Toronto has a staggering smorgasbord of accommodation options with everything on offer from celebrity-crammed designer pads in the hipper hoods of the city to gleaming downtown towers with high-rise prices to Victorian mansions seeing a new lease of life as cheerful, family-run inns. Meanwhile, the trend of four- and five-star condo-hotels that double as luxury residences and hotel accommodations continues to make its mark on the skyline.
While there’s the obvious cluster of names and chains downtown, you’ll have a distinctly different stay in the city if you opt for a room or suite even just a ten-minute walk from downtown’s towers. Yorkville, where Downtown becomes Midtown, offers some swanky and some good mid-priced chain hotels. Queen West, in the West End, wins for artistically-inclined design hotels.
Things to consider before booking
- Despite the profusion of rooms, Toronto is a big convention town and rooms can be surprisingly hard to snag — even during the iciest months of February — so book well ahead any time of year. If visiting during September — Film Festival month — book way in advance.
- Around the school holidays in March is a good time to nab a price deal — everyone from Ontario who can heads to warmer climes during this time.
- Most of the larger hotels have cheaper rooms on weekends.
- Older Victorian hotels and inns often do not have a lift.
- In most hotels, breakfast is not included, but there’s no shortage of breakfast place round the city. In cheaper hotels and b&bs, breakfast is usuallly included.
- Quoted hotel rates always exclude the steep 13 per cent city tax.