they don't own one. There were clumps off hair in the plug and long black hairs all over the bathroom (not ours!) There were stubbed out cigarettes still on the lamp and ash on the ac unit. Our room was situated at the front of the hotel, this seems ok. But the rail cars run 24/7... right outside the hotel!

We did see the maid on our second day so she did exist, she started cleaning the tables in the dining area while we were eating our breakfast... with BLEACH!!! We also got attacked by a bug on our first night, David Attenborough would have struggled identifying the sucker but it was just another tick on the, why are we here?, chart. There was also holes in the wall, a tear in the actual mattress and stains all over, lovely.

A positive was the guy behind reception who worked nights was nice and helpful. The others could barely comprehend what we were staying. Do yourself a favour, don't put yourself through this place.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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alicias326 wrote a review Aug 2015
Gananoque
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dirty, noisy, outdated. The bathroom was covered in long red hairs (mine is black). Pubic hairs covering toilet and floor. Dirty sheets, dusty.
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Date of stay: August 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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jrSD2017 wrote a review Feb 2015
Edmonton, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was a huge disappointment. Even though based on the price and other ratings, I wasn't prepared for a hotel that was so unresponsive to concerns regarding ants int he room, dirty floors and smoking allowed. It is old, dirty the breakfast room looks like it is in a storage room the quality of offerings was very poor. When we commented way we were checking out, the person at the desk showed nothing but uncaring disinterest. Our goal in staying there was to be close to the hospital, but couldn't do it and had to check out after one day. We were' offered any refund,s o we forfeited our prepaid fees.
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Date of stay: February 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from Lacey R
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada5 contributions
cancel. cancel. cancel. Parking is a joke and hotel staff are horrendous and the hotel is disgusting
Juan B asked a question Feb 2019
do you have parking?
Answer from Chuck333
Thorold, Canada1,314 contribution96 helpful votes
Parking is in an outdoor lot that is not operated by the hotel and is 3 blocks away. Parking at the hotel for check in and check out is always full. We had to park up the road, about a block at a strip mall lot that was posted customer parking only. My wife stayed with the car to ensure it was not towed while I brought the luggage down to the hotel. This place sucks from the get go. I strongly suggest that you look for another place.
Ted T wrote a tip Aug 2020
Kanata, Canada99 contributions73 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t even think of booking this location"
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Richard S wrote a tip Mar 2020
Nashville, Tennessee, United States83 contributions86 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"3 floors but no lift"
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iGoer wrote a tip Aug 2019
San Jose, California174 contributions83 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid all rooms. Stay at some other place."
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cweinman667 wrote a tip Aug 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania6 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"find another hotel"
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timmerpoinsy wrote a tip Jan 2019
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"In the middle of a construction zone. No parking. Absolutely grubby entrance."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West
Which popular attractions are close to Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Nearby attractions include Budapest Park (0.2 km), Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine (0.4 km), and West End Comics (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and express check-in and check-out.
What food & drink options are available at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Conveniently located restaurants include Glory Hole Doughnuts, Cherry Bomb Coffee, and Shangrila.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Are there any historical sites close to Howard Johnson by Wyndham Toronto Downtown West?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre (5.6 km), Spadina Museum (5.4 km), and Casa Loma (5.3 km).
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