We had never rented a downtown condo before, choosing hotels instead. We had one night booked at the Royal York but it was sold out for the other, so I look around and found the Sarkar Suites in a fantastic location blocks away with 2 nights for the price of 1 at the Royal York. I thought we'd try it.
The manager, Sam, was good on communication by text and phone and showed up quickly to check in. It's not a hotel, so there is no front desk. They just leave the room open with a key inside. Parking worked great too, with a designated spot.
Sam gave me an option to upgrade from the 1 bedroom suite on the 7th floor to a 2 bedroom on the 53rd floor for a very reasonable fee. We took it.
The views were amazing seeing out to the Toronto Harbour. The location is at York and Lakeshore, across the street from a Longo's supermarket and the secure, outdoor viewing area to watch the Raptors and Leafs in their playoffs.
The design of the unit was fine with an ample kitchen area. I appreciated that there were a couple of coffee packets (and filters) plus 2 bottles of water in the room. Nice touch.
So in concept, this was great (location, price, layout, space).
BUT, the quality and upkeep sucked.
The shower handle was off (good thing there was a 2nd).
The patio furniture was broken and tossed in a jumble outside.
Neither patio door could be locked, with cigarette burns on the carpet.
Walls were skuffed, the couch was falling apart.
All fixable, but I would rent Unit 5302 again.