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Bottom line: Awesome place to stay in Toronto!
Let's start with the host. Kevin is great. I got in on a Tuesday night and he was there to show me the place and also show me around the neighborhood. He gave me some great recommendations on where to eat in the area (lots of great choices, you're just a few blocks from Queen Street). He even gave me a map and talked me through some of the key things to hit given my short stay in Toronto (and places I could reach through Toronto's bikeshare program, Bixi), which was awesome. And he set me up with a bowl of fruit for the week, which is more than I could say for most hotels!
Apartment: Served my purposes perfectly. I was there for three weeknights in October and was very happy with it. It's a funky space in a former textile factory. The location was perfect for me as I was going to a conference at the Metro Convention Centre downtown and could walk back and forth during the day. And it was a great value.
This was actually my first Airbnb experience and would be psyched if every stay were as good as this one.
I'm not sure what that last guy's beef was with Kevin's apartment other than that he was probably not used to this kind of lodging. Myself, my stay at Kevin's while covering the Toronto International Film Festival couldn't have been more convenient. One block from the TIFF Lightbox, one block from the Scotiabank Theaters, food outlets everywhere, a 15-minute walk to the alternate screening venues on Yonge Street. It was fantastic. Kevin welcomed me warmly into his home but was pretty much absent during my entire stay. His roommates Yane and Leticia were lovely and every accompanied me to a swank Argentine film party. I enjoyed their company very much. The apartment itself is in a historic structure that is being threatened for demolition and I found it full of character. High ceilings, unusual layout, but the guest room afforded ample privacy, fans to ward off heat, and swift wi-fi service. The bed was comfortable. Bathroom adequate. Didn't take advantage of the kitchen because the press lounge was offering breakfast each morning. If I have any complaint at all, and this is certainly not Kevin's fault, but weekend street traffic was pretty loud until about 3:00 in the morning. The rest of the week, however, no problem. I was expecting more commotion out of the fire station across the street but they never once woke me up during the night, though they did startle me once or twice when I was back in the room writing up films. I hope to stay at Kevin's again next time I'm in Toronto.
I would give no stars if I could. When My wife and I viewed the apartment it was messy, dark, and hot. It looked like there was only one tiny bedroom with no windows. Two excited dogs greeted us along with Kevin's wife or girlfriend.
When we asked whether some of our belongings would be safe if we left them in the car, we were told by Kevin's frinnd that she was not so sure. Also had to park quite a distance away in an alley where we were told to leave by an unidentified man until we explained to him that we were staying at Kevin's apartment.
My wife was aghast at viewing the facilities. We spent much of the rest of tha day searching Toronto (no easy task for someone who's never been there before) for another place to stay. Finally we took a room in an expensive hotel.
When I phoned Kevin, explaining my and my wife's disappointment, he became combative and asked whether I had ever roomed in this type of facility. I replied that I did and that his place fell far short of the standards that I had expected.
Kevin responded that there were plenty of high quality hotels in Toronto, but soon backtracked and began to suggest where else I might try to lodge. This was after My wife and I had searched Toronto for over two hours to find a "high quality" hotel that I paid $260 plus added fees, tips, and $28 to park the car.
All I would really like now is a refund of the price I paid Kevin back to my credit card.
Jim and Veronica Saulino, Youngstown, Ohio
Great, extremely accommodating host. There was a mix up in the booking which might have been my fault. Kevin actually arranged for his bedroom to be available.
Very friendly, great attitude. Went out of his way to give advice on what to do in Toronto.
Great downtown location near all the fun.
Super friendly hosts w/ 2 cute dogs, gave lots of advice on what to do in Toronto. Gigantic loft space right in clubland, perfect location.
1. across the street from a fire station and lack of sound isolation = hard to sleep.
2. Small room w/ no windows or AC = relatively warm during the summer.
The location is very accessible to most downtown attractions in Toronto.
Kevin is a great host. He and his girlfriend baked us bread and showed us around town.
Great place? Tick. Great location? Tick. Great host? Tick!
I've had one the best experiences in Toronto and that was all shaped by Kevin and the gang in the Loft accommodation. It is bang in the middle of the town, surrounded by amazing bars, restaurants, galleries, and the waterfront. It is a brilliant loft space and Kevin is just a laid back host, really friendly but also just lets you get on doing what you want to do.
I really can't recommend Kevin and the Loft space enough, I won't stay anywhere else in Toronto if this option is available.
Thanks for being a great host
This was a nice place to stay downtown. I was at an event most of the weekend (Startup Weekend) and usually came home to crash, so it worked out great!!
Kevin was great, welcoming, and he even baked us bread! The bed was nice and comfortable and the bathroom was great as well. Great place in a great location!