Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$211 CAD
Hospitable downtown Toronto hotel with indoor pool, restaurants and cozy jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free welcome cookies
  • Many guests enjoyed clean rooms and comfortable beds
  • Staff were professional and very friendly
  • Guests enjoyed dining at both restaurants on site
  • Location was very convenient to public transit, Greyhound bus, restaurant, shopping and entertainment
  • Wi-Fi rated very good by guests
Cons
  • Underground self-parking is $35 per day
  • Some complained of limited and tight parking
  • Some guests found their rooms small
  • A few said the restaurant and breakfast was pricey
This hotel is only a 4-minute walk from Nathan Phillips Square.
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Book from ~$232 CAD
Very well-liked downtown Toronto all-suite hotel with free Wi-Fi and on-site dining
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Numerous guests liked the shopping options near the hotel and Eaton Centre was mentioned frequently
  • Several guests thought that the staff were very helpful
  • Numerous guests liked the layout of their suites
  • Many guests liked the rooftop hot tub and exercise facilities
Cons
  • Some guests felt that the hotel was a little dated
  • Occasionally a guest complained about paying for parking
  • Breakfast not included in all room types
  • Parking is $27 per night
This well liked hotel is 7 minutes' walk from the outdoor event space.
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Book from ~$464 CAD
Popular downtown Toronto all-suite hotel with kitchenettes, private hot tubs & indoor pool
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Guests were impressed with the suites for cleanliness, amenities and style
  • Location was excellent in walking distance of restaurants, shops, attractions and right next to the subway
  • Many thought it was great value for the dollar
  • Staff were welcoming and professional said guests
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site and the hotel's friendly bar
Cons
  • Valet parking is available for $45 overnight till 11 am
This hotel is a 10-minute walk from the urban plaza.
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Book from ~$408 CAD
Clean and cozy downtown Toronto hotel near Eaton Centre with modern decor and restaurant 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in business rooms and on guest computers in the lobby
  • Many guests found the rooms modern and attractive
  • Many reviewers found the hotel conveniently located for walking to downtown attractions, restaurants, and shopping
  • Guests found the staff kind and accommodating
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few reviewers found the beds comfortable
Cons
  • A couple of guests were disappointed about paying additional fees for Wi-Fi ($8.95 per 24 hours in most rooms)
  • Underground parking is $19 per night
  • Some guests found their rooms uncomfortably small and with air conditioning fan blowing directly on them while they slept
  • Some guests were disturbed by noise from traffic, AC units and from noise that transferred from other rooms
This hotel is a 10-minute walk from the square.
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Book from ~$400 CAD
Highly praised downtown Toronto boutique hotel with luxurious rooms, spa & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, all-day coffee, bottled water, local calls, newspapers
  • Guests raved over the Hästens handmade beds in their rooms, the soaker tubs with bath salts and other attention to detail
  • Location was handy to transit, shopping and restaurants
  • Guests often found the staff very helpful and friendly
  • George Restaurant was nothing short of amazing for numerous guests
  • Many thought the hotel was worth every penny spent
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent in online surveys
Cons
  • Some found the parking lot across the street expensive, about $30 per day
  • A few recent guests found the free breakfast lacking
  • Some guests noticed homeless people in the area
This boutique hotel is an 11-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$307 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel with adults-only pool, family pool with waterslide and Kids Centre
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found their rooms to be clean and comfortable
  • Many guests liked this hotel's downtown location for its convenience to shopping, dining and transit
  • Some guests enjoyed meals at on site eateries and lounges
  • Staff friendly and helpful, according to many guests
  • Many guests liked the renovations to lobby and restaurants
  • Hotel caters to families with Teen Lounge and Kids Centre (supervised child care with activities)
  • Guests can request mini-fridge and bathrobes at front desk
Cons
  • Self-parking costs $16 for 12 hours, $29/ 24 hrs and $39 for valet parking
  • Many guest complaints about tired rooms, bathrooms and hallways
  • A few guests encountered not overly pleasant staff
  • There were mixed reviews about value
The Chelsea is 11 minutes on foot from the square.
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Book from ~$241 CAD
Highly praised classic luxury hotel in downtown Toronto with high quality rooms and dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Location ideal to downtown attractions, restaurants, shopping and public transit
  • Great stylish, spacious and comfortable rooms said guests
  • Professional, friendly and helpful service from staff
  • Guests enjoyed good dining on site
Cons
  • In-room Wi-Fi costs $14.95 or $19.95 per 24 hours
  • Valet parking is $45 per day
  • No swimming pool on site
  • Restaurant a little pricey according to a few guests
The Omni King Edward is a 12-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$168 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel offers suites with kitchenettes, day spa, restaurant and wine bar
Pros
  • Location was convenient for transit, restaurants and attractions
  • Rooms were usually described as spacious with comfortable beds
  • Staff were usually described as friendly and accommodating
  • Wi-Fi rated as very good by guests overall
  • Some guests enjoyed meals at the restaurant
Cons
  • Amenity fee charged at 6% to cover Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, local calls, bathrobes, newspapers and the use of fitness room
  • Valet parking is $40 per night
  • Some guests disturbed by unexpected amenity fee and large deposit placed on visa cards
  • Some found rooms not well cleaned and maintained
  • Some complained of noise from the street
  • Not 4-star quality according to guests
  • Small rooms according to some reviewers
  • Parking was limited according to some guests
  • Hot tub use part of spa and required an extra charge said guests
Guests can walk to the plaza in 12 minutes from this hotel.
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Book from ~$170 CAD
Stylish boutique hotel in a prime downtown Toronto location with comfy beds and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests liked the central downtown location close to shops, restaurants and transit
  • Many guests said the rooms were clean and nicely decorated
  • Staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests
  • Many guests thought the beds were comfortable
  • Several guests praised the food and service at the on-site restaurant
  • A few guests thought the hotel offered good value
Cons
  • Parking is available off site in a public lot for about $14 per day
  • Some guests said their rooms were small
  • A few guests were disturbed by street noise
  • A few guests complained that their rooms had no view
It will take 12 minutes to walk to the outdoor event space from this hotel.
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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
The Fairmont is 13 minutes from the plaza.

7 Other Hotels Close to Nathan Phillips Square

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$150 CAD
Well-liked downtown Toronto hotel with a year round indoor-outdoor pool, restaurant & spa
Pros
  • The hotel was praised for its downtown locale and proximity to public transit
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Ample on-site recreation: indoor hot tub, indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, fitness facilities
  • On-site restaurant with room service
Cons
  • Parking is valet only, costs $50 daily
  • Wi-Fi costs $16 per 24 hours, or $7.95 for wired Internet per day
  • A few guests reported noise transfer
  • A few guests complained about the added fees and restaurant prices
Getting Around
This hotel is located across the street from Nathan Phillips Square and is a 1-minute walk away. This hotel directly accesses the underground PATH.
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Book from ~$236 CAD
Well-liked downtown Toronto hotel with comfortable rooms, dining, indoor and outdoor pools
Pros
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their professional and attentive service
  • Several travellers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • Many guests praised the hotel's central location close to all downtown amenities
  • Several guests enjoyed meals prepared by the hotel
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is $15 per 24 hours
  • Valet parking is $40 per night, but self parking is available at a nearby public lot
  • Noise transfer was mentioned by a few lodgers
Getting Around
This hotel is a 5-minute walk from Nathan Phillips Square and on the route, you will pass Osgoode Hall. The Hilton has a direct connection to the underground PATH.
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Book from ~$324 CAD
Highly praised luxury hotel in downtown Toronto with infinity pool, spa and fine dining
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free pet stays
  • Many guests described their rooms and the hotel in general and classy and luxurious
  • Many reviewers found their rooms well-equipped with high-end amenities
  • Several guests found their beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the city on foot
  • Many guests felt they received outstanding service at this hotel
  • Many guests were very pleased with the hotel's fine dining
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the room and food prices were expensive
  • Valet parking is $50 per night
Getting Around
This hotel is 5 minutes from Nathan Phillips Square on foot.

It does not directly access the PATH, however, the PATH is accessible nearby.
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Book from ~$315 CAD
Luxury downtown Toronto hotel highly praised for its amenities, fine dining and service
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's downtown locale
  • The hotel's rooms were deemed luxurious and spacious by many reviewers
  • Several guests complimented the staff's friendly and attentive service
Cons
  • A few guests were disappointed with the price and portion size at the hotel's restaurant
  • Parking is valet only for $48 per night
Getting Around
This hotel is a 6- minute walk from Nathan Phillips Square, and on the walk you will pass Osgoode Hall.

It does not directly connect to the PATH, however, it can be accessed across the street from this hotel.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$241 CAD
Well-liked downtown Toronto hotel near Eaton Centre with indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their helpful service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Several reviewers found the beds comfortable
Cons
  • Self-parking costs $35 per day, valet costs $43 per day
  • Wi-Fi and wired Internet costs $11 per 24 hours
Getting Around
This hotel is a 3-minute walk from the north end of Nathan Phillips Square. 

The hotel connects to the underground PATH via Bell Trinity Square, however, the path to Nathan Phillips Square will take longer than walking on ground level.
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Book from ~$100 CAD
Good value downtown Toronto hotel near subway with jazz bar and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free toast/coffee
  • Many reviewers praised the friendly and attentive staff
  • Several guests enjoyed their clean and functional rooms
  • The hotel's downtown location was praised for its proximity to restaurants, shopping and public transit
  • Several guests praised the rates as affordable and felt the hotel offered good value
Cons
  • No on-site parking, no elevator
  • Noise disturbances were reported by some guests
  • A few guests found their rooms to be small, with no telephones
Getting Around
This hotel is 6 minutes on foot from Nathan Phillips Square on a straightforward route along Queen Street. On the walking route, you will pass Osgoode Hall and the Campbell House Museum. 

This hotel does not access the underground PATH.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$138 CAD
Cozy boutique hotel in downtown Toronto with kitchenette suites, restaurant and spa 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Several guests liked the hotel's downtown location which was close to Massey Hall
  • Guests interested in shopping mentioned that Eaton Centre was near the hotel
  • Many guests liked that their suites had kitchens
  • Guests enjoyed the staff of this hotel
Cons
  • Valet-only parking is $40 plus taxes per night
  • Some guests thought the hotel was a bit dated
Getting Around
This hotel is a 7-minute walk from Nathan Phillips Square and on the route you will pass the Toronto Eaton Centre. 

The hotel does not directly access the underground PATH, however, it is accessible via the Eaton Centre, which is across the street from the hotel.

Tips For Staying Near Nathan Phillips Square

Location
Nathan Philips Square is located in downtown Toronto and is closest to the main intersection of Queen Street and Bay Street. 

The area surrounding this urban plaza consists of shops, restaurants, condos, office buildings and other downtown landmarks, such as City Hall, which is on the north side of Nathan Phillips Square, as well as the Toronto Eaton Centre and Osgoode Hall.
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Parking
There is an underground parking garage at Nathan Phillips Square with a capacity of approximately 2,087 vehicles. There are two entrances for this lot, located on Queen Street and Bay Street.

The rates for this lot are $2.50 per half hour to a daily maximum of $15 on weekdays and $6 on evenings and weekends. Full parking rate information can be found on the Green P website.
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Getting Around: Walking
All of the hotels listed below are within a 10-minute walk of Nathan Phillips Square. 

The underground PATH walking system that runs throughout downtown Toronto runs underneath Nathan Phillips Square, however, the closest points of access are via City Hall and the Sheraton Centre Hotel, which are both a 1-minute walk away.

Out of the hotels listed below, five directly access the PATH and five do not. Details are given under each hotel. A full map of the underground PATH can be found on the City of Toronto website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit will likely not be necessary to access any of the hotels below, however, may be useful for traveling around the city. The nearest points of access for public transit from Nathan Phillips Square are:

  • Queen St. W. at Bay St.: 501 Queen and 502 Downtowner streetcars and 301 Queen bus, a 2-minute walk away.
  • Bay Street at Queen Street West: 6 Bay south bus, a 1-minute walk away.
  • Osgoode Subway Station, a 4-minute walk away.
The regular one-way fare on TTC routes is $3. Full fare information and schedules can be found on the Toronto Transit Commission website.
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Dining
There is currently no restaurant on the Nathan Phillips Square grounds, however, there are plans to open one on the southwest corner and the project is expected to be completed sometime in 2014. Information on the restaurant plans can be found on the City of Toronto website.

There are many nearby dining options within a 5- to 10-minute walk, including dine-in and take-out options. 

Nathan Phillips Square has become a designated spot in the city for food trucks and you will find standard hot dog trucks as well as many of Toronto's new food truck businesses parked in and around the square. These trucks are usually present for events at the square and during the summer months.
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Entertainment
Many city special events are held at Nathan Phillips Square, including the 'Cavalcade of Lights' in November and music festivals in the summer. Farmers markets are also held here in the summer, and the square is home to a very popular public skating rink in the winter.

The square is currently undergoing a revitalization, due to be completed in 2014, which will include a restaurant, a new skate pavilion and theatre stage and an expanded Peace Garden. Full details on the Nathan Phillips Square revitalization project can be found on the City of Toronto website.
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