Toronto is a city of many neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is this city has a different cultural inspiration, identity, and vibe. For a tourist, however, some neighborhoods are better suited than others. So, what is the best area in Toronto for a first-time visitor or a tourist? Ideally, it’s somewhere close to Toronto attractions, has good subway access, close to hop-on-hop-off bus stops and close to restaurants and shopping.
Best Areas In Toronto For Tourists
1. Entertainment District – Hotels near CN Tower and Rogers Centre
2. Yonge Street from College to Queen Street
- If you find the hotels in the Entertainment district too expensive, the next best area in Toronto is the area on Yonge Street between College Street and Queen Street as shown on the map. The hotels in this area are relatively cheaper and have great access to attractions and the subway as well.
- There are great places to shop in this area such as the Eaton Centre, the Hudson’s Bay, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Apart from the big malls and shopping centers, there are a lot of independent shops along Yonge street as well.
- From the Hudson’s Bay building, You can also access the PATH Toronto – an underground pathway which connects many buildings in Downtown Toronto. You can also find many shops and restaurants on the PATH and walk up to the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and some other attractions through the PATH. Read my linked article for more information.
- Bloor-Yorkville area is a trendy area with many high-end designer shops and restaurants on Yorkville avenue and Bloor St. West.
- It has good subway acess. You can access both Line 1 and Line 2 of the subway from Bloor-Yonge subway Station
- The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Bata Shoe Museum and the University of Toronto are within walking distance from hotels in this area
- The Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours have a stop at Bloor and Yonge, Royal Ontario Museum and Bata Shoe Museum. So, if you have bought a bus tour ticket, it’s easy to see other attractions.
- However, this area mainly has luxury hotels/ high-end hotels which may not be affordable by everyone.
- Also, it’s not within walking distance of attractions such as CN Tower and other popular attractions.
4. Chinatown Toronto
- Hotels in China Town are less expensive than other areas. I have listed some great budget hotels in this area in a section below.
- Chinatown also has good streetcar service which will take you to downtown and Harbourfront within half hour.
- Nearby attractions include Art Gallery of Ontario(AGO), Kensington Market and Grafitti Alley. This area also has some of the best restaurants serving Asian cuisine.
- Tour buses have stops at Art Gallery of Ontario
Where To Stay In Toronto – Best hotels in Downtown Toronto
#1. My First Choice For The Best Hotel In Toronto Is The Intercontinental Toronto Centre
The reason I picked this hotel is:
- This hotel is in the in the Entertainment district right next to the CN Tower and Rogers centre.
- The hotel is also close to the Union Station , so it’s very easy to access the subway and UP Express which takes you to the Toronto Pearson International Airport in 25 minutes.
#2. My Second Choice For The Best hotel To Stay In Toronto Is Delta Hotels By Mariott Toronto.
- This hotel is also in Entertainment District and has excellent location. It’s within walking distance to many attractions, subway stations and UP Express. It comes with slightly lower price tag of approx. $300 USD/night .
- The hotel has rooms overlooking the city and the lake. The floor to ceiling glass give fantastic views regardless of where your room is facing. High-end rooms even have bath-tubs with a view of the CN Tower!
- Facilities include: Swimming pool, Fitness centres, Facilities for disabled guests , on-site restaurants, WiFi in all areas, Bar and excellent breakfast.
#3. My Third Choice Is The Slightly More Affordable Sheraton Centre Toronto.
- Situated right in front of Toronto City Hall , you are in the heart of the city . The area around this hotel has a great local atmosphere..
- This hotel is steps away from the best shopping malls in Toronto CF Eaton Centre and Saks and Hudson Bay .
- You also have great access to subway and street cars. The Queen Street Subway Station on Line 1 is just two minutes away and the street car stops right in front of the hotel!.
- The hotel has rooms starting from approx. $200 USD/night .
- Facilities include: Swimming Pool, Fitness centre, Facilities for disabled guests , Spa, restaurant, bar and breakfast.
Best Mid-range Hotels
Here is my list of the top Mid-range hotels that provide the best bang for your buck.
#1. My First Pick For the Best Mid-range Hotel in Toronto is Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre
- This hotel is in the ideal location in Downtown. Located on Carlton street, it is steps away from Yonge street, College Street Subway and streetcar station.
- The hotel has good facilities like spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, bar, restaurant, good breakfast and facilities for disabled guests.
- Average price per night is approx. 180 USD/night .
#2. My Second Pick For The Best Mid-range Hotel in Toronto is Chelsea Hotel Toronto
- This hotel is also in the ideal flipped “L” location of downtown Toronto. Located on Gerrard St. W, very close to Yonge street, this hotel is just a block away from College Street Subway Station and Street Car.
- Steps away from the vibrant Yonge Street, great shopping and dinning.
- Facilities include swimming pool, fitness centre, good breakfast, bar, facilities for disabled guests, and good Wifi in all areas
- Average price per night is approx. 180 USD/night .
Best Luxury Hotels In Toronto
If you are looking for the ultimate luxury, Toronto has many world-class hotels. Here’s my list of the Top 3 Luxury hotels in Toronto.
#1. My First Pick For The Best Luxury Hotel Is The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
- Nothing says Luxury better than the Ritz chain of hotels all around the world. The Ritz-carlton Toronto lives up to its brand and provides a luxurious experience.
- As expected the Ritz-Carlton Toronto is in an ideal location in the Entertainment District.
- Prices of the room start from approx. $450 USD/per night for the Deluxe King/Queen room. However, if you are looking for the ultimate luxury, go for the Luxury King Suite which can cost you approx. $1360 USD/night.
#2. My Second Pick For The Best Luxury Hotel In Toronto Is The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
- The feeling of luxury is all about “attention to detail” . The Shangri-La Hotel scores very high when it comes to customer service and attention to detail. Check out the glowing reviews this hotel has received from customers on Booking.com
- The floor to ceiling windows in each room of the hotel give amazing sights of the city. Some of the rooms even have a view of the CN Tower.
- Prices start from $400 USD/per night. The One-Bedroom suite which has marble flooring can cost approx. $500 USD/per night.
#3. My Third Pick For The Best Luxury Hotel In Toronto Is Four Seasons Hotel Toronto at Yorkville
- This hotel is located in the popular and affluent area of Yorkville north of Bloor Street in downtown Toronto
- Though the hotel is not within walking distance of the CN Tower and other attractions in downtown Toronto, you can easily reach these attractions by car in 10 minutes or board the subway which is very close by.
- It is within walking distance to ROM and Bata Shoe Museum and High-end shopping.
- The hotel has excellent decor and has rooms starting at $430 USD/per night to $870 USD/per night.
Budget Hotels In Toronto
My First Pick For Budget Hotels in Toronto is Toronto Travellers Home
- The number 1 advantage of this hotel is its location. This hotel is located in Downtown in China Town. It has a great local atmosphere.
- It is very close to Kensington Market and Art Gallery Of Ontario
- It also has excellent street car access so you can get to all other attractions like the CN Tower, Ripley Aquarium in about 20 mins.
- Price of hotel rooms with shared bathrooms are very affordable at approx. $66 USD/per night. Some rooms even have private bathrooms.
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I hope this hotel guide helps you find suitable accommodation in Toronto. Please plan and book your accommodation early as the hotels in Toronto get booked very quickly, months in advance, during peak tourist season April – September. Also, remember that there’s 13% HST in Toronto which may not be shown upfront by the hotels while booking.
If you need any help planning your visit to Toronto or have any specific questions about Toronto, feel free to ask me by commenting on the post. You may find my post on Top 25 free things to do in Toronto helpful. It may save you some money on some Toronto attractions if you time your visit right.
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