I looked for good value hotels in Hamilton that provide good amenities and good service.
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Editor's Top 7 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
The Admiral Inn is a good option for those who don't like to drop a lot of cash for a room. It has one of the lowest room rates in Hamilton and very good ratings from guests who have stayed. Parking, Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast are included which helps to bring the rate down even more.

It has easy access to main arteries and even Highway 403 making travelling with a car convenient. It's 5 minutes to First Ontario Centre from this hotel. If it's nice out, you could even walk to the arena from here in 20 minutes and save on parking downtown.

The clean and comfortable rooms are well-equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves which helps for eating in or heating up last night's leftovers. There's an on-site restaurant which guests online can't seem to say enough good things about and guests enjoyed meals there (try the Schnitzel), room service and the free breakfast. The staff are friendly and helpful, according to guests.

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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
Days Inn Hamilton is also a good value in my opinion. It offers a lower room rate and free amenities including Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast, local calls and newspapers. Guests enjoyed the fresh waffles and fruit offered at breakfast.

Rooms, although somewhat dated, are clean and quiet with comfortable beds and well-equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves.

The hotel is conveniently close to downtown Hamilton and a short walk to nearby restaurants and public transit. There’s no smoking and no elevator on site.

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Book from ~$182 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in southeast Hamilton with indoor pool and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Guests described their rooms as modern and beautiful
  • A few reviewers mentioned the indoor pool as a value-added feature
  • Many guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Guests said convenient location close to malls, restaurants, trails and highways
  • Many guests planned to return
Cons
  • A couple of guests expressed concerns about the design of the in-room showers
  • A couple of reviewers were disturbed by noise from their neighbours
This is another highly-rated property and well-liked boutique hotel most suitable for guests with cars, located 19 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from First Ontario Centre and downtown, with a lot of raving fans online who can't seem to say enough about this place.

Immaculately kept rooms with amenities that exceed expectations, along with imaginative decor, great pool and delicious food at the on-site restaurant raise the guest experience to a sense of heightened enjoyment. To top it all off the staff are very friendly and efficient, according to guests.

Coming out cheaper than most Hamilton hotels on the day I compared, it appears to offer excellent value, as it has a pool and restaurant on site, along with free parking, free Wi-Fi, and free extended parking (for those travelling by air and wanting to park their cars at the hotel until they return).

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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 ~$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
Editor's Picks
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

3 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Hamilton

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$92 CAD
Conveniently located near the Hamilton International Airport and budget friendly
Pros
  • Several guests liked being close to the airport
  • Many guests appreciated the cheap room rate
  • Guests typically considered their guest rooms to be clean
  • Free parking, free breakfast, free newspaper, free Internet, and free local calls
Cons
  • Guest often complained about noise and called the hotel's walls "paper thin"
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$129 CAD
Hamilton east end hotel just off the QEW offering rooms with jacuzzi and a fireplace
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's reasonable rates
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly by numerous patrons
  • The hotel's free breakfast was praised for its quality and selection
Cons
  • A few travellers found the hotel's lot difficult to access or locate
  • A few guests thought furnishings were dated
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$148 CAD
Clean rooms, friendly service, but concerns about a lack of value for the price
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • A few guests found the location convenient for accessing shopping, restaurants, and highways
  • A few reviewers specifically mentioned the in-room flat screen TVs as value-added features
Cons
  • Several guests mentioned that they were not likely to return to this hotel
  • Several reviewers thought that this hotel did not offer good value for the money they spent
  • A few guests complained about smelling cigarette smoke in the rooms and halls
  • A few reviewers described the decor as dated
  • A few guests complained about the food and selection at the free breakfast

Tips For Staying In Hamilton

Choosing A Hotel in Hamilton

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Hamilton: the mullet of the city, it's business during the day and a party at night
Westdale: inviting and cozy area with shops and some beautiful homes, an unexpected delight for many visitors


Where to Stay in Hamilton
Hamilton ("The Hammer") gets a pretty bad rap sometimes due to its eyesore of an industrial area along the shores of Lake Ontario and is often referred to as the armpit of Ontario because of this. However, Hamilton can be quite the scenic place as the Niagara Escarpment runs right through the city. Heading downtown Hamilton seems like a logical choice for most (and it is as far as hotel accommodations go) however there are much nicer areas you'll want to end up visiting. If you want to visit the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, watch a Hamilton Tiger-Cats football game or check out the nightlife at Hess Village, then sure, downtown is a good place to be, however you'll find that during the day your time may be better spent elsewhere.

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Things to do in Hamilton
If you have a day to kill I'd highly recommend checking out the Westdale area (which is slightly northwest of downtown). Westdale is a neighbourhood that surrounds McMaster University and is home to a few boutiques and pubs worth trying. Even venture onto McMaster University's campus. It's an eclectic mix of old and modern architecture housed on a relatively small and walkable campus.


A bit about Hamilton you may not know...
The cultural and geographic landscape of Hamilton is quite diverse. There is a growing art scene that continues to develop. It's a hot spot for indie film makers as the landscape ranges from highly industrialized and polluted areas, to quaint and cozy neighbourhoods to scenic walking trails. In fact, there are over 100 waterfalls and cascades along the Bruce Trail, most notably Webster Falls which is only about a 30 minute drive northwest of downtown Hamilton.


Surrounding Area
Hamilton is only about an hour drive away from downtown Niagara Falls, which is a popular weekend destination for many locals. In addition, less than 20 minutes away by car is the city of Burlington, which has some really beautiful golf courses.

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