Where To Stay In Toronto: Accommodation & Neighbourhood Guide

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Wondering Where to Stay in Toronto? Here’s Our Local Knowledge!

Are you visiting Toronto? You are not alone! The capital of Ontario – and the largest city in Canada – is great to explore.

The difficult part, however, is figuring out the best places to stay in Toronto. There are so many hotels, apartments, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations in Toronto.

Places to stay in Toronto are spread out all across the Toronto neighbourhoods and districts – especially downtown Toronto in Toronto’s city centre.

Luckily, you have our local knowledge to guide your Toronto accommodation search. We lived and worked in Toronto together for a year and Eric also grew up north of Toronto.

From where to stay in Toronto with a car to which neighbourhoods in Toronto have the best nightlife, we know the city well.

You’ll find a Toronto accommodation whether you’re visiting Toronto as a couple, on business, with friends, or as a family with kids!

So, whether you are looking for the best hotels in downtown Toronto like the Chelsea Hotel Toronto or One King West Hotel and Residence or searching for the best neighbourhood to stay in Toronto, our guide will help you find the right accommodation for you.

We dive into the best places to stay in Toronto, Canada by style and budget and then outline a few of the best areas to stay in Toronto with great accommodation examples in each.

Accommodations By Type

busy city intersection with people and cars and skyscrapers for where to stay in toronto
Toronto is a busy city – with loads of great places to stay!

Toronto is a large city that is very spread out. As a result, there are different accommodation types in all areas of the city. From hotels to guesthouses, you will definitely find the best place to stay in Toronto for you.

That said, you’ll see that there are definitely more hotels in one area, more B&Bs in another, and more apartments in another Toronto district.

For this top section, let’s understand the accommodation options in Toronto by type. This way, if you know the type of accommodation you’re looking for, you can narrow down your search.

If you want to search for Toronto accommodations by area/neighbourhood, you can do so by reading the lower section of this post!

Hotels in Toronto

Toronto is a very large international city with many, many hotels. Since Toronto is a popular tourist city and a busy business city, the hotels – especially in the downtown core – are generally higher priced similar to other large cities in North America.

However, many of these hotels are great because of their location and the amenities offered.

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That said, you can also find a deal on a hotel in Toronto – just don’t be too confused when you are unable to find lots of options for budget hotels. You might have to look outside the heart of downtown Toronto for a budget hotel. 

However, then you’d have to consider driving in or taking public transit each day to get home. Just something to think about!

So, when it comes to hotels in this post, we are going to cover a variety of hotels by type and budget. If you’re travelling to Toronto for a few days (or longer), we want to help you choose the best hotel options in Toronto available.

Popular Hotels in Toronto

While there are lots of hotels in Toronto, there are a few that stand out above the rest as the most popular. If you are looking for a really great hotel in Toronto, this selection is a good place to start.

To be fair, many of these are among the best hotels in downtown Toronto – known for the location, value, amenities, and overall appeal for all types of visitors.

Many of the hotels mentioned in this section are located right downtown or within the heart of city centre (or at the beautiful waterfront).

That makes them great as a base for exploring Toronto. That said, you will find more than enough hotels near downtown Toronto that are also worth checking out.

Popular Toronto Hotels

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Toronto

old super 8 hotel building with trees in front in toronto
The Super 8 is in Chinatown – a place to stay that is popular and affordable!

If you are searching for cheap accommodation in Toronto, there are a handful of budget hotels across Toronto that might do the trick.

Some of these cheap hotels are downtown while lots of others are outside the heart of the city centre and can be accessed via public transport.

As far as cheap places to stay in Toronto go, there is certainly nothing “wrong” with many of these accommodations. What makes them cheap is that you won’t receive as many amenities as in other hotels. So, if you need a budget place to stay for a few days, consider these hotels in great areas:

Boutique Hotels in Toronto

Toronto, being the large creative city that it is, is also home to unique and trendy design hotels. Again, these hotels are all located in great areas downtown – many are super close to Union Station or top entertainment venues.

  • The Strathcona Hotel – A trendy hotel close to Union Station and all things “entertainment” (Our Pick)
  • The Ivy at Verity – A renovated masterpiece hotel in an 1850’s chocolate factory
  • The Anndore House Hotel – A sophisticated, design hotel located in The Village
  • The Drake Hotel – A classic Toronto hang out for nightlife – with lots of bars and restaurants around

Luxury Hotels in Toronto

tall glass skyscraper with hotel buildings around in downtown toronto
The Shangri-La right in downtown Toronto – one of many great luxury hotels in Toronto!

As an international hub, Toronto is no stranger to a high-class lifestyle. As such, there are many luxury hotels in Toronto scattered across the city – with lots of places you’d expect from a metropolitan city in North America.

Below are a handful of the top luxury hotels in Toronto – and they come with world-class services and amenities:

Bed and Breakfasts in Toronto

For a massive city, there are actually a surprising number of bed and breakfast or inn-style accommodations. This is because there are so many residential areas and some of the older, historic houses were converted into lovely places to stay.

Generally, these houses are in quieter, more residential, and green areas. This means that you can come home after a long day of exploring and have a bit of peace and tranquility! You can check here for bed and breakfasts in Toronto.

There are lots to choose from – many of which are located close to The Village (which is south of Bloor-Yorkville’s shopping) but still very well connected to downtown!

Guesthouses in Toronto

There are also guesthouses in Toronto. These rooms with hosts are often located in residential areas and great for a few nights if you don’t need all the other amenities that hotels offer.

Generally, they are more of a budget option, too! You can check here for guesthouses in Toronto.

Below are a handful of featured guesthouses all over the city – they make for a great place to stay in Toronto for a few days:

Apartments/Aparthotels in Toronto

Besides hotels, it’s no secret that a popular accommodation option in Toronto is apartments. Apartments are good in a bigger city like Toronto for families or short-stay travellers who want their own space to prepare their own food, etc. However, we do not encourage staying in an Airbnb in Toronto.

Toronto faces a housing crisis (shortage and affordability) and while Airbnb did not create this crisis, it has certainly contributed. Furthermore, many condo buildings have strict rules against tenants renting their places on Airbnb – but some tenants do it anyway.

As a result, there are stories of holiday goers having to “rent in secret” and follow rules like “don’t talk to anyone in the building” or “enter through a certain door”, etc. Frankly, this doesn’t sound like a fun time for you as a traveller.

So, if you want your own space for your Toronto stay, we’d suggest an aparthotel as an alternative. These regulated accommodations offer you suite-style rentals (usually with kitchens) but also have hotel-like services and amenities like a reception, gym, sauna/pool, onsite restaurant, etc.

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Some “regular” hotels even have apartment/suite-style rooms as an option if you are looking for a nice base to call home as you explore Toronto for a few days.

Listed below are a few lovely aparthotel or suite-style hotels in Toronto (all in great locations):

Hostels in Toronto

Although Toronto is the biggest city in Canada, it doesn’t have a ton of hostels. The few that do exist seem to have either really good reviews or pretty terrible ones.

We’ve never stayed in a Toronto hostel but know quite a few traveller friends (Australians, Brits, and Danes) that have and have had pleasant stays! You can check here for the top hostels in Toronto.

Below are a couple of hostels in the city that feature great locations, amenities, and staff:

  • HI Toronto Hostel – A top-rated modern and trendy hostel located minute to central downtown (Our Pick)
  • Planet Traveler Hostel – A social hostel with rooftop terrace right in the heart of Kensington Market

Accommodations By Neighbourhoods/Area

cn tower in toronto with skyscrapers and luxury hotels beside
No better place to stay than downtown Toronto looking at the CN Tower!

Now that we have covered the best places to stay in Toronto by accommodation type, let’s dive into the best areas to stay in Toronto.

In short, Toronto is a city of diverse neighbourhoods and districts, each with its own identity and things to offers visitors.

From The Annex to the Distillery District to Cabbagetown and the Entertainment District, only some of Toronto areas are among the best neighbourhoods in Toronto to stay in!

Of course, the Toronto city centre is a popular place to stay. Many of the top attractions in Toronto are located right downtown (Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall is our “centre”) or in the neighbourhoods surrounding downtown.

Naming the best neighbourhoods to stay in Toronto very much depends on your interests and style – but we’ve handpicked a number of the best Toronto neighbourhoods that many visitors would find to be safe and well-located!

We’ll start by telling you about the neighbourhoods/areas, the overall location in Toronto, who it may be a good fit for, and some of the things to do close by.

Then, we’ll dive into a number of great accommodation choices in that neighbourhood/Toronto district.

If you just want to get started looking, here is a brief breakdown of the best neighbourhoods in Toronto featured in this post and a top accommodation pick for each one.

A general rule of thumb for Toronto accommodations: The closer you are to downtown/the city centre, the more expensive the accommodation is likely to be.

Top Toronto Accommodations By Neighbourhood/Area

We also wanted to include hotels at Pearson Toronto International Airport because it might be helpful for some. And we wanted to show you how far the airport is from downtown Toronto. You can take the UpExpress Train to get downtown to Union Station in about 30 minutes.

A note about Toronto Neighbourhood safety: Toronto is generally a safe, diverse, welcoming, and pleasant city. It is completely safe to walk in downtown Toronto.

Having said that, with any major metropolitan centre, there are Toronto neighbourhoods to avoid if you are a visitor. This is not because they are necessarily unsafe – but because they lack amenities and a great location for the purposes of a tourist visit.

One area to avoid close to downtown Toronto is Moss Park but there aren’t many actual accommodations in this area anyway. This is located on Queen Street East between Sherbourne Street and Jarvis Street.

As a visitor, we also wouldn’t recommend staying anywhere east of The Beaches (like in Scarborough). Travelling back and forth would just take too long and waste too much time as a visitor to the city.

Any of the areas of Toronto mentioned below are among the most popular, safest, and well-established for visitors to have a great experience.

Downtown Toronto – For Sightseeing/Central Location

tall curved city hall buildings with fountain at base in toronto canada
The heart and soul of Toronto – downtown close to Nathan Phillips Square is a great area to stay in!

The reason we have a generic “Downtown Toronto” is that the city is so large and we wanted to provide you with a central frame of reference.

So, the heart of downtown Toronto can be considered to be where Toronto City Hall is. Outside the iconic rounded buildings, you will find Nathan Phillips Square, the water fountain, and the famous “Toronto Sign” for taking photos.

Nearby to City Hall in the heart of the Toronto city centre is the Eaton Centre – a very large shopping mall. This is a great area to stay in overall because it’s very walkable to all the top attractions and the waterfront.

It’s also super simple to get on the subway or streetcar to adventure to further away places around Toronto. It doesn’t get more “central” than this!

Check here for hotels in Downtown Toronto

Below are some of the best hotels in downtown Toronto that are located very close to Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall.

If nothing else, this location is a great place to start your hotel search – but these hotels below are all great options.

The Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Check Now

  • Style: A Popular and Lovely Hotel
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Just off of Yonge Street and just north of Yonge-Dundas Square – the “Times Square” of Toronto
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant and lounge, 2 indoor pools, parking available, great for families with kids

DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown – Check Now

tall curved building with fountain and city sign in front in toronto with doubletree hotel behind
You can see the DoubleTree Hotel hiding behind the flag from Nathan Phillips Square!
  • Style: A Sophisticated and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Downtown right behind Toronto City Hall at the north end of Nathan Phillips Square
  • Featured Amenities: Indoor heated pool, onsite restaurant and bar, WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ON ARRIVAL!

Hilton Toronto – Check Now

tan hilton hotel with city buildings around in city centre toronto
We used to walk by the Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto every day for work!
  • Style: A Simple yet Upscale Downtown Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Located just south of Nathan Phillips Square, it’s across from the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Art
  • Featured Amenities: 3 onsite restaurants, 2 pools, a Starbucks, and it’s connected to “The PATH” for indoor walking in the winter!

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Quiet and Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right across the street from Nathan Philips Square and City Hall + the Eaton’s Centre (mall)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar and restaurant, connected underground to “The PATH”, city views all around!

Entertainment District – For Nightlife

red building at busy city corner with cars and people at queen street toronto
Follow Queen Street to the left into the heart of the Entertainment District

There are things to keep you entertained all over the city – and the Entertainment District is definitely a place to get an evening started (and also where to end)! It is known for its nightlife, bars, shopping, and events.

Technically, this area goes all the way down close to the waterfront near the CN Tower, the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre), Ripley’s Aquarium, and Steam Whistle Brewery.

All these Toronto attractions and places to visit make the Entertainment District specifically one of the best places for a tourist to stay in Toronto.

bar with rooftop patio downtown toronto entertainment district
Nothing like a stop by Bar Hop in the Entertainment District!

However, there is a part of the district north of those attractions and that is where you will find many of the nightclubs and bars.

As such, these few blocks of restaurants and places to go out are what many would define as the “true Entertainment District”.

This area of the Entertainment District is known for attractions/places/bars like: Bar Hop, shopping on Queen Street West, The Ballroom Bowl, Roy Thompson Hall, The Princess of Wales Theatre, and much more!

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Featured Hotels in The Entertainment District

Below are three of the top hotels in The Entertainment District. You’ll see that they are more north of things like the CN Tower since we cover hotels closer to there in “The Financial District”. The hotels below are in one of the main areas for bars, restaurants, and nightlife in Toronto.

Templar Hotel – Check Now

slim glass templar hotel building with people walking on sidewalk
We love the look and location of the Templar Hotel
  • Style: A Boutique and Modern Suite Style Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Situated right on Adelaide Street West, wedged into downtown close to everything
  • Featured Amenities: Bright, modern suites, helpful staff, Nespresso coffee maker in rooms, great city views!

The Beverley Hotel  – Check Now

small hotel among brick buildings with shop fronts in toronto on queen street
You can do your shopping on Queen Street West and still see The Beverley Hotel!
  • Style: A Stylish and Compact Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Located right on Queen Street West with hundreds of shops and food places at your doorstep
  • Featured Amenities: Modern and functional rooms, bar/restaurant onsite, rooftop patio!

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown  – Check Now

hotel building among other tall buildings in downtown area toronto
Hilton Garden is steps from all things “entertainment” in the heart of Toronto city centre
  • Style: A Simple and Classic Downtown Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Directly across from The Templar Hotel – and in the heart of the Entertainment District!
  • Featured Amenities: Bar, restaurant, and pool onsite, helpful staff, great breakfast

Old Toronto/Financial District – For Business/Social

red flatiron building in downtown toronto old toronto
The historic “Flatiron Building” is located in Old Toronto – a great area to stay in!

The Financial District is a place where you can often feel the pulse of Toronto. Located downtown along Bay Street – and as a specific sub-section of the downtown – the district is known to be all business, very social, and often upscale. 

The area gets the name from the fact that all the big Canadian banks – and many other institutions – have their headquarters located here.

As such you’ll find lots of top restaurants, cafes, and places for fancy cocktails among the street-level businesses of the larger office buildings.

You can check out things like: The Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the famous Gooderham Building (also known as the “Flatiron Building”) is nearby. 

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Featured Hotels in Old Toronto/Financial District Area

Below are three of the top hotels in the Financial District. This area is also one of the safest areas in Toronto (to be fair, there are lots of safe areas).

While there are lots of hotels in the area, there are certainly ones that have more of a name for themselves as being luxurious or popular.

Yes, they can be expensive – but you get quality when you stay in the Financial District. You are a quick walk into the Entertainment District, close to the water, and well-connected to Union Station. There simply are no negatives.

The Novotel Toronto Centre – Check Now

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The Novotel is close to the waterfront and top attractions like the St. Lawrence Market!
  • Style: A Stylish and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the south end of Old Toronto, steps from amazing attractions and a quick walk to Union and the Harbourfront
  • Featured Amenities: Comfortable beds, onsite pool and spa, restaurant and cocktail lounge, too!

Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Vintage and Charming Hotel (Eric has stayed numerous times – it’s excellent!)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Located right on Front Street, you are steps from Union Station and Scotiabank Arena
  • Featured Amenities: Great restaurant with amazing breakfast buffet, bar, swimming pool, valet parking, and more

One King West Hotel and Residence – Check Now

  • Style: A Historic and Elegant Suite-style Hotel from 1914.
  • Price Range: Mid-Range (good value for what you get)
  • Location: An amazing location in the heart of the Financial District
  • Featured Amenities: Suites come with like a microwave, dishwasher, or sitting area. Onsite bar and restaurant, too.

The Harbourfront – For Water Views

tall glass buildings at city harbourfront with lake water in toronto
You stay along the waterfront – like at The Westin Harbour Castle – for the perfect lakefront views!

If you want to stay close to the water of Lake Ontario, then The Harbourfront is the place for you. This part of town is known to be very scenic, social, and central.

There is a wide pedestrian sidewalk for exploring and piers that you can check out for basically as far as your eye can see.

You’ll have views of the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport, and be close to attractions like The Harbourfront Centre, Boat/Sailing Cruises, and Amsterdam Brewery.

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Featured Hotels at The Harbourfront

Below are three of the top hotels in or very close to the Harbourfront area.

There aren’t actually that many hotels located in the actual perimeter of the Harbourfront (south of the Gardiner Expressway Highway) so two hotels mentioned below are located JUST north of this area and are a very quick walk to the shores of the lake.

The Westin Harbour Castle  – Check Now

tall westin hotel building at toronto waterfront with boats in water
No better location to catch the Toronto Island ferry – it’s right beside The Westin Hotel!
  • Style: A Classic and Scenic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upscale
  • Location:  Right down on the Harbourfront, besides where the Toronto Island Ferry crosses
  • Featured Amenities: Amazing views, rooftop patio, parking onsite, tennis courts, and friendly staff

The Delta by Marriott – Check Now

blue delta hotel building standing among city buildings in downtown toronto
There’s The Delta Hotel standing proudly right in downtown Toronto!
  • Style: A Stellar and Luxurious Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location:  Located right in the heart of downtown, close to Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, and more.
  • Featured Amenities: Modern and fancy rooms, rooftop lounge, pool, parking onsite, great breakfast!

Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront – Check Now

toronto radisson hotel harbourfront with blue glass exterior through streetcar wires
The rooms/balconies at the Radisson Admiral Toronto overlook Lake Ontario and Toronto Islands!
  • Style: A Bright and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Upscale
  • Location: Overlooking Lake Ontario beside the Harbourfront Centre – a great location for Billy Bishop Airport
  • Featured Amenities: A rooftop terrace and pool (incredible for summer), great views, onsite restaurant and lounge

Chinatown/Fashion District – For Cultural/Trendy

busy city intersection with cars and streetcar cables in toronto fashion district
Intersection of Queen and Spadina – looking south into the Fashion District towards King Street!

Located west of the Entertainment District, this area is known to be trendy, cultural, and very social. The area got its name because it was once full of factories for the garment and textile industries! 

The Fashion District exists to the west of Spadina and somewhat north of King Street and encompasses many restaurants and bars.

Chinatown runs along Spadina north of Queen just above the Fashion District and is filled with authentic food spots and more. It’s arguably one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Toronto.

There aren’t a ton of places to stay in the area but you should definitely stop through if you are visiting Toronto for the experience. You will also find Kensington Market close by to Chinatown – another one of the coolest areas to explore in Toronto.

Asian signs of shop fronts in chinatown in toronto
The shop fronts in Chinatown are definitely to be explored if you visit!

The area is usually clustered in with another neighbourhood – King West – which is a stretch of King Street West that has amazing food options. There isn’t much to do in the form of attractions but you can check out Graffiti Alley.

In any case, the Entertainment District is very close on foot or streetcar. Stay near here for the food and look for food places like WVRST, Gusto 101, Wilbur Mexicana, and many, many more.

Check here for accommodations in the Chinatown/Fashion District area

Featured Accommodations in the Chinatown/Fashion District Area

Below are three of the top options in/close to the Fashion District. The Thompson is very much in the area while the Alexandra and Hotel Ocho are a bit more north but still very close by to this area.

As mentioned, this area is not super well-defined but is certainly downtown and accessible to many other great areas in the city on foot or via the King streetcar (504 or 514), Queen streetcar (501), or Spadina streetcar (510).

Hotel OCHO – Check Now

orange brick hotel ocho building with cars and trees in downtown toronto
Hotel OCHO is located conveniently right on Spadina Avenue in the city centre…
  • Style: A Vintage and Nicely Renovated Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Located at the corner of Queen and Spadina, walking distance to Chinatown, downtown, etc.
  • Featured Amenities: Exposed brick in rooms, onsite restaurant/lounge, air conditioning, bike rentals for exploring

The Alexandra Hotel  – Check Now

  • Style: A Basic and Functional Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto prices)
  • Location: Located in a quiet area to the north of the Fashion District
  • Featured Amenities: Each room has a full kitchenette, lots of parking outside

The Thompson Toronto – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Overlooks the Fashion District, a quick walk to downtown attractions and very close to King West
  • Featured Amenities: Known famous rooftop pool and lounge, designer linens, onsite parking or valet parking for a fee.

Bloor-Yorkville – For Upscale Shopping

Do you want to go shopping at high-end places? Then Bloor-Yorkville is the place for you! The area is known to be posh, upscale, and is among the best Toronto shopping districts.

The area is loosely based around the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street and is technically defined as “midtown” since you are not right in downtown Toronto.

That said, it’s easy to get down there by subway and you can walk if you wanted to. Another area close by is The Annex – which we mentioned above in “other neighbourhoods” that are good for apartment rentals.

The attractions the district is known for are: lots of shopping, The Bata Shoe Museum, and The Royal Ontario Museum, among others.

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Featured Hotels in Bloor-Yorkville

As mentioned, this area can be seen as upscale and good for shopping. It’s also a heavy business area with large offices for major companies.

This means that the hotels in Midtown Toronto are quite nice and can be more expensive. However, with good amenities and a well-connected link to public transportation (or to hail a cab) the area at Bloor-Yorkville is a great option for a hotel.

Downtown Home Inn – Check Now

  • Style: A Comfortable and Cozy Bed and Breakfast.
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: a quick walk from the centre of Bloor-Yorkville, very quiet yet so close to shopping, bars, and restaurants.
  • Featured Amenities: clean and comfortable rooms, potential private rooftop terrace, amazing owner, breakfast included

Windsor Arms Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Historic and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Located in the heart of Yorkville just off of Bloor Street, great for shopping!
  • Featured Amenities: Lavishly decorated rooms, pool and spa services, parking onsite, traditional “high tea”

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto at Yorkville Check Now

  • Style: A Stunning and First-Class Hotel Experience
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Also located in Yorkville just north of Bloor Street, great for shopping
  • Featured Amenities: Impeccable rooms, perfectionist staff,  pool and spa, and onsite parking

The Annex – For Youthful/Hip

long red street car with green trees in front in toronto chinatown
The Spadina streetcar starts/ends in The Annex and runs through Chinatown to Union Station downtown

Looking for a youthful area? The Annex is for you. The area is known to be more youthful, very social, often hipster, and good for food lovers.

The Annex – as it exists along Bloor towards Koreatown (which is great for food) is more residential and so this is where many students who study make their homes in the city.

Because of this, you’ll find a few hotels but mainly apartments and bed and breakfasts located here which is great for a quieter stay in the city. There are also plenty of bars, great eateries, and top attractions very close by for tourists.

That said, it’s very easy to get downtown via the subway or the streetcar (from Spadina station) – you could also walk if you wanted to.

The attractions the district is known for are cheap food and drinks, exploring Koreatown, The Bata Shoe Museum, and University of Toronto main campus, among others.

Featured Accommodations in The Annex

Below are three of the top options in/close to the Annex. The area is directly to the west of Bloor-Yorkville so it’s easy to go shopping, explore museums, and get downtown in minutes.

The Annex Hotel  – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Stylish Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right on Bloor Street so you are steps from great food and public transport
  • Featured Amenities: Restaurant and bar onsite, easy parking, great food and staff

Rose Garden Bed and Breakfast  – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Cozy Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto)
  • Location: In a safe and friendly neighbourhood, a quick walk to Bathurst subway station
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, lovely hosts, use of sauna included!

Madison Manor B&B and Pub  – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Lively Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Budget (for Toronto)
  • Location: Just north (5 minutes) of Bloor for shopping, add 5 minutes short walk to museums and more
  • Featured Amenities: Pub and patio onsite, Continental breakfast included, street parking available

Toronto Pearson International Airport – For Flying

airplane and tunnel on tarmac through window at pearson airport
Finding a hotel near Toronto Pearson Airport definitely has its advantages!

We wanted to include the hotels in the area around the airport so that trip planners knew where it was and could plan accordingly. It’s also useful information for those passing through Toronto in need of an airport hotel.

The airport is technically in the Greater Toronto Area in a city called Mississauga. Some would argue that the airport is in the north end of Etobicoke but the difference doesn’t really matter.

All you need to know is that Pearson Airport is not close to downtown Toronto. In theory, this is where you could find what are known as Toronto area hotels.

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If you stay right at the airport (basically beside the terminals), you could, however, take the Up Express train to Union Station. Alternatively, to get downtown from this area you can grab an Uber or a cab/shuttle (which would be more expensive).

Featured Hotels at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Below are three of the top hotels around Toronto Pearson International Airport. In general, there are lots of hotels very close to the airport that connects via a free sky train.

The other hotels in the area (like the Best Western below) often have a free shuttle service to take passengers from the hotels to the airport.

Best Western Toronto Airport  – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Functional Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Just off the 401 on Dixie – Eric used to stay here when he was a recruiter!
  • Featured Amenities: Free airport shuttle from the lobby door, onsite restaurant

Alt Hotel Toronto Airport – Check Now

  • Style: A Chic and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Close to the Skytrain transit to the terminal buildings
  • Featured Amenities: Modern rooms, hip decor, pet-friendly, parking onsite.

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Conveniently located close to the airport with good terminal connections
  • Featured Amenities: Clean rooms, trendy onsite bar and full restaurant, parking onsite, swimming pool

And there you have it – a rundown of where to stay in Toronto! In the end, there is no single best place to stay in Toronto.

Downtown Toronto, Midtown Toronto, hotels, or guesthouses – they all have advantages over one another and work well for different visitors. We love Toronto and it’ll always be close to home – so have a blast exploring!

As always, Happy Toronto Hotel Waddlin’,

Booking Your Trip Soon? This Is How We Do It:
  • Compare flights on Skyscanner
  • Check for Hotel Deals or Book A Hostel
  • Get A Rental Car (depending on the destination)
  • Look Into Travel Insurance
  • Research plug types and possibly get a travel adapter
  • Go over our packing list
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