Colony Hotel
89 Chestnut St.
Toronto,  Ontario  Canada  M5G 1R1
# of Rooms:  721
Room Information: Refurbished,  guest rooms include standard, deluxe, executive, wheelchair accessible rooms, 18 one and two bedroom suites and four new ADA-approved wheel chair accessible guest rooms. All rooms come with a long list of amenities including: individual temperature control, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, remote controlled television, in-room movies, AM/FM radio, telephone with voice mail and conference calling, tea and coffee maker. All guest rooms feature electronic locks. In suite data ports that permit in-room fax/modem use, spacious work desks and include ergonomic chair.


The University of Toronto is expected to buy the Colony Hotel today to transform the three-star executive inn into the school's first permanent off-campus residence.

The university has been eying the 721-room property, on Chestnut Street adjacent to Nathan Phillips Square, in preparation for September, when the school will accept a massive first-year class made up of double cohort students, swollen by the province's elimination of Grade 13.

About 400 students were temporarily housed at the Primrose Hotel, at Jarvis and Carlton, because of overcrowding during this school year. Another 24 students from St. Michael's College lived at the opulent Sutton Place Hotel for a month last fall while their residence was repaired.

This year, nearly 65,000 applicants applied for 9,124 freshmen spots at U of T, up from 33,926 applicants for 7,294 spaces in 2001. The ratio of applicants to spaces jumped from 4.7 per spot to 7.

The university's governing council is expected to approve the transaction at a closed meeting this afternoon.

The Colony, purchased for $73-million in 1989 by Hong Kong tycoon Sally Aw, is considered to be a three-star business hotel. About 250 hotel workers who fear they will lose their jobs will protest today outside the meeting at the school's downtown campus.     - 2004 February 14    by Heather  Sokoloff     National Post     


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