Editor's Top 9 Picks

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Book from ~C$98 
Downtown Toronto hotel in Rogers Centre with field-view rooms, dining and indoor pool

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Rooms were often described as clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was appreciated for being close to downtown attractions and Union Station
  • Staff offered friendly and efficient service
  • Restaurant had good food, good beer and a good view of the field
  • Self parking is $30 and valet parking is $45 per day
  • Some found worn rooms in need of updates
  • Some guests complained of a dated and unappealing pool area
  • Some felt the hotel was overpriced
  • Noise was an issue for some from rooms that faced the stadium or train tracks
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Book from ~C$223 
Highly praised luxury boutique hotel in downtown Toronto with indoor pool and gourmet dining

  • Free amenities: local shuttle service, pet stays
  • Rooms were well appointed with comfy beds and gorgeous bathrooms
  • Location was in walking distance of main attractions, restaurants, a park and public transit
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by guest reviewers
  • Staff were well liked, accommodating and professional
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Self-parking is $35 and valet parking is $40 per night
  • Mandatory daily $11.90 + tax facility fee charged to non iPreferred members includes Wi-Fi, local calls, gym and pool use
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbance originating from outside and also inside the hotel
  • Some rooms felt a little small and lacked views according to guests
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Book from ~C$107 
Pet-friendly downtown Toronto hotel with indoor pool and suites with full kitchens

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired internet and hot breakfast
  • All suites have fully equipped kitchens
  • Many guest reviewers loved the downtown location as it was close to many attractions
  • The rooms were large, comfortable and clean according to numerous guest reviews
  • Staff received high praise in several reviews and were said to be friendly, helpful and courteous
  • Complimentary breakfast had a good selection and great food, said many guests
  • Frequently praised as good value for the money by guest reviewers
  • Guests found the parking expensive ($35/day)
  • Some reviewers complained about an insufficient quantity of food at the free breakfast when the hotel is busy
  • Some rooms had poor views, according to some guests
  • Some reviewers complained about uncomfortable sofabeds
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Book from ~C$123 
Centrally located downtown Toronto hotel with well-equipped rooms, indoor pool & restaurant

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean with comfy beds said guests
  • Guests appreciated in-room mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Location was well liked, an easy walk to restaurants, shopping, Rogers Centre and other downtown attractions
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
  • Staff were friendly and helpful said guests
  • Breakfast on site was varied, delicious and good value said guests
  • Valet parking is $47 for overnight
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbances from the nightclub next door and neighbouring rooms
  • Some were disappointed that the bar closed at 10 pm
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Book from ~C$101 
Downtown Toronto hotel in a prime location with seasonal rooftop pool and sun deck

  • Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to downtown attractions and shopping
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their accommodating and efficient service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and modern rooms
  • Wi-Fi is an extra $14.95 per day
  • Parking is an added $32 per day
  • Dated decor and small rooms were reported by a few travellers
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Book from ~C$207 
High-style, luxury boutique hotel in downtown Toronto with upscale amenities & fine dining

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, all day coffee and drinking water, newspapers, pet supplies
  • Room were spacious and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Location convenient to restaurants, theatres and attractions
  • Staff were attentive and helpful, according to guests
  • Many guests enjoyed the free breakfast and late breakfast hours
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by online guest surveys
  • Valet parking is $45 per 24 hours
  • Occasionally guests complained of poor views from their rooms
  • Some guests found the neighbourhood street and bar noise a disturbance
  • Some guests did not like the see-through glass shower
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Book from ~C$98 
Popular downtown Toronto hotel on harbourfront with rooftop pool, lake views & restaurant

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, newspapers
  • Guests found the rooms very clean, stylish and many with great views of the water or CN Tower
  • Location was well liked, an easy walk to attractions, dining, and the harbourfront
  • Guests liked the staff and found them very friendly and efficient
  • Some guests highlighted delicious meals on site for a reasonable price
  • Guests typically thought the hotel provided good value
  • Underground parking is $25 per day
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Book from ~C$144 
Good value and pet-friendly downtown Toronto hotel with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls, movie channels, newspapers
  • The staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several guests liked being near Chinatown and its restaurants
  • Many guests praised their rooms for being clean and spacious
  • Wi-Fi rated as very good in online reviews
  • Parking is $12 per day when arranged with front desk (or $19 if accessing the parkade independently)
  • Several guests thought that the free breakfast offered a limited selection
  • Some guests found the parking rates difficult to understand and the parkade hard to find
  • Some housekeeping complaints from guests
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Book from ~C$93 
Classy downtown Toronto hotel attached to Convention Centre with indoor pool & fine dining

  • Free Wi-Fi to IHG rewards members
  • Many enjoyed clean, quiet rooms with comfortable beds
  • Some guests had spectacular views of the lake and city
  • Location was ideal to the convention centre, and handy to attractions, restaurants and public transit
  • Guests spoke highly of the spa area, staff and treatments
  • Many enjoyed the pool and hot tub
  • Wi-Fi (for non-club members) daily cost is $13.95/regular and $17.95/premium
  • Valet parking is $45 per day, plus tax
  • Guests often found breakfast, room service and other meals pricey
  • Some guests thought that the hotel was expensive

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Trendy downtown Toronto boutique hotel with modern decor, restaurant, rooftop pool & lounge
Getting Around
This hotel is a 5-minute drive or taxi ride from the convention centre. 

By transit, it is about a 9-minute ride on the 511 streetcar to reach this hotel from the convention centre and the closest stop is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, pet stays, newspapers
  • Comfortable, clean and modern rooms, said many guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
  • Guests enjoyed meals at the Lobby Bar, Thompson Diner and Colette dining room
  • Rooftop pool and lounge offered great views and ambiance said guests
  • Staff friendly and helpful said guests
  • Location was convenient to restaurants and bars on King Street, Rogers Centre and public transit
  • Valet parking is $45 and self-parking is $30 per night, plus tax
  • Guests were often disappointed to not have access to the rooftop pool and lounge, due to it being rented out to a group
  • Loud music from the nightclub on site a disturbance to guests
  • Some felt the hotel lacked the polish of a true luxury hotel
  • In-room furniture looked nice but not very functional said some guests
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Book from ~C$157 
Highly praised and hip Toronto-Queen West boutique hotel with live entertainment and dining
Getting Around
This hotel is a 6-minute drive or taxi ride from the convention centre. Guests can take catch the 511 streetcar and transfer to the 501 at Queen and Bathurst to get to the Drake. It will take about 30 minutes' travel time.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described this hotel as charming and stylish
  • The food at the on-site restaurants was frequently praised
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive service
  • Many reviewers thought that their rooms were well-appointed and comfortable
  • A few guests enjoyed the vibrant neighbourhood immediately surrounding the property
  • On-site parking is $25 per night by reservation only. There is also a Green P lot across the street.
  • Several guests were disturbed by noise and partiers into the wee hours
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the design of the in-room showers lacked privacy
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A cozy docked boat on the harbour's edge in downtown Toronto with accommodating hosts
Getting Around
This hotel is about a 4-minute drive or taxi ride from the convention centre. 

On the 509 street car, it is an 8-minute ride from the convention centre to the hotel and the nearest stop is less than a minute walk away.
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast
  • Numerous guests complimented the staff's friendly and helpful service
  • The hotel's location was praised for its peacefulness and proximity to downtown attractions
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
  • The hotel's rooms were described as clean and comfortable by several lodgers
  • A couple of guests found the rooms and showers to be small
  • Public parking is available nearby for an additional $12 per day
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Book from ~C$423 
Highly praised Toronto-Queen West art boutique hotel with restaurant and kitchenette suites
Getting Around
This hotel is a 5- to 8-minute drive or taxi ride from the convention centre.

Guests can take catch the 511 streetcar and transfer to the 501 at Queen and Bathurst to get to the Gladstone. It will take about 22 minutes' travel time.
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, morning coffee and tea service, local calls, gym passes, DVDs, tablet for Internet surfing, ethernet cable, and bikes
  • Numerous guests enjoyed their unique and clean rooms
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers praised the hotel's proximity to restaurants and shopping
  • Guests found comfy beds with quality linens
  • Guests enjoyed the hotel's restaurant and found it well priced
  • Noise transfer was reported by several reviewers
  • Parking is an extra $25 per night
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Book from ~C$89 
Dated budget hotel in downtown Toronto near transit with kitchenettes and good free Wi-Fi
Getting Around
Guests can get to the convention centre from this hotel in a 6-minute drive.

Those wishing to use public transit will arrive in 14 minutes utilizing the 511 streetcar with only a 2-minute walk to the stops.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to attractions and public transit
  • Many lodgers were pleased with the hotel's budget-friendly rates
  • The hotel's accommodations were found to be clean and functional by several lodgers
  • A few guests reported good Wi-Fi
  • A few guests complained of dated furnishings and small-sized rooms
  • Parking is $7 per night

Tips For Staying Near Direct Energy Centre Toronto

The Direct Energy Centre, formerly known as the National Trade Centre, is a very large convention space offering 8 connected exhibit halls normally used for conventions and trade shows. It is located in downtown Toronto within the Exhibition Place grounds. 

The convention centre is sandwiched between the Ricoh Coliseum to the north and the Allstream Centre to the south.The Gardiner Expressway runs north of the Ricoh Coliseum and Lakeshore Boulevard runs to the south of the Allstream Centre. It is the first building you will pass once entering through the Princes' Gate entrance of Exhibition Place.
There are several surface parking lots offering over 6,000 parking spaces on the grounds of the Exhibition Place complex and another 1300 spaces underground. 

The regular day rate for both surface and underground parking is $14 and $11 after 6 pm. These rates may increase by $3 during peak times or may increase when special events are happening within the Exhibition Place grounds. A map of lots and more information can be found on the Direct Energy Centre's website.
Getting Around: Driving
The driving times to reach any of the hotels listed below ranges from 4 to 7 minutes.
Getting Around
The approximate taxi fare to reach any of the hotels listed below ranges from $9.00 to $20, largely depending on traffic conditions. Beck Taxi is one of the available taxi companies servicing downtown Toronto.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The Direct Energy Centre's nearest streetcar stop is at the intersection of Canada Boulevard and Fleet Street, about a 2-minute walk away. This stop is for the 511 and 509 streetcar routes, which many of the hotels listed below access. 

Detailed directions have been given under each hotel below and originate from this public transit stop. 

Public transit to the Direct Energy Centre is provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Information about fares and schedules, as well as route maps, are available on their website.
There is a catering company that sets up concessions during events at the convention centre, however, there is no sit-down restaurant on site. However, visitors can enjoy Baskin Robbins ice cream at the base of the convention centre.
The Direct Energy Centre hosts a variety of trade and consumer shows, conferences, meetings and concerts. Many well-known consumer shows are held at this convention centre, such as the 'One of a Kind Show', the 'National Home Show' and 'Canada Blooms'. 

A calendar that shows all upcoming events can be found on the Direct Energy Centre's website.