Editor's Top 2 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$147 
Popular downtown Kingston hotel on harbour with beautiful views, indoor pool & restaurant 
The Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel is in a prime location, right at the harbour’s edge with beautiful views, trails and green space nearby. It's a short walk to the city centre, shopping and restaurants. Recent guests have highlighted delicious breakfasts and meals at the Aqua Terra restaurant, friendly and attentive staff, beautifully renovated rooms, fast Wi-Fi, and stunning views. 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, bottled water, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed, with comfortable beds (some with great views)
  • Location was perfect, on the waterfront boardwalk and an easy walk to downtown restaurants
  • Staff were professional, very helpful and friendly
  • Guests enjoyed the restaurant’s delicious food
  • Many wanted to return to the hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $21 per night
  • Some said parking was tight and limited with small spaces
  • Some complained of a slow elevator
Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$179 
Highly praised Kingston hotel on harbour with kitchenettes, indoor pool & free breakfast 
Right on the waterfront, this well-managed hotel offers scenic views of Lake Ontario and easy access to the waterfront pathway. Guests like the cleanliness of this hotel, along with extras not usually associated with downtown hotels--free hot breakfast, all day coffee and refreshments at evening socials 3 times per week. All rooms have a kitchenette with stove top (or full kitchen) offering the opportunity to save on dining out.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, coffee station, evening socials 3x/week
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location central to shops, restaurants, attractions with scenic waterfront views
  • Staff were very friendly, courteous and helpful
  • Free hot breakfast offered a good selection
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Parking is $21 per night

1 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Kingston

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$139 
Well-liked downtown Kingston hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, and pet-friendly rooms
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, coffee and cookies in the lobby, local calls, bottled water
  • Many found clean rooms with very comfortable beds
  • Prime downtown location, close to restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Staff professional and helpful said guests
  • Hotel restaurant very well liked by guests
  • Many happy to have secure underground parking
Cons
  • Underground parking is $16 per night
  • Some guests felt the rooms needed a facelift and were a little tired
  • Some felt the hotel was expensive (with no free breakfast and parking)

Tips For Staying In Downtown Kingston

Why Pay a Premium to Stay in Downtown Kingston?

Convenient Waterfront Location

If you’re visiting downtown Kingston, whether for business or pleasure, you can’t beat the convenience of its downtown hotels. Every destination in downtown Kingston can be reached from any of its hotels within a 20-minute walk, so you can park at your hotel and explore on foot, avoiding the hassle of traffic and the hunt for a good area parking space.

Each downtown hotel also offers easy access to public transit, although the one-way (eastbound) traffic along Princess Street means that you may have to walk a block or two both to catch the correct bus and to reach your destination.

All of the hotels in downtown Kingston are located along the waterfront, either right on the lakeshore or, in the case of the Four Points, about two blocks offshore. Each of these hotels offers easy access to waterfront attractions, including the Waterfront Pathway (Rideau Trail), 1,000 Island Cruises and the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal, as well as the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

The hotels were built around Confederation Park, and all are within a 3-minute walk of Springer Market Square, which hosts antique and farmers markets in the warmer months, and outdoor skating in the winter. The downtown core itself features boutique and big-box shops, unique and chain restaurants, nightlife and entertainment venues, plus practical businesses such as banks, grocery stores and fitness centres -- all within a 20-minute walk.

Alternatives to Downtown Kingston Hotels

Because of the central, waterfront location, downtown Kingston hotel rates are often at a premium, costing up to $100 more per night than a hotel farther from the built-up shores of Lake Ontario. A hotel outside of downtown may also be less busy and therefore, less noisy.

If you’re not sold on the spectacular views, and you don’t mind travelling into downtown, you may find better value and lower prices among our editor’s hotel picks in Kingston.
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