Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre
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Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre

89 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R1 Canada
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#100 of 126 hotels in Toronto
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.4 of 5 bubbles
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Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre offers accommodation in Downtown Toronto, with the look and feel of a hotel and the economy of a University Residence. Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre is located in the heart of downtown with Toronto's famous City Hall and Nathan Phillip's Square as our direct neighbours. Near shopping, business, entertainment districts and all major attractions.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Internet
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Mid-range

Location

89 Chestnut St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R1 Canada
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Toronto Island Airport
Toronto Pearson Intl Airport
19.7 km
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St. Patrick
4 minToronto Rapid Transit
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Paula H wrote a review Jul 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We made a quick three day trip to Toronto and only needed a place to lay our heads. Room was clean. Air conditioning worked. Quiet sleeping conditions. Breakfast was good and the location allowed us to walk everywhere we needed in less than 2 km. Staff were friendly and a very secure building.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Navigator36315 wrote a review Sept 2005
Halifax, Nova sctia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We heard about 89 Chestnut when my son was notified that it would be his residence when starting University in September. We were going to be in Toront a few weeks before, so we decided to stay there instead of a regular hotel. We had two adjoining rooms with a south view of the city looking over Nathan Phillips square so there were lots of trees and the CN tower was in the view. Comfortable, clean air-conditioned rooms and the shower had invigorating water pressure. You couldn't ask for a better downtown location - the Eaton Centre, Queen St. and the subway very close and great restaurants all around. Walking distance to the theatres, Yonge St, University of Toronto and just about everything. Price about $80 Canadian for two including an OK continental breakfast with option to upgrade to a great hot breakfast. Excellent security and underground parking. We didn't miss the TV - in 8 days I went out a couple times to the Common room on the floor to watch the news.
My son lives there now for the academic year and loves it. Taxi stand at the hotel across the street. What more could you ask for?
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Date of stay: August 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Connector14613 wrote a review Mar 2004
Ontario
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great rooms, great location and a good value. A university of Toronto residence the rest of the year but visitor accommodation for Summer season. Friendly and helpful staff and a welcoming atmosphere. If you have a minimum 3 night stay(they don't accept shorter bookings) in downtown Toronto, this is the place to be!
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Danielle S wrote a review Jun 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 3 days rooms are disgusting, mucky, curtains don’t close. All you hear all night is the lift is the lift going up and down. My husband and I went down to breakfast to grab a snack to eat in the room while we got ready for a day trip to Niagara Falls and l was not allowed to leave the dining area and come to my room you was only allowed breakfast if you sat in the dining room full of shouting students. Staff extremely rude!! AVOID!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t use this place
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terikeb wrote a review Jun 2022
Winterport, Maine
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This so-called hotel is literally an old dormitory. The rooms have no refrigerators, no TVs, not even a trashcan. The staff was unfriendly and inattentive at checking. There is no coffee available unless you go in to have breakfast. Unfortunately I would say this is the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kevin D wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We needed a place to stay while in Toronto on Saturday night. We just needed a place to sleep. Found 89 Chestnut, the room was clean and provided a great night sleep. This place was reasonable priced and fit the bill. I will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Global37646 wrote a review Jul 2005
Athlone, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want room service, daily housekeeping and multi-channel tv this is not the place for you. If on the other hand you want a cheap room (we paid CDN$79 per night) right in the heart of the city (it's located behind Nathan Philips Square close to the bus station and Eaton Centre) with a free breakfast buffet then this is a great deal. Formerly the Colony Hotel the rooms obviously have a hotel feel with comfortable beds and chairs, nice bathrooms, a writing desk and table. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom and also an iron and ironing board. Housekeeping comes around twice a week but there are plenty of towels available to keep you going.

Check-in was quick and simple. You have to show your key to security before going up to your room but the staff are very friendly. Check out was no problem either and there was no problem storing our bags until later. An added advantage of the hotel is that the airport express bus stops directly outside the front door so no long walks with luggage. I found this hotel thanks to reviews on here and would have no problem recommending it to others.
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Date of stay: June 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Spunky wrote a review Nov 2004
Toronto
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place! This is the cheapest place with the best atmosphere I know in downtown Toronto. I paid $79 a night as opposed to $150 that I normally pay in other hotels. The only difference is that there was no TV in the room. But who is goes to Toronto to watch TV. I would definately stay there again, this place is a keeper!
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Date of stay: June 2004
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Weary T wrote a review Jul 2013
Montreal, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The original booking was done through Booking.com for July 16th to July 19th. Prior to arriving I called to verify some questions about bedding, air conditioning, lounge area, breakfast, towels, etc. We arrived on July 16th at 3:30 pm and were assigned a room on the 21st floor, Upon arrival in our room we turned on the air conditioning because the room was very hot. The room had two double beds with soiled carpeting. The room temperature did not change after a half hour so we went down to the front desk. Front desk put in a call to maintenance to have the air conditioning fixed in lieu of offering us a different room . We were forced to leave our room and go into into the sweltering heat of Toronto while this was being done. Upon reentry into the room we found first that the air had not improved and secondly that there were new boot prints all over the carpeting from maintenance. The carpeting on the side of the bed beside the air conditioning unit was wet and we stepped on it with our stocking feet. I called down to the Front desk to advise them that the air was still not working and they asked that I give them a minute and they would call me back. They called back and asked that we meet them on the 14th floor to see another room. We were relocated and finally re situated in a new room by 6:45 pm. I asked that the Manager be called and the Front Desk called Krishna. After I explained the entire situation to him and told him that it took over 3 hrs for us to get a proper room he said he would have to check with his team and that I could call him back the next morning. I asked that he call me back the next morning. I cancelled my morning plans and waited for his call which never came. My Husband finally called Krishna from Montreal that afternoon because the whole situation was unacceptable. Krishna said that he had not called me yet because the day was not over, He told me husband that the air was working fine and that the carpeting was wet because it had been washed (it was not wet anywhere but by the unit and only after it was worked on and if it was washed is it policy to send guests into a room with wet carpets). My husband said that the whole situation was unacceptable and that I would be leaving on the 18th rather than the 19th of July as planned. Krishna would not admit to any fault but said that I would have to deal with Booking.com since that was who I booked my hotel through. I did get a $55.94 credit for half a day but when I received my billed via email from Booking.com it stated that I should have only been charged for 2 days, but Chestnut Residence charged me for 2 and a half therefore further credit is due to me. I would also like to point out that the elevators were constantly malfunctioning and broken. Krishna the manager lacks in Customer service. Due to his inability to take immediate responsibility for the mistakes made instead of blaming Booking.com, our trip was ruined and cut short. We felt mistreated and mishandled. To sum it all up, I would not recommend the Chestnut Residence to anyone, not even if they had nowhere else to go.
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Date of stay: July 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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293janeg wrote a review Jul 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here because it was one of the recommended hotels for a conference that I was attending. I was a little nervous about it because of the reviews.

The best part is the location. It was walking distance to both the University of Toronto and Convention Center and Waterfront.

The included breakfast is extensive, as you might expect in a college cafeteria.

It was possible to make things work better than you are first led to believe. Since they are trying to attract the conference market it would be very helpful if they provided some information on how to make things works.
-There is a nice closet space, but no hangers. They will give these to you if you go down to the front desk and ask.
-There is ice in the laundry room. They will give you a bag at the front desk (and tell you where to find ice, but I would have never figured this out without asking).
-The policy on yelling at people to leave their bags and backpacks unsecured is annoying. Instead of coming down, having breakfast, and walking to the conference with the people I ran into breakfast I had to run back up to the run to grab my laptop.

I did not have any problems with the room itself. I usually stay in 2-3 star establishment, and value location. The room was clean, there was no mold and their was plenty of water pressure and hot water. The bed was comfortable, although the furniture was mismatched (which does not bother me). I don't mind not having housekeeping service...I don't clean my bathroom at home every day. The 3 provided towels were more than adequate for a 5 day stay. I like not worrying about someone coming into my room while I am gone.

However, in this day and age not having wireless internet is unacceptable. My laptop is more than a year old and does not have an ethernet port. Since this was an international conference, many participants do not have data plans that work in Canada. I had emailed them about bringing my own router to rent the modem and set up wireless in my room, and received no response. I did not bring my router because my husband wanted it at home and could not believe that I would not be able to connect to wireless internet at a academic conference in the conference recommended location. There is a sign on the internet desk that you may not use your own router. Some of the reviews say that wireless internet is available for University of Toronto students. This is ONLY true on the 27th floor (and possible some other common areas). After 3 days (and way too much time in Starbucks) I wandered up to the top floor and was able to connect to the eduroam network. This network would accept my home institutions credentials (if you are an academic google eduroam to see if your institution participates). I was only able to connect my ipad, but I assume the reason I was not able to connect my laptop is that Windows 8 was being difficult. On one hand there is a beautiful view over the city and to the lake and there is very comfortable furniture. On the other hand it would get very noisy with students.

Would I stay here again? Only if it was again the recommended conference hotel. Because there were so many staying there I could always find someone to walk with after dark and was able to have some good conversations over breakfast with out advanced planning.
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Roving20222763933 asked a question Jun 2023
Redbridge, Canada1 contribution
Do the rooms have a private shower?
Answer from boybanker
Washington DC, District of Columbia1,575 contribution198 helpful votes
Yes
Answer from Nicole M
Columbus, Ohio154 contributions41 helpful votes
Yes! Nothing modern or fancy - but clean!
Kurt P asked a question Apr 2017
Dorchester7 contributions1 helpful vote
Is parking available on site for a paying over night guest and at what cost?
Kurt P asked a question Apr 2017
Dorchester7 contributions1 helpful vote
Is parking available for an overnight paying guest?
Answer from Marg W
Ottawa, Canada28 contributions31 helpful votes
It is multi-storey & there are elevators. I don't know about the transportation.
boybanker wrote a tip Jun 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia1,575 contribution198 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Noisy but very effective HVAC in your room No facilities for safekeeping, but desk assured me there have been no problems."
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Danielle S wrote a tip Jun 2022
4 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t use this place"
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Frederick K wrote a tip Aug 2018
Boston, Massachusetts25 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"May be view on the south side towards the water is nice"
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Keith W wrote a tip Jun 2017
Grand Bend, Canada103 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't stay here if you prone to complain as there many things to complain about if you look for them."
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yycyycyyc wrote a tip May 2016
Calgary, AB653 contributions219 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"as low as possible so if the elevators don't work you can walk!"
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PRICE RANGE
$250 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
89 chestnut toronto, 89 chestnut hotel toronto
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
89 Chestnut
LOCATION
CanadaOntarioTorontoDowntown / Bay Street Corridor / Old Toronto
NUMBER OF ROOMS
700
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre
Which popular attractions are close to Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Nearby attractions include Little Canada (0.4 km), Ed Mirvish Theatre (0.4 km), and Old City Hall (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Yes, a parking garage and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Conveniently located restaurants include Adega, Donatello Restaurant, and JOEY Eaton Centre.
Does Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre (0.5 km), Spadina Museum (3.3 km), and Casa Loma (3.2 km).
Is Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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