Editor's Top 5 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$220 
Highly praised Kingston hotel on harbour with kitchenettes, indoor pool & free breakfast 
This downtown hotel is only a 3-minute drive from Queen's University.
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
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Book from ~C$281 
Popular downtown Kingston hotel on harbour with beautiful views, indoor pool & restaurant 
This waterfront downtown hotel is just 3 minutes by car from the university.
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
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Well-liked west Kingston hotel with cozy rooms, fantasy and hot tub suites and good dining
This hotel is a 7-minute drive from the university.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, 24-hr airport shuttle, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, cozy and well maintained with comfy beds
  • Location convenient to the highway and area attractions by car and some restaurants and shops in walking distance
  • Staff were prompt, courteous and very helpful
  • Restaurants and free breakfast was well liked by guests
  • Guests often liked the atmosphere, quaint decor and value of this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Some considered the hotel and room decor dated
  • On occasion some were disturbed by noise from within the hotel
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Book from ~C$206 
Popular north Kingston hotel with indoor pool and free: hot breakfast & parking
This hotel is a 10-minute drive from the university.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, hot beverage station, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was handy to the highway and downtown by car, and an easy walk to restaurants and shops
  • Staff were competent and helpful
  • Free breakfast offered good quality and variety
  • Good value choice according to some guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Some felt that breakfast ended too early
  • Some guests found the hotel expensive
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Book from ~C$203 
Popular north Kingston hotel with restaurant and indoor pool with waterslide
This hotel is a 12-minute drive from the university.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location convenient to the highway, a bakery-cafĂ©, groceries, liquor/beer stores, restaurants and a movie theatre on foot
  • Staff were very friendly and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed the lobby area and lounge for relaxing
  • Families were often pleased with the pool and waterslide
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Some guests missed having a free breakfast
  • A few guests complained of noise from other guests or train whistles
  • Occasionally, guests were disappointed to find the waterslide closed

3 Other Hotels Close to Queen's University

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Book from ~C$233 
Well-liked downtown Kingston hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, and pet-friendly rooms
Location
Around the corner from City Hall in downtown Kingston, this Four Points Hotel is within walking distance of a number of attractions and is a 5-minute drive or 18-minute walk from Queen's.
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)
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Book from ~C$142 
Good value Kingston hotel near Hwy 401 with free: hot breakfast, parking & Wi-Fi
Location
This hotel is a 15-minute drive from Queen's University.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, hot beverage station, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was handy to the highway and downtown by car
  • Staff were very nice, friendly and helpful
  • Free breakfast was well stocked and hot
  • Good value with reasonable room rates
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Occasionally guests found a noise disturbance from an AC unit
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Book from ~C$97 
Cheap and cheerful motel near Hwy 401 just outside of Kingston with free Wi-Fi & free parking
Location
This motel is a 14-minute drive from the university.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local and long distance calls, dog stays
  • Rooms were very clean, updated and well equipped
  • Location was handy to the highway, Kingston and next door to A&W for quick eats and breakfast
  • Staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful said guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests online
  • Good value at this motel according to many guests
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Limited front desk hours
  • Balconies face the highway and have no view to speak of
  • A little far from full dining restaurants in Kingston

Tips For Staying Near Queen's University

Location
On the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Queen's University is a historic school with 10 faculties of study across a sprawling 99 acres of land surrounded by parks and residential neighbourhoods.
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Getting Around
An interactive campus map is available on their website in order to help visitors easily orient themselves. 

A number of campus tours are operated throughout the year, which are great whether you're a prospective student or parent, or looking to explore the Arboretum, sculptures or Agnes Etherington Art Gallery. A number of viewbooks are also available online with more information for prospective students.

A couple of bike service and retail locations can be found on campus that provide reconditioned bike sales and inexpensive repairs. More information on cycling infrastructure can be found on the City of Kingston website.

Queen's University, in partnership with the City of Kingston, has rolled out a TransPass program where students can opt-in to receive a discounted monthly bus pass. Regular (2017) adult fares are $3 (coins only) and an unlimited-use day pass can be purchased for $8. More fare and route information is available on their website.

Downtown Kingston is a 4-minute drive, or 17-minute walk away, while Highway 2 is a 4-minute drive away and the Macdonald Cartier Freeway, Highway 401, is an 11-minute drive. 

Kingston is situated between two major city centres, and the nearest international airports are the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) at an approximate 2-hour drive away, while Toronto's Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 2-hour, 45-minute drive away.
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Parking
Visitor parking is available in the underground garage at University and Stuart, as well as at the Queen's Centre Underground Garage off of Division Street. There are also some pay-and-display lots. 
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Entertainment
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is part art gallery, part museum. It is open throughout the year and is free for students and faculty. 

A full list of performing arts troupes and entertainment options can be found on their website.
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Dining
Queen's has three dining halls and 16 retail food outlets spread throughout the campus. All eateries offer vegetarian and healthy options. For a full list of restaurants available on campus, visit their website.
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Shopping
A number of bookstores, tuck shops and pharmacies are located on campus. A full list and their locations can be found on the school's website.
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