Editor's Top 2 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$145 CAD
Popular downtown Hamilton hotel with indoor pool, restaurant-lounge and comfy beds 
The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel is our 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 currently $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!
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with very comfortable beds
  • Location was close to venues and attached to Jackson Square mall
  • Staff were courteous and well liked
  • Guests enjoyed the Loft lounge and Starbucks in the lobby
  • Indoor pool and outdoor deck added value
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall
Cons
  • Self-parking is $12.50 and valet parking is $22.50, per night, plus tax
  • No mini-fridges in the rooms a disappointment
  • A few guests complained of noise from the hallways
  • Some found the downtown area a little sketchy with panhandlers
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$103 CAD
Highly praised downtown Hamilton with indoor pool, kitchenettes & free light evening meals

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, light evening buffets Mon-Wed
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped with kitchen amenities
  • Breakfast and evening buffets were well liked by guests
  • Location was handy to downtown venues and restaurants
  • Staff were well liked for their cheerfulness and courtesy
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
Cons
  • Underground/outdoor parking costs $12.50, plus tax per day
  • Noise from traffic and guests a disturbance for some

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Hamilton

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$19 CAD
6-min. drive from city centre, free laundry/bikes/computer use, mixed room reviews
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • A lack of central heating and uncomfortable beds were reported by a few lodgers
  • A few guests reported noise transfer during their stay
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$233 CAD
Central downtown location, indoor pool, clean and well-appointed rooms
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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 ~$101 CAD
Highly praised downtown Hamilton hotel with indoor pool, kitchenettes & free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, evening socials, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean, spacious and comfortable
  • Location was convenient to restaurants, shops, public transit and entertainment venues
  • Staff were helpful, friendly and courteous said guests
  • Guests typically enjoyed the free hot breakfast
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests
Cons
  • Underground parking is $12.50 per night
  • Pool was small for adults and had no hot tub
  • Some complained of slow elevators
  • No blackout blinds an issue for some
  • Parking was sometimes limited
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$115 CAD
Older downtown Hamilton walk-up budget hotel with basic rooms and mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms offered the basics and were generally considered clean
  • Location was central to downtown attractions and hospitals
  • Some staff members were liked for being friendly and helpful
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some found the rooms in need of better maintenance and cleaning
  • Parking was limited
  • Some guests did not like the area and found it seedy
  • Guests often complained of dirty carpets in the halls and stairways
  • Their were some reports of suspected bed bugs May 2010, Feb 2012, July 2016, Sept 2016

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.

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.
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