Downtown Toronto has a lot of good hotels to choose from. My picks are primarily based upon value for the price for the budget hotels placing close attention to guest opinion, room rates and free amenities offered. For the middle price range hotels I looked for good value but also gave consideration to the quality of service and the type of amenities offered along with customer opinion. For the luxury hotels, I disregarded the price of the rooms and the extra costs for parking and Wi-Fi and looked at the quality of service from the staff, with a lot of weight put on the guest reviews. I looked for customer appreciation and enjoyment and the quality of the experiences provided to guests.
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This is an older, full-service hotel with indoor pool, steam room and hot tub, along with a fitness centre, and small restaurant and lounge. Wi-Fi is included, but parking is $28 for overnight but includes up to 6 pm the next day. (Guests can save on parking costs by accessing a municipal lot 2 blocks away.) The Ramada is located across from a park, and near a Tim Hortons and public transit. Guests liked the location, in walking distance of Eaton Centre and Dundas Square and the ethnic eateries of Yonge and Dundas. For a special evening, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Mansion is an 8-minute walk south on Jarvis.
The hotel offers a rooftop fitness centre with large hot tub, ladies and gent's saunas and a resistance pool. In-room dining is available from the Bistro on King, which serves International cuisine and treats youngsters to a discounted or free breakfast. Café Plenty offers freshly-baked sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth, and Teller’s Bar provide a friendly setting for a drink and light fare each evening of the week.
Guests delighted in dining on site and the beautiful décor in their spacious rooms, and were pleased with the caring and attentive staff at the hotel. Afternoon high tea is served on weekends from Friday through to Sunday. Guests at The King Eddy will find dining, shopping and Toronto attractions within a short walk or cab ride.
It offers smart-looking, and very clean renovated rooms on the higher floors with stunning views of Lake Ontario, and a gracious pool and spa area with accompanying sun deck. Its lobby and restaurant have a cosmopolitan appeal with modern artworks forming an integral part of their design.
The hotel is well managed, with very personable staff and most guests give it high ratings. They like the service, the beds, the consistently clean rooms, the great spa and the prime downtown location.
This superb location is a well-kept secret, right on the lake but also a short walk to major downtown attractions. From here, guests can take in the Home Show at the convention centre, ride the high-speed glass elevator at CN Tower, marvel at the underwater creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium, cheer on the Raptors at Air Canada Centre, go sailing and stroll along the parks, floral gardens and city beach along the harbourfront, all an easy walk from the hotel.
A true urban oasis in its own right, summertime travellers can take a dip in the beautiful rooftop outdoor pool which overlooks Lake Ontario while sunbathing and enjoying refreshments on the patio, and forget they are in downtown Toronto.
If that weren’t enough, guests are offered simply divine meals on site at George Restaurant, many touting it as world-class dining. Also offered on site are a women’s-only fitness club with ozone pool, in-room massage services for men and women, and a lounge serving lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and light fare. Guests said it was worth every penny and hoped to come back.
Business As Usual
As with any large city, Toronto's downtown area consists of several distinct neighbourhoods. Business travellers may find themselves needing a hotel near Toronto's Financial District, home of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Looking to be entertained? Several downtown Toronto hotels are located in and around the city's Entertainment District, a hub of theatres, concert halls and sports arenas. If you're looking for an urban hotel with character, the Rex Hotel is our Editor's Pick for best value in this district. It offers reasonable rates, free Wi-Fi, a $5 breakfast and boasts its very own jazz club and restaurant.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Downtown Toronto is a perfect location for visitors needing to get to their shopping fix. Toronto's largest mall, the Toronto Eaton Centre, offers more than 230 retailers on several levels, while the Yorkville shopping district (known as Toronto's version of Rodeo Drive) is home to several upscale designers and shops.