Entertainment and world-class attractions abound in downtown Toronto, and the Entertainment District is right in the heart of all the action. Because all the hotels in this district are in excellent locations close to restaurants, shopping and attractions, and all are highly rated, my value picks are weighted most heavily on price.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$216 CAD
Centrally located downtown Toronto hotel with well-equipped rooms, indoor pool & restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Many guests enjoyed clean and comfortable rooms
  • Guests appreciated in-room mini-fridges and microwaves
  • The staff received many compliments from guests for being pleasant and friendly
  • Many guests appreciated the location of this hotel, an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown attractions
  • Hotel has a fitness room, an indoor pool, and a spa
  • This hotel is a newer property, built in 2009
  • A few guests enjoyed meals at the hotel
  • A few guests were pleased with the value they received at the hotel
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbances from the nightclub next door and noisy neighbours
  • A few guests complained about the selection and cost of the continental breakfast on site
  • A few guests were disturbed by the cost of valet parking on site $47/night
The full-service and recently-built (2009) Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown is my pick for good value offering a high-quality and newer room for a competitive rate (on most days). The hotel has a lot of amenities with indoor pool, hot tub and 24-hr fitness centre for recreation, and a 24-hr business centre for guests who need to access a computer. There is a Pavillion Pantry convenience mart on site for light meals and snacks and a large Shoppers Drug Mart a few steps from the hotel, if you need anything else. Rooms are well-equipped as well with mini-fridges and microwaves in all rooms, 37” LCD TVs, and CD players. The Marquis Bistro offers comfort-style meals and the Marquis Lounge provides guests a place to relax with cocktails or watch a game. The hotel offers evening room service for guests who want to dine in the comfort of their rooms. Wi-Fi and local calling are included in the room rate and parking is an added $35 per day on site, or guests can avail themselves of public parking lots in the area.
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Book from ~$195 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel in a prime location with seasonal rooftop pool and sun deck
Pros
  • Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to downtown attractions and shopping
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their accommodating and efficient service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and modern rooms
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is an extra $14.95 per day
  • Parking is an added $32 per day
  • Dated decor and small rooms were reported by a few travellers
The Hyatt Regency offers very good value in the heart of the Entertainment District with more affordable rates comparatively than most hotels in the district (on the days I compared). It has very attractive rooms with modern appointments, flat screen TVs, iHome stereo with iPod docking, fine bed linens with duvets and in-room safes. The hotel offers multiple dining options including a daily buffet breakfast, the Mix Bistro serving lunches and dinner and two on-site bars. Room service is catered 24 hours per day for added convenience to guests. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor rooftop pool with beautiful vistas and a relaxing sun deck, a sauna and a 24-hr state-of-the-art fitness centre. Wi-Fi is an extra $15 per 24-hr period and parking is $32 per night. The Hyatt Fast Board/PDA check in offers self-service kiosk check in and the hotel provides concierge services to help you discover the best of Toronto.
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Book from ~$544 CAD
Historic luxury landmark hotel in downtown Toronto with indoor pool, day spa and fine dining
Pros
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to Union Station
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their attentive and friendly service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Some guests enjoyed delicious meals and breakfast buffets on site
  • Many guests enjoyed the elegant interiors and public spaces of the hotel
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is 15.76 per 24 hours for non Club members
  • Parking is $53 per night
  • Dated decor and small-sized rooms were reported by a few lodgers
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$142 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel in Rogers Centre with field-view rooms, dining and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Many guests enjoyed the prime location of the hotel, near to major attractions and restaurants
  • Many lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and comfortable by several reviewers
  • Several guests enjoyed views of the stadium from their rooms or public spaces
  • Some guests enjoyed good meals at the hotel
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is $13 per day
  • Self parking is $30 and valet parking is $45 per day
  • A few guests complained about the added Wi-Fi and parking fees
  • Worn decor and uncomfortable beds were reported by a few lodgers
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$217 CAD
Classy downtown Toronto hotel attached to Convention Centre with indoor pool & fine dining
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi to IHG rewards members
  • Many enjoyed clean, quiet rooms with comfortable beds
  • Some guests had spectacular views of the lake and city
  • Location was ideal to the convention centre, and handy to attractions, restaurants and public transit
  • Guests spoke highly of the spa area, staff and treatments
  • Many enjoyed the pool and hot tub
Cons
  • Valet parking is $45 per day
  • Wi-Fi (for non club members) is $13.95 or $17 per 24 hours
  • Guests often found breakfast, room service and other meals pricey
  • Some guests thought that the hotel was expensive
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Book from ~$263 CAD
Highly praised luxury boutique hotel in downtown Toronto with indoor pool and gourmet dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: local shuttle service, pet stays
  • Rooms were well appointed with comfy beds and gorgeous bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by guest reviewers
  • Staff were well liked, accommodating and professional
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Location was in walking distance of main attractions, restaurants, a park and public transit
Cons
  • Mandatory daily $9.90 + tax facility fee charged to non iPreferred members includes Wi-Fi, local calls, gym and pool use
  • Self-parking is $35 and valet parking is $40 per night
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbance originating from outside and also inside the hotel
  • Some rooms felt a little small and lacked views according to guests
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Book from ~$207 CAD
Pet-friendly downtown Toronto hotel with indoor pool and suites with full kitchens
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired internet and hot breakfast
  • All suites have fully equipped kitchens
  • Many guest reviewers loved the downtown location as it was close to many attractions
  • The rooms were large, comfortable and clean according to numerous guest reviews
  • Staff received high praise in several reviews and were said to be friendly, helpful and courteous
  • Complimentary breakfast had a good selection and great food, said many guests
  • Frequently praised as good value for the money by guest reviewers
Cons
  • Guests found the parking expensive ($35/day)
  • Some reviewers complained about an insufficient quantity of food at the free breakfast when the hotel is busy
  • Some rooms had poor views, according to some guests
  • Some reviewers complained about uncomfortable sofabeds
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Book from ~$299 CAD
Highly praised downtown Toronto luxury boutique hotel with modern decor and on-site dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, newspapers
  • Rooms were modern and very clean with comfy beds
  • Guests liked the staff and found them attentive and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site and room service
  • Location was convenient to Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, restaurants and financial district
  • Breakfast was typically enjoyed by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by reviewers online
Cons
  • Valet parking is $49 per night
  • A few reviewers complained about street noise or sounds from fans leaving the Air Canada Centre (next door)
  • Some felt breakfast could be improved with more hot items and variety
  • Some felt the glass shower with blinds did not offer full privacy
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$180 CAD
Trendy downtown Toronto boutique hotel with modern decor, restaurant, rooftop pool & lounge
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, pet stays, newspapers
  • Comfortable, clean and modern rooms, said many guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
  • Guests enjoyed meals at the Lobby Bar, Thompson Diner and Colette dining room
  • Rooftop pool and lounge offered great views and ambiance said guests
  • Staff friendly and helpful said guests
  • Location was convenient to restaurants and bars on King Street, Rogers Centre and public transit
Cons
  • Valet parking is $45 and self-parking is $30 per night, plus tax
  • Guests were often disappointed to not have access to the rooftop pool and lounge, due to it being rented out to a group
  • Loud music from the nightclub on site a disturbance to guests
  • Some felt the hotel lacked the polish of a true luxury hotel
  • In-room furniture looked nice but not very functional said some guests
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$288 CAD
Classy downtown Toronto luxury hotel with indoor pool, fine dining and high-end amenities 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bottled water, shoe shine, newspapers
  • The rooms were elegant and well furnished with high quality furniture and amenities
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by online reviewers
  • Guests loved the views of Lake Ontario and the CN Tower from south-facing rooms
  • Excellent buffets, dining and drinks at the hotel said guests
  • Staff provided efficient and thoughtful service
  • Prime downtown location, an easy walk to entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping and business offices
Cons
  • Valet parking is $48 for overnight

Tips For Staying In Toronto Entertainment District

As Canada's most populated city, Toronto is jam-packed with fun and excitement. The aptly named Entertainment District is home to some of the city's most popular attractions, and is bordered on the south side by Toronto's Harbourfront District.

With several well-rated hotels to choose from and many points of interest within walking distance, travellers will love the ease with which they can explore the area.

Entertain Me!
If live entertainment is your thing, you might enjoy a laugh at The Second City (comedy greats Dan Akroyd and John Candy got their starts here). 

If you're looking to see a show, you should check out Roy Thomson Hall, the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Theatre buffs will love the horseshoe-shaped Princess of Wales Theatre, home to past productions such as "Miss Saigon" and "The Lion King", and only a 5-minute walk from Roy Thomson Hall. 

The Hyatt Regency Toronto is just around the corner from Second City, and only a 3-minute walk from Princess of Wales Theatre. It's one of our Editor's Picks because of its competitive rates and great overall value -- but the rooftop pool and sundeck don't hurt either!

Budget-Friendly
Of course when you're busy seeing shows and dining in the area's many excellent restaurants and cafes, you might prefer a hotel that doesn't send your budget over the edge. The Rex Hotel Toronto, which has its own jazz club, offers good value in the district. It offers a $5 breakfast and simply furnished rooms with comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi.

Kid-Friendly

The kiddies (or the eternally young-at-heart) will also love Toronto's Entertainment District. The world-famous CN Tower (classified as one of the Modern World's Seven Wonders) and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada are both within a 12-minute walk of all Entertainment District hotels. And when you're tired after a busy day of sightseeing but the kids are bouncing off the walls, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown (another Editor's Pick) has an indoor pool for them, and a relaxing hot tub for you!

Travellers Never Had It So Good
Often, we want our accommodations to really add to our travelling experience. Luckily, Toronto's Entertainment District is home to several high-end hotels, such as the famous Fairmont Royal York (once the highest building in the British Empire), and the Ritz-Carlton Toronto. Both hotels offer upgraded rooms and services (Fairmont Gold rooms and Ritz Carlton Club Level rooms), which include a dedicated concierge, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and high-floor city views.

Travellers who prefer boutique-style hotels with that added flare should try the SoHo Metropolitan (with its marble floors and three-storey penthouse loft) or Hotel Le Germain Toronto, which has its own rooftop putting green!

The Red Rocket
For those venturing a little farther out of Toronto's Entertainment District, the city's public transit system (affectionately known as the Red Rocket) is a great way to get around, especially when saving money is a top priority. Why not leave your car parked at the hotel and hop on the Red Rocket? From the underground subway, to the lightrail system to the numerous bus routes available, visitors will have no trouble at all navigating the city. 

St. Andrew Subway Station is within a 9-minute walk of most Toronto Entertainment District hotels, while Union Subway Station (also housing the VIA Rail Train terminal, as well as the GO buses and trains) is within a 15-minute walk of several Entertainment District Hotels. If you love to be at the heart of the action, it doesn't get more central than Fairmont Royal York, which is right across from Union Station!
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