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.
Our Editor's Top 10 Picks
All guest rooms are full suites with kitchens. The hotel offers a rooftop fitness centre with large hot tub, men’s and women’s saunas and a resistance pool. In-room dining is available from the Bistro on King serving International cuisine and Café Plenty offers freshly-baked sweets, gourmet sandwiches and salads.
This European-inspired boutique hotel with Swedish Spa offers four spacious, charming and luxurious rooms, each uniquely decorated offering Hästens handcrafted beds, marble bathrooms with soaker tubs and a variety of scented bath salts, each with their own balcony overlooking a garden courtyard.
Guests enjoyed dining at George restaurant, appetizers at the club’s lounge and the complimentary breakfast. Also offered on site are a women’s-only fitness club with ozone pool, in-room massage services and a lounge serving lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and light fare.
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.