Where To Stay In Toronto: Helpful Accommodation + Neighbourhood Guide

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Wondering Where to Stay in Toronto? Here’s Our Local Knowledge!

Are you considering heading to Toronto? Great decision – Toronto is a city that you will not get bored in easily! The difficult part, however, of a Toronto trip is finding accommodation in the city. Finding out where to stay in Toronto on a budget can be difficult since many of the hotels are concentrated in the centre of downtown – which makes them more pricey. Incredible quality, but expensive!

We (both members of Ontario Away) have lived and worked in Toronto together for almost a year. Eric also grew up north of Toronto so it’s safe to say we have some local knowledge to share! From where to stay in Toronto with a car to which areas in Toronto have the best nightlife, we cover all the need-to-knows! We even have a pretty good guide for one day in Toronto!

While you’re here, you might need more information on travelling to Canada. In that case, feel free to check out our top posts on the subject:

Where to Stay in Toronto – Accommodation Options

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Toronto’s a busy city – with loads of places to stay!

Because Toronto is such a large city that is very spread out, there are different accommodation types in all areas of the city. That said, you’ll find that there are more hotels in one area and more apartments in another. Let’s understand the different accommodation styles in Toronto so you can get to booking yours.

Hotels in Toronto

Toronto is a massive, international city with many, MANY hotels. That said, because Toronto is a popular tourist city and a busy business city, the hotels (especially in the downtown core) are generally quite expensive similar to other large cities in North America. However, many of these hotels are amazing because of their location and amenities offered.

>> Get started searching for hotels in Toronto here.

So, when it comes to hotels in this post, we are going to cover the best areas to stay in downtown Toronto and some of the best hotels you’ll find in those areas. If you’re travelling to Toronto for a few days (or longer), we want to help you choose the best hotel options available. You can find cheaper accommodations in the downtown core – it just won’t be a hotel.

That said, you CAN also find a deal on a hotel in Toronto – just don’t be too confused when you are unable to find lots of options for budget hotels. You might have to look outside the downtown core or further for a budget hotel.  However, then you’d have to consider driving in or taking public transit each day to get home. Just something to think about!

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Toronto

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The Super 8 is in Chinatown – it’s popular and affordable!

There are a handful of budget hotels across Toronto. Some are downtown while lots of others can be accessed via public transport. There is certainly nothing “wrong” with these accommodations – simply that you won’t receive as many amenities as in other hotels. So, if you need a budget place to stay for a few days, consider these hotels in great areas!

Boutique Hotels in Toronto

Toronto, being the large creative city that it is, is home to unique and trendy design hotels. Again, these hotels are all located in great areas downtown – many are super close to Union Station or top entertainment venues.

  • The Strathcona Hotel – a trendy hotel close to Union Station and all things “entertainment” (Our Pick)
  • The Ivy at Verity – a renovated masterpiece hotel in an 1850’s chocolate factory
  • The Anndore House Hotel – a sophisticated, design hotel located in The Village
  • The Drake Hotel – a classic Toronto hang out for nightlife – with lots of bars and restaurants around

Luxury Hotels in Toronto

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The Shangri-La right downtown – with the Hilton and the CN Tower peeking through!

As an international hub, Toronto is no stranger to a high-class lifestyle. As such, there are many luxury hotels scattered across the city – many under names you’d expect from a metropolitan city in North America.

Below are a handful of the top luxury hotels in Toronto – and they come with world-class services and amenities:

Bed and Breakfasts in Toronto

For a massive city, there are actually a surprising number of bed and breakfast or inn-style accommodations. This is because there are so many residential areas, some of the older and historic houses were easily converted into lovely places to stay.

Generally, these houses are in quieter, more residential, more green areas. This means that you can come home after a long day of exploring and have a bit of peace and tranquility! You can check here for bed and breakfasts in Toronto.

There are lots to choose from – many of which are located close to The Village (which is south of Bloor-Yorkville’s shopping) but still very well connected to downtown!

Guesthouses in Toronto

There are also guesthouses in Toronto. These rooms with hosts are in residential areas and great for a few nights if you don’t need all the other amenities that hotels offer. Generally, they are more of a budget option, too! You can check here for guesthouses in Toronto.

Below are a handful of featured guesthouses all over the city – they make for a great place to stay in Toronto for a few days:

Hostels in Toronto

Although Toronto is the biggest city in Canada, it doesn’t have a ton of hostels. The few that do exist seem to have either really good reviews or just absolutely terrible ones. We’ve never stayed in a Toronto hostel but know quite a few traveller friends (Australians, Brits, and Danes) that have and have had pleasant stays! You can check here for the top hostels in Toronto.

Below are a handful of hostels in the city that feature great locations, amenities, and staff:

  • HI Toronto Hostel – a top-rated modern and trendy hostel located minute to central downtown (Our Pick)
  • Planet Traveler Hostel – a social hostel with rooftop terrace right in the heart of Kensington Market
  • Two Peas Pod Hostel – a pod-style bed hostel with amazing rooftop terrace and great location close to Kensington Market

Apartments, Aparthotels, and Airbnbs in Toronto

An accommodation option that has grown in popularity in Toronto are Airbnbs as well as normal apartment rentals. Apartment rentals are good options for families or short-stay travellers who want their own space to prepare their own food, etc. These apartments often come with parking spots as well.

However, we cannot recommend staying in an Airbnb in Toronto. Toronto faces a housing crisis and while Airbnb did not create this crisis, it had certainly contributed. Furthermore, many condo buildings have strict rules against tenants renting their places on Airbnb – but many do it anyway.

As a result, there are stories of holiday goers having to “rent in secret” and follow rules like “don’t talk to anyone in the building” or “enter through a certain door”, etc. Frankly, this doesn’t sound like a fun time for you as a traveller. So, we suggest avoiding Airbnb in Toronto.

If you are travelling with a group or family and an apartment rental is still for you, you should look for something called an “aparthotel” which offer you suite-style rentals with full kitchens but ALSO have hotel-like services like reception and a restaurant.

>> Get started searching for apartments and aparthotels in Toronto here

You can find a nice apartment rental in areas like Cabbagetown, The VillageKensington Market, and The Beaches. Generally, apartments in these areas are quieter to sleep in and only a short commute by streetcar, Uber, or subway from downtown.

Where to Stay in Toronto – Downtown Toronto Neighbourhoods

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No better place to stay than looking at the CN Tower!

Here is a brief guide to the neighbourhoods you can stay in downtown Toronto. These aren’t all of them but we’ve chosen a few of the top ones with lots to offer visitors.

Our Accommodation Top Picks By Neighbourhood

If you just want to get started looking, here is a brief breakdown of the featured Toronto neighbourhoods in this post and a top pick accommodation for each one!

Toronto Neighbourhood Map

The Toronto Neighbourhood Map linked here covers the areas (blue pins) with the highest concentration of hotels and a few suggested hotels themselves. General Rule of Thumb for Hotels: The closer you are to the centre, the more expensive the accommodation is likely to be.

Let’s dive into the areas on the map. You will find the corresponding bed colours for actual hotels in this post:

  • Downtown Toronto/City Hall – Grey Beds
  • Entertainment District – Orange Beds
  • Old Toronto/Financial District – Green Beds
  • Harbourfront – Purple Beds
  • Chinatown/Fashion District – Pink Beds
  • Bloor-Yorkville – Navy Blue Beds
  • The Annex – Lime Green Beds
  • Toronto Airport (Mississauga) – Yellow Beds

We also wanted to include hotels at Pearson Toronto International Airport because it might be helpful for some. And we wanted to show you how far the airport is from downtown Toronto. You can take the UpExpress Train to get downtown to Union Station in about 30 minutes.

This quick transfer train didn’t exist just a few years ago and it’s already been SO handy! Some locals actually use it to commute to and from work given where it starts and stops.

Areas Outside Toronto

Three larger centres that are genuinely far from Toronto (and only considered to be in the Greater Toronto Area – not the city of Toronto) are: Mississauga and Etobicoke to the west of Toronto and North York to the north.

You’ll definitely have to take the subway, Go Train, or drive into the centre of Toronto if you stay in these places but if that works for you, there are nice apartments for rent (and hotels in these areas) at a cheaper cost so maybe have a look!

Areas to Avoid

Toronto is generally a very safe and pleasant city. But with any major metropolitan centre, you’ll find differences between areas of the city. As such, there are areas that we wouldn’t recommend staying in. One of which is Moss Park. This is located on Queen Street East between Sherbourne Street and Jarvis Street.

This area has a high prevalence of people living in poverty with homelessness and drug addiction very apparent among community members. Eric’s Masters Degree is in Health Inequalities and Public Policy, so he’s legitimately qualified to respectfully and truthfully discuss the realities of the area.

Now, that is not to say that the area is dangerous. You can walk through in the day and evening just fine. As a visitor who is new to the city, however, you wouldn’t want to stay in the neighbourhood. In the end, if you explore hard enough, you will find areas all over Toronto with different kinds of people from all walks of life. That’s what makes Toronto, Toronto.

Where to Stay in Toronto – Featured Places to Stay

In the section below, we’ll now cover each of the areas on the map in detail. We write a brief description of the neighbourhood and three of the top hotels. As mentioned, the neighbourhoods and the hotels below correspond with the map linked to above.

Downtown Toronto – For Central Location

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The heart and soul of Toronto – and a great place to stay!

The reason we have a generic “Downtown Toronto” is that the city is so large and we wanted to provide you with a central frame of reference. So, the heart of downtown Toronto can be considered to be where Toronto City Hall is. Outside the iconic rounded buildings you will find Nathan Phillips Square, the water fountain, and the famous “Toronto Sign” for taking photos.

Nearby is the Eaton’s Centre – a large shopping mall. This is a great area because it’s walkable to all the top attractions, the waterfront, and super simple to get on the subway or streetcar to go farther. It doesn’t get more “central” than this!

>> Get started searching for hotels in Downtown Toronto here

Below are some featured properties that are located very close to Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall. If nothing else, this location is a great place to start your hotel search – but these hotels below are all great options!

DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown – Check Now

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You can see the DoubleTree hiding behind the flag from Nathan Phillips Square!
  • Style: A Sophisticated and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Downtown right behind Toronto City Hall at the north end of Nathan Phillips Square
  • Featured Amenities: Indoor heated pool, onsite restaurant and bar, WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ON ARRIVAL!

>> Check Out The DoubleTree by Hilton Here

Hilton Toronto – Check Now

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We used to walk by the Hilton every day for work!
  • Style: A Simple yet Upscale Downtown Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Located just south of Nathan Phillips Square, it’s across from the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Art
  • Featured Amenities: 3 onsite restaurants, 2 pools, a Starbucks, and it’s connected to “The PATH” for indoor walking in the winter!

>> Check Out The Hilton Toronto Here

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel – Check Now

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This is only one entrance – it’s a very tall hotel with great city views!
  • Style: A Quiet and Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right across the street from Nathan Philips Square and City Hall + the Eaton’s Centre (mall)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar and restaurant, connected underground to “The PATH”, city views all around!

>> Check Out The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Here

The Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Check Now

  • Style: A Popular and Lovely Hotel
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Just off of Yonge Street and just north of Yonge-Dundas Square – the “Times Square” of Toronto
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant and lounge, 2 indoor pools, parking available, great for families with kids

>> Check Out The Chelsea Hotel Here

Entertainment District – For Nightlife

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Follow Queen Street to the left into the heart of the Entertainment District

There are things to keep you entertained all over the city – and the Entertainment District is definitely a place to get an evening started (and also where to end)! It is known for its nightlife, bars, shopping, and events.

Technically, this area goes all the way down close to the waterfront near the CN Tower, the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre), Ripley’s Aquarium, and Steam Whistle Brewery.

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Nothing like a stop by Bar Hop in the Entertainment District!

However, there is a part of the District north of those attractions and that is where you will find many of the nightclubs and bars. As such, these few blocks of restaurants and places to go out are what many would define as the “true Entertainment District”.

This area of the Entertainment District is known for attractions/places/bars like: Bar Hop, shopping on Queen Street West, The Ballroom Bowl, Roy Thompson Hall, The Princess of Wales Theatre, and much more!

>> Get started searching for hotels in The Entertainment District here

Featured Hotels in The Entertainment District

Below are three of the top hotels in The Entertainment District. You’ll see that they are more north of things like the CN Tower since we cover hotels closer to there in “The Financial District”. The hotels below are in one of the main areas for bars, restaurants, and nightlife in Toronto.

Templar Hotel – Check Now

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We love the look and location of the Templar…
  • Style: A Boutique and Modern Suite Style Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Situated right on Adelaide Street West, wedged into downtown close to everything
  • Featured Amenities: Bright, modern suites, helpful staff, Nespresso coffee maker in rooms, great city views!

>> Check Out The Templar Hotel Here

The Beverley Hotel  – Check Now

small hotel among brick buildings with shop fronts in toronto
You can go shopping on Queen Street West and still see your hotel room!
  • Style: A Stylish and Compact Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Located right on Queen Street West with hundreds of shops and food places at your doorstep
  • Featured Amenities: Modern and functional rooms, bar/restaurant onsite, rooftop patio!

>> Check Out The Beverley Hotel Here

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown  – Check Now

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The Hilton Garden is steps from all things “entertainment”…
  • Style: A Simple and Classic Downtown Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Directly across from The Templar Hotel – and in the heart of the Entertainment District!
  • Featured Amenities: Bar, restaurant, and pool onsite, helpful staff, great breakfast

>> Check Out The Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown Here

Old Toronto/Financial District – For Business/Social

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The historic “Flatiron Building” is located in Old Toronto!

The Financial District is a place where you can often feel the pulse of Toronto. Located downtown along  Bay Street – and as a specific sub-section of the downtown – the district is known to be all business, very social, and often upscale. The area gets the name from the fact that all the big Canadian banks – and many other institutions – have their headquarters located here.

As such you’ll find lots of top restaurants, cafes, and places for fancy cocktails among the street-level businesses of the larger office buildings. You can check out things like: The Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the famous Gooderham Building (also known as the “Flatiron Building”) is nearby. 

>> Get started searching for hotels in Old Toronto/Financial District here

Featured Hotels in Old Toronto/Financial District Area

Below are three of the top hotels in the Financial District. While there are lots of hotels in the area, there are certainly ones that have more of a name for themselves as being luxurious or popular.

Yes, they will be expensive – but you get quality when you stay in the Financial District. You are a quick walk into the Entertainment District, close to the water, and well-connected to Union Station. There simply are no negatives.

The Novotel Toronto Centre – Check Now

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The Novotel is close to the waterfront and top attractions like the St. Lawrence Market!
  • Style: A Stylish and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the south end of Old Toronto, steps from amazing attractions and a quick walk to Union and the Harbourfront
  • Featured Amenities: Comfortable beds, onsite pool and spa, restaurant and cocktail lounge, too!

>> Check Out The Novotel Toronto Centre Here

Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Vintage and Charming Hotel (Eric has stayed numerous times – it’s excellent!)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Located right on Front Street, you are steps from Union Station and Scotiabank Arena
  • Featured Amenities: Great restaurant with amazing breakfast buffet, bar, swimming pool, valet parking, and more!

One King West Hotel and Residence – Check Now

  • Style: A Historic and Elegant Suite-style Hotel from 1914.
  • Price Range: Mid-Range (good value for what you get)
  • Location: An amazing location in the heart of the Financial District
  • Featured Amenities: Suites come with like a microwave, dishwasher, or sitting area. Onsite bar and restaurant, too.

The Harbourfront – For Water Views

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You stay along the waterfront – like in The Westin – for the stunning lakefront views!

If you want to stay close to the water of Lake Ontario, then The Harbourfront is the place for you. This part of town is known to be very scenic, social, and central.

There is a wide pedestrian sidewalk for exploring and piers that you can check out for basically as far as your eye can see. You’ll have views of the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport, and be close to attractions like The Harbourfront Centre, Boat/Sailing Cruises, and Amsterdam Brewery.

>> Get started searching for hotels at The Harbourfront here

Featured Hotels in The Harbourfront

Below are three of the top hotels in or very close to the Harbourfront area. There aren’t actually that many hotels located in the actual perimeter of the Harbourfront (south of the Gardiner Expressway Highway) so two hotels mentioned below are located JUST north of this area and are a very quick walk to the shores of the lake.

The Westin Harbour Castle  – Check Now

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No better location to catch the Toronto Island ferry – it’s right beside!
  • Style: A Classic and Scenic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upscale
  • Location:  Right down on the Harbourfront, besides where the Toronto Island Ferry crosses
  • Featured Amenities: Amazing views, rooftop patio, parking onsite, tennis courts, and friendly staff

>> Check Out The Westin Harbour Castle Here

The Delta by Marriott – Check Now

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There’s that Delta standing proud downtown!
  • Style: A Stellar and Luxurious Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location:  Located right in the heart of downtown, close to Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, and more.
  • Featured Amenities: Modern and fancy rooms, rooftop lounge, pool, parking onsite, great breakfast!

>> Check Out The Delta by Marriott Here

Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront – Check Now

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The rooms/balconies overlook Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands!
  • Style: A Bright and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Upscale
  • Location: Overlooking Lake Ontario beside the Harbourfront Centre – a great location for Billy Bishop Airport!
  • Featured Amenities: A rooftop terrace and pool (incredible for summer), great views, onsite restaurant and lounge

>> Check Out The Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront Here

Chinatown/Fashion District – For Cultural/Trendy

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Queen and Spadina – looking south right into the Fashion District towards King Street

Located west of the Entertainment District, this area is known to be trendy, cultural, and very social. The area got its name because it was once full of factories for the garment and textile industries! The Fashion District exists to the west of Spadina and somewhat north of King Street and encompasses many restaurants and bars.

Chinatown runs along Spadina north of Queen just above the Fashion District and is filled with authentic food spots and more. There aren’t a ton of places to stay IN the area but you should definitely stop through if you are visiting Toronto for the experience.

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The shop fronts in Chinatown are to be explored if you visit!

The area is usually clustered in with another neighbourhood – King West – which is a stretch of King Street West that has amazing food options. There isn’t much to do in the form of attractions but you can check out Graffiti Alley.

In any case, the Entertainment District is very close on foot or streetcar. Stay near here for the food and look for food places like: WVRST, Gusto 101, Wilbur Mexicana, Portland Variety, and many, many more.

>> Get started searching in the Chinatown/Fashion District area here

Featured Accommodations in the Chinatown/Fashion District Area

Below are three of the top options in/close to the Fashion District. The Thompson is very much in the area while the Alexandra and Hotel Ocho are a bit more north but still very close by.

As mentioned, this area is not super well-defined but is certainly downtown and accessible to many other great areas in the city on foot or via the King streetcar (504 or 514), Queen streetcar (501), or Spadina streetcar (510).

Hotel OCHO – Check Now

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Hotel OCHO is located conveniently on Spadina Avenue…
  • Style: A Vintage and Nicely Renovated Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Located at the corner of Queen and Spadina, walking distance to Chinatown, downtown, etc.
  • Featured Amenities: Exposed brick in rooms, onsite restaurant/lounge, air conditioning, bike rentals for exploring

>> Check Out Hotel OCHO Here

The Alexandra Hotel  – Check Now

  • Style: A Basic and Functional Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto prices)
  • Location: Located in a quiet area to the north of the Fashion District
  • Featured Amenities: Each room has a full kitchenette, lots of parking outside

The Thompson Toronto – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Overlooks the Fashion District, a quick walk to downtown attractions and very close to King West
  • Featured Amenities: Known famous rooftop pool and lounge, designer linens, onsite parking or valet parking for a fee.

Bloor-Yorkville – For Upscale Shopping

Do you want to go shopping at high-end places? Then Bloor-Yorkville is the place for you! The area is known to be posh, upscale, and good for shopping. The area is loosely based around the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street and technically defined as “midtown” since you are not right in downtown Toronto.

That said, it’s easy to get down there by subway and you can walk if you wanted to. Another area close by is The Annex – which we mentioned above in “other neighbourhoods” that are good for apartment rentals. The attractions the district is known for are: lots of Shopping, The Bata Shoe Museum, and The Royal Ontario Museum, among others.

>> Get started searching for hotels in Bloor-Yorkville here

Featured Hotels in Bloor-Yorkville

As mentioned, this area can be seen as upscale and good for shopping. It’s also a heavy business area with large offices for major companies. This means that the hotels in the area are quite nice and can be expensive. However, with good amenities and a well-connected link to public transportation (or to hail a cab) the area at Bloor-Yorkville is a great option for a hotel.

Downtown Home Inn – Check Now

  • Style: A Comfortable and Cozy Bed and Breakfast.
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: a quick walk from the centre of Bloor-Yorkville, very quiet yet so close to shopping, bars, and restaurants.
  • Featured Amenities: clean and comfortable rooms, potential private rooftop terrace, amazing owner, breakfast included

Windsor Arms Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Historic and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Located in the heart of Yorkville just off of Bloor Street, great for shopping!
  • Featured Amenities: Lavishly decorated rooms, pool and spa services, parking onsite, traditional “high tea”

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto at Yorkville Check Now

  • Style: A Stunning and First-Class Hotel Experience
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Also located in Yorkville just north of Bloor Street, great for shopping
  • Featured Amenities: Impeccable rooms, perfectionist staff,  pool and spa, and onsite parking

The Annex – For Youthful/Hip

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The Spadina streetcar starts/ends in The Annex and runs through Chinatown to Union Station downtown

Looking for a youthful area? The Annex is for you. The area is known to be more youthful, very social, and good for food lovers. The Annex – as it exists along Bloor towards Koreatown (which is great for food) is more residential and so this is where many students who study make their homes in the city.

Because of this, you’ll find a few hotels but mainly apartments and bed and breakfasts located here which is great for a quieter stay in the city. There are also plenty of bars, great eateries, and top attractions very close by for tourists.

That said, it’s  VERY easy to get downtown via the subway or the streetcar (from Spadina station) – you could also walk if you wanted to. The attractions the district is known for are: cheap food and drinks, exploring Koreatown, The Bata Shoe Museum, and University of Toronto main campus, among others.

Featured Accommodations in The Annex

Below are three of the top options in/close to the Annex. The area is directly to the west of Bloor-Yorkville so it’s easy to go shopping, explore museums, and get downtown in minutes.

The Annex Hotel  – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Stylish Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right on Bloor Street so you are steps from great food and public transport
  • Featured Amenities: Restaurant and bar onsite, easy parking, great food and staff

Rose Garden Bed and Breakfast  – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Cozy Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto)
  • Location: In a safe and friendly neighbourhood, a quick walk to Bathurst subway station
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, lovely hosts, use of sauna included!

Madison Manor B&B and Pub  – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Lively Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto)
  • Location: Just north (5 minutes) of Bloor for shopping, add 5 minutes short walk to museums and more
  • Featured Amenities: Pub and patio onsite, Continental breakfast included, street parking available

Toronto Pearson International Airport – For Flying

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Staying close to the airport has its advantages!

We wanted to include the hotels in the area around the airport so that trip planners knew where it was and could plan accordingly. It’s also useful information for those passing through Toronto in need of an airport hotel.

The airport is technically in the Greater Toronto Area in a city called Mississauga. Some would argue that the airport is in the north end of Etobicoke but the difference doesn’t really matter. All you need to know is that Pearson Airport is not close to downtown Toronto.

If you stay right at the airport (basically beside the terminals), you could, however, take the Up Express train to Union Station. Alternatively, to get downtown from this area you can grab an Uber or a cab/shuttle (which would be more expensive).

>> Get started searching for hotels near Toronto Pearson Airport here

Featured Hotels at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Below are three of the top hotels around Toronto Pearson International Airport. In general, there are lots of hotels very close to the airport that connect via a free sky train. The other hotels in the area (like the Best Western below) often have a free shuttle service to take passengers from the hotels to the airport.

Best Western Toronto Airport  – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Functional Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Just off the 401 on Dixie – Eric used to stay here when he was a recruiter!
  • Featured Amenities: Free airport shuttle from the lobby door, onsite restaurant

Alt Hotel Toronto Airport – Check Now

  • Style: A Chic and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Close to the Skytrain transit to the terminal buildings
  • Featured Amenities: Modern rooms, hip decor, pet-friendly, parking onsite.

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Conveniently located close to the airport with good terminal connections
  • Featured Amenities: Clean rooms, trendy onsite bar and full restaurant, parking onsite, swimming pool

And there you have it – a rundown of where to stay in Toronto! In the end, there is no “single best” place to stay in Toronto. Downtown has its advantages the same as Midtown has advantages the same as hotels and guesthouses have advantages over one another. They are all unique and offer visitors something different. We love Toronto and it’ll always be close to home – so have a blast exploring!

As always, Keep Exploring, eh?

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