Editor's Top Pick

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$231 CAD
Renovated rooms on Kingston harbour with beautiful views, in a prime downtown location
The Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel is in a prime location, right at the harbour’s edge with beautiful views, trails and green space nearby. It's a short walk to the city centre, shopping and restaurants. Recent guests have highlighted delicious breakfasts and meals at the Aqua Terra restaurant, friendly and attentive staff, beautifully renovated rooms, fast Wi-Fi, and stunning views. 
  • Free Wi-Fi and free wired Internet
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for accessing downtown destinations and the waterfront
  • Many reviewers said that their rooms were well appointed with modern furnishings
  • Guests said the staff were welcoming, helpful and courteous
  • Several reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • A few guests enjoyed the indoor pool area
  • Many guests were pleased with views from their room and some of the hotel's public spaces
  • Several guests complained about small parking spaces and the additional parking fees ($18) per night

3 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Kingston

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$222 CAD
Well-liked downtown Kingston hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, and pet-friendly rooms
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, coffee and cookies in the lobby, local calls, bottled water
  • Many found clean rooms with very comfortable beds
  • Prime downtown location, close to restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Staff professional and helpful said guests
  • Hotel restaurant very well liked by guests
  • Many happy to have secure underground parking
  • Underground parking is $16 per night
  • Some guests felt the rooms needed a facelift and were a little tired
  • Some felt the hotel was expensive (with no free breakfast and parking)
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$82 CAD
Guests praised the scenic waterfront location of this hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked the scenic waterfront location
  • Excellent staff throughout the hotel, according to guests
  • Aging hotel in need of updating, according to guests
  • Guests found the limited on-site parking inconvenient and expensive
  • Some guests found the lack of air conditioning in the hallways uncomfortable
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$103 CAD
Near the waterfront, friendly staff, clean rooms, but said to be a bit pricey
  • Numerous guests liked being near the waterfront
  • Many guests liked the views from the hotel
  • Guests often called the staff friendly
  • Several guests thought that the hotel was clean and/or comfortable
  • Free Internet, free local calls, and an indoor pool
  • Many guests thought that the hotel was expensive
  • Several guests thought that the parking should have been free
  • Some guests thought the hotel was on the older side
  • Breakfast and parking both cost extra

Tips For Staying In Downtown Kingston

Why Pay a Premium to Stay in Downtown Kingston?

Convenient Waterfront Location

If you’re visiting downtown Kingston, whether for business or pleasure, you can’t beat the convenience of its downtown hotels. Every destination in downtown Kingston can be reached from any of its hotels within a 20-minute walk, so you can park at your hotel (for $18 per night) and explore on foot, avoiding the hassle of traffic and the hunt for a good area parking space.

Each downtown hotel also offers easy access to public transit, although the one-way (eastbound) traffic along Princess Street means that you may have to walk a block or two both to catch the correct bus and to reach your destination.

All of the hotels in downtown Kingston are located along the waterfront, either right on the lakeshore or, in the case of the Four Points, about two blocks offshore. Each of these hotels offers easy access to waterfront attractions, including the Waterfront Pathway (Rideau Trail), 1,000 Island Cruises and the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal, as well as the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

The hotels were built around Confederation Park, and all are within a 3-minute walk of Springer Market Square, which hosts antique and farmers markets in the warmer months, and outdoor skating in the winter. The downtown core itself features boutique and big-box shops, unique and chain restaurants, nightlife and entertainment venues, plus practical businesses, such as banks, grocery stores and fitness centres -- all within a 20-minute walk.

Rooms with a View

All of the hotels offer room options that overlook Lake Ontario. In fact, every room at both the Delta and the Holiday Inn Waterfront offers a view of the water, and their on-site restaurants also overlook the lake.

Alternatives to Downtown Kingston Hotels

Because of the central, waterfront location, downtown Kingston hotel rates are often at a premium, costing up to $100 more per night than a hotel farther from the built-up shores of Lake Ontario. A hotel outside of downtown may also be less busy and therefore, less noisy.

If you’re not sold on the spectacular views, and you don’t mind travelling into downtown (which costs money and may mean putting up with traffic and street or lot parking), you may find better value and lower prices among our editor’s hotel picks in Kingston.