Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~$136 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 ~$128 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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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
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Book from ~$138 CAD
Highly praised downtown Hamilton with indoor pool, kitchenettes & free light evening meals

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

6 Other Hotels Close to McMaster University

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Book from ~$97 CAD
Northwest Hamilton hotel with well-liked restaurant, free parking and free Wi-Fi
Location
Across from picturesque Dundurn Park, the Admiral Inn is an approximate 7-minute drive from the school.

Technically, guests can reach the university from this hotel by bus in about 20 minutes. However, half of that time will be spent walking, and so it may not be suitable for every guest's needs.
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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Book from ~$76 CAD
Kitchenette suites with two separate bedrooms, budget-friendly, and free breakfast
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.
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
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Central downtown location, indoor pool, clean and well-appointed rooms
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.
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 ~$50 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 ~$70 CAD
Older downtown Hamilton walk-up budget hotel with basic rooms and mixed reviews
Location
In an industrial area just outside downtown Hamilton, this Days Inn is a 10-minute drive from the school.

By bus, the university can be reached from this hotel within about 30 minutes. The route requires minimal walking and no transfers.
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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1-min. drive from Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy, many guest concerns about the rooms
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.
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

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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