Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$162 CAD
Highly praised north Toronto hotel on 15 acres of parkland with outdoor pool and fine dining
Pros
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and helpful service
  • Several guests described their rooms as spacious and modern
  • Several reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway
  • The food at the on-site restaurants was praised by several guests
  • Several guests enjoyed the outdoor pool area
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • The decor is slightly dated according to some
  • Self-parking is $12 per night and valet parking is $18 per night
  • Wi-Fi costs $9.95 per 24 hours
  • Some guests complained about the extra fees
  • Some guests complained about the extra fees for Wi-Fi and parking
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Book from ~$127 CAD
Toronto-Scarborough hotel near Hwy 401 with indoor pool, waterslide, restaurant and lounge
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Courteous staff who go the extra mile, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Families enjoyed being near the Toronto zoo
  • Guests with children enjoyed the waterslide and pool at the hotel
Cons
  • Some guests had issues with noisy guests in the hallways and in adjacent rooms
  • Parking is $18 per night
  • Some guests felt the restaurant prices were expensive
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Book from ~$124 CAD
Popular Toronto-Scarborough hotel by Hwy 401 with jacuzzi suite & free: breakfast & parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot buffet breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Clean rooms with comfortable beds said guests
  • Location was handy to Hwy 401, Toronto Zoo, U of T Scarborough campus, downtown Toronto, and Scarborough Town Centre
  • Staff were friendly and helpful according to reviewers
  • Many guests enjoyed the free hot breakfast
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
Cons
  • Some found their AC units/heaters noisy
  • Some guests thought the hotel was due for a refresh
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Book from ~$137 CAD
Comfortable midtown Toronto hotel with outdoor rooftop pool, free hot breakfast & free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's breakfast was praised for its variety and quality
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • Guests thought the hotel was conveniently located near shopping, dining and public transit
Cons
  • Parking is valet-only, with limited spots, and costs $16 per day
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer
  • A few reviewers felt the hotel was overpriced
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Comfortable Toronto-Scarborough hotel with free hot breakfast and private hot tub rooms 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, car parking, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Many reviewers praised the selection of hot items at the free breakfast
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their helpful service
Cons
  • No elevator
  • A couple of guests complained that the dining area for the free breakfast was too small
  • Bus and truck parking is $15 per night
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Book from ~$115 CAD
Toronto-Scarborough hotel near 401 with well-equipped rooms, indoor pool & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were usually found to be clean and well equipped with comfortable beds
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to online surveys
  • Several guests enjoyed the free hot breakfast
  • Location was convenient to Hwy 401, restaurants, shopping and the zoo
  • Guests found staff pleasant and helpful
Cons
  • Very occasionally guests complained of noise from hallways
  • Some complained of dated decor, although the hotel is currently renovating
  • Some found the breakfast lacklustre
  • Some recent guests said their rooms were dirty
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Book from ~$218 CAD
Well-liked Markham hotel with kitchenette suites, indoor pool and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their units as clean and spacious
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating and friendly service
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the in-suite kitchens to be well equipped with appliances
  • Many reviewers liked the free breakfast, with a very good selection of hot and cold items
  • 10-minute walk to wide selection of eateries
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained that the guest bathrooms were small
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Book from ~$181 CAD
Highly praised Toronto-Ajax hotel near Hwy 401 with indoor pool, restaurant & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests praised the staff and customer service at this hotel
  • Several reviewers were pleased with their rooms, describing them as clean and quiet
  • The location was described as close to restaurants, shopping, and Highway 401 by many
  • Many guests were pleased with their rooms and comfortable beds
  • Some guests reported a strong Wi-Fi signal
Cons
  • A couple of guests were disappointed the on-site restaurant closed at 10pm
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Book from ~$195 CAD
Toronto-Richmond Hill hotel with indoor pool, jacuzzi & kitchenette suites & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired internet, breakfast, parking
  • Guests found the location convenient to the highway and amenities
  • Rooms were clean and spacious, according to several guests
  • Breakfast was ample and had a good selection, according to several guests
  • Several guests praised the staff and service
  • Some guests felt the hotel was a good value
  • The beds were comfortable, according to some guests
Cons
  • Some guests, specifically those travelling with children, felt the pool was too small
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Uptown Toronto hotel in a converted mansion with modernized rooms and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's reasonable and fair rates
  • Numerous lodgers enjoyed their clean and updated rooms
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to public transit and downtown
Cons
  • On-site parking fee of $17 per day
  • Some guests complained about the quality and lack of variety of the free breakfast
  • Some guests said the area surrounding the hotel is sketchy
  • Guests complained of common areas needing upgrading and musty smells

6 Other Hotels Close to Toronto Zoo

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Book from ~$96 CAD
Older Scarborough hotel with basic rooms and free parking but many guest complaints
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Close to restaurants and the 401, according to guests
  • Guests thought this hotel was affordably priced
Cons
  • Many guests described dirty and run down conditions
  • Aging decor, according to guests
  • A few guests thought the rooms were small
  • Guests complained of foul odours in the hotel and rooms
  • A few guests said the area around the hotel was sketchy
Getting Around
This hotel is a 12-minute drive or taxi ride from the zoo. On weekdays, it can be reached by TTC route 86a which is a 14-minute ride to the zoo, and the nearest bus stop is a 3-minute walk from the hotel. 
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Book from ~$116 CAD
Friendly staff, clean rooms, close to the 401, free parking, and free Internet
Pros
  • The staff were often described as "friendly" and/or "helpful"
  • Guests commonly described their rooms as comfortable or clean
  • Some guests liked the hotel's close proximity to the 401
  • Free Internet, free breakfast, free local calls, and free parking
Cons
  • Multiple guests were inconvenienced by the fact that the hotel had no elevator
  • Some guests complained about the smell of cigarette smoke at the hotel
  • Some guests disliked the breakfast and stated the seating area was small
Getting Around
This hotel is a 9-minute drive or taxi ride from the zoo. 
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Book from ~$91 CAD
Downtown Scarborough campus with indoor pool, free breakfast and well-equipped rooms
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in lobby (not rooms), wired Internet, breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's economical and inexpensive rates
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to restaurants and the Toronto Zoo
  • Several travellers enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • Parking is $5 per day
  • Some guests complained about the lack of Wi-Fi (only wired is available in the rooms)
Getting Around
This hotel is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride from the zoo. 
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Book from ~$88 CAD
Older Toronto-Scarborough budget hotel near the 401 with indoor pool and many complaints
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot buffet breakfast, free parking
  • Good customer service, according to guests
  • Attractive price point, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests complained of odours in their rooms
  • A few guests commented on aging decor
  • Some guests had trouble regulating the temperature in their rooms
  • A few guests complained of being given rooms and beds not cleaned from previous guests
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Book from ~$67 CAD
Budget hotel in Toronto-Scarborough with indoor pool and free breakfast but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Several guests found the rooms comfortable
  • Many guests liked that their rooms had fridges and/or microwaves
  • Guests seemed to like the location for being near to public transit and in a quiet area
  • Guests found the indoor pool, hot tub and free parking to be value added features of this hotel
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Many guests said the hotel was dated or in need of upgrades
  • Guest opinion was mixed regarding staff
  • Guests were mixed about value for price
  • Service and attention to detail was lacking according to a few guests
  • Guests provided mixed reviews over the cleanliness of this hotel
  • Guests gave mixed reviews concerning the free breakfast
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Book from ~$100 CAD
Ajax motel near Hwy 401 and Go Train with indoor pool, free breakfast and free parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the staff and customer service they received
  • The rooms were described as clean and spacious by many
  • Several reviewers felt the hotel was a good value
Cons
  • A few guests were dissatisfied with the free breakfast

Tips For Staying Near Toronto Zoo

Location
The Toronto Zoo is located in Scarborough, Ontario and is an approximate 20-minute drive from the city of Toronto. 

The area surrounding the zoo is mainly the park space and ravines belonging to Rouge Park and some residential suburbs.
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Entertainment
In addition to animal-watching at the zoo, there are also children's rides and special events held seasonally. 
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Parking
There is one parking lot at the zoo and a parking day pass costs $10. Patrons may not exit the parking lot without having purchased a parking pass. 

Parking passes can be purchased at the main entrance admission gates, however, guests to the zoo are encouraged to pre-pay for a parking pass online when booking zoo tickets in order to quickly and efficiently park when entering the zoo parking lot.
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Getting Around: Driving
The driving times to access any of the hotels listed below range from around 12 to 15 minutes and many of the routes involve accessing the 401 Highway.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
There are two bus routes that access the zoo from three main subway and GO Transit Stations. The schedules for these routes vary depending on day and season and full details can be found on the zoo's website.

Out of the hotels listed below, only three have a straightforward public transit route to the zoo. Each route is listed under the applicable hotel and it should be noted that the straightforward routes are only available on weekdays.
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Getting Around
There are several taxi companies in Toronto, with Beck Taxi being a popular option. Rates to travel to and from the zoo from the hotels listed below may vary, however, the approximate price will be between $17 and $30.

Since public transit service to the zoo is limited and may not be available from your hotel, guests without vehicle access may prefer the taxi. The price may seem a bit high, but you also save the $10 on the parking day pass!
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Dining
The zoo has one restaurant and two cafes as well as several snack bars and quick take-out options, such as Beavertails and Pizza Pizza. A full list of all available dining options at the zoo as well as operating hours can be found on the Toronto Zoo's website.

The zoo also has picnic areas spread throughout the site, and visitors are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. However, please be aware that straws are not allowed on zoo grounds, as they pose a safety hazard for the animals, including the Canadian Geese that inhabit the zoo cage-free (and may be in your picnic area).
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Money-saving
Yearly or two-year memberships can be purchased, which will save money for those intending on visiting the zoo more than two or four times per year, depending on the type of pass purchased.

A yearly parking pass can also be purchased, which will save money for those visiting the zoo at least five times per year. Full information on memberships can be found on the Toronto Zoo's website.

For those who intend on visiting other major attractions in Toronto, the CityPass may be a suitable money-saving option.

Finally, although there are plenty of dining options available at the zoo, expect to pay significantly more than you would eating off site. You may opt to bring your own snacks or picnic to save money.
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