The Toronto Flipkey house is a wonderful Victorian apartment rental in the historic district of Toronto along a quiet pretty tree-lined street.
There is always debate about whether a hotel or an apartment rental is the best way to lodge during a stay away from home. If you are coming with a group of friends, the Flipkey House on Bleecker Street rocks.
During our stay during the TBEX travel blogging conference a group of travel bloggers stayed at this location and we had the time of our life. We called ourselves the Real World TBEX group or RWTBEX. I think we could have had fun in any location, but the Bleecker Street house played an integral part of our good times.
The best thing about the house was it had a great communal living room where we could all hang out together, yet it was big enough where we could all go and find our own personal space. There were 6 bedrooms, so one could retreat to their room plus there was a nice outdoor back porch area as well.
If there would be one place where there would be conflict with ten plus people staying in one house it would be the bathrooms. With three bathrooms, there was hardly ever a line. One bathroom or shower seemed to be always open.
The one knock on the location is it is kind of ways away from downtown areas, but the neighborhood is interesting with many shops and stores including a wonderful poutine place only a couple of blocks away. It was like a $10.00 cab ride to the downtown area, so it was not too bad.
There is no free parking on Bleecker street, but between Bleecker and Shelburne was a paid parking area that only cost $10-15 a day. In front of this parking space was a taxi pickup zone, so when you needed a ride to other locations, it was easy to arrange.
The rental property runs only $275.00 – $315 a night. This is the cost of some hotels in town, so if you are sharing it with multiple people, it is a great way to defray costs. Plus you get the use of a full size kitchen with a nice fridge where you can stock it with beer and other goodies. Using the kitchen and local grocery stores is another way to cut down on costs instead of eating out for every meal.
The location features free wi-fi, so if you are like me and from the U.S. with no Canadian data plan, the wi-fi at the Flip Key house was a life source.
I have stayed at apartment rentals before, but this was my first Flipkey house. Even though we received a complimentary stay, I would not hesitate to look into Flipkey as an option for future stays in other cities. If our group paid for our stay it would have been less than $50.00 a person per night. This blows away any rate in a hotel in a similar Toronto location. If you plan on coming to Toronto with a group of buddies or with a group of couples, I would highly recommend the Bleecker Street location and Flipkey in general.
As I mentioned above, Flipkey did give us complimentary lodging, but my positive review of my stay is my own personal opinion, and I feel the value of the place is well worth the price when coming with a group.
Also, I cannot assure you that you will have as great of a time as I did in Toronto. I came with a group of the most fun people you will ever meet, and we bonded in an amazing way. Your friends may not be as fun as mine, but you can follow my friends on their travel blogs here:
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I don’t think that house will ever be the same! With all the drinking going on, I am surprised three bathrooms was enough! 🙂 For me, it’s a bit on the expensive side and not convenient to downtown. I would want to pay less and be closer to downtown – especially for that price.
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There are six bedrooms so if you split it six ways it is around $50.00 a person per night. You would be hard pressed to find a room for that price plus you have accessibility to a kitchen in order to save more money. The best part is you are staying with your friends and not a bunch of strangers at a hostel or by yourself in a hotel. True it not too convenient to downtown, but the neighborhood was interesting. I wish I had more time to explore our neighborhood.
Aw, I miss the house and all you crazy people!
Miss you too Alex. Great meeting you and thanks for saving me at the Walks of Italy party!
It’s true… Other people’s friends are not as fun as us! I mean obviously. But oh if that house could talk…
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I think the floor could talk. It made a sound every time I walked when my shoes stuck to it.
didnt even know you took that picture of me and tawny hugging goodbye, you sneaky traveling tedward! i want to go back to this house every year from now until eternity.
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I took a ton of pictures. Some I don’t even remember taking.
I’m still so sad I missed out on the RWTBEX house 🙁
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Definitely next time FF.
I haven’t heard of Flipkey but more and more I am liking the idea of apartment living when visiting a city. What a great way to really get to know some fellow bloggers.
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It sure was a fun way to solidify relationships forged with reading each others work for over a year. Apartment rental is a great way to save some cash especially if you have multiple parties chipping in.
Ohhh Tedward, you brought a few tears to my eyes. #1 no one will have as good a time in that house, OR anywhere in the world, as we did. It’s simply not possible. #2 Obsessed that you mentioned the poutine place in walking distance. Aww, Flipkey #RWTBEX love forever and ever. You all are simply the best! As for Flipkey, I will definitely be using them in the future.
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I definitely agree that Flipkey is something I will look into when staying in other cities. It was a magical weekend with incredible people.
Do I want to know how you left the house? You guys did have fun!
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I would not say it was spic and span, but we did do a decent clean up job. The floor was a little sticky in places, and there were some rogue boa feathers drifting around, but other than that it was not so bad.
Had so much fun in the house Ted….I agree, it was great to have that giant fridge and huge living room! It’s a must for a crazy fun group such as ours! Love the patio – can’t believe I didn’t make it out there once! Next conference, next house I suppose!
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Look forward to the next conference and the next RWTBEX house. Maybe I will even make it to the conference a little more next time.
All I can say is that this place now has a mythical aura around it, from what’s I’ve seen/heard/overheard…. 😉
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That’s a small price to pay for some great memories, don’t you think?
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