When my husband and I travel we like to stay in Hotels that offer a well kept environment, enough room to relax and value for our money. When we were younger travellers we didn't go for the 5 star hotels but as we've grown older, we're finding that our tastes are getting a little more selective and it's more difficult to be satisfied in a 'ho-hum' room even if we are only staying over one night.
Last summer we travelled to Toronto, Ontario to visit our oldest daughter. Although she graciously offered to put us up for the night we decided that as her space was at a premium, we would stay the night in a hotel nearby. After calling around we decided to choose a Days Inn that was about 10 minutes from her apartment.
When we arrived we had a bit of difficulty determining just where this particular hotel actually was but soon discovered that it was atop a Chinese restaurant - a take out place that actually didn't look too appetizing. Parking was at a premium with roughly 10 spaces located at the side of the building and when we entered the Reception area we were greeted by a very small front desk area where a single Desk clerk met us.
Parking for our vehicle we found out was in an underground area which was being rented from one of the apartment buildings that was 3 blocks away. We decided to chance leaving the car parked at the side of the building long enough to get our luggage to our room. When we'd called to reserve the fellow mentioned they only had two smaller rooms available. Fine, we were two people, how small could the room be anyway?
Well it was small. Teeny tiny in fact. It was tucked into a small remote corner of the building on the 2nd floor and let's just say that in order to change our minds? We would have to step into the hall way to do so. It was the smallest room we have ever stayed in and although it was relatively clean, it was well worn.
The bathroom, almost a quarter the size of the entire room itself, was marred on almost every surface with cigarette burns...perhaps from previous visitors who had found they needed to think, had stepped into the hallway to do so leaving their cigarettes to burn into the vanity, toilet seat, even the bath tub.
The room was equipped with a tv, a tv stand, a double bed, two night tables, a small table and one chair. Our luggage barely fit into the room and half way through the the night one of the bags actually toppled off the chair all over the floor.
The room had one window, a teeny tiny one of course and was equipped with a very noisy air conditioner that didn't work very well and the room itself was shall we say...close. The window itself looked out over the roof of the building and previous visitors had thrown all kinds of garbage onto it...ugh.
Directly behind the building was the Street car station and all night we heard the incessant roar of street cars as they moved in and out of the station.
The bed itself was not overly comfortable and sleep that night was very little, no pun intended.
Overall, it wasn't the best night's accommodations we've ever enjoyed but it was a place to stay that didn't mean we were putting our daughter out. Of course, it would have been better if the teeny tiny room had come with a teeny tiny price to match. We paid $85 which in downtown Toronto is a steal though. It may be a hotel suitable for those who are traveling alone and who don't really care what the surroundings look like as they'll be sleeping anyway, but for us we think we'll avoid accepting accommodations again when someone says 'small rooms' unless we question whether small really means small, or teeny tiny.