There's lots of fancy hotels in this area, and that's no wonder because Yorkville is home to some pretty swanky stores! The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is actually located at the edge of the Annex district which borders Yorkville, and the Annex district typically has a much different vibe, which emanates from the University of Toronto and the interests of those who both teach and attend there.

I left the 5 stars and expensive 4 star hotels out of my picks, mostly due to price. You could pretty much close your eyes and point to any of them, in order to make a successful choice and have a great hotel experience, but not everybody can afford to pay over $400 per night for a hotel room. I also left out places that have lower than a 7/10 rating (as I typically do).

Instead, I did my research to help the average guest seeking good and reasonably-priced accommodation from the competitive marketplace. I chose based upon overall value for the price, and customer satisfaction based upon online reviews. These picks are the best I could find that are still within walking distance of the museum. Enjoy!


Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$218 CAD
Highly praised Toronto-Yorkville hotel with indoor lap pool, Vodka bar and popular dining
  • Many found the rooms very clean and comfortable
  • The staff made the stay for many guests with their attentive and friendly, yet professional service
  • Location was ideal to the ROM, the subway, great shopping and good restaurants
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Guests often enjoyed the facilities on site
  • Standard Wi-Fi is $9.95 and premium is $12.95 per 24 hour period (for non-members)
  • Self-parking is $25 and valet parking is $39 per night
  • Some guests thought that the pool was small
  • A few thought the rooms were a little dated
Technically located in the Annex district, you can reach the ROM on foot from this hotel in a couple of minutes. It's advertised as a 4 star luxury boutique hotel, with award-winning restaurant and rooftop patio lounge, lap pool and well-equipped fitness centre. Rates online on the day I compared were quite reasonable for this area ($187). Guests enjoyed its location for being close to top stores, Yonge St. and downtown. Reviewers also praised their friendly staff, nice rooms and comfortable beds and gave the hotel a high score average of 8.9/10. Wi-Fi costs vary depending on usage with the daily rate at $11, and self-parking is $25 while valet parking will cost you $35. The hotel currently offers promotions for those attending the ROM.
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Book from ~$231 CAD
Convenient and comfortable Toronto uptown hotel near subway, shopping and restaurants
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in lobby, newspapers
  • Many guests loved the location with handy indoor access to restaurants, shopping and the subway
  • Guests found the rooms clean, spacious and comfortable
  • Guests enjoyed breakfast and dining on site
  • Staff were well liked, courteous and very helpful
  • Wi-Fi costs $13.60 + tax per 24 hours
  • Valet parking is $35 per night
  • Wi-Fi received low scores in online guest surveys
  • Some considered the rooms a little dated
  • Some guests reported high prices at the restaurant on site
Located east of Yonge, and close to Yorkville, guests liked this hotel's location for being close to transit, shopping and restaurants. They said the rooms were spacious and clean with comfy beds, and the staff were professional and friendly. Although there's no pool here, they do have a gym and sauna, plus restaurant. Wi-Fi is an extra $13.60 per 24 hrs (but free in the lobby) and parking costs $39.55 with tax with a 6 foot clearance to the underground parkade. (Some people had trouble finding their way back to the hotel from the parkade, but nobody got permanently lost!) The ROM is 11 minutes away on foot from the Marriott.
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Book from ~$151 CAD
Good value downtown Toronto hotel near subway with free Wi-Fi and restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to downtown and public transit
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and knowledgeable service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms
  • A few guests reported dated decor and noise transfer
  • The hotel's added parking and breakfast fees were disappointing to a few lodgers
  • Parking costs $22 a day
This was the cheapest hotel on the day I compared that still had good guest ratings (7.5/10). Wi-Fi is included in the room rate, although the underground parking which is connected to the hotel is an extra $22. Some rooms are renovated and I think this factor may be significant when booking. They have an on-site restaurant and lounge, plus a small fitness room. Guests seemed to think it offered good value with very clean rooms and pleasant staff, in a good location, close to the subway in the Annex district. The ROM is reachable on foot in 7 minutes from here and they offer a promotion for ROM goers.
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Book from ~$398 CAD
Good value downtown Toronto hotel near subway with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, business centre printing, guest laundry use, newspapers
  • Rooms were renovated and clean with comfy beds
  • Staff were friendly and attentive said guests
  • Location very convenient to subway, restaurants and downtown attractions
  • Some mentioned excellent breakfast at Bistro restaurant on site
  • Wi-Fi rated as very good by guests
  • Valet parking is $35 per day
  • Noise transfer was mentioned by a few guests
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Book from ~$133 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel with well-liked location offers indoor pool, restaurant and lounge
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Rooms were clean and well equipped said guests
  • Location was convenient to dining, shopping, groceries and public transit
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good by guests on online surveys
  • Staff were pleasant and efficient according to guests
  • Parking is underground and costs $28 per night
  • Guests often complained of small rooms and bathrooms
  • Noise transferred from the hallway, neighbouring rooms and from traffic outside
  • Some had difficulties with the Wi-Fi
  • Some felt the hotel and rooms were tired and in need of updates
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Book from ~$408 CAD
Clean and cozy downtown Toronto hotel near Eaton Centre with modern decor and restaurant 
  • 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
  • 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
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Book from ~$307 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel with adults-only pool, family pool with waterslide and Kids Centre
  • 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
  • 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
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Book from ~$211 CAD
Hospitable downtown Toronto hotel with indoor pool, restaurants and cozy jacuzzi suites
  • 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
  • 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
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Downtown Toronto hotel with well-equipped rooms, restaurants, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi, free morning shuttle
  • The hotel's location was praised for its downtown locale
  • Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • Valet-only parking for $37.16 plus tax
  • A few guests complained about the valet-only parking being expensive
  • The hotel's surrounding area was described as sketchy by a few lodgers
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Downtown Toronto hotel near Eaton Centre with spacious rooms, indoor pool and restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the rooms comfortable, clean and surprisingly spacious
  • Location was convenient to Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, public transit, restaurants
  • Guests rated Wi-Fi as good overall in reviews
  • Guests usually liked the staff and found them helpful
  • Many guests said they would return
  • Underground parking is $28 overnight
  • Some guests found the rooms dated
  • No mini-fridge in standard rooms a disappointment for some
  • Elevators slow and small, according to guests

7 Other Hotels Close to Royal Ontario Museum

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Book from ~$230 CAD
Popular Toronto-Yorkville luxury hotel with rooftop lounge, restaurant and spa
  • Free Wi-Fi and free area shuttle
  • Several guests liked the hotel's restaurant and/or rooftop lounge
  • Numerous guests felt that the staff provided exceptional service
  • Many guests enjoy the location close to high-end shopping and restaurants
  • Parking is valet only and costs $47 per night
  • Some rooms are dated, according to guests
Directly across the street from the museum, the high-end Park Hyatt is less than a 1-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$397 CAD
Luxury boutique Toronto-Yorkville hotel with indoor pool, day spa, High Tea & fine dining
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Guests often praised the rooms for their beauty and comfort
  • Staff were attentive and welcoming said guests
  • Location was perfect, on a quiet street, but near to Bloor's restaurants, shops and subway stop
  • Many enjoyed meals on site
  • The pool and other facilities were well liked
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests online
  • Valet parking is $30 per day or $45 for overnight
  • A few guests complained that there was no lobby seating
Located on the edge of Yorkville, the upscale Windsor Arms is a 5-minute walk from the ROM.
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Book from ~$395 CAD
Luxury Toronto-Yorkville hotel with private balconies, indoor pool, day spa and fine dining
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Rooms were designer modern, spacious with comfortable beds and high-end amenities
  • Staff exceptional according to many guests
  • Guests enjoyed the pool and fitness facilities on site
  • Many found the dining and breakfast delicious
  • Location perfect for walking in Yorkville to shops, restaurants, galleries
  • Mandatory property facility fee $12 daily includes local calls, in-room coffee, tea and cold drinks, house car service, business centre, pool and fitness centre, newspapers
  • Valet parking costs $40 overnight
  • Some guests complained about the desk staff trying to upsell them at check-in time
  • Some felt breakfast was overpriced
  • Poor views from some rooms a disappointment at times
  • Wi-Fi speed slow according to a few guests
The highly-rated luxury Hazelton Hotel in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood is a 4-minute walk from the ROM.
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Book from ~$495 CAD
Luxury hotel in Toronto's Yorkville district with elegant rooms, day spa and fine dining
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, shoe shine, newspapers
  • Beautifully designed and well appointed rooms said guests
  • Many guests enjoyed spa services on site
  • Location excellent for shopping, dining and near public transit
  • Staff and service excellent according to guests
  • Dining on site was highly praised by guests
  • Valet-only parking is $50 for overnight including tax
  • A few guests had issues with slow Wi-Fi
  • Some felt spa, parking or room rates were expensive
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Fully furnished apartment units in an older building in downtown Toronto with rooftop patio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Some guests described their rooms as clean
  • Some reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Some guests found their units well-equipped with amenities
  • Some guests described dated furnishings in their units
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Book from ~$110 CAD
Well-liked downtown Toronto hotel near subway and restaurants, with clean rooms & free Wi-Fi 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to shopping and public transit
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and helpful service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Guests appreciated this hotel for the good value it offered
  • Parking is $21 per day
  • A few guests reported dated decor
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few travellers
  • A couple of guests said the bathrooms were quite small
Just off of Yonge Street and steps from shopping, the Comfort Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the museum.
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Book from ~$119 CAD
Victorian Manor boutique hotel in Toronto's Annex with basic rooms and six popular pubs
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, $12 coupon for restaurant
  • Several guests felt as though the hotel offered competitive room rates
  • Guests typically thought that their rooms were clean
  • Guests liked the location for its proximity to transit and restaurants
  • Parking is $18 per night and limited
  • No elevator
  • Numerous guests thought that this hotel lacked peace and quiet
  • Some guests found the staff to be unhelpful
  • Several guests thought the breakfast was too basic
Located in the Annex district, the Madison Manor is similar to a bed & breakfast style hotel with basic accommodation and has an adjoining pub called the Madison Avenue Pub, which is popular with the university crowd. It's an 11-minute walk from the museum.

Tips For Staying Near Royal Ontario Museum

One of North America's largest, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is located near to Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood at the corner of Bloor St. W and Queen's Park. It is surrounded by both posh and casual restaurants and shops and sits among a cluster of museums and art galleries.

General admission is $16 for adults, although the featured exhibit requires an additional amount, which changes depending on the exhibit. Seniors and students pay $14.50 for general admission with ID, while children aged 4 to 14 pay $13. Group rates are also available by visiting their website.

Regular operating hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm, except Fridays, when the museum is open until 6:30 pm. The museum may also have extended hours for special events or during certain times of the year. The ROM is closed on Christmas Day.
Getting Around
As the museum is centrally located, getting around by car can require an act of patience due to the high amounts of traffic in the downtown area of Toronto. There are a number of TTC subway locations nearby, such as the Museum Station, which is within a 1-minute walk of the ROM. The museum is also within a 15-minute walk of all of the hotels listed below. 

The Toronto Transit Commission operates service throughout the city of Toronto for a single-ride fare of $3. An unlimited-use day pass for one adult on weekdays can be purchased for $10.75. The same pass is valid for two adults and up to four children on weekends. For more fare and route information, visit their website.

Two of the city's main arteries, the Gardiner Expressway serving east and westbound traffic, and the Don Valley Parkway serving north and southbound traffic, are about 10 minutes' drive from the ROM. Highway 401 is approximately 20 minutes north of the city by car.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is approximately 30 minutes away, depending on traffic.
A parking garage is available at 9 Bedford Road, just a 4-minute walk from the museum, and discounted parking vouchers are provided for guests staying over 3 hours. Rates are $11 during the day and $5 at night with the voucher, weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday and holiday parking is $6 and no voucher is provided.

An alternate, pay-by-kiosk lot is available at 37 Yorkville Avenue, a 10-minute walk away. 
Druxy's ROM Cafe offers all the regular Druxy's menu options, as well as a special ROM menu including pizzas, hamburgers plus other grilled and hot items.

A number of fine dining and fast food restaurants are within a 5-minute walk of the museum.
At the ROM there are a number of rotating exhibits and activities, for people of all ages and interest groups, throughout the year. For an up-to-date listing of what's available, visit their event calendar and don't forget to check out their current exhibitions and galleries to see what's new!

Friday Night Live at the ROM is a club-like experience for a strictly 19+ crowd that runs throughout the fall months. Admission is $12 and features DJs, art exhibits and admission to stroll around the museum, drink in hand. The museum's hours are extended for this event.

The ROM offers free walking tours of Toronto called ROMwalks, bus tours involving day trips in Toronto and surrounding areas called ROMbus, plus world culture and natural history tours called ROMtravel. Click here for more information on these offers.
The museum always has a lot going on, so the ROM provides a downloadable visitor's guide so that you can plan ahead for your visit.
The CityPass offers exclusive access to Toronto's top attractions in one express ticket. The pass costs $60.89 + tax for adults and $36.14 + tax for children. The pass grants access to the ROM, The CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre. To purchase online, or for more information, visit the CityPass website.
Other Tips
The ROM offers special event packages for those wishing to host a private party among the priceless collections in the museum, and passes for bridal parties looking for a fabulous backdrop for wedding pictures. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.