Hotel Review: Studio 6 Hotel in Toronto

4 Sep

The Studio 6 Hotel in downtown Toronto is within 2 km of just about everything in Toronto. It’s a fantastic location located close to the intersection of Queen Street West and Augusta Ave.

The Trip

The reason for my trip to Toronto was to meet up with some friends and to take part in Toronto Fan Expo. If you’ve never been, I would highly recommend you attend at least once in your life. It’s a fantastic convention and they seem to have worked out all of the kinks from previous years aside from navigating between the two buildings at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

I was taking the train into town so I wanted a hotel that was relatively close to the train station and the Metro Toronto Convention Center. This weekend is a long weekend, so a lot of the hotels have jacked up their rates to profit as much as possible.

How I booked it

I booked this hotel using Hotels.com which secured me a rate of $156 a night taxes and fees included. Most other hotels this weekend were sitting around $250 per night or more not including taxes.

The Outside

When I rolled up on the hotel, it was late at night (about 11:00 PM) and this was the best photo I could get at the time.

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From the outside this hotel didn’t look like much. It looked a little beat down and even the inside hallways and whatnot show that this was a converted apartment complex.

It was at this point I was starting to worry about the kind of room I booked, but before we look at the room, lets talk amenities.

Amenities

The room I booked came with two twin beds as I was expecting to have a friend stay with me for the weekend, however he had other plans. So for my last night, I asked if I could swap to a queen room, and the staff happily moved me. Which was nice of them as I booked through a service and not through them directly.

The room also has a kitchenette type set up with a fridge, a sink, pots and pans, plates and cutlery and everything you could need to cook up your own meals! There is also a Loblaw’s grocery store within walking distance of the hotel that is open until 11PM most nights.

The hotel also has on site laundry on each floor, however I’m not sure of the cost or anything as I didn’t use it. I would assume it is coin operated as the hotel is a converted apartment building.

Room Photos

Here’s a few photos I snapped of the room. Pardon the mess.

As you can see from the photos, the room looked quite nice and was fairly clean.

The paint in the bathroom was starting to peel off the wall, but I can look past that. The bed was pretty comfortable, and the kitchenette made this room even better because you could prep your own meals.

Each room also had a Keurig coffee machine which I thought was pretty nice too. It was a single cup machine, and I was easily able to obtain some coffee pods from the nearby Loblaw’s.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a hotel on a budget and want to be close to downtown Toronto without paying insane downtown rates, this is a great budget choice.

That being said, if you are driving in, there is no on site parking. The closest outdoor lot is about a block away.

All things considered, this was perfect for my purposes but may not be for yours.

Pure Pwnage Trip Part 4: A Letter

26 Jan

Friends at The Madison

My Fellow Pure Pwnage Fans:

This past weekend in Toronto was an absolute blast, and I feel like I need to do some sharing before going back to adulting.

Getting to see everyone that I haven’t had the chance to see since long before I became a father was an amazing experience that was only surpassed by meeting a lot of people who I’ve only ever spoken to over the internet. I was absolutely blown away by how many people came out from near and far to not only see the movie, but to just spend time with a huge group of friends….. Even thinking about the weekend it seems silly to use the word friends as we’ve been as close as a family for so many years now.

Just because we don’t see each other IRL very often does not mean that you couldn’t contact any one of us for anything. We are one huge family who have known each other for almost 10 years and those kinds of friends don’t come along every day.

I’d especially like to thank Isaac Wilson (IW4) for organizing our friends to the south and getting everyone that wanted to come to the show, to the show. You’ve shown extraordinary compassion, leadership and friendship from as long as I’ve known you and it is truly an honor to count you among my friends.

To Geoff Lapaire, Jarett Cale, Mark Single, Miranda Plant, and the rest of the Pure Pwnage cast and crew: You guys killed it! Even after all these years, your hard work and dedication have once again translated to one of the funniest and most incredible movie experiences I’ve ever had the good fortune of witnessing.

I’m not sure how it is you all manage to stay so humble and grounded, but your fans certainly do appreciate it! I’ve heard nothing but good things about how good you are with your fan base, and for that we are all truly thankful! Keep on kicking ass!

This weekend was a total blast with all kinds of amazing people and as we all go back to adulting I think we’re all going to be thinking about the next time we all get together and have an incredible weekend together again.

A really good friend started out the night with this quote and that’s what I’ll leave you with:

There are good ships and wood ships, and ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!

Pure Pwnage Trip Part 2: Planning

7 Jan

I’ve spent the last couple of days planning my trip to Toronto for the Pure Pwnage screening and looking around at Hotels. After speaking with the social media team at the group responsible for Holiday Inn hotels, I soon realized I was on my own to find reasonably priced accommodations in downtown Toronto.

The Pure Pwnage Hotel Search

I looked around on a few different third party providers such as Expedia, Travelocity and tried naming my price with Priceline. When all else failed, a suggestion from a friend to try out Hotwire piqued my interest.

Hotwire Rates Pure Pwnage Screening

I finally found a room in downtown Toronto in a boutique hotel for $60 a night! I couldn’t resist and booked straight away.

The hotel I’ve been booked at is the Be SixFifty Hotel at 650 Bay Street. It looks to be a great location and a nice hotel but what worries me is that almost all of the negative reviews show that the rooms are quite tiny.

That being said, I am traveling by myself and room size really doesn’t matter much assuming that the washroom and be are useable. I will be sure to post photos and thoughts on the hotel once I’ve stayed a night.

I’m happy with the price I’ll be paying to stay, but I may soon regret booking this hotel. I’m hoping that the public parking lot beside the hotel is going to have room for me to park, otherwise it could prove difficult finding a place to house my car while I sleep.

Aside from that, the next couple of weeks can’t move fast enough! I’m super excited to see a lot of friends that I haven’t seen in almost 6 years!

 

Pure Pwnage Trip Part 1

5 Jan

A few weeks ago I learned that Pure Pwnage would be screening their new feature length movie at Bloor Cinemas in Toronto on January 23rd 2016. I was disappointed because having just had a new baby and being just after Christmas, I know it would be tough to make it out.

Well Christmas came early for me as my darling wife and mother-in-law graciously offered to allow me to partake in the premiere while they looked after the kids for the weekend.

January 23rd can’t come quick enough! I’ve booked the time off work, the hotel, and I’m ready to pwn! I cannot wait to see all my fellow fans most of which I haven’t seen in a very long time!

The Trailer