Large room across from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Breakfast every morning.
A spacious light-filled master bedroom on the second floor of a row house in downtown Toronto across from the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Grange Park. High ceilings, mid-19th century home.
Upstairs you find your room with a queen size bed with duck down duvet and egyptian cotton sheets. Down the hall there is a large 4 piece bathroom including a shower and an antique claw foot tub. Next to it is a 2 piece bathroom. Both bathrooms are shared.
This is a fantastic location with a WalkScore of 97 making this a Walker's Paradise.
Walk to Chinatown, Kensington Market, Baldwin village for great dining, Queen West for boutiques and bars, galleries and plenty of restaurants.
There's a bike rental station very close by, pretty much in the front yard.
Parking is available on the street. Temporary permit must be purchased online. $10 for 24 hours. $14 for 48 hours. Note that the availability of a parking permit cannot be guaranteed.
- guest passes to the Art Gallery of Ontario including free admission to the special exhibits, subject to availability. Weekends only.
- access to unlimited ultra-fast wifi internet
- a large screen TV in the living room. Netflix and AppleTV offer an awesome collection of high definition movies and shows
- every morning: french press organic coffee, tea, toast, cereal, fruit
- lots of towels are provided
- clean yoga mat provided
Guests have access to the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, backyard.
Guests have access to the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, backyard.
Interaction with Guests
Most bookings me and my girlfriend Hailey are present at the house and available to help you get oriented with the city, get you tickets to the Art Gallery, recommend restaurants and so on.
Closest subway stop is St Patrick, about 10 mins walk away.
- Dundas and Beverley, 2 mins walk away. East-west line.
- Spadina and Dundas, 5 mins walk away. North-south line.
- Queen and Beverley, 5 mins walk away. East-west line.
Getting here from Pearson Airport, there are at least 2 options:
1) TTC Bus #192 is easy to find. It is at terminal 3. You will see prominent signs. It is the cheapest way to get downtown at $3.
This TTC (Toronto transit commission) bus will take you to Kipling station where you will transfer to the subway. Take the subway to Spadina station and transfer southbound. Get off at St. Patrick station and walk west along Dundas Street until you reach Beverley. Turn left (south) and walk to Grange Ave. Turn right. The walk from the subway is very safe. You will pass a police station on Dundas.
2) Taxi. It's customary to negotiate a flat rate of $50 to get right to my door.
The subway does not run between 1:30am and 6am.
Other Things to Note
The cat on premise is a Russian Blue breed, known to be intelligent and playful. She is a quiet outdoor cat and spends a lot of time either outdoors or sleeping. Russian blues are known to be more hypoallergenic than other breeds.
We take off our shoes at the front door foyer. You'll see the shoe rack as you come in.
You're welcome to use any amenities of the house and free to come and go as you please.
No smoking allowed in the house.
No pets allowed.
Ce quartier se trouve tout à fait au centre de la ville. Il n'est pas loin pour nous d'aller à la Tour CN par pied. De plus, ce quartier est très près de Chinatown, cela nous fait plaisir. La chambre est bien grande et propre et nous avons bien passé 3 nuits parfaites.
房子位处市中心，走去CN tower 不远，也可以坐车。附近是唐人街，很多餐馆，房间很大很干净。
Our stay was great: Ilia and Hayley are very nice and caring hosts. They give you great tips and advice about the city and make very good breakfast which always makes for a better day! The house is perfectly located (10 min from downtown Toronto), warm, clean and very cozy. The room is on the 2nd floor (as well as the bathroom) so you can also have privacy. Overall a great experience!
This was the first time I used Airbnb and I was very pleased. Great hosts, felt like at home. My train arrived late and instead of letting me look for a late-night snack, they offered me a light supper. The breakfast was great, organic breads, and fruits, smoothie, eggs, very nourishing. The room is big, as well as the bathroom. The cat is friendly just like the hosts. Great location, walking distance to major downtown attractions, right across the street from AGO. Both Ilia and his girlfriend are very warm and welcoming, and very interesting people. I will surely visit again, and I recommend it heartily. Thank you for all your kindness!
I felt warmly welcomed and was richly informed about the neighbourhood and nearby resources. The house is well supplied with books (made me feel at home) and has a cat who was an instant friend. Breakfast was casual and simple (quite to my liking).
The immediate neighbourhood features older homes which are well maintained with tidy small street-side front areas. I came by taxi from the train station, Union Station, (a $10 fare)
There are many ethnic food restaurants, a short walk away on Baldwin Street. I had a satisfying evening meal at Bocca on Baldwin , a friendly Italian bistro. Good food (fettucine pescatore) and a lovely house red wine (sangiovese); prices were modest and service prompt.
An inexpensive cultural experience can be obtained by simply walking in any of nearby neighbourhoods: Chinatown, Kensington Market and the Discovery District. The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University) are both nearby and feature visual delights even for the passerby (novel building shapes, outdoor sculpture). Of course, the connoisseur will wish to enter these cultural jewels and feast on the interior riches.
We enjoyed our stay with Ilia very much. The place is CLEAN and organized. The location is PERFECT. He took us to the AGO and provided a wonderful breakfast in the morning. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here. He has a lovely cat also which was charming and by far the friendliest cat I've ever met!
Our stay at Ilia's was great.
The room is just what they described and you can see it accurately in the picture. The spaces they rent are extremely tidy, clean and pleasant. They had two very clean bathrooms and a nice kitchen. They provided clean towels and (a very complete) breakfast everyday.
In terms of information on Toronto, Ilia was very helpful and gave recommendations when needed. He also took us to the art gallery for free, which was amazing.
The location of the place is good, near Queen St. where there're plenty of options for dining and shopping.
I definitely recommend staying at Ilia's, great location, great hosts, great house!
We stayed at Ilias place for 3 nights and it was a great experience. The room was lovely, very clean, spacious and cosy. Exactly as described. It had a big comfortable bed, bathroom super clean and spacious!The location could not be better. It was close to every interesting bit of Toronto. There was a tasty continental breakfast prepared for us every morning consisting on organic cereals, peanutnutter, jam etc. Ilia and his girlfriend were additionally very friendly and welcoming :) every bit of our stay was great and we recommend it to everyone.
I am an open minded person who loves travelling. I used to host on CS as well as stay on other people's couches. I love hosting people and meeting new people!
Professionally I run a web development agency, Nurey Networks. We design and develop amazing web apps.
I am also a yoga instructor, certified in Bishnu style of yoga, similar to Bikram Hot Yoga.
I enjoy rock climbing, swimming, dancing, meeting new people.