Editor's Top 6 Picks

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Book from ~$123 CAD
Good value northwest Hamilton hotel with well-equipped rooms, restaurant & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, pet stays
  • Numerous guests raved about the restaurant's food, prices, and service
  • The staff were friendly and very helpful according to guests
  • Many guests liked the rooms and said they were clean, comfortable and well appointed
  • Some guests enjoyed the views of Dundurn Castle from the hotel
  • Guests praised the location for being close to downtown Hamilton
Cons
  • Although this is a smoke-free hotel, a few guests complained about the smell of smoke
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer from adjoining rooms
  • A couple of reviewers thought that more updates were needed
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Book from ~$148 CAD
Full-service hotel in Hamilton's downtown offering comfortable and pleasant stays
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and pets stay free for all guests, and Club Level rooms offer free breakfast and free afternoon hor d'oeuvres
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean with comfortable beds
  • Many guests found the location ideal for exploring the city on foot
  • Several reviewers mentioned pleasant city and water views from their room
  • Many guests thought that the hotel provided good value
  • Guests said that staff went above and beyond and were super friendly
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noisey guests and had difficulty sleeping
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Book from ~$248 CAD
Well-liked Hamilton hotel with indoor pool, dining, jacuzzi suites & free airport shuttle
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, airport shuttle, coffee in lobby,
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing restaurants and highways
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • A few reviewers mentioned the indoor pool as a value-added feature
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Book from ~$82 CAD
Downtown Hamilton budget hotel with well-equipped rooms, private jacuzzis & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for walking to downtown attractions
  • Many reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers appreciated the free breakfast
Cons
  • No elevator (hotel has two floors)
  • A couple of guests found the free Wi-Fi service unreliable
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Book from ~$167 CAD
Rooms are furnished with antiques, this hotel has old world charm
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast
  • Charming ambience, according to guests
  • Flexible staff who aim to please, according to guests
  • Guests said that the breakfast was gourmet
Cons
  • A couple of guests found hotel policies, such as removing footwear, restrictive
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Popular downtown Hamilton hotel offering suites with kitchens and free light evening meals
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, weekday evening meals Tues-Thurs
  • Many guests praised their clean and modern rooms
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its choice and quality
  • Several lodgers enjoyed the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to restaurants
Cons
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
  • Underground parking is an extra $9 per day

4 Other Hotels Close to McMaster University

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$106 CAD
Kitchenette suites with two separate bedrooms, budget-friendly, and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free wired Internet, free continental breakfast, free parking and free local calls
  • Many guests said the rooms were spacious, clean and well laid out
  • Many guests thought the hotel offered good value
  • A few guests were pleased to have a games room
  • A couple of guests said the hotel was close to public transit
  • A few guests appreciated the quiet accommodation
Cons
  • A couple of guests said that the parking lot was inconveniently far from the hotel
  • A few guests complained that the hotel did not have Wi-Fi
  • A few guests found the beds too firm
  • The staff received mixed reviews
Location
Situated on Mohawk College's campus, this residence houses students during the school year and offers suite-styled rooms during the summer. McMaster University is a 10-minute drive away.
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Book from ~$170 CAD
Central downtown location, indoor pool, clean and well-appointed rooms
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
Location
Surrounded by high-rise office buildings, shops and restaurants in downtown Hamilton, this Crowne Plaza is a 9-minute drive from the school.

Guests can bus directly to the school in under 25 minutes, with minimal walking and no transfers.
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Book from ~$45 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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1-min. drive from Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy, many guest concerns about the rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking and free local calls
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by a few guests
Cons
  • Many guests thought that their rooms were in need of renovations and updates
  • Many reviewers said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations
  • Several guests complained about noise disturbances from neighbouring rooms and the halls
Location
Located at the off-ramp from the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway, this Howard Johnson is in a commercial and industrial neighbourhood, just a 13-minute drive from the school.

Tips For Staying Near McMaster University

Location
Situated a 10-minute drive from downtown Hamilton, McMaster is a public university with 56 buildings throughout the campus and six faculties of study.
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Getting Around
The interior of the campus is only open to pedestrians and cyclists, making it a very walk-able campus. 

Prospective students and their parents are welcome to register for in-person campus tours. The campus walks take approximately 90 minutes and visit the main academic and residence buildings. Annual events are also available for a more open-house type visit. Virtual tours are also available on their website.

McMaster strongly supports sustainable travel and has been recognized as such by winning the Clean Air Commute challenge four years in a row. Providing advice on biking (including winter biking tips, bike parking, etc) as well as carshare and flex parking passes (available for 10 entries for $90) proves their dedication to alternative transportation.

The Chedoke Expressway (Highway 403) is a 7-minute drive from campus and the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway is an 11-minute drive away. The nearest airport is the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) at a 20-minute drive, while the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 40-minute drive away.

The school campus is serviced by the Hamilton Street Railway System (HSR), as well as GO Transit. Full-time students receive a transit pass as part of their student fees, allowing them unlimited access to the HSR system. Single-ride fares are $2.55, and the HSR also accepts fare payment via the Presto system, linked with GO Transit. More information and route schedules can be found on the HSR website. GO Transit fares vary based on distance and departing location. Fare and route information can be found on the GO Transit website.

Alternatively, directions to campus from a variety of locations are laid out on McMaster's website.
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Parking
The first 15 minutes of parking is free in all of the seven daily lots, and then fees vary from flat rates of $3 to $6. More daily rate information as well as parking maps can be found online.
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Dining
Students and guests to McMaster have plenty of options when it comes to dining on campus, from vegetarian options to a number of cafes and restaurants spread throughout the campus. Specific information on available restaurants and meal plans can be found on the school's website.
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Entertainment
The official McMaster sports teams, the Mauraders, play throughout the year. Live video or audio is available through their website and CMFU Radio, as well as ticket sales to all their home games. 

The campus-affiliated museum, The McMaster Museum of Arts, houses the most comprehensive collection of German Impressionist works in Canada, and also holds the largest attendance rating for a university-affiliated museum.
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