Downtown Toronto has a wide selection of good hotels to choose from that are all within walking distance of the Air Canada Centre plus many other downtown attractions, venues, transit options, restaurants and shopping. There are many excellent choices for a visitor wanting to take in a game or concert at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 14, 2014
I chose to highlight a couple of hotels based on what customers were saying recently regarding their experiences and their perceived sense of value, from a selection of downtown hotels that are also within walking distance of the Air Canada Centre--although you may want to cab it in the winter!
9.5 | Excellent
Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square
75 Bremner Boulevard
0.2 km from Air Canada Centre
Book from ~$275 CAD
Downtown Toronto luxury boutique hotel with stylish rooms, high-end amenities and lounge
Hotel Le Germain in Maple Leaf Square is in a quieter section of downtown Toronto, very close to the Air Canada Centre. This boutique hotel has very high ratings from guest reviews online for their stylish and elegant rooms, their comfortable luxury beds, and the staff which go above and beyond. There's free Wi-Fi and Continental Breakfast included in the room rate, but parking is $40 extra per night. There's no pool on site but a 24-hour fitness facility. They also have a lounge with cocktails and tapas after 4 pm. They offer free coffee, espresso and lattes on the 2nd floor, but you should note that in-room coffee is an extra charge.
8.4 | Very Good
InterContinental Centre Hotel Toronto
225 Front Street West
0.6 km from Air Canada Centre
Book from ~$169 CAD
Classy downtown Toronto hotel attached to Convention Centre with indoor pool & fine dining
There's some very pleased customers lately at the InterContinental on Front St. This is another very well located hotel in the heart of it all, which is walk-able to the ACC and also lots of other attractions (CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and Metro Toronto Convention Centre to name a few). They have some recently renovated rooms (I'm writing this in 2013), which guests seemed to really enjoy--one reviewer said the rooms are "outstanding". There's a restaurant on site and a salt water pool as well. For extra pampering, they have a full-service spa on-site.
Book from ~$317 CAD
Historic luxury landmark hotel in downtown Toronto with indoor pool, day spa and fine dining
Located on a historic section of Front Street across from Union Station, this Fairmont is a 6-minute walk from the ACC.
Valet parking is available at the hotel at a rate of $48 per night.
The hotel is connected to the underground PATH system, with a number of shops and dining options, and also connects to the ACC. Union Station can be reached in under a 3-minute walk.
The Gardiner Expressway can be reached within a 7-minute drive.
Book from ~$151 CAD
Toronto downtown harbourfront hotel with Ontario Lake views, fine dining and indoor pool
Located in Toronto's beautiful Harbourfront neighbourhood in a park-like setting with views of the Lake Ontario, the Westin Harbour Castle is a 5-minute walk from the ACC.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $45 per day, or self-parking is available in a lot a block away (about 5 minutes on foot) at the Pinnacle Centre for $35.
Directly behind this hotel is the ferry docks for boats leaving to the Toronto Islands. A streetcar is available at the front door on Queens Quay, and Union Station is a 10-minute walk or 8-minute streetcar ride away.
The Gardiner Expressway is easily reached within a 2-minute drive.
Downtown Toronto fully furnished aparthotel near transit with extra Wi-Fi and parking fees
Book from ~$159 CAD
Pet-friendly and well-located downtown Toronto hotel with indoor pool, restaurant & lounge
Located on a quiet street on the south edge of downtown only 5 minutes' walk from the historic St. Lawrence Market and near to a wide range of restaurants with patios, the Novotel is an 8-minute walk from the Air Canada Centre.
Self-parking is available on site for a fee of $23.
This hotel is situated within a 9-minute walk of Union Station. The Gardiner Expressway via Lakeshore Boulevard is a 5-minute drive away.
Book from ~$109 CAD
Stylish boutique hotel in a prime downtown Toronto location with comfy beds and free Wi-Fi
Located on busy Yonge Street on the edge of Toronto's downtown Financial District, the Victoria Hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Air Canada Centre.
Parking is unavailable on site, but is available in a public lot about a 6-minute walk away, for approximately $14 per day.
Union Station is an approximate 8-minute walk from the hotel, while the Gardiner Expressway, via Lakeshore Boulevard, is approximately a 1-minute drive from this hotel.
8.5 | Very Good
Cosmopolitan Toronto Hotel & Spa
8 Colborne Street
0.6 km from Air Canada Centre
Book from ~$134 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel with restaurant, spa and suites with kitchenettes
Located on a quiet side street in downtown Toronto, the Cosmopolitan is a 9-minute walk from the ACC.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $34 per night.
Union Station is an 8-minute walk away, while the Gardiner Expressway is a 3-minute drive from the hotel.
8.4 | Very Good
One King West Hotel & Residence
1 King Street West
0.6 km from Air Canada Centre
Book from ~$156 CAD
Popular downtown Toronto all-suite hotel with kitchenettes, private hot tubs & indoor pool
Located at the corner of King and Yonge in Toronto's downtown Financial District, One King West is a 9-minute walk from the ACC.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $40 a night on a limited first-come, first-serve basis. There is also a discounted rate for self-parking at the Brookfield Place parking garage located a 4-minute walk away, but rates vary depending on the day.
This hotel is located next to the King Subway Station which is one stop (or a 2-minute subway ride) away from Union Station. Union Station can also be reached within a 7-minute walk. The Gardiner Expressway can be reached in under a 5-minute drive.
9.4 | Excellent
181 Wellington Street West
0.7 km from Air Canada Centre
Book from ~$282 CAD
Classy downtown Toronto luxury hotel with indoor pool, fine dining and high-end amenities
This elegant five-star hotel is located in Toronto's Entertainment District, and is a 12-minute walk from the ACC.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $48 per night.
Union Station can be reached in under a 10-minute walk, while the Gardiner Expressway is a 2-minute drive away.
Air Canada Centre
Feb 14, 2014
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Air Canada Centre, known simply as "the ACC", is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA) and the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club. It also hosts a wide range of concerts and conventions throughout the year.
The ACC is close to the Gardiner Expressway (a 1-minute drive) and Toronto's transit hub, Union Station (a 7-minute walk), as well as all the amenities and attractions of downtown Toronto.
Toronto Public Transit connects to the entire city of Toronto at a cost of $3 per ride (per way) or an unlimited day pass can be purchased for $10.75.
Also in Union Station, guests can find Go Bus and Train services to areas within the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, as well as Via Rail services linking to the rest of Canada. Union Station is a mere 7-minute walk from the ACC and highly recommended as a means of transportation in Toronto.
Walking is a popular means of transportation in the downtown core, due to traffic congestion and the high price of parking downtown. Visitors to the Air Canada Centre may also want to note that all of the hotels featured below are within a 13-minute walk of the ACC and most are less than 10 minutes' walk to the ACC.
If you're attending a concert or game at the ACC in the colder months, taxis are an fast and efficient way of getting around in downtown Toronto. They are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street for a quick drive to the ACC or a downtown restaurant.
Downtown Toronto is a bicycle-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes. Many visitors use Bixi bike rentals to get to where they want to go. For commuting quickly from one place to another, they are a cheap and convenient method of transportation. There are dozens of stations in downtown Toronto to serve commuters. You simply swipe your credit card, mount the bike and ride to another bike station near to your destination. Once there, you lock the bike securely at that station and walk the rest of the way to your destination.
While the ACC has two levels of underground parking, these spots are reserved for private suite holders and office tenants. Disabled parking is available at a cost of $30, and guests entering the lot are required to present their tickets. These spots must be reserved in advance by calling (416) 815-5982.
Nearby there are approximately 13,000 public parking spaces in lots spread out across the downtown core. Prices are not set and can fluctuate based on the event.
Fine dining options vary from the Platinum Club, which features a wine bar, to the Hot Stove Club, a steakhouse, and the Air Canada Club with views of the ice, court or concert. Reservations are required and can be made at any of the above restaurants by calling (416) 815-5983.
Casual dining options are available at different locations throughout the ACC, including Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza, Mr. Sub and more.
At the adjacent Maple Leaf Square is a trendy, upscale restaurant with large patio called e11even (on the corner of Bremner and York). Next door on York is the more casual, and less expensive Real Sports Bar & Grill.
If you want to grab a hot meal, salad or quick bite that will save you time and money, downstairs in the Maple Leaf Square is a Longos (supermarket) that has a large selection of ready-made meals . Each night from 4 pm to 10 pm they feature a chef-made special as well as a variety of other hot meal choices. There's also a large salad bar and a Starbucks with lots of seating in the store.
Events at the ACC range in type, and include hockey, basketball, lacrosse, UFC, WWE and concerts of all genres.