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By Norbert Figueroa, an experienced architect, travel writer, long-term budget traveler, and photographer with over 13 years of travel experience in over 139 countries and counting. @globotreks


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If Canada had a New York City, it would definitely be Toronto. And what better to end off the day exploring this bustling city than sinking into a plush bed with incredible views, and maybe a little room service?

Toronto’s hotel scene is ready to offer you just that – and so much more!

But before we dive into the best hotels in Toronto, make sure you’ve read my guides “Is Toronto Safe?” and “Where To Stay in Toronto.” The intel is the perfect primer for what’s coming next.

As Canada’s largest city, it’s no surprise that there are hotels galore. From sky-scraping deluxe suites to cozy budget rooms, you can find pretty much any style of hotel you could want. And I’ve covered them all!

The Best Luxury Hotels In Toronto – Lovingly Lavish Stays

If your idea of a luxury stay includes gourmet dining, world-class spa treatments, and opulent guest rooms, then you’re going to love my top picks of luxury hotels in Toronto!

I didn’t just pick these places for the stay; I chose them for the full experience. You’ll only receive the best kind of treatment from these upscale accommodations.

Le Germain, Toronto, Canada
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1. Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer – Best for quiet luxury

Le Germain Hotel Mercer is like stumbling upon a swanky, cozy corner of the city. This former hat factory, now part of the Quebec-based Le Germain chain, exudes a unique, low-key luxury from the moment you step through the doors.

As for the rooms, they’re a blend of elegance and comfort, with rich wood and concrete ceilings. The bathrooms are just as impressive; sleek and modern.

The Victor Restaurant & Bar awaits you for a delicious meal. The menu keeps it classic and comforting with dishes like lobster risotto and butternut squash gnocchi.

But what really sets Le Germain apart is its guest-centric approach. They’ve ditched the set checkout time to match your pace, not the other way around. Plus, there’s a sumptuous lounge library that practically swallows you up with its deep sofas.

Even better is this hotel’s central location. You’re in the Entertainment District, and right next door to King Street’s restaurants and Billy Bishop Airport, so it’s a top pick for experiencing the best of Downtown Toronto.

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
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2. Shangri-La Hotel – Best for indulgent services

If you’re craving luxury that’s nothing short of legendary, then the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto is your front-row ticket to opulence. Nestled in the heart of Downtown, this luxury hotel from Hong Kong-based Shangri-La is the stuff of dreams!

The contemporary lobby practically looks like an art gallery. You’ll notice the impeccable attention to detail instantly, and it carries straight on into the guest rooms.

The hotel’s rooms and suites effortlessly blend modern luxury with Asian-inspired decor. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering Downtown city views, bathrooms with heated floors, and mirror-embedded televisions. Plus, you even have iPads that basically serve as your personal concierge. Talk about convenient luxury!

For relaxation, the Miraj Hammam Spa will entice you with its treatments. You’re also treated at the Health Club with the pool, hot tubs, and steam room under a stunning glass roof.

Once you manage to pull yourself away from the hotel’s luxuries, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Old Toronto. The Art Gallery of Ontario, the lively waterfront, and the vibrant Yonge Street are all just a stone’s throw away.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
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3. Fairmont Royal York – Best for royal treatment

The Fairmont Royal York is where Toronto’s rich history meets modern luxury, and it’s no wonder that even the British Royal Family approves. This iconic hotel, perched high above the city’s streets, has seen nearly a century of history and still feels as magical as ever.

The rooms strike that perfect balance between classic and modern. You’ll love the comfy beds, and there’s all the amenities you’ll need. But if you’re really looking to treat yourself, go for the Fairmont Gold rooms – they’re like a little slice of heaven.

When I tell you that this luxury hotel is its own mini hub, I’m not kidding. Not only is there a health club, a sizable swimming pool, and three restaurants and bars, but even a mini high street with shops to explore!

And don’t think anything less than opulence when it comes to their restaurants. REIGN Restaurant + Bar + Bakery specializes in sophisticated gastronomy and fine wines, while CLOCKWORK serves up cocktails and champagne that you can’t help but mmmm over.

You also couldn’t ask for more with its location, especially if you’re a sports fan. Attractions like the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the CN Tower are all within walking distance.

Hotel X in Toronto
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4. Hotel X Toronto

Hotel X Toronto isn’t your typical luxury hotel. It’s part of the Library Hotel Collection; the same people behind New York City’s Library Hotel and the ARIA Hotels in Budapest and Prague. And when they introduced Hotel X in Toronto in 2018, they certainly brought the “wow” factor.

The rooms here have an air of sophistication. They’re set up with all you need for a comfortable stay – reliable WiFi, a decent-sized TV, and a mini-fridge. But the real draw? Those views. Whether you’re facing the city or Lake Ontario, each window frames a picture-perfect Toronto scene.

Now, for the cool stuff. Hotel X is more than just rooms and beds. There’s an art gallery inside, showcasing some amazing photography, and a screening room that feels exclusive. It’s eco-conscious too, with Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Feeling a bit worn out or have a bad case of jet lag? The Guerlain Spa is the place to unwind. It has a bunch of treatment rooms and a chill lounge overlooking the lake. The indoor tennis court and heated rooftop pool also don’t hurt!

You’re in a great spot here, too. It’s right on the historic Exhibition grounds, giving you a mix of serene lakefront and buzzing city skyline views. Liberty Village is just up the road, filled with spots to eat and shop. And if you want more, King Street West is super close.

Broadview Hotel in Toronto
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5. The Broadview Hotel

The Broadview Hotel is a real standout in Toronto’s East End. Perched between the historic Riverside and Leslieville neighborhoods, this boutique gem is housed in a striking 1891 Romanesque Revival building. It’s perfect for travelers who love a mix of downtown buzz and local charm.

The Broadview’s style is a blend of eras, reflecting its rich 125-year history without being stuck in time. The décor is a mix of modern and vintage. You’ll see this in the lobby, where even the flooring is a throwback to the original design.

The rooms here are more than just a place to crash. They’re plush with comfy beds, fancy fabrics, and dark wood furniture, while the bathrooms are all marble and clean lines. Plus, each room has the thoughtful addition of a record player with vinyl albums! Some even have a cozy outdoor nook.

The dining scene in the Broadview Hotel might just stop you from trying places beyond its walls. The Civic sets the scene with its red leather banquettes and retro menu. Lobster à l’Américaine, braised rabbit, and cod croquettes – sounds like a really delicious mouthful.

There’s also The Broadview Bistro + Bar for a casual hangout and The Rooftop for good food and mind-blowing 360-degree views of the city.

The location is a big plus, too. The Broadview Hotel is right on the edge of Downtown, so you’re close to everything but not stuck in the middle of the chaos. There’s the subway nearby, some inviting trails for a bit of nature, and the Distillery District within walking distance. And, if you need to hop on a streetcar, it’s right there.

Best Mid-Range Hotels In Toronto – Stays That Don’t Sacrifice Luxury

Welcome to the sweet spot of Toronto’s hotel scene – the mid-range hotels. Not too lavish, not too frugal, but just right for travelers seeking comfort, style, and affordability all in one package.

The Drake Hotel in Toronto
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6. The Drake Hotel – Best for a trendy, unique stay

The Drake Hotel isn’t your typical hotel; it’s like a cool friend’s apartment that you never want to leave. Nestled in a 19th-century building, this 51-room gem is all about sharp design, intelligent art, and a unique Canadian vibe.

The airy guest rooms are quirky, artsy, and oh-so-comfy. From the moment you step through the doors, you’ll be greeted with bold colors, retro furniture, and original artwork. You’ll even find a little handmade surprise resting on those super-puffy pillows!

But the real showstopper here is the restaurant. The massive windows overlooking Queen West Street offer the perfect view, while the food keeps your tastebuds and belly. Sushi, truffle mac ‘n cheese, juicy burgers, and an extensive bar menu. My mouth’s watering just writing about it!

The hotel even caters to party people as a festival hub, Drake Underground. Do you know why you can expect great music here? It’s been hailed as one of the best venues in Toronto! It also blends seamlessly with the boutiques and shops in the area. Plus, Downtown Toronto is just a quick streetcar ride away.

The Drake Hotel has a unique charm that feels effortlessly real, like the heart of the neighborhood. It’s not trying too hard; it’s just cool.

Hotel Ocho in Toronto
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7. Hotel Ocho – Best for a quaint stay

Hotel Ocho is a homey stay that’s refreshingly different from the big chain hotels. This boutique hotel, housed in a century-old historic building, exudes a unique feeling that sets it apart in Toronto’s hotel scene.

This spot is a dream come true for explorers. Situated near Kensington Market, Chinatown, and the Fashion and Art Districts, you’re in the heart of the action. No need for taxis; everything worth seeing is within walking distance!

The rooms are bright and brimming with all the essentials you could need for a cozy stay, including immaculate bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi.

The first-level lounge and second-floor restaurant are local favorites. From brunch to tapas, the full-service kitchen is a magnet for the hungry and thirsty. You’ll feel like you’re dining with friends, not just hotel guests.

While you won’t find a pool or a gym on-site, the absence of these facilities only adds to the hotel’s intimate charm. It’s a friendly and approachable hub you’ll want to return to after each exciting day in the city.

Chelsea Hotel in Toronto
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8. Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Best for families

The Chelsea Hotel Toronto is the bustling hub that welcomes everyone with open arms. Whether you’re in town for business, exploring the city with your family, or just looking for a comfortable stay – this is the hotel to book.

As you step into the bright and spacious lobby, you’ll immediately feel the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a bit like the Union Station but with a much more leisurely pace.

Families with little ones will particularly love the Chelsea Hotel. The Family Fun Zone features a large swimming pool and the famous Corkscrew waterslide, a supervised playroom with live rabbits, and a teen lounge with video games and a pool table.

The rooms at the Chelsea are comfortable and modern, and there is a range of options to suit your needs. The balcony is a nice touch, allowing you to soak in the city views.

As for the dining services, there’s the Elm Street Bar & Lounge for all your traditional and international food cravings. There’s also the Market Garden, Chelsea Patio (which closes during winter), and the express|o coffee & wine bar.

Once you’ve left the hotel, you’re just a short walk from the Eaton Centre, live theaters, and both the Financial and Entertainment Districts.

Saint James Hotel in Toronto
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9. The Saint James Hotel

When you need a place to stay that’s both central and comfortable, The Saint James Hotel waits for you. There’s no need for extravagance here; this hotel focuses on providing clean, comfortable, and down-to-earth accommodation.

As you step into the lobby, you’ll notice it’s not the grandiose type; it’s more like your favorite neighborhood hangout. You can check in, catch up with friends, or grab a quick espresso from the lobby coffee machine.

The rooms also have no over-the-top frills, but everything you need for a comfy stay. The WiFi is speedy, there are plenty of plugs for your gadgets (no crawling under tables required), and the bathrooms feature rainfall showers and toasty underfloor heating.

The on-site restaurant, Freshii, is ready for you when you want to dig into some healthy bites. Or, if you’re up for exploring, there are loads of restaurants, pubs, and cafes just a short stroll away.

Located just off Yonge Street, near Ryerson University, The Saint James might not be in the glitziest area, but it’s real Toronto. You’re minutes from the College metro station, with the city’s top spots like the Art Gallery of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum within walking distance.

Courtyard Marriott in Toronto Downtown
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10. Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Arrive at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown and you’ll see why it’s a favorite for those who want good value. This hotel easily blends style with practicality, making it a sweet spot for both business types and those in town for fun.

The Courtyard puts you in the middle of everything – right where you want to be. You’re a skip away from the bustling Eaton Centre, a stroll from the Theater District, and just a hop from the Yonge Street subway. Think of it as your launchpad to all things Toronto – from shopping on Bloor Street to exploring the Church Street LGBT enclave.

Inside, the rooms are a stylish blend of comfort and contemporary design with all the essentials for recharging after a day out. There’s a cushy bed, a spot to brew a morning coffee or tea, and a desk that doubles as your mobile office.

The Bistro is where your day begins, with a solid breakfast lineup and that essential Starbucks coffee. When the evening rolls in, it serves up classic dishes and a selection of cocktails and craft beers.

Best Budget Hotels In Toronto – Quality Stays At Affordable Prices

Let’s talk about stretching your dollars without skimping on style. Let’s face it, budgeting for a trip can be hard, especially when you still want a little luxury.

You’re about to discover that affordable doesn’t mean average here. These spots are perfect for when you want to keep the cash flow in check but still feel comfortable and treated during your stay.

Sonder Hotel
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11. Sonder at The Beverley – Best for cozy modern

Welcome to Sonder at The Beverley, nestled right in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant West Queen West. This is where style meets your budget without any fuss. You’re right there in the action, surrounded by some of the best galleries, eateries, and shops around.

The rooms here are all about smart, cozy design. You have everything you need – WiFi, a sleek TV, and even a little fridge. The bathrooms? Spacious showers that’ll make you forget you’re in a budget hotel! Thinking of a little extra space? The XL rooms are worth it – a desk, more room to chill, and perfect for a longer stay.

The Beverley’s ground floor is home to a coffee shop and restaurant that’s all the buzz. And let’s not forget the rooftop lounge and patio. Grab a cocktail, kick back on the couches, and enjoy the city views. That’s some Instagram gold right there!

Location-wise, you’re in the heart of it all. An eight-minute stroll to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and when hunger strikes, hit up Banh Mi Boys. Their Asian-inspired subs? Chef’s kiss!

Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel
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12. The Westin Harbour Castle – Best stay with views

Checking out The Westin Harbour Castle is a must if you’re in Toronto and want luxury without the hefty price tag. Nestled in Downtown, this hotel is a peaceful escape just steps from the city’s hustle.

The rooms are modern but welcoming with oak furniture, lighting, and an eclectic mix of textures. If there’s a room you should book, it’s definitely one of the lakeside suites for stunning views of Harbourfront.

You’re spoiled with modern amenities here. The Westin Harbour Castle features an impressive whirlpool and heated indoor pool. Wellness and exercise are also taken care of thanks to the tennis court, yoga and meditation studio, steam rooms, sauna, and a large gym with a squash court.

For dining, the hotel’s culinary team, including Chef Corbin Tomaszeski from the Food Network, brings gastronomy excellence. His 14-seat chef’s table, Savoury, is an unforgettable dining experience. The Chartroom Bar and Lounge offers lighter fare and smart cocktails, while Mizzen Restaurant serves an excellent breakfast.

Apart from all that, the location is also ideal. You’re a short walk from the Harbourfront Centre, Air Canada Centre, Union Station, and key attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium.

Pantages Hotel in Toronto
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13. Pantages Hotel Downtown Toronto – Best for budget luxury

Want a spot in Toronto that’s all about location and relaxation without denting your wallet? Let’s talk about Pantages Hotel Downtown Toronto. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, this 4-star hotel is where you get that downtown feel without the downtown price.

The building itself is a piece of art, designed by the famous Moshe Safdie. It’s got this postmodern limestone look that fits right in with the surrounding theaters. And the views from the large windows? They’re something else.

Inside, the vibe is boutique and classy. Each of the 89 rooms is decked out with artisanal Nest toiletries – a little luxury touch that makes a difference.

Need some R&R? The Rainforest Relaxation Room is where you’ll want to be. It’s like a little escape within the city. And when you’re ready for a bite or a drink, Stages Restaurant & Lounge has got you covered with hand-crafted cocktails and tasty charcuterie platters.

Pantages nails the Downtown Toronto experience. It’s just a few steps from the best shopping, dining, and entertainment spots. Plus, Yonge-Dundas Square and the Central Business District are just a 10-minute walk away.

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14. Samesun Toronto

If you’re a young traveler looking for adventure, value for money, and security, then the Samesun Toronto Hostel is for you. It has a unique flair with its quasi-Japanese decor. From the moment you step through the doors, you’re greeted with bright colors, open spaces, and a spotless environment.

Just because this is a budget hostel doesn’t mean it compromises comfort. The beds are comfy, each bunk comes with a reading light, and there are security lockers to keep your stuff safe. They’ve even got a cupboard labeled “free food” – a traveler’s dream!

Samesun Toronto is set in a killer location. Kensington Market is buzzing with trendy bars and fusion restaurants. You’re never too far from a memorable night out.

Even better, the hostel organizes a bunch of activities. Sign-up sheets in the lobby mean you can join trips, tours, and adventures. You’re definitely going to need a solid travel backpack for this!

And, speaking of exploring, after you’ve fueled up with their free breakfast, you’re all set to hit the city. The Art Gallery of Ontario is a must-see, and you can’t go wrong with a lunch stop in Chinatown. If you’re brave enough, the CN Tower EdgeWalk is also here!

Holiday Inn Express Downtown Toronto, Canada
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15. Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown

Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Toronto is all about that “Stay Smart” vibe – think fresh, energetic, and totally geared up for both business and leisure travelers.

The rooms here are designed with modern life in mind. You get to kick back with a TV, free WiFi, and all the essentials like a fridge, microwave, and a Keurig coffee machine. It’s like they’ve thought of everything to make your stay as comfy as possible.

For those who like to keep fit on the go, their Fitness Center’s got you covered. It’s stocked with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights – the works. And it’s open from early morning till late at night, so you can work out on your schedule.

Food-wise, they start you off right with a complimentary hot breakfast. It’s not just any breakfast, either. It’s a spread with all your favorites that’ll definitely set the tone for your day. And for lunch or dinner, Cafe Oro di Napoli’s Neapolitan-style pizza is a must-try.

You’ll definitely want to venture outside the hotel, as you’re steps away from Toronto’s bustling Business, Financial, Entertainment, and Shopping Districts. Plus, you’re within walking distance of over 50 unique dining spots and major attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, and the Scotiabank Arena.

FAQs

How much should I budget for accommodation in Toronto?

For your stay in Toronto, the accommodation cost depends on a few things, like who’s coming along, when you’re traveling, and how long you’re staying. Roughly speaking, for 1-2 star hotels, you’re looking at C$ 100 to C$ 200 per night.

For 3-star spots, it’s about C$ 150 to C$ 350. If you’re eyeing something fancier, like 4-5 star hotels, prices range from C$ 200 to C$ 700+ per night.

What are the best hotels in Toronto for families?

If you’re hitting up Toronto with the family in tow, there are a bunch of hotels to choose from. Some top picks are the Chelsea Hotel Toronto (great for all ages), Park Hyatt Toronto (a classy family holiday), the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre (super convenient), and the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (total comfort).

Toronto's Skyline in the Sunset

Final Thoughts

No matter where you choose to rest your head in Toronto, you’ll find friendly faces, the best modern amenities, and a city ready to be explored.

You’ve got high-end havens where luxury is the name of the game, cozy mid-rangers that feel like a second home, and budget-friendly spots that prove less can be more.

So, book one of these fabulous hotels because Toronto’s waiting, and it’s ready to show you a fantastic time!

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