Toronto hotels for every budget

By Amy Rosoman

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July 2017

From the waterfront views, to the vibrant central city streets, our guide to Toronto’s best hotels offers something for every budget and taste. Kickback in this cultural cosmopolitan.


Budget: Holiday Inn Express

Best for: Steps from the action

The lowdown: An easy place to stay, this hotel is in walking distance from many of Toronto’s spectacular attractions, districts, restaurants and largest shopping mall. Also situated close to the underground PATH walkway, you can navigate easily around the city from this simple, yet convenient hotel.

Stay for: St Lawrence Market – the hotel is just a five-minute walk from this fantastic food market. With over 100 vendors and tantalising stalls, you’ll want to try everything.

Know this… Grab a free smart roast coffee and kick-start your days with a complimentary breakfast bar buffet before heading out to explore.

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  • Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown. ©IHG.

    City stays made easy

    Take time out and stay Downtown for easy-walking days.

  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Club Lounge ©Marriott International, Inc.

    Enjoy a break in style

    Kickback in a lounge with a view, on floor 43 of the Sheraton.

  • The cheese cave at TOCA restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto ©The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

    Indulge in the delicious

    Nothing could be more extravagant than a hotel cheese cave.

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Mid-range: Sheraton Centre Toronto

Best for: A newly renovated sensation

The lowdown: Situated in the heart of Downtown Toronto, this hotel is great for a city break. Close to the theatre district, catch a show on your stay here. Venture to the Grange Park District and take a look around the Art Gallery of Ontario, then wander through the Toronto museum.

Stay for: The Senses spa, for rejuvenation on your trip away. Revel in the variety of treatments, with lotions and oils, including salts from the dead sea.

Know this… The Club Lounge on the 43rd floor offers stunning panoramic views of Toronto. Enjoy the feeling of exclusivity day and night.

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Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton

Best for: A lavish sanctuary

The lowdown: The Ritz-Carlton is located in central Downtown, with spectacular city skyline and glistening lake views. Indulge in everything wonderful at this luxurious hotel. From the indulgent spa, outdoor pizza oven and serene atmosphere. Take a short walk and hop on a boat to discover Toronto Islands.

Stay for: The TOCA Italian restaurant and cheese cave. Enjoy flavours from Italy, eat handcrafted delights and sip on wine, then indulge in the wonders of cheese.

Know this… Soak in the magnificent art collection during your stay. With over 400 pieces by Canadian artists, feel mesmerised.

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  • Toula restaurant and bar at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel ©Marriott International, Inc.

    Sky high views

    Enjoy Italian cuisine with the sights of the city.

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Budget: Holiday Inn Downtown

Best for: Simple and sleek

The lowdown: A great exploration base, just off Yonge Street and close to the CN Tower, you’ll have everything and more at this smooth hotel. Relax in the spa after a day of exploring, as this hotel is walking distance from Toronto’s hottest attractions.

Stay for: A treatment at the Caesar’s Spa. Revitalise with a massage and take a dip in the indoor pool.

Know this… Eating out is made easy, with the hotel’s brilliant location. But if you want to stay in, enjoy the contemporary Carlton restaurant, then unwind with a cocktail in the Thirty bar.

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Mid-range: The Westin Harbour Castle

Best for: Attractive location, fitness find

The lowdown: Sitting on the waterfront of Lake Ontario, this recently renovated harbour side hotel offers simple style with superb views. With its pool, tennis courts and gym, you can keep active in between city exploring.

Stay for: The Toula restaurant and bar on the 38th floor. Discover delicious Italian cuisine and panoramic views of the wondrous skyline from the south tower.

Know this…The hotel is made up of two separate towers. Join the RunWESTIN™ experience on foot and discover the city in your running shoes.

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Luxury: Fairmont Royal York

Best for: A royal retreat

The lowdown: Open since 1929, this is where the Royal family stay on their trips to Toronto. The building oozes luxury and elegance, after a five-year multi-million-dollar transformation. With its award-winning restaurants, sensational health club and spa, this hotel dazzles with its lavish touches.

Stay for: The Library Bar, for its wonderful cocktails. It also features a whiskey library and weekend handcrafted afternoon tea.

Know this… The hotel grows its own herbs and vegetables on the Fairmont’s rooftop garden, which the chefs use in their inspiring dishes.

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Budget: Bond Place Hotel

Best for: Real style

The lowdown: Close to all the city’s must-see-sights, this hotel is cool and calm. With its fantastic location, getting around is made easy. The modern rooms are polished and for those who like to keep active, there is fitness centre.

Stay for: The Pomanar Grill and Juicery. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner whenever you need and try exquisite Mediterranean dishes.

Know this… When you want to try a taste of Toronto’s local food scene, there are a selection of tantalising restaurants a couple of minutes away.

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  • Rooftop garden at the Fairmont Royal York. ©FRHI.

Mid-range: Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel

Best for: A sophisticated stay

The lowdown: This unique hotel is just moments away from the CN Tower and within walking distance from the Entertainment Centre. Take a soak in the beautiful indoor pool, steam up in the sauna, then enjoy the marble bathrooms and sumptuous bedrooms.

Stay for: The eclectic Arriba restaurant for innovative cuisine, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. When you fancy a change, it’s not far to go for a variety of dining delights.

Know this…This hotel is built into the Rogers Centre Stadium, where you can catch a baseball game or music concert from the comfort of your chosen room or the Arriba lounge.

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Luxury: Le Germain Maple Leaf Square

Best for: Stylish boutique stay

The lowdown: With its rainfall showers and spa-like bathrooms, you can sink into your goose-down duvets after a day in the city, or once you’ve ventured to Niagara Falls. Just minutes away from the harbour front, wander next to the shimmering waters and soak up the sights.

Stay for: The delicious complimentary breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat and a coffee each morning to start your day the right way.

Know this…Relax in the elegant bar and Lobby Lounge, enjoy a tipple before you head out for dinner or make plans for your trip.

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