Guest Houses in Toronto have become more and more popular over the past few years. The appeal is the intimate experience and hospitality one receives at a Guest House compared to a number in a large Hotel chain.

Toronto Guest Houses can be highly affordable, comfortable, and in some cases very quaint.

A Guest House can be named many things, as well as change in details from place to place. In the United States, a  boarding house is the equivalent to a Guest House in Toronto. In other places around the world, a Guest House is the only option for travellers and visitors.

A Guest House is generally a large house or mansion that is renovated strictly for guest accommodation. The owner of the house is the owner of the Guest House; they will often live on the property or close by the property. The price range varies from place to place; while some might be the same cost and quality of a Hostel, others might be the equivalent to a luxury hotel.

You can find Toronto Guest Houses all over the city. Depending on your reasons for staying in a Guest House, the best place to start looking one is in either Toronto East, Toronto North, Toronto West, or Downtown Toronto.

Toronto East Guest Houses range a lot in price. The East end of the city can be geared towards budget and moderate accommodation, so the Guest Houses here are comfortable yet affordable. The closer towards Downtown Toronto you are, the higher the room rate will be.

Toronto east neighbourhoods to look for Guest Houses are:

  • The Beaches

  • East Danforth

  • Little India (Gerrard St)

  • Greektown

  • Leslieville

  • Main Square

  • Riverdale

  • Upper Beaches

Toronto North provides a more upscale experience in some of their Guest Houses. The neighbourhoods are older and the culture is chic. Some of the most expensive Toronto neighbourhoods are in Uptown Toronto, so it only makes sense that the Guest Houses are also more expensive.

Toronto North neighbourhoods include:

  • Casa Loma

  • Deer Park

  • Forest Hill

  • Lytton Park

  • Midtown

  • Rosedale

  • Summerhill

  • Wychwood Park

  • Yonge and Eglinton

Toronto West Guest Houses are like the East end; there is a wide variety of room rates and styles. The West end is quickly expanding and some neighbourhoods have become more upscale while other have a thrift, bohemian atmosphere.

Toronto West neighbourhoods include:

  • Bloor West Village

  • Brockton Village

  • Carleton Village

  • Corso Italia

  • Davenport

  • Dovercourt Park

  • Dufferin Grove

  • Earlscourt

  • Fort York

  • High Park

  • The Junction

  • Koreatown

  • Liberty Village

  • Little Italy

  • Little Portugal

  • Mirvish Village

  • Parkdale

  • Roncesvalles/Little Poland

  • Runnymede

  • Portugal Village (Little Portugal)

Downtown Toronto (Central) Guest Houses are in the form of hostels or in the form of luxury hotels. The variety Guest Houses are great, but the room rates is higher. You also will need to book far in advance, as downtown Toronto accommodations are the most popular in all the city.

Downtown Toronto neighbourhoods include:

  • The Annex

  • Cityplace

  • Chinatown

  • Church and Wellesley

  • Corktown

  • Distillery District

  • Entertainment District

  • Fashion District

  • Garden District

  • Harbourfront

  • Kensington Market

  • Moss Park

  • Queen St West

  • St James Town

  • Toronto Islands

  • University of Toronto

  • Yorkville

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) also has a huge selection of Guest Houses from budget to luxury. The regions within the Greater Toronto Area are:

  • East York

  • Etobicoke

  • Scarborough

  • North York

  • York

Toronto Guest Houses often offer services for those staying short term and long term. Staying in Toronto for a few months? Contact a Guest House to find out the rates and amenities included with staying long term.

The main differences between a Bed and Breakfast and Guest House in Toronto is the size. Guest Houses have more rooms then B&B’s – which have about 4 to 5 rooms – but less then a hotel. They usually include breakfast with the total cost.

In Toronto, the Guest Houses differ in style, such as cheap sleeps, boutique, moderate, and luxury. But they can also differ in theme. Toronto has many Guest Houses with individual themes such as cultural and period-based. You can also find some Toronto Guest Houses that cater directly to the gay and lesbian communities.

If you are travelling with your family, it is advisable to inquire ahead of time if the facility is child-friendly. Some Guest Houses are geared more towards backpackers while other are 100% dedicated to kids.

If you are looking for a comfortable, intimate travel experience, a Toronto Guest House might be the best option for you.