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Cambridge Suites Toronto
Ranked #38 of 136 Hotels in Toronto
Milwaukee, WI
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“Wonderful value for a major metro area”
Reviewed 12 June 2012

The first thing that attracted me to this hotel when searching for a place to stay in Toronto was the price... Only about $150/night for a Fri/Sat stay. Then I noticed that it was right in the downtown area (I hadn't narrowed my search by location), and finally I saw the positive reviews here on TA, so I decided to jump on booking it. And I am so glad I did. I can't recall another time that I have found this nice of a hotel, in a major city, for this great of a value. Sure, parking is extra, but it would be much more in Chicago, so I wasn't put off by that at all.

Our room was in a corner, so we have a bedroom area and a sitting room area with a small kitchenette, which was great since we had driven from Wisconsin and had some Gatorades and fruit leftover from our drive that could be kept fresh in our room. The room had updated furnishings, televisions in each separate room, and free wi-fi for as many devices as we liked.

Just like the many other reviews mention, the location of this hotel is great too. Once we parked our car upon arrival, we didn't get it out again until we were leaving town on Sunday. We walked to the hockey hall of fame, the CN tower, the Rogers Center for a Bluejays game, and to the Molson Amphitheater for a concert. Granted, the walk to the Molson was a bit far, maybe 3 miles, but we felt perfectly safe walking there and back, even at 11:30pm after the concert ended.

Overall, I don't have any other comments to add that haven't already been positively stated by other recent reviews. If I travel to Toronto again, I would not hesitate to book a room at the Cambridge Suites Hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 15 June 2012
Dear ktyg,

I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed our hotel. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with other tripadvisor readers. If I can ever help with future travel plans, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely, Tim
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

In the past we have stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Toronto, but felt that it was getting a bit run down as well as having real issues with houskeeping/cleanliness. Therefore, we decided to stay at the Cambridge Suites earlier this month. My husband and I were in town for several days before meeting relatives, so we moved from our initial room once family came so that we could be closer to their room. All three rooms were spacious, quiet, and very clean. Although if possible, avoid staying by the elevators. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the linen was nice. Each room had many extra pillows, so for those of you that like to have extra, this is the hotel for you. As the pictures on the site note, there is a large room off the bedroom for sitting and watching t.v. The kitchen area is small, but has the essential equipment of a mini fridge, microwave, and one cup coffee maker. There is an enormous bathroom, which makes it easy for two to get ready at the same time. Although in this hotel for close to a week, we never felt confined. The staff are very helpful and courteous. However, there was one very special standout in this group and her name is Kristan. She made us feel so welcome and assisted us in every way possible. Cambridge Suites is lucky to have such a gem working form them.

The hotel reataurant is called Portico. It is one of the highest rated on Tripadvisor and for good reason. We ate dinner there one night and all four of us thought it excellent.

Would like to give a tip to those that are visitng during inclement weather. You can actually get to the Bay/Eaton's Center without going outside! Just wind your way through the parking lot and use the underground path.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 15 June 2012
Dear tokyohos,

Thank you for providing such thoughtful feedback. I am sorry your previous experience in Toronto was not spectacular but very glad we could help make your recent visit more enjoyable. If I can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely, Tim
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

We've been travelling regulary to Toronto for many years now and we try out a new hotel every time we go. This will probably change now, since we have discovered the Cambridge Suites. The location is perfect as it is close enough to walk to the harbour front (15 minutes walk), in the middle of lots of fantastic dining options (for example the wonderful Hy's Steakhouse) and you basically fall into the Bay and the Eaton Centre when you walk out the front door. Toronto is such a great city to walk places, so we hardly needed to take the subway, nevertheless, the stop is just around the corner of the hotel. We had a regular suite which is really spacoius and gave us lots of space for our three suitcases and all those shopping bags that we stored at our room. It was nice to hang out in the living room to watch the hockey playoffs and switch to the bedroom to watch the late night shows (we actually did go out as well) and just have the opportunity to give each other a little space. We had our car parked at the garage which didn't include valet services and therefore was absolutely reasonably priced. It was so fast and easy to just take down the elevator to your car and don't bother waiting for somebody to pick it up. I can't tell you much about the service as we didn't really require anything and we didn't have breakfast at the hotel. However, the employees at the front desk seemed genuinely nice and eager to help and the room was absolutely spotless and nicely decorated. All in all, the perfect place for a city trip with easy access to all amenities.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 15 June 2012
Dear thilly13,

Thank you for the exceptional review. I am glad we have become your new home away from home in Toronto! (I'm only sorry you didn't discover us sooner.) If I can ever be of service to you on a future trip to Toronto, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,
Tim
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Haddington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

waThis was my second visit to the Cambridge Suites in 8 months. I was so impressed by my first visit that I doubt if I would stray anywhere else in Toronto now. My room was a bit smaller this time but more than adequate for one person - I haven't yet used BOTH of the TVs! Service from the reception staff was outstanding as usual and as I hadn't brought my laptop I was able to make use of the second-floor business suite during my stay for sending and reading mail. Understandably, the hotel request that guests use these PCs for only short sessions but I've never had to wait. Location could not really be bettered with Yonge Street and The Bay only minutes away and all of the city's attractions within walking distance. Only one negative - on both occasions that I have stayed here they have tried to incorrectly charge me for use of the minibar, small amounts but annoying when you haven't used it. Reception staff always helpful in resolving the issue though.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 13 June 2012
Dear FlyingScotsman52,

Thank you for your continued loyalty - we can't wait to welcome you back. Please let me know when you are returning so I can personally ensure you recieve your preferred floorplan.

Safe travels, Tim
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Sumner, Christchurch
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

I love the Cambridge Suites Hotel in Toronto Canada. It is the hotel that my company uses when we are in Toronto. Many of the New Zealand team who now live in Toronto stayed there for long periods prior to relocating to their own apartments.

I first stayed there in 2011 and have stayed about six times now I guess. Each stay has been most pleasant.

The hotel is very conveniently located near the corner of Richmond and Yonge Streets. The rooms are a good size and are well appointed. I don’t believe I have ever eaten a meal there (there are so many places to eat in Toronto and I am normally dinning with colleagues or my Canadian relatives at some new place). I have had some drinks at the bar in the evening on he odd occasion and it is pleasant enough. The laundry service is great. The internet has improved over the time I’ve been staying there and is now very simple to use and complimentary. They book Town Cars for airport service.

The main reason I enjoy the hotel so much is the consistently (and I mean consistently) great service from the staff. I do not believe I have ever stayed at a hotel where the staff are, to a person, so helpful, polite and cheerful.

Much of this I suspect is due to the manager, Tim Ostrem.

I did once see him and his team delivering Christmas parcels using their groovy bicycle which has a big basket on the front. They were wearing branded furry hats and looked to be having fun spreading Christmas cheer.

I have only met Tim once and it was a brief meeting. But I am connected to him through many social media services (Twitter, Four Square and LinkedIn).

On my first visit to the Cambridge (Twitter handle @CambridgeTor) I tweeted my delight in having reached the hotel after the long haul travel from New Zealand. I noted the wonderful room I was in. The Cambridge replied to my tweet to welcome me. But more impressively when I returned to my room, from one of the aforementioned dinners somewhere, there was a bottle of wine in my room along with a note that read “Thanks for the Suite tweet” and a welcome from Tim.

This was a wonderful welcome.

Tim followed me on Twitter and has welcomed me personally on every subsequent visit.

On this most recent visit I ‘checked in’ to the Cambridge on Foursquare. Tim responded with a welcome and connected via Foursquare.

The next day a colleague and I headed around the corner to a local Starbucks for a coffee and I dutifully checked in there. After about 10 minutes in walked Tim (whom I had never actually met until this visit). He had seen my check in and had bought a Starbuck’s gift card as a welcome and to buy me coffee. Very cool and again a wonderful way of making me feel welcome.

Tim truly gets the power of Social Media as a way to monitor client satisfaction, to connect with his clients and to provide innovative and personalised welcomes to his guests.

I can’t say enough about the Cambridge Suites and will (obviously) continue to stay there on my frequent trips to Toronto.

Tim can be found @timostrem or on Foursquare as Tim Ostrem MBA and of course on LinkedIn… I recommend connecting.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 4 June 2012
Dear MerchantAdventurer,

Your kind words and tremendous review are greatly appreciated! While nothing will ever replace the genuine warmth and comfort of face to face hsopitality, the online world has opened up a new world of opportunities for us to connect with our guests and creater a more personal connection - thank you for sharing my contact details. I am thrilled you appreciated our efforts and look forward to your next "check-in." Don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of personal service to you or your family.

Yours in Hospitality, Tim
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

We have stayed in this hotel before, many times over the last few years. I complained last year when they stopped supplying complimentary microwave popcorn, cookies and bottled water. I also complained about the size of their double beds, found them way smaller than all the hotel double beds I came across in my travel and was told that they were standard size. I didn't believe them then so I contacted the hotel earlier this year and asked about the beds, I was told that they were especially made to size for Cambridge Suite! They were not made to accommodate two people.

Onto this year's review: We came back to this hotel over and over again for its location. Kitty corner from The Bay and subway station. 10 minutes walk to St. Lawrence market. I could get around without having to rent a vehicle while my husband attends to his business. The room was clean but imagine my surprise when I found that they'd gotten rid of the Keurig coffee maker in the room. Keurig's K-cup coffee has always been a cut, or more, above the standard room coffee so we weren't happy to find "NABOB"!!! They'd also gotten rid of the real coffee cream they used to keep in the bar fridge as well, they now have some edible oil product coffee creamer in room temp! Yikes! The manager told us last year that they were looking for different ways other than the complimentary popcorn and cookies to make the hotel appealing to their guests. I'm still waiting.....

They now have a fruit infused iced water container in the lobby in the evenings. Prettiest thing ever and it really is a nice touch. Loved that. The usual bowl of apples sits in the lobby and I must say they have the best red delicious apples I've ever eaten. The green ones were bruised and often left behind so they should just keep to the good apples. They were out of the red one afternoon and I asked the desk clerk if they had any more. The young gentleman I asked was busy on the phone so he asked his co-worker to check behind the desk. "No" he came back. The one on the phone said to give him a few minutes then he'd check in the kitchen. We said we would come back down but he offered to bring the apples, washed and in a napkin, up to our room. I wish I'd gotten his name so he gets credit for making this hotel worth a next visit!

My husband was dining alone in the hotel restaurant one night. I wandered in with my own fruit infused water just as he was finishing his meal. I ordered a coffee and the young waiter brought a small dish of biscotti with it. It was a nice touch and he was extremely attentive. I mentioned the coffee was not hot enough, he made a fresh pot. He did not miss a beat! Wonderful service!

At the end of the day, the desk clerk's offer to bring up freshly washed apples brightened up our stay. It's always been about the experience and with that plus a clean room and a comfortable bed, we can almost forgive the hotel for serving us "NABOB"!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 4 June 2012
Dear swanster,

Thank you for the detailed review and feedback regarding your past stays. I was very pleased to read that not only do you appreciate our excellent service, but you enjoyed our fruit infused water and fresh apples in the lobby. In addition to these special touches, we are continuing to find new ways to enhance the guest experience; with the addition of complimentary touring bikes for guests to enjoy the city, iPads avaialble at the Front Desk for guest use, and complimentary internet access for all guests. (One of the first 4 Star Hotels in our city to do so.) We have even enhanced our breakfast buffet by by adding a selection of hot items to our continental offering. And rest assured, we have not removed our Keurig Coffee Machines or Fresh Cream - they are features of our Cityscape Suites and remain in them today. Be sure to book a Cityscape Suite on your next visit to enjoy them. Thanks again - your feedback is valuable!

Sincerely, Tim
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

We stayed at the Hotel over the weekend of the 27th May 2012 and all I can say is that this hotel is a definate yes for any traveller to Toronto. The hotel staff where all very good and very friendly and could not do enough to help. The hotel ammenities are perfect and the location of the hotel is also perfect for all the attractions in Toronto.

I will deffinatley be staying here again if I ever get back to Toronto.

Well done to Cambridge Suites Hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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timostrem, General Manager at Cambridge Suites Toronto, responded to this review, 4 June 2012
Dear Gra000,

It was very nice of you to pass along such wonderful comments regarding your recent stay. Thank you! If I can ever help wiht future travel plans to Toronto, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,
Tim
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Property: Cambridge Suites Toronto
Address: 15 Richmond St. E., Toronto, Ontario M5C 1N2, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Toronto
#23 Romantic Hotel in Toronto
#26 Business Hotel in Toronto
#27 Luxury Hotel in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cambridge Suites Toronto 4*
Number of rooms: 230
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted as one of Canada's top 25 hotels, an all suite property that offers space and privacy; French doors separate the bedroom from the living room with free WiFi access. Each suite boasts an entertainment wet bar with a coffee maker, fridge and microwave; as an extension of the bathroom, we offer a private dressing area and 24 hour room service is available as part of Portico restaurant's dining experience. Hotel guests also have access to the Business Centre plus access to the Rooftop Fitness Studio featuring a breathtaking view of the City. The hotel is connected to Toronto's underground PATH, which affords the business and leisure traveller with a well lit, secured walking corridor to over 5,000 companies and shops such as the Eaton Centre. Going to the theatre? Three of Toronto's best are within two blocks of the hotel! Looking for your place in the city? You found it! ... more   less 
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