The noise from the pub at night when people left and stood outside having long extremely loud conversations. A group of teachers discussing how to get the best contract! They should have known better and been respectful of the neighbours.They finally left at 1 a.m. but I didn't sleep well because of them. And they didn't take direction well when asked to lower their voices. Their patrons are not the hotel's fault but if you need a good sleep get a room at the back maybe, where there won't be pub chatterboxes touting their pearls of wisdom through a beery haze.
My toilet did "phantom flushes" on a regular basis. I jumped out of my skin the first time it happened as I thought someone was in my bathroom but I was a solo traveller! Maybe it was water-pressure? I got used to it but it was certainly strange! Creaky old floors added to the charm but thin walls between rooms with travellers unaware of how loud they were...or perhaps used to modern soundproofed concrete behemouth hotels made it very noisy. It was impossible to not hear complete conversations in the hallway and through shared walls. As a result I tried my best to be quiet.
I was in a lovely up-graded top corner King room but it didn't have coffee maker, which is a nice touch in the morning. There is coffee down in the lobby so you need to get dressed and gi there to get your cup. Quaint, but by then I was out the door and walked a few blocks to get my coffee and breakfast in James Bay village.
Also, surprising, no hairdryer in the room but I think that's more suited to a more modern place without the charm this one clearly has.
It's a steep set of stairs outside from the street up to the lobby so if you are mobility-challenged be aware. I was on the top floor and had a lot of stairs to climb, but it was good exercise!
I liked the character of the old place. Not a cookie-cutter modern flavourless North American chain. I love the neighbourhood. Close to Beacon Hill park and easy quiet walk through residential area to both downtown and Dallas Rd strolling areas as it is situated about equidistant to both places I spend time in. Bay windows, very comfy beds and linens ,spacious and an actual real key to open my door! The folks at reception were all very pleasant and easy to talk to.