Editor's Top 5 Picks

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Book from ~$103 CAD
Highly praised downtown Hamilton with indoor pool, kitchenettes & free light evening meals
This very clean and well-maintained hotel is an 8-minute walk from the arena and has all the comforts of home, offering modern and  spacious rooms with large kitchenettes. The highlights are strong free Wi-Fi, delicious free hot breakfast buffets, amenable staff, a convenience store, an outside terrace with fireplace for relaxation, and well-liked free light buffets Mondays - Wednesdays.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, light evening buffets Mon-Wed
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped with kitchen amenities
  • Breakfast and evening buffets were well liked by guests
  • Location was handy to downtown venues and restaurants
  • Staff were well liked for their cheerfulness and courtesy
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
Cons
  • Underground/outdoor parking costs $12.50, plus tax per day
  • Noise from traffic and guests a disturbance for some
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Book from ~$145 CAD
Popular downtown Hamilton hotel with indoor pool, restaurant-lounge and comfy beds 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with very comfortable beds
  • Location was close to venues and attached to Jackson Square mall
  • Staff were courteous and well liked
  • Guests enjoyed the Loft lounge and Starbucks in the lobby
  • Indoor pool and outdoor deck added value
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall
Cons
  • Self-parking is $12.50 and valet parking is $22.50, per night, plus tax
  • No mini-fridges in the rooms a disappointment
  • A few guests complained of noise from the hallways
  • Some found the downtown area a little sketchy with panhandlers
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Book from ~$107 CAD
Well-liked Hamilton hotel with indoor pool, Bistro, jacuzzi suites & free airport shuttle

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, airport shuttle, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed, with very comfy beds
  • Staff were very well liked, friendly and personable
  • Location was handy to restaurants and highways
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
Cons
  • Some guests had trouble locating the hotel from the highway
  • Some found the dining and rooms expensive
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Book from ~$140 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in southeast Hamilton with indoor pool and jacuzzi suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, guest laundry
  • Rooms were described as very clean and well appointed
  • Staff were professional and very personable
  • Guests loved the on-site dining
  • Location was close to highways, area attractions, restaurants and shopping
  • Good value according to many guests
Cons
  • Parking could be limited during busier banquet times
  • Some were disturbed music from the banquet hall and guests in the halls
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Highly praised historic guest house on treed acreage near Dundas with delicious breakfast 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Rooms were well appointed and comfortable
  • Location was convenient, between N Falls and Toronto
  • The hosts were friendly, professional, accommodating
  • Breakfast was well presented, satisfying and delicious
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
Cons
  • Breakfast is surcharged at $15 per person
  • Some guests did not like the ‘no outdoor shoes’ rule
  • Some had difficulty regulating the AC

5 Other Hotels Close to FirstOntario Centre

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Book from ~$233 CAD
Central downtown location, indoor pool, clean and well-appointed rooms
Location
On a retail strip in downtown Hamilton, this Crowne Plaza is a 2-minute drive or 13-minute walk from the stadium.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Several reviewers mentioned the indoor pool as a value added feature
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the guest bathrooms were small
  • A few reviewers said that the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel did not appear to be safe
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from within the hotel
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Book from ~$19 CAD
6-min. drive from city centre, free laundry/bikes/computer use, mixed room reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free laundry, free computer use, free bikes, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rates and good value were enjoyed by numerous reviewers
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • A lack of central heating and uncomfortable beds were reported by a few lodgers
  • A few guests reported noise transfer during their stay
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Book from ~$115 CAD
Older downtown Hamilton walk-up budget hotel with basic rooms and mixed reviews
Location
Located on Main Street E, the Days Inn is a 4-minute drive or 19-minute walk from the stadium.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms offered the basics and were generally considered clean
  • Location was central to downtown attractions and hospitals
  • Some staff members were liked for being friendly and helpful
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some found the rooms in need of better maintenance and cleaning
  • Parking was limited
  • Some guests did not like the area and found it seedy
  • Guests often complained of dirty carpets in the halls and stairways
  • Their were some reports of suspected bed bugs May 2010, Feb 2012, July 2016, Sept 2016
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Book from ~$87 CAD
Northwest Hamilton hotel with well-liked restaurant, free parking and free Wi-Fi
Location
At the corner of Dundurn St. and York Blvd., across from Dundurn Park, the Admiral Inn is a 5-minute drive from the stadium.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, comfortable and well appointed
  • Location convenient to downtown Hamilton, hospital and area attractions
  • Restaurant provided very good dining on site
  • Guests enjoyed views of Dundurn Castle from the hotel
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to online guest surveys
  • Staff were often described as friendly and helpful
Cons
  • Some guests found rooms that smelled of smoke
  • Some guests complained of sketchy clientele at the hotel
  • Noise disturbances from AC units, slamming doors and neighbouring rooms, according to guests
  • Some guests complained of musty and other odours
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Hamilton east end hotel just off the QEW offering rooms with jacuzzi and a fireplace
Location
In Stoney Creek, Hamilton, near a Queen Elizabeth Way highway interchange, the Holiday Inn is an approximate 18-minute drive from the arena.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's reasonable rates
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly by numerous patrons
  • The hotel's free breakfast was praised for its quality and selection
Cons
  • A few travellers found the hotel's lot difficult to access or locate
  • A few guests thought furnishings were dated

Tips For Staying Near FirstOntario Centre

Location
First Ontario Centre (formerly known as Copps Coliseum) is a sports and entertainment arena located at Bay Street and York Blvd. in downtown Hamilton.

First Ontario Centre is nicknamed 'The Dog Pound' because it's home to the Hamilton Bulldogs an American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

With a capacity of 19,000, First Ontario Centre has hosted the Canada Cup ice hockey tournament, World Junior Hockey Championships and the Memorial Cup.

The Hamilton arena is also available for musical tours, ice shows, monster jam tours, corporate events, trade shows and rink rentals.

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Getting Around
The First Ontario Centre is surrounded by three major highways, the Queen Elizabeth Expressway (15-minute drive), the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway (12-minute drive) and the 403 series highway (5-minute drive).

The John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) is approximately a 20-minute drive away, while the hub airport, Toronto's Pearson International (YYZ) is an approximate 40-minute drive.

Public transit as well as taxi services are available throughout the city and to all of the below-mentioned hotels. Single-ride fares for adults are $3 and an unlimited-ride day pass can be purchased for $13.80 that is valid for two adults and four youth or one adult and up to five youths (below the age of 19). For more fare and schedule information, visit their website.
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Parking
There are a number of parking lots within a short walk of the arena. Many are manned by an attendant during events and rates can vary from $6 to $20.

There is an outdoor lot across from the box office, on the west side of Bay Street. There is also an underground lot, accessible from both King Street West and Bay Street, at Jackson Square.
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Entertainment
The roster of big-name musical acts changes regularly and the entire schedule of events can be found on their website.
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Dining
There are dinner packages available at First Ontario Centre.

Other dining options on site or nearby include:

Gibson's Club Lounge & Restaurant offers a Chef's Table or buffet-style dining before events and can accommodate large groups. There is also the Tapas Lounge servings tapas, desserts and drinks at Hamilton Place. The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel offers two more nearby dining options, LOFT Lounge and Chagall's Restaurant.
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