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About Toronto

Toronto is a proper global city, with the buzz of more than 100 different languages heard in world-class restaurants and vibrant bars. Sure, it’s cold in the winter, but still full of activity and the views over the lake really make the cityscape unique. Some of the best places to stay in Toronto boast spectacular views over the city and the lake.

With its efficient public transport system and grid layout, Toronto is a pretty easy city to make your way around, but we all have our tastes and for you the best places to stay in Toronto might be very close to great restaurants or music venues to make your evenings that bit easier - or far away from them if you prefer things to be peaceful.  Downtown Toronto is an obvious choice for visitors: you’re close to everything and Queen West is hip.  China town is also a great option if you want a central location, contemporary design hotels, a bustling atmosphere and great food.  

Some of you will want to be close to the golden sands and serene views of Lake Ontario?  Or, if you’re looking for something up-market close to elegant restaurants then Yorkville is for you.  If you’re looking fro somewhere quieter, or a great value hotel, then try Scarborough.  

If you want to get away from the bustling, cosmopolitan heart of town, that’s possible too. In fact one of our Guru’s picks for the best places to stay in Toronto is a quaint old converted mill surrounded by green space. It’s also just a short walk from the metro. There are some wonderfully ostentatious historic downtown hotels and a great restaurant with rooms.

What Not To Miss

  • You might want to begin with the CN Tower, the obvious starting point for any visit, it pierces the skyline like a giant hypodermic needle.
  • High Park is another local icon, as is the sensational St Lawrence Market with its amazing collection of food and historic treasures.
  • The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest natural history museum and one of the biggest museums in North America - there are around six million specimens on display.
  • 401 Richmond is a fantastic spot for art lovers, or you can wander through the impressive Graffiti Alley and marvel at the colourful displays of street art.
  • The Distillery District will be a highlight for anyone who loves their food and drink
  • The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre is an old Edwardian wonder just waiting to entertain you for an evening.

Just don't forget that this is an immensely popular city year round, so if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Toronto, do yourself a favour and book well ahead.

In Downtown Toronto

  • If you want all the mod. cons., plus rain showers, an in-room music service and a hi-tech gym, then Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is for you. There are 167 rooms plus a tapas and cocktail lounge.
  • For an upmarket city break, Shangri-La is the ideal spot. This 5* boasts chic accommodation with marble bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows, whilst there's also a spa, pool and lovely restaurant.

For Chinatown

  • Le Germain Toronto is a chic, modern, 122-room hotel in the heart of town. The exterior is all glass and stainless steel, but there’s a wonderful library and espresso bar in the reception area, so all is not quite as sleek and modern as it seems. It also boasts a very popular French restaurant.

For Yorkville

    • The Windsor Arms Hotel is a plush 1920s era hotel with wonderfully ostentatious decor - think chandeliers and pianos in the suites! And, there are just 28 rooms, so it's also fairly intimate.
    • The Four Seasons Toronto offers all the luxury you’d expect from a Four Seasons property, plus amazing views of the city and Lake Ontario.
    • The Hazelton Hotel is a high end boutique hotel with city views and a cinema room. You’re right by the Royal Ontario Museum, a little out of the centre, but close to the markets and there’s a great atmosphere. Plus a good restaurant and spa.

    For Romance

    • The Windsor Arms Hotel is a plush 1920s era hotel with wonderfully ostentatious decor - think chandeliers and pianos in the suites! And, there are just 28 rooms, so it's also fairly intimate.
    • The Ivy at Verity is a restaurant with four rooms which has been beautifully converted from an old chocolate factory. Luxurious, with many original features, the rooms are beautiful and the restaurant very popular. Adults only.
    • The Old Mill Toronto is a boutique getaway in the Humber Valley, just outside the city centre. You’re surrounded by tranquillity and green space, but still an easy walk from the metro. There are 57 classically decorated rooms and suites, a jazz bar and a large restaurant.

    The Hippest Places to Stay

    • Energetic and stylishly minimalist, The Drake is a youthful feeling boutique hotel with a lively bar and an excellent cafe. You’re in the art district bust still close to High Park.
    • Thompson Toronto is right in the heart of the fashion district, a lively and luxurious hotel with 121 crisp rooms and a fantastic rooftop lounge with amazing city views.

    For Great Views

    • The Hazelton Hotel is a high end boutique hotel with city views and a cinema room. You’re right by the Royal Ontario Museum, a little out of the centre, but close to the markets and there’s a great atmosphere. Plus a good restaurant and spa.
    • The Four Seasons Toronto offers all the luxury you’d expect from a Four Seasons property, plus amazing views of the city and Lake Ontario.

    For Best Value

    • The Baldwin Village Inn has just six minimalist rooms, making it private and quite stylish, as well as great value - rooms start from around £75 per night. It’s also in a super location, just moments from some of Toronto’s best restaurants and within walking distance of many of the main sights.
    • For closer to £100 per night you can stay at The Gladstone, a red brick, Victorian building with arty interiors and 37 boutique-style rooms. It’s quite luxurious, and there’s a great bar which has live music and a seasonally inspired menu.

    For An Apartment

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    Travel Information

    • The average daily temperature reaches 21°C in July and August.
    • This however is peak season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative (albeit a tad chillier), consider coming in May or September. The winters are best avoided as it can get extremely cold.
    • International visitors can fly into Toronto Pearson Airport, located 14 miles northwest of the downtown area. From the airport, there are plenty of public transport links to take you to the city centre.
    • WestJet and Air Transat fly direct from Gatwick to Toronto, whilst Air Canada and British Airways go from Heathrow.
    • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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      Best Hotels in Toronto

      • Baldwin Village Inn 6 rooms from £73

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Idyllic B&B in downtown Toronto - moments away from some of Toronto's best restaurants. Minimalist rooms feature hardwood floors, huge bay windows and are decorated in white palettes. Breakfast served at the communal dining table or out in the pleasant courtyard garden.

        Local exploring  -  Location is key here, right in the centre of town surrounded by great restaurants, within walking distance of the main sights.
        Groups  -  Perfect for groups to take over and enjoy the personal home touches of the Inn keepers.
        Sights nearby  -  Learn about the textile industry at the aptly named Textile Museum of Canada.
        Local markets  -  Walking distance is Kensington Market for a vibrant afternoon of city life.
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      • The Gladstone 37 rooms from £99

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Red brick Victorian building turned art-centric boutique in the bustling cultural district of Toronto. Each artist-designed room offers an aesthetically pleasing and luxurious stay. Grab a table at Melody Bar, enjoy the live music and seasonally inspired dishes.

        Sights nearby  -  Be sure to pick up a personalised Queen West district map from reception and explore the area with recommendations
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Full of character
        Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • The Drake 19 rooms from £104

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Youngsters rule the art district. This boutique has an energetic vibe; hosting musicians, embracing culture and inviting you to 'crash' in their stylish and cosy, yet minimalist, rooms. Eclectic dishes & cocktails served at the lively Raw Bar with a great meeting place in the Corner Cafe.

        Sights nearby  -  CN Tower can be seen from almost eveywhere and is the tallest free standing building in Northern America.
        Great walks  -  Formal gardens of High Park.
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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      • Old Mill Toronto 57 rooms from £130

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Boutique getaway nestled in the Humber Valley surrounded by walking trails, parkland and the tranquil sound of the Humber River. Classic rooms and suites surround a garden and courtyard. Popular Home Smith Bar hosts live jazz music and the 300-guest restaurant menu is loved across town.

        Sights nearby  -  The metro is an easy stroll away and opens up the city of Toronto to guests.
        Great walks  -  The mill is surrounded by parks and next to the Humber River.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
        Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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      • The Ivy at Verity 4 rooms from £164

        Toronto (Ontario)

        An 1850s chocolate factory, home to an award winning restaurant, four enchanting rooms and a spa in downtown Toronto. Unique and vibrant, the luxurious rooms capture original features with marble bathrooms. The old fashioned meets the contemporary in the restaurant decor, a popular spot with locals.

        Sights nearby  -  The Victorian-era buildings, hustle and bustle that make up the Distillery District are enhanting.
        Local markets  -  St. Lawrence Market is walking distance from the hotel and popular for cafes and restuarants.
        Great walks  -  Explore Toronto on foot.
        Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
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      • Le Germain Toronto 122 rooms from £170

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Chic, sharp stainless steel and glass exterior, make way to a library come expresso bar reception area. Views, gadgets, luxurious linens make up the rooms. The French cuisine served at Chez Victor is the cherry on the cake as it gains recognition across town with its pull of regulars.

        Sights nearby  -  Head to King Street for a look at the theatres of downton Toronto.
        Great walks  -  Take a ferry to Toronto Islands and explore on foot.
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Full of character
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • Le Germain Maple Leaf Square 167 rooms from £184

        Toronto (Ontario)

        A city hotel with sharp, chic style. Modern rooms provide all the mod cons: rain showers, music and DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities and access to the hi-tech gym. Lobby Lounge offers tapas and cocktails to get the evening started.

        Local markets  -  St Lawrence Market is one of Toronto's oldest buildings, is it home to 120 vendors merchants and artisans.
        Sights nearby  -  Hockey Hall of Fame is home of Stanley Cup (for hockey lovers).
        Great walks  -  Walk along Lake Ontario and soak up the magnificance.
        Romantic  -  Good for couples.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • Windsor Arms Hotel 28 rooms from £187

        Toronto

        A plush five star 1920's hotel, in downtown Toronto. The decor is delightfully ostentatious, with chandeliers in lobby and pianos in several of the suites. Original sash windows and hardwood floors give a European feel. Glamorous and indulgent!

        Local markets  -  Visit the The St. Lawrence Market, ranked by National Geographic as the world’s best food market.
        Great walks  -  Take an EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free walk on an outside ledge of the CN tower.
        Sights nearby  -  The Royal Ontario Museum is just five minutes walk away.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor year round pool.
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • Hazelton Hotel 77 rooms from £190

        Toronto (Ontario)

        High end boutique, home of plush interiors, indoor pool and spoil-yourself-spa. Sizeable rooms boast city views, fine linens and all the mod cons. One restaurant pulls the locals in with its exquisite menu and cocktails, a great atmosphere. Enjoy a film in the cinema room, or relax at the spa.

        Local markets  -  Local markets are a great place to see the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city.
        Sights nearby  -  Nearby you will find Royal Ontario Museum.
        Great walks  -  Explore Lake Ontario on the walking trail.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • Thompson Toronto 121 rooms from £200

        Toronto (Ontario)

        Slap in the middle of the Fashion district, this lively and luxurious hotel is a popular hot spot for nightlife and leisure seekers. Crisp, chic rooms boast outstanding city views. Head to the rooftop lounge for small bites, the Diner for a more hearty meal and then delve into the underground club.

        Local markets  -  Kensington Market is great for shopping and local art exhibits.
        Sights nearby  -  Victoria Memorial Square is within walking distance.
        Great walks  -  Explore Lake Ontario by foot.
        Views  -  City and Lake Ontario.
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      • Shangri-La 202 rooms from £203

        Toronto

        A chic five star hotel between downtown Toronto's Financial and Entertainment Districts. Plush rooms with an elegant oriental twist, enormous marble bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows. The luxurious on-site spa and trendy bars and restaurants follow the eastern theme. Oozing opulence and style

        Sailing  -  Charter a sailing boat at the nearby Waterfront from Sailnig and Powerboats.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor year round pool.
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Opulent
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      • Bisha Hotel Toronto 96 rooms from £279

        Toronto

        A spectacular and vibrant luxury hotel, the crown jewel of downtown Toronto's Entertainment District. Design is the key word here, from the lobby to the rooftop not a single detail has been thrown together or under thought. Between KOST and Akira Back they have every base covered. Truly remarkable.

        Foodies  -  International celebrity chef Akira Back heads the second floor restaurant (his first in Canada), this alone is worth the visit
        City Style  -  Toronto's leading light for flare and style - think black marble, crushed velvet, etched gold and more than 3000 pieces of art
        Close to nightlife  -  The hotel's four bars/restaurants have such a lively atmosphere and hip crowd that you would be a fool to go elsewhere
        Hotel Entertainment  -  Grab your shades and head up to the 44th floor rooftop infinity pool, complete with cocktail bar and restaurant
        Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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      • Four Seasons Toronto 259 rooms from £329

        Toronto (Ontario)

        The renovated flagship Four Seasons stands tall over Victorian mansions overlooking Lake Ontario. Luxurious large rooms with city views, plush linens and bathroom treats. Café Boulud offers global cuisine. Both business and leisure guests meet at Dbar over delicious cocktails.

        Sights nearby  -  CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
        Views  -  Lake Ontario and city.
        Lively  -  Hip and happening.
        Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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