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Durham College Simcoe Village Residence
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

We stayed for one night on our way to Montreal. The room was clean. It was our third college residence stay in two weeks - we also stayed at Conestoga and Mohawk - and Durham was the best hands down. Why? It was the cleanest, for one. It had the most breakfast options, for another. It had the closest parking lot, for a third. But mostly, it was great because it was cheap and clean. The people at the front desk were very friendly and knowledgeable. Yes, breakfast was "cold", but lots of choice of juice, pastries, cereal and milk. You will not go hungry. You can't beat the price if you are passing thru. If you want to use the kitchenette in the room, there is a fridge and microwave, but no plates or cutlery. We were happy to have a place to put our cooler items and recharge our ice packs.

Room Tip: Remember the beds are DOUBLES - cozy for two people, but doable.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Archangelsgirl
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Two room suite means each person has their own bedroom. Main benefit is this type of hotel setup would be double or triple the cost. Rooms are clean, check-in was painless and entry/exit is easy.

Standard supplies are included as are bathroom towels. Main room is sparse with old style TV and basic kitchen. Don't plan to make any meals here.

Will be looking to stay again.

Stayed: May 2016
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

Staying for 3 nights. We were told there was a hot breakfast available just across from the residence building. She was reminded that there wouldn't be one but a Continental breakfast would be offered - follow the signs the next day. Did that. Breakfast consisted of bagels, vector and fruit loop cereal, apples, oranges with no knife to cut the orange coffee and tea. On day 2 - still no hot breakfast. The breakfast room person showed up at 9:40 to restock an empty tray of bagels. The Raisin Bran jug actually had vector cereal in it. When we tried to leave the residence we were gated in. Had to go back to reception to get parking pass. None of the employees are informed. You get a different answer from each person you ask. The beds are well used! Don't try to put 2 people in the same bed. You roll to the center and the beds have NO support. I would recommend every parent spend a night in one of the rooms before paying for a year. I think you would be disappointed in what you would be getting.

Room Tip: Find somewhere else to stay.
  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Thenewadventurers
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

We stayed in the residences for 10 days while participating in Lacrosse Nationals in Whitby. It is perfect for sports teams. You have the option of purchasing meals in the cafeteria( pre arrange meals with catering so they are expecting you). You have to have your own pots and pans, plates and cutlery as nothing is supplied in the suites or the kitchen. Dollarama was great for all we needed for the 10 days. There are laundry facilities on site, rec rooms, a bbq area and very helpful staff. Do not expect to have turn down service or high quality towels that you would receive in a hotel because this isn't.

Stayed: August 2015
Thank Cheryl D
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

This is the PERFECT venue for groups with teams of kids for sports. A college residence is practical, down to the concrete, noise-amplifying walls, miniscule beds and cheap rates.

It's also GREAT if you like kids setting off fire alarms at 11:30 at night, tiny towels and drunk adults shouting and swearing in the back area until 2:30am. The SLOW elevators give you plenty of time to admire the overall dormitory ambience and attention to deal. You can only leave the building via a single front exit - don't tell the Fire Marshall.

The fire alarm episode is forgivable I guess - unsupervised kids are a hazard. There is absolutely NO way the staff was unaware that the back area was filled with intoxicated, lurching adults which the staff chose to ignore. Expect this outcome whenever there is no snow on the ground.

We stayed there 2 nights. Never again. Anyone who compares this in any manner (except as a bad experience) to a Holiday Inn has never been to a Holiday Inn.

If all you need is free WIFI, this is your destination. If you want to sleep undisturbed, leave a blanket in your car. You'll need it.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Thank John H
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