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If you’re considering renting an Airbnb outside of the busy streets of Toronto, this Richmond Hill Airbnb may just be what you are looking for.
Richmond Hill is a town in the south-central York Region and is a part of the Greater Toronto Area. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Pearson International Aiport and a 30-minute drive (45 minutes to an hour during rush hour traffic) to downtown Toronto.
The Richmond Hill townhouse we rented is located in the southern tip of Richmond Hill and a convenient starting point for your Toronto sightseeing. It is right on Highway 407; no hassle if you’re going on a day trip to Niagara Falls, to Downtown Toronto (HWY 404), or if you’re heading out East to the Quebec Region (HWY 401).
Let me just say that this townhouse is exactly why I love staying at an Airbnb. It’s absolutely perfect for families! From the moment we stepped in, we instantly felt at home and comfortable. The amenities beat that of a hotel room by a long mile!
A couple of days before our trip, Phillip, our Airbnb host, emailed me a set of instructions and reminders for our stay. Talk about being clear and professional!
We arrived on a Wednesday night and finding our way to the townhouse was easy-peasy (thank you GPS). Here are some photos from our home away from home in Richmond Hill.
There were two tables in the dining area but we preferred using the one that’s right beside the kitchen. Extra foldable chairs were also available.
The kitchen is fully equipped with brand new appliances which include a rice cooker, so we rice-loving people were very happy. Because there was a supermarket nearby, we were able to take full advantage of the kitchen and cooked at least one meal every day.
The back door leads to the outdoor patio and garage. On the right side is the laundry closet.
Three bedrooms are on the second floor. If there are more than 6 guests traveling, the basement can be opened (with additional cleaning fees) to accommodate an additional 2 guests. The basement has its own private shower and toilet.
This is the main bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
The shower and bathtub are separate in the master’s ensuite bathroom.
The second and third bedroom on the second floor shares the same full bathroom.
We were 5 adults and 1 child traveling but decided to pay the extra for the basement access so we can use three bathrooms. My sisters stayed in the basement so we never used the third bedroom on the second floor.
Our townhouse is just a few steps away from a park and playground where my little girl enjoyed a few minutes of kiddie fun. She didn’t mind the cold at all, unlike her adult companions. Lol!
Admittedly, the location is not exactly ideal for first-time Toronto visitors and if the main purpose of your visit is sightseeing. Downtown Toronto is one of those walkable cities where most of the tourist attractions are close together and can be easily explored on foot or by public transit. And so it makes sense for tourists to stay in that area.
We, however, purposely chose to stay away from downtown. We are renting a car and finding a parking space in downtown Toronto can both be a nightmare and expensive. Not all hotels/Airbnbs in downtown offer free parking. Second, we prefer a house over a hotel. We loved our Airbnb experience in Rome, and so we had hoped that we could find something similar that can accommodate 5 adults and 1 child. We absolutely love the extra space and the convenience of having a kitchen that we didn’t mind driving the extra hour every day just to get to and from downtown. We are, after all, going on a road trip, so we might as well take full advantage of the rental car and see a different side of Toronto.
Despite the distance to the city center, I cannot deny that Richmond Hill is exactly the kind of town I would like to live in. It’s close proximity to everything you could possibly need is excellent. Major stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Loblaw and Toys R Us are less than 5 minutes away by car and the Hillcrest Mall is about the same.
Although we never had the need to try it, the townhouse is within walking distance to Langstaff Go Train station which can take you directly to the heart of Downtown Toronto.
Can I give them an extra point because let me tell you, it was absolutely, spotlessly clean! The kitchen, the common areas, the bedrooms and the bathrooms. Everything was just clean and in order as if we were the first ones to live in the house.
Everything you need is provided for in the listing. The bathrooms were stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The kitchen is stocked with basic things you would need in cooking. There’s a toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, electric kettle, stove and oven, dishwasher and of course, refrigerator. There’s also a washer/dryer right by the door leading to the back patio. Soap and fabric softener were provided. All of the appliances seem brand new and state of the art.
The TV has digital cable so you will never run out of things to watch. And the wifi? It was fast and we never had any problem with it for the duration of our stay. That alone gets a big thumbs up from my family.
The house is spacious enough to host a group of 6-8 people. For those who are traveling with kids, there’s a high chair and crib available.
Airbnb Host: (5/5)
Phillip is the nicest Airbnb host! When we booked our reservation, he asked me right away if we would be needing a crib for our little girl and if we wanted to use the basement bedroom/bathroom. This was a couple of months before our intended check-in. I really like the fact that he wants to sort out these things as early as possible to make everything easy and comfortable for us.
Value for Money: (5/5)
Location, amenities, friendly host and reasonable rates, we definitely got our money’s worth.
Overall Experience: (5/5)
We had the most pleasant stay at this Richmond Hill townhouse and if you are renting a car and didn’t mind the extra travel time, I absolutely recommend it for families or a group of friends visiting Toronto. Actually, we stayed at this Airbnb twice during our trip: in our first 6 and last 3 days. We definitely made the right choice.
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Check out my other posts about our Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal Road Trip below:
Day 1: The Toronto Islands | CN Tower Experience
Day 2: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Must-See Sights in Downtown Toronto for First-Time Visitors
Day 3: Niagara Falls, Canada: Hornblower Cruise, Table Rock Centre and Outlet Collection
Day 4: Royal Ontario Museum | Kensington Market and Chinatown | Toronto’s Graffiti Alley
Day 6: Montmorency Falls | Old Quebec Town
Day 7: Musee de la Civilization
Day 9: Montreal Botanical Garden
Day 10: Mont-Royal Parc