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Hotels in Toronto – Canada
Toronto’s luxury hotel scene has exploded in the last few years, with new offerings from prestigious names like Four Seasons, Trump and Shangri-La. But the high end accommodation that the city has become famous for is only one side of the story, and away from the central areas you’ll find plenty of trendy boutique hotels, b&bs and youth hostels to cater for all tastes and budgets. The best hotels tend to be located on the fringes of the downtown area, although downtown itself has several luxury hotels as well as a selection of lively hostels. Look to the outskirts and the area around the airport for good budget accommodation.
The Toronto hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over C$250)
Moderate (C$120 to C$250)
Cheap (up to C$120)
These Toronto hotel prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified. Hotel prices are subject to a provincial sales tax, levied at 5% on accommodation, as well as a federal goods and services tax of 5%. This is usually added to the bill at the end. Tipping is expected in Toronto and porters are usually given a C$5 note for their efforts.
Park Hyatt Toronto
Formerly known as the Park Plaza, this hotel has a rooftop bar-lounge that has made appearances in some Canadian novels, such as Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988). Millions of dollars were invested in refurbishment of the 1930s art deco building – including the addition of the Stillwater Spa. Along with its location in ritzy Yorkville, the hotel boasts typical business amenities of two-line telephones, plush bathrobes, in-room safe, complimentary shoeshine and internet access.
Since opening in 2007, the Hazelton in the ritzy Yorkville district has drawn a steady stream of actors and hipsters, many attracted by its proximity to luxury boutiques and Toronto International Film Festival events. Granite, leather and velvet predominate the décor in the hotel’s public areas, 62 rooms and 15 suites, which also feature original Canadian artworks. Huge bathrooms have heated floors, soaker tubs and rainfall showers. Business centres on each floor and hotel-wide Wi-Fi cater to the corporate crowd. Amenities include a lap pool, fitness centre, spa, private screening room and 24-hour room service. Mark McEwan, chef at the hotel’s restaurant One , is a local culinary celebrity who also owns North 44.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
The tallest building in the British Empire when it opened in 1929, the massive Royal York even now is a prominent feature of Toronto’s Lake Ontario skyline. It retains quite a bit of its between-the-wars classic ambiance, but frequent upgrades have allowed it to keep pace with its many nearby competitors. Its convenient location (steps from the banks of Bay Street and connected by tunnel with Union Station) makes it a favourite with both business and leisure travellers. Amenities include a business centre, indoor lap pool, 24-hour fitness centre, spa and children’s wading pool.
The Gladstone Hotel
This is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto (built in 1889), and it is now one of the city’s most exciting, with artist-designed hotel rooms and suites, studios and exhibition spaces. In this hotel, guests have instant access to the Toronto art scene – either through events, by going outside to enjoy the city’s art and design neighbourhood, or simply by enjoying the paintings in their rooms. The hotel offers 51 comfortable hotel rooms and suites.
Canada’s largest hotel, the glass-clad, sky-high Delta Chelsea tries to cater for everybody in its 1,590 guest rooms. For families, there are Nintendo games, a bottomless cookie jar (in the Family Fun suites only) and kids’ discounts in the restaurants. For business travellers, there is a dedicated floor of rooms equipped with cordless speaker telephones, faxes, well-stocked desks and back-friendly chairs. All rooms are en suite. Facilities include two pools (one with a water slide) and a fitness centre. Many rooms have been designed for travellers with disabilities and the staff are always on hand to assist with meeting planning or presentation. Weekend packages are often very economically priced.