///Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel///
OK, so I know I’ve been writing a lot about Toronto, reviewing its food, etc. I promise this is the last Toronto-centric post for a while. When I was in Toronto at CPFC, I stayed at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. I wanted to do a review of the hotel, but it certainly doesn’t merit a standalone post. If you want cute baby pictures or YouTube videos, skip ahead.
The Marriott is more expensive than other Toronto hotels I’ve stayed at (e.g. the Delta Chelsea and the InterContinental). If I were going to Toronto on my own I would stay at the Bond Place for half the price (despite the chance of getting shot). Because we were travelling with a baby, I decided to go on Priceline and, with a maximum budget of $150 a night, rent a comfortable room for Cat, my partner, and I.
Overall, my experience at the Marriott on Bloor was positive. Here are a few notes on why I liked this Marriott location:
- The hotel graciously met all of our requests. There was a crib in the hotel room when we checked in. We were assigned an exceptionally quiet room on the fifth floor (there are only six floors; the hotel rooms are above the parking garage, so the fifth floor is like the tenth floor). Sure, our room was a — solid — three minute walk from the elevator, but it was quiet. I didn’t hear anything or anybody past 8 p.m. on any night.
- I love the Marriott’s beds. They’re so extremely comfortable.
- The staff is unionized.
- Noon checkout. Sure, it’s only an hour later than most hotels, but the extra hour is really great if you need it.
When I got my anonymous Priceline quote — they told me the hotel’s vicinity and star rating, but not the hotel’s name — I was supposedly going to get a four-star hotel. Despite Priceline’s claim, the Marriott Bloor Yorkville is not a four-star hotel.
- There’s no free breakfast unless you stay on the concierge level (sixth floor).
- There’s no pool.
- The rooms don’t have bath robes (come on, Marriott).
- There’s no free internet in the hotel rooms. When I got my Priceline quote (again, I didn’t know the actual hotel), I was told that the hotel offered free wireless internet. That’s just not true. It’s almost $14 a day. Internet is free in the lobby — which is the lamest cop-out of all time. Internet is free in pretty much every coffee shop and McDonald’s on earth; forgive my lack of amazement about its availability in a hotel lobby.
In all, I was satisfied with the Marriott Bloor Yorkville but only because I paid a very reasonable price. Don’t pay more than $150 a night inclusive.
And inclusive, in my books, includes wireless internet.
///Catherine a.k.a. “Cat-cher in the Rye”///
Apologies for the (lack of) quality; it was on my partner’s ancient BlackBerry just before bed at the Marriott.
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- Sir BCM gave TF a shout-out for my chequing account dilemma.
- MoneySense Magazine mentioned Adina’s column (her first post in a series of four about fashion) in their Must Reads daily roundup. Congrats Adina on your first media mention!
///Amendments and Addenda///
- It was a pretty crazy week!
///Tweet(s) of the Week///
— Nelson Smith (@financialuproar) September 29, 2012
Money-Smart Keyword Award goes to:
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It’s not a scam. I’ve signed up for this program. It’s through Shaw. I’m not saying that you should ever trust a cable company, but from my understanding it’s a program enforced by the CRTC.
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Marriott Bloor Yorkville
Today’s theme: “making do”.
///Quote of the Week///
“The first rule of iPhone 5 club is you must tell everyone about iPhone 5 club.”
- Anonymous Facebook User
1. Mark my words: China’s economy is not as healthy as we’ve been told. The middle class never took off, they’re in the midst of their housing bubble’s deflation, and the country’s GDP numbers are produced by its communist government (making the statistics as reliable as Beijing’s promise to improve its respect for human rights to get the 2008 Olympic Games).
2. Wasting time is good for productivity, says HBR. The Atlantic agrees, with the backing of some scientific rigor. When your IT Department blocks TimelessFinance, use this Blog Party as an excuse. And I don’t even subject you people to lol-cats.
3. Another “mark my words” moment: I remember telling my three listeners on Trent Radio that self-driving cars were coming within the decade. That was about five or six years ago. I can’t wait to buy one.
4. I laugh when the media tries to predict shortages of goods and inevitably skyrocketing prices. This week: diapers and bacon. Either they don’t grasp the flexibility of the free market (and demand) or they’re really desperate to connect with consumers through “pocket book” stories.
5. The fact that Smart TVs can now be purchased for $370 is apparently newsworthy. The TV in question is only 32″. My high-definition Samsung plasma was $600 (taxes in, unlike the news article’s example), but it’s a much-larger 51″ TV. I bought it a year ago so you could do a lot better on the price now. By getting a free Sony Internet Player (offer expired), I’m going to turn my TV into a “Smart” TV for free. So instead of just assuming Best Buy really is offering the best buy, how about you do some research, get a bigger TV, and save money?