When you are visiting Toronto, obviously you need a place to stay. Toronto has many hotels that range from budget accommodation to luxury hotels.
The majority of hotels in Toronto are found throughout the downtown area. Most of the major hotel chains have locations here, in addition to a significant selection of smaller boutique hotels. With so many options, it’s easy for travellers to pick a place to stay that is located near the attractions they will be visiting.
The most iconic Toronto hotel is the Fairmont Royal York, a “chateau style” building that was completed in 1929. Located on Front Street across from Union Station, the Royal York was the tallest building in the British Empire at the time of its completion. It is located on the higher end of the price scale, and is also known for the honey produced from their own beehives on the roof. The Royal York hotel also has a focus on being particularly accessible for those with physical disabilities.
Due to the proximity to many of Toronto’s main tourist attractions, the downtown waterfront area has a large concentration of hotels. Le Meridien King Edward, located on King Street East, is one of the highest rated hotels in the city. It first opened its doors in 1903, and Frommers calls it the city’s best historic hotel. On the other end of the cost scale, the nearby Hotel Victoria was named the city’s best budget hotel. Other popular hotels in the downtown lakeshore area include The Westin Harbour Castle, The Novotel Toronto Center, the Hyatt Regency and The Strathcona Hotel.
Moving away from the waterfront, the zone within a few blocks of Yonge Street is where much of the city’s accommodation can be found. Many of the main hotel chains have locations in this area running north to Bloor Street. Ramada, Delta, Comfort Hotel, Best Western, and Marriott are among the options. Popular options include The Delta Chelsea, a family-friendly hotel that features a four-storey indoor waterslide, as well as the Days Inn Toronto Downtown, which is located across the street from the old Maple Leaf Gardens.
Northeast of the intersection of Yonge Street and Bloor Street, Yorkville is a popular high-end neighbourhood of stores and restaurants. Consequently, hotels located here are on the more expensive side, but are also some of the most highly regarded in the city. This tends to be the area of choice for visiting celebrities and dignitaries. The Park Hyatt, Four Seasons and Hazelton Hotel are some of the most prominent options.
In recent years the city has seen a rise in popularity of boutique hotels. These hotels are smaller and offer a more individualized experience than standard hotels. Some are geared towards those looking for a romantic getaway, while others are focused on serving travellers with dogs. The Hotel Le Germain, located on Mercer Street in the Theatre District, is one of the best known and regularly tops lists of the best hotel in the city. They also have a partnership with Porter Airlines.
West of downtown on Queen Street West are several popular boutique hotels. The Drake Hotel is a favourite of the young and hip crowd, but with 19 rooms it’s not the easiest place to get a room. Nearby is also The Gladstone Hotel, which is about twice the size and features rooms that have each been decorated in a different style.
Outside of the downtown core, accommodation tend to be concentrated around the major highways and interchanges, as well as northwest of the city near the airport. Hotels that are further out from the city and adjacent to the 400 series highways are generally less costly, with dozens of options from major hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Travelodge, Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Best Western.
On the western side of the city near Pearson International Airport are a dozen or so hotel options. Located mostly on Dixon Road leading up to this airport terminal, these large hotels feature service geared especially towards business travellers. Most of them also feature large conference centres that regularly host large meetings and industry conventions.