There’s a small selection of pretty standard hotels in downtown Hamilton and most are located along Hwy 8, (aka King St East or Main St East). I looked for the best value offered in the city and compared each hotel’s basic room price, against the quality of its amenities and also what guests had to say in recent guest reviews found online.


Editor's Top 3 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$82 CAD
Downtown Hamilton budget hotel with well-equipped rooms, private jacuzzis & free breakfast
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for walking to downtown attractions
  • Many reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers appreciated the free breakfast
  • No elevator (hotel has two floors)
  • A couple of guests found the free Wi-Fi service unreliable
The Days Inn is my pick for best value in downtown Hamilton. It is probably your best bet if you do not want to spend a lot on a hotel room. It’s definitely the cheapest hotel in the downtown and it does deliver a clean room with comfortable bed. Rooms feature flat screen TVs, and also come with mini-fridges and microwaves for added convenience and value. The hotel provides a fitness room for guests and free amenities which include parking, Wi-Fi, local calls and a free continental breakfast featuring fresh waffles. There are groceries, restaurants and a bus stop a short walk away.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$148 CAD
Full-service hotel in Hamilton's downtown offering comfortable and pleasant stays
  • Free Wi-Fi and pets stay free for all guests, and Club Level rooms offer free breakfast and free afternoon hor d'oeuvres
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean with comfortable beds
  • Many guests found the location ideal for exploring the city on foot
  • Several reviewers mentioned pleasant city and water views from their room
  • Many guests thought that the hotel provided good value
  • Guests said that staff went above and beyond and were super friendly
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • A few guests were disturbed by noisey guests and had difficulty sleeping
The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel is my choice for value for a moderately-priced hotel in Hamilton. It has a nice-looking modern bed with pure white bedding in rooms that are nicely laid out and very inviting public spaces including an indoor pool with sun deck and comfy chairs, a large workout room with lots of equipment and a great-looking lobby and lounge. Guest rooms feature flat screen TVs with pay movies and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee. Only guests staying at the Club Level rooms receive included breakfast, evening appetizers and Wi-Fi. Parking is $10.99 plus tax per night for all guests. Some guests enjoyed beautiful views overlooking Burlington Bay from their rooms, dining in the on-site restaurant and the comfortable beds. One guest said he even purchased a “Sweet Sleeper Bed” from the hotel!
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$146 CAD
Popular downtown Hamilton hotel offering suites with kitchens and free light evening meals
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, weekday evening meals Tues-Thurs
  • Many guests praised their clean and modern rooms
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its choice and quality
  • Several lodgers enjoyed the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to restaurants
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
  • Underground parking is an extra $9 per day

2 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Hamilton

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$170 CAD
Central downtown location, indoor pool, clean and well-appointed rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Several reviewers mentioned the indoor pool as a value added feature
  • A few guests thought that the guest bathrooms were small
  • A few reviewers said that the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel did not appear to be safe
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from within the hotel
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$45 CAD
6-min. drive from city centre, free laundry/bikes/computer use, mixed room reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi, free laundry, free computer use, free bikes, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rates and good value were enjoyed by numerous reviewers
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms
  • A lack of central heating and uncomfortable beds were reported by a few lodgers
  • A few guests reported noise transfer during their stay

Tips For Staying In Downtown Hamilton

As the third most populated city in Ontario and bordered on the north by Lake Ontario, Hamilton offers travellers the best of both worlds: natural beauty and culture. The city's indoor and outdoor activities are easily reachable from downtown Hamilton hotels via car and public transit, allowing visitors to enjoy all Hamilton has to offer.

Nature Lovers Unite
All downtown Hamilton hotels are within an 8-minute drive of the city's waterfront -- but why not leave your car behind and let someone else do the driving for a change? The city offers a free shuttle from downtown to the waterfront that runs from late June through early September. Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, our Editor's Pick for its bay views, modern decor and ample recreational facilities, is steps away from the shuttle's King St. West stop. However, guests of the Sheraton will pay about $10 per night for parking.

One of the things I love about visiting a new city is being able to explore their lakefront area. The Hamilton Waterfront Trolley is a great way to tour the city's waterfront, with stops at Bayfront Park (which has a beach) and Princess Point, which is famous for its 1,000-year-old archaeological discoveries. It does operate on a schedule, but leaves quite frequently, and doesn't need to be pre-booked, so you can catch the tour at your leisure. Plus, it is inexpensively priced, with tickets costing $5 per adult and $3 per child, with kids aged 3 and under riding for free.

Feel like exploring nature at your own pace? You'll find that Hamilton is adorned with a beautiful backdrop: the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail, consisting of 890 km of continuous hiking trails along the escarpment, is accessible through Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area, located within an 18-minute drive of all downtown Hamilton hotels. 

And did you know Hamilton is home to over 100 area waterfalls? Chedoke Falls, Borer's Falls and Cliffview Falls are all within a 15-minute drive of all downtown Hamilton hotels. Visiting geographic landmarks can be a great way to get to know a city's personality.

A Good Value
With all these gorgeous places to visit, you may not be spending much time in your hotel! If you're looking for a well-priced option, the Days Inn Hamilton is your best bet, and our editor's top pick for value in the area. As the least expensive choice in the downtown core, it provides added value through its freebies, including Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and local calls. A microwave and mini-fridge are also available in all rooms, which can help you save on the costs of eating out.

Downtown Culture

If indoor entertainment is more your style, the downtown area is ripe with things to do. Several cultural points of interest are within a 6-minute drive of all downtown Hamilton hotels, including the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, which boasts 30,000 football-related artifacts on display. Hamilton Place Theatre, known for its great acoustics, has hosted some of the finest dance, music and theatre productions ever performed in the city, while The Art Gallery of Hamilton houses Canada's third-largest collection of works.

Jackson Square is an indoor shopping plaza with several restaurants as well as a movie theatre. FirstOntario Centre, formerly Copps Coliseum, is one of Hamilton's main sports and entertainment complexes, and is connected to the building, as is Hamilton Farmer's Market and Nations Fresh Foods grocery store. Although it isn't suitable for a big shopping trip, having Jackson Square so close by means easy access to fresh produce, a food court, banks and a few shops.

Looking for a hotel near Jackson Square? Sheraton Hamilton Hotel is actually connected to the mall, so you don't even need to venture outside to catch a movie or grab a bite to eat! Staybridge Suites Hamilton is a mere 3-minute walk from Jackson Square, and is perfect for those who prefer to cook for themselves or for business travellers who plan on an extended stay. This all-suite Editor's Pick hotel offers full kitchens and separate living rooms (with a sofabed and desk), as well as free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast and a free morning newspaper delivered to your door.

No matter whether you're looking to catch a show or explore the waterfront, shop and dine or learn something new, downtown Hamilton hotels make a convenient home base.

With good value and easy access to main thoroughfares, downtown Hamilton hotels make a convenient home base for your trip, no matter whether you're looking for entertainment, art or a waterfront adventure.