I recently returned from a fantastic weekend in Canada with my mom and cousin. The primary reason for this trip was to visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Technically, I’ve been to the American side but it was when my mom was pregnant with me so I considered this my first trip to the Falls. Originally it was only me and my mom going on this trip but once my cousin heard about it she decided to join us. Also, my mom and I wanted to attend the Rogers Cup tennis tournament while we were there but we ended up not going after all due to cost/change in flight. So, I was tasked with finding a hotel that had two beds plus a sofa bed and was large enough to accommodate three adults comfortably. I also wanted a hotel that was located somewhat equidistant between downtown Toronto where we would be catching our Niagara Falls tour and York University where the Rogers Cup was being held, although the latter ended up not being a moot point since we didn’t go to the tournament.
I’ve said before that my mom and I prefer extended stay hotels, and now that a third person was joining us we definitely wanted to stay in that type of hotel. I found the Homewood Suites Toronto- Oakville on Expedia and was very happy to see that they had a two bedroom suite available. When I bundled it with our flights it turned out to be very reasonably priced so we decided to book it.
The hotel was about a 25 minute taxi ride from YYZ and it was right off the QEW. It was located in a small commercial area with several restaurants and a movie theater within walking distance. If you look up the hotel on Google maps you will see a road between the hotel and the restaurants/movie theater but don’t let that put you off because it’s just a parking lot road, not a major road. It only takes a couple of minutes to get there, if that, so it was very convenient for us since we didn’t have a car and didn’t need to book an Uber.
The lobby was similar to that of other Homewood Suites in which I’ve stayed, and it was clean and spacious. The breakfast area had plentiful seating, including regular dining tables, bar height tables and even a couple of booths. We went to breakfast pretty early both mornings so there were only a few other guests there and we had no problem finding a table. However, like other extended stay hotels I imagine that it would get pretty crowded the later you go so I would suggest getting there early. The breakfast offerings were the standard choices at a hot breakfast buffet so you had pancakes, eggs, a potato option, fruit, waffles, cereal, etc. I was happy with the selection and quality of the breakfast and it was a great way to start the day.
We booked the two bedroom suite, which included two separate King bedrooms each with their own bathroom and tv. The suite also had a full kitchen and dining table, and a living area with a sofa bed and tv. This arrangement worked out well for three adults as there was plenty of room for all of us.
Since we arrived in Toronto later than we originally planned due to American changing our flight, we decided to have a low key evening and just have dinner and go to a movie. The movie let out around 10:00pm and we felt absolutely safe making the walk back to the hotel as there were loads of people around and the area was well lit.
The location of the hotel worked well for us as it allowed us to walk to our dinner/movie and would have been well placed between downtown Toronto and York University had we attended the tennis. However, if I were going to Toronto to spend time downtown I would recommend actually staying downtown as this hotel does not give you the experience of being in the city since it is in the suburbs.
The only issue that we had during our stay is that the toilet in one of the bedrooms was not functioning properly. There was hardly any water in the bowl and we unfortunately realized this after solid waste could not be flushed. My mom filled the trash can with water and added it to the bowl, and that allowed the toilet to flush properly. We did call maintenance and someone came up very quickly to look at it, but all they said was that the toilet worked but was just slow at adding water. One of the reasons we booked this particular room at this particular hotel was because we wanted two bathrooms, and it was an inconvenience to have one of the toilets not working as it should.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel and would book it again if I didn’t need to be in downtown Toronto.