Toronto offers a wide variety of boutique hotel experiences for people who want more than a typical room for the night. Boutique hotels set a new standard in luxury service.

The boutique experience goes a step further than big hotel chains, catering directly to your individual needs and lifestyle. Modern design, contemporary classic or cutting edge, no matter what your style preference is Toronto boutique hotels can accommodate you.

Sometimes called “design hotels“, this option for travelers was first established in the 1980’s; for the most part in major U.S cities. Canadian cities like Toronto soon followed and are now leading the way in exemplary service. True boutique hotels are furnished in a themed and inspirational style. They are normally much smaller than chain hotels, with anywhere from 3 to 50 guest rooms.

Boutique hotels are always focused on providing a unique, comfortable setting that guests will never forget. While some of these accommodations offer a lot of technology and gadgets, others concentrate on quiet comfort. Once considered for the hip and trendy crowd, there are now boutique hotels that appeal to every segment of the population.

Most of Toronto’s boutique hotels are located in the downtown core, close to transportation, vital amenities and tourist attractions. The best part of your luxury encounter is the comfort that awaits you at the end of your day of work or play.

It is the little extras that visitors say keeps them coming back to boutique hotels. What does it cost to indulge in the boutique experience in Toronto? At the time of publication, anywhere between $200 and $1,000 depending on the size and type of room you choose.

Urban and Chic

Toronto is a progressive city that keeps up with advances in urban design and detail. An example of this is the Cosmopolitan Hotel, considered one of the best accommodations in the world; it is described as a perfect mix of Ancient Eastern philosophy and modern technology, complete with natural gemstones fountains, bamboo plants and yoga mats in each suite.  The idea here is to make the visitor feel comfortable and special. The Cosmopolitan is on Colborne Street near King and Yonge, within walking distance of the King subway station.

The Pantages Hotel and Spa features many of the same lifestyle elements with an upbeat twist. The hotel offers fully equipped kitchens and en suite laundry facilities. When you are not in your suite you can enjoy their famous Martini Bar along with live entertainment. The spa at the Pantages is a complete body and mind treatment designed to lift the spirit and rejuvenate the soul. The Pantages is on Victoria Street, close to Queen and Yonge in what is often referred to as the “Garden District.”

Modern Mode

Located in Toronto’s entertainment district, the Soho Metropolitan is a modern masterpiece with its glass elevator and marble-clad bathrooms. At this boutique hotel, smart technology is incorporated so guests can relax and simply push a button to adjust lighting or the drapes. Making your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible is the objective at the Soho.

Equally modern is Hotel Le Germain, where a combination of glass, mental, wood and ceramics complete the décor. This boutique hotel can also accommodate man’s best friend. Your dog can be pampered too with just a quick phone call to the main lobby. It is however, recommended that you call ahead and let the staff know that you will be bringing a furry friend along.


Once a railway hostel, The Drake Hotel, was transformed into a sleek looking property and attracts visitors from around the world. Located on Queen Street West, it is a hub for established as well as aspiring artists.

A neighbor to this hotel in the art district of Toronto is The Gladstone. This Boutique hotel stands as the city’s oldest hotel. It was built in 1889. The original details and flavor of Victorian architecture are a big attraction for tourists.


The Windsor Arms is a warm, discreet luxury boutique located in trendy Yorkville, where a butler is at your service 24-hours a day. Close to some of the best shopping in Toronto, this hotel has a long and successful reputation.

The Wellesley Manor, situated downtown, is also considered cozy with a heritage romantic theme.

These are just a few examples of the Boutique Hotel options in the city of Toronto. There are others to choose from; however, they all have one thing in common, they advertise that they have exceptional service, a delicious menu and extensive wine selections.