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“Like Ye Olde English Bookstore”

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Pimblett's Downtown Toronto B&B
Ranked #50 of 117 Toronto B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 April 2010

Nothing like a hotel at all, you couldn't even compare the two. The moment you walk in the door its an amazing experience. Chock block full to the brim of antiques and books of every size and nature. If you are claustrophobic forget it. This is an old row house with charm and character oozing out of every cranny. The kind and accomodating English gentleman, Geoffrey, who own and operates the B and B has storys that charm and thrill you and is very willing to tell if you ask. 10 month old Doberman Brewster is just as warm and welcoming, well maybe even more so. The whole package from owner to dog to decoration is an experience and a half you won't want to miss. To the right traveller in the right frame of mind this place is a total and utter delight. Breakfast was overwhelmingly enormous and so British, just adored every moment. Taking my husband back for the experience in a couple of weeks. Authentic Mexican food restaurant at the top of the street called Margarites, gotta go back and try it.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 March 2010

If you have any notions of a tidy place to come back to, forget it. You're coming into someone's home who is a character and a half. Geoffrey has become a friend over the years and we enjoy coming back. Things are disorderly, it's true, but that's what I like. The plates are eclectic, things are erratic but organized in their way. We received a fine blessing from The Vicar in the sunroom. If I was a writer, this is where I'd want to stay. Take a chance. Geoffrey's great.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

I stayed for a week in August and several days in October -- both were very good experiences. Mr. Pimblett and his staff create a charming, cozy environment and are friendly, capable and helpful. The B&B is decorated in a charming Victorian/Royal theme. There are washrooms, TVs, and thoughtful conveniences in the rooms (some have balconies or separate entrances). I was given keys to the front door and my room so could come and go as I pleased. The breakfasts are amazing and plentiful. There are tables in the kitchen, sun room and patio so lots of choice as to seating. It was lovely to meet friendly people from Italy, Brazil, and the US during breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed both of my stays there!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

i you're looking for a truly unique, yet super-located facility in which to stay in toronto, we can recommend Pimblett's Downtown B&B as outstanding. Eclectic simply doesn't get it, either as regards the facility, or the host, or the food-preparer. It also applies to your fellow guests.

Should we have the opportunity to return to toronto, there's no doubt as to where we'll stay. It's GREAT!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

I highly recommend Albert Pimblett's downtown Bed and Breakfast as it oozes charm and character.

The rooms are spacious, comfortable and very good value for money. Geoffrey and his 'man servant' aka John (who serves scrumptious breakfasts) make a comic duo and are really the highlight of the b & b. They also have a dog, Brewster, who is only too eager to welcome you to the house!

The location is perfect, being located in Cabbagetown (old area), only a few blocks away from a subway station (10-15mins walk) and Church Street (gay area).

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were very sad to leave.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

I was warmly greeted and sincere concern was shown for me and my belongings. After a quick tour and explanations of breakfast time and other amenities, I was turned to come and go as io pleased. Every morning was filled with the lovely aromas of bacon, sausage, eggs and John's (the cook) exquisite pancakes, along with fresh fruit, juice and other delicious items! This is a very convenient and affordable location in the heart of the city with all the feel of visiting a family member's house. Next visit I will bring the wife and book early!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

Despite the friendly and interesting character of the owner and his friends, I can't rate this b and b highly. There was stuff everywhere, some of it interesting but this is the definition of clutter. You wondered how he'd manage to cook breakfast (same every day) or where to sit. Our room was not serviced daily, had torn wallpaper and drapes, and was missing 2 of the 3 pieces of the door molding in the bathroom.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 242 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2G2, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range: $125 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pimblett's Downtown Toronto B&B 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Englishman's home where guest are welcome. Affordable downtown Toronto location. Parking available, fully cooked breakfast. Queen rooms, king beds, one room with a jacuzzi. Close to shops, restaurants, bars and all Toronto Downtown sites. Special tourist accommodation and business guests welcome. Wireless internet and internet desk provided. ... more   less 
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