Best Places to Stay in Kingston, Ontario: Accommodation & Area Guide

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So you want to explore this historic city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada but you need a place to sleep? You are not alone! Heading off on a Kingston trip is a lot of fun. Having lived in Kingston for a number of years, Eric knows a thing or two about where to stay in Kingston.

Kingston tourism is alive and well making it a popular city to visit in Ontario with numerous things to do in all seasons and great places to eat. If you are looking for Kingston accommodation, there is a nice variety of places to choose from like nice Kingston hotels, bed and breakfasts, motels, and even historic inns.

As for where to stay in Kingston, there are accommodation options available in really great locations like close to downtown Kingston, right along the historic waterfront, or up near the highway. Just check out the Confederation Place Hotel and The Holiday Inn Downtown as good examples of downtown hotels in Kingston.

To help you in your search for the perfect Kingston accommodation, our detailed guide cuts to the chase. We cover the best places to stay in Kingston by accommodation type/style and then by different areas with accommodation examples in each.

We write a ton about Kingston (we love the city), so you can find more posts here:

**Friendly Disclosure: We paid for the accommodations we stayed at ourselves and were not told to include them in this article.

Best Places to Stay in Kingston, Ontario – Accommodation Options

In this first section, we’ll talk about accommodations in Kingston by type. Kingston is a fun city to visit – and makes for a great weekend getaway in Ontario. There is a healthy mix of hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and cheap accommodations across the city. It’s true that many people search for Kingston hotels and motels but there are other great Kingston accommodation options!

Generally speaking, accommodations in Kingston (especially hotels) are more expensive the closer to downtown you stay but you can still find deals. Also, the different accommodations tend to book up faster in the busy summer season so be sure to book in advance if you know you want to travel to Kingston. We’ve lived in Kingston and played tourist there enough to know this is true!

Below are a number of top picks for the different Kingston accommodation options by style. This way, if you know the type of accommodation you’re searching for, you can narrow down your search right now. If you want to learn more, each accommodation type is explained in detail below – and the best areas to stay in Kingston are below that section in this post!

Popular Kingston Accommodations By Type

Hotel Top Pick: Confederation Place Hotel – A Popular Downtown Kingston Hotel

Motel Top Pick: Lord Nelson Motel – A Simple and Reliable Motel

Bed and Breakfast Top Pick: Hochelaga Inn – A Cozy, Boutique B&B

Inn Top Pick: Rosemount Inn – A Charming, Upscale Inn

Apartment Top Pick: Residence Inn by Marriott Water’s Edge – A Waterfront Aparthotel

This is also a good time to mention that you shouldn’t worry too much about what accommodations are technically called. Some “inns” are actually bed and breakfasts, some motels are more like hotels.

There are different types of Kingston lodging that don’t always fit into perfect categories. Don’t worry too much and just focus on what the accommodation offers you. If it meets your needs, you’re in good shape.

Hotels In Kingston, Ontario

brown downtown hotel with balconies at water's edge holiday inn waterfront kingston
The Holiday Inn Waterfront is just one of the downtown hotels in Kingston!

If you’re coming to Kingston, a popular accommodation choice is a Kingston hotel. We’ve stayed at a number of hotels in Kingston and never had a bad experience. As we mentioned above, the city draws in many visitors with all different styles and budgets so there is a healthy variety of hotels available across the city.

Of course, many people are searching for the best hotels in Kingston – and some might argue that those are the downtown hotels. While the Kingston waterfront hotels are great for their location and other reasons, there are other nice hotel options elsewhere in the city like in green neighbourhoods or closer to the highway if you have a car.

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Just so you know, if you’re looking for luxury hotels in Kingston, Ontario, the closest would be The Waterfront Delta Hotel with lake views and upscale onsite restaurant AquaTerra. That said, let’s break down hotels in Kingston by type so that you find the hotel that aligns with your style and budget.

Popular Hotels in Kingston, Ontario

hotel building with red lobby roof and sky behind confederation place hotel kingston
Confederation Place Hotel is easily one of the most popular hotels in Kingston, Ontario!

While there are a number of hotels in Kingston, some are a cut above the rest. We have listed some below. These are chosen for all different reasons that might appeal to you: their location at the waterfront, their amenities, price, ease of access to highway 401, etc.

Some of these are hotels in downtown Kingston but not all of them are. If you are looking for a hotel in Kingston, these are some of the best options:

Cheap Hotels in Kingston, Ontario

If you are looking for cheap hotels in Kingston, Ontario, there are a number of great hotels to choose from. Kingston cheap hotels are good places to stay if you are on a budget. You can definitely find hotel deals in Kingston which makes the city an accessible place to visit if you are on a budget.

Keep in mind, “cheap” is a relative term. You sometimes get fewer amenities at these hotels compared to others downtown but can still have a really nice stay.

Many cheap hotels are located not right downtown – and often that is the reason why they are cheaper. So, if you have a car, they make for a nice place to stay as a couple, with family, or for those passing through Kingston who need a place to stop for the night!

Below are some simple and cheaper places to stay in Kingston:

Motels in Kingston, Ontario

If you’re looking for motels in Kingston, there are actually a number of them. Motels sometimes get a bad reputation for being cheap and dirty but in actual fact, many of them are just simple accommodations that are good value for money and have everything you need for a nice night’s sleep in a city.

There are a number of cheap motels in Kingston north and west of downtown. There are also a few motels near Kingston (outside the city centre) which make for a good Kingston motel option, too.

The motels in Kingston can be a nice balance of location and value for money – they are often well-rated and leave guests happy! Just remember, with motels you get what you pay for which is usually a simple and clean stay.

You can check below for some of the best motels in Kingston, Ontario:

  • Lord Nelson Motel – A clean and friendly motel north of downtown Kingston closer to Highway 401 off Highway 15 (Our Pick)
  • Comfort Inn Kingston Highway 401 A traditional motel/hotel off Division Street near Highway 401
  • Hilltop Motel A simple budget motel off Princess Street a short drive/bus to downtown Kingston

Bed and Breakfasts in Kingston, Ontario

colourful bed and breakfast house with tower and trees in front in kingston ontario
The Hochelaga Inn is a Kingston B&B right downtown!

Another great type of accommodation in Kingston is bed and breakfasts. The city is full of historic homes that play host to quaint getaway spots mostly in downtown Kingston. We really like bed and breakfasts in Ontario because they make for a nice cozy stay, you get a great breakfast, and the hosts are usually loaded with local knowledge.

Eric actually lived in the same lovely, green neighbourhood as basically most of the Kingston bed & breakfasts listed below and can vouch for the area being a quick walk downtown. In fact, he walked by these “tucked away” places almost every day.

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Just so you know, bed and breakfasts can be called inns in this post but they offer a bed and a breakfast (and no other amenities) so they are treated as such. That said, there are also inns in Kingston and we will get to those below. In any case, here is a short list of the best bed and breakfasts in Kingston, Ontario:

  • Hochelaga Inn – A charming, cozy bed and breakfast right in downtown Kingston (Our Pick)
  • Green Woods Inn A cozy country house with great breakfast north of downtown close to the river
  • The Secret Garden InnA cozy B&B in a historic red brick house steps from the heart downtown

Inns in Kingston, Ontario

old stone inn house tucked away behind trees and flowers in kingston
A top inn in Kingston is the Rosemount Inn – also close to downtown!

As we mentioned above, there are a number of inns in Kingston. Inns are different from bed and breakfasts in the sense that they usually have more rooms, offer more food options (like lunch or dinner), and/or have spa facilities. These “extras” are what set inns apart from a traditional bed and breakfast. However, this rule isn’t perfect!

There is more than one nice inn in Kingston and you’ll definitely find a cozy Kingston inn if you’re searching for one close to downtown. You can check below for some of the best inns in Kingston, Ontario:

  • Rosemount Inn – An upscale and charming inn with great tea and spa services (Our Pick)
  • Green Acres Inn A quaint “getaway” inn with pool and gardens a short drive from downtown
  • Hotel Belvedere A charming and historic inn very close to the waterfront downtown

Apartments/Airbnbs in Kingston, Ontario

Although hotels do tend to dominate the Kingston accommodation option, you can also find a number of apartments, suites, aparthotels or Airbnbs. Suites or apartments make a great base to call home for a few days if you’re exploring Kingston (or the surrounding areas) over more than a few nights.

Many of the Kingston apartments come with fully equipped kitchens/kitchenettes which allow you the chance to cook. This is a great way to save money if you’re staying on a longer vacation – but Kingston is a city where you’d not run out of restaurant options!

Aparthotels are also a nice option if you want your own space but desire the option for a cooked breakfast and to have a reception you can ask for things at. Often, these accommodations are a great option for families or for larger groups.

You can check here for great apartments/suites in Kingston. Listed below are a few lovely apartments or suites in great locations:

If you want a place to yourself, you might also look into the option of an Airbnb in Kingston. You can find a number of places around the city.

Best Places to Stay in Kingston, Ontario – By Area

Alright, so now that we have gone over the accommodations by type in Kingston, it’s time to talk about the best areas to stay in Kingston. We’ll will start by telling you about the area, what you can find there, and what kind of traveller it might be a good fit for. Then, we’ll dive into a handful of great accommodation choices for you to look at.

In short, there are three main areas for hotels and other Kingston accommodations. A major chunk of the city of Kingston lays between Highway 401 in the north and Lake Ontario in the south.

So, from north to south (roughly), these three best areas to stay in Kingston are: near Highway 401, Midtown/West End (along Princess Street and up near the Cataraqui Centre (Mall), and Downtown Kingston (close to the historic waterfront). Remember: Most of the accommodations in Kingston kind of cluster around these areas but you can find a handful of different ones in other places.

If you want to just dive in and aren’t too picky about style, budget, or location, then have a look at our top accommodation picks in each of the areas listed below in this post:

Top Pick By Kingston Area

Downtown Kingston Great for Sights/Waterfront. Top Pick: Confederation Place Hotel

Midtown/West End Great for Value/Location. Top Pick: Thriftlodge Kingston

Near Highway 401 Great for a Convenience. Top Pick: Days Inn by Wyndham Kingston

Downtown Kingston – For Sights/Waterfront

hotel standing at waterfront with boats and buildings in front in downtown kingston
Lots of hotels surround Confederation Park right at the historic Kingston waterfront

With all the hustle and bustle going on, downtown Kingston is where many end up staying. The historic waterfront is a hub of activity and downtown is full of the best shops, bars, restaurants, and attractions. You can walk to all of these things without needing a car which makes hotels in downtown Kingston a pretty attractive place to stay.

Downtown Kingston is made up of a few different areas. For a visitor, you’ll want to walk along Princess Street checking out restaurants, shops, or pubs or stop by Springer Market Square behind the historic City Hall. You may even wander along the waterfront to City Park or see the pretty campus of Queen’s University.

There’s an old train station (and an old steam train) down on Ontario Street near City Hall which is the Tourism Information Office. The surrounding green waterfront park (Confederation Park) is where you’ll find the best waterfront hotels in Kingston with views of Lake Ontario.

Most accommodations downtown have parking so you can feel confident about leaving the car for a few days while you explore on foot. Downtown is also where you can hop on tours like the 1000 Islands boat tour, trolley tour, or haunted walk. Below you’ll find some great accommodations in Kingston right in the heart of downtown:

Confederation Place Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple Yet Popular Downtown Kingston Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right on the water in historic downtown Kingston, walking distance to everything
  • Featured Amenities: Pet friendly, parking, breakfast included, small outdoor pool

Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge – Check Now

  • Style: A Nice, Functional Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right at the waterfront, overlooking the lake a short walk from the heart of downtown Kingston
  • Featured Amenities: Suites with full kitchens, indoor pool, nice breakfast included

Rosemount Inn – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale and Charming Inn
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In a quiet, historic neighbourhood in downtown Kingston, a short walk to shops, restaurants, pubs, and the waterfront
  • Featured Amenities: Spa amenities, gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, air conditioning

Hochelaga Inn – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming, Cozy Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In a quiet, historic neighbourhood in downtown Kingston, a short walk to shops, restaurants, pubs, and the waterfront
  • Featured Amenities: Air conditioning, great breakfast, parking onsite

Midtown/West End Kingston – For Value/Location

If you don’t want to stay right downtown, there is a large area of the city that is not included in downtown. We are defining this region as Midtown and as the West End of Kingston. It’s a large area that generally follows Princes Street out of downtown and into more commercial and residential areas of Kingston with strip malls, plazas, and big stores.

This region is where you would find hotels on Princess Street in Kingston. Many of the hotels here have free parking since you need a car to get downtown or to leave the city. As for getting to the attractions downtown (assuming you are playing tourist), you’ll need a car/cab. You can also hop on the city bus if you like.

Accommodations in this area are generally cheaper than downtown and make for a good option if you want to be close to the Kingston train station to catch the ViaRail to Toronto or Montreal, for example.

Below you’ll find some great accommodations in Kingston around Princess Street and/or up the Cataraqui Centre (Mall). Again, these places are better suited if you are travelling to Kingston by car:

Thriftlodge Kingston – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Clean Hotel with breakfast north of downtown
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Right on Princess Street, a short drive/bus from downtown Kingston
  • Featured Amenities: Simple breakfast, free parking, fridge/coffee in each room

Green Acres Inn – Check Now

  • Style: A Quaint “Getaway” Inn
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right off Princess Street close to the Cataraqui Centre (Mall), a short drive from downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Gardens, pool, pet-friendly, free parking, continental breakfast available

Best Western Fireside Inn – Check Now

  • Style: A Unique, Cozy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right on Princess Street, a short drive/bus from downtown Kingston
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurant, free parking, good breakfast included

Ambassador Conference Resort – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Charming Hotel (Eric stayed here many times)
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Off Princess Street close to ViaRail Train Station, a short drive downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Free parking, an indoor pool (with awesome water slide), onsite restaurant/bar

Near Highway 401 – For Convenience

Last, but certainly not least, there are a number of hotels and accommodations not at all close to downtown Kingston. Perhaps you are on a Canada trip along the 401 (the Trans-Canada Highway) and just passing through Kingston?

If you are looking for hotels near Highway 401, you’ve got options. Officially, Kingston has 5 exits from the 401 but only two (Gardiners Road and Division Street) really have accommodations clustered. These are where we focused on below. Division Street is exit #617 and Gardiners Road is Exit #611. If you are passing through the city, these hotels have really easy access to get back on the highway.

That said, only the hotels on Division Street have a number of restaurants and grocery stores nearby so keep that in mind. The hotels here are generally much cheaper to stay at and often have free parking, breakfast, and other amenities like a pool.

Below you’ll find some great accommodations near to Highway 401. Remember: These Kingston accommodations are a bit farther north of the city centre and you will need a car/cab to get there if you are planning on visiting downtown Kingston.

Days Inn by Wyndham Kingston – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean, Bright Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Off Division Street close to Highway 401, restaurants around and must drive downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Bar onsite, indoor pool, free parking, fridge/coffee in rooms

Quality Inn & Suites Kingston – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional Yet Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Off Gardiners Road exit, close to Highway 401, a longer but easy drive to downtown Kingston
  • Featured Amenities: Free parking, onsite gym, continental breakfast included

Motel 6 Kingston Ontario – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Simple Budget Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Off Gardiners Road exit, close to Highway 401, a longer but easy drive to downtown Kingston
  • Featured Amenities: Pet-friendly, free parking, free coffee/tea and morning muffin

Comfort Inn Kingston Highway 401 – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Simple motel/hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Off Division Street close to Highway 401, restaurants around and must drive downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Free parking, nice hot breakfast

And there you have it – a quick rundown of some of the best places to stay in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. There are other hotels near Kingston but this guide should be more than enough to help you book a Kingston accommodation that works well for you! Have fun in Kingston!

As always, Keep Exploring, eh?
-E&L

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