If you are visiting Toronto for the first time, it’s important to book a hotel room in the right location to enjoy the city to the fullest. So, what is the best area in Toronto for a first-time visitor? Ideally, it’s somewhere close to Toronto attractions, has great access to restaurants and shopping.
To make your search simple, I start with a map of the best area in Toronto for tourists followed by recommendations of hotels in every budget range. I hope you find this guide useful.
Best Areas In Toronto For Tourists
Toronto is a city of many neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is this city has a different cultural inspiration, identity and vibe. Toronto residents are known to be proud of their neighborhoods and can argue endlessly as to why their neighborhood is the best!
For a tourist however, some neighborhoods are better suited than others. Below, I highlight some of the best areas in Toronto for Tourists based on proximity to attractions and convenience.
Hotels near CN Tower and Rogers Centre
Hotels near CN Tower and Rogers Centre are very convenient for tourists. Many well-known attractions of Toronto such as the CN Tower, Toronto Harbourfront, Ripley’s Aquarium, ferry to Toronto Islands are in this area. Also, downtown Toronto has lots of shops, restaurants and theatres. Whatsmore, getting around is super easy due to the excellent subway and street car access.
Hotels near Bloor-Yorkville and University of Toronto
Bloor-Yorkville is a trendy area in Toronto. Hollywood celebrities are known to shop and reside in this area. Naturally, some of the high-end are very expensive. However, if you are looking for luxury, convenience and some world-class shopping, this is the area for you. The Royal Ontario Museum and University
Hotels in Chinatown Toronto and Art Gallery of Ontario
Hotels in Entertainment District is very convenient but also generally very expensive. If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, you may find some in China Town . Chinatown near Spadina Avenue has good streetcar service which will take you to downtown and Harbourfront within half hour. Also, in this area, you will find the Art Gallery of Ontario(AGO), good restaurants serving Asian cuisine, Kensington Market and Grafitti Alley.
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 right next to the CN Tower and Rogers centre. Many other attractions are within 10 min walking distance.
- The hotel is also close to the Union Station , so it’s very easy to access the subway.
- You can also board the UP Express from Union Station which takes you to the Toronto Pearson International Airport in 25 minutes.
- This convenience of course comes with a price tag of approx. $326 USD/night which is a bit expensive. However, the good news is that they sometimes run discounts when you get the same room for around $200 USD/night.
#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 3 Mid-range hotels that provide the best bang for your buck.
#1. My First Pick For The Best Mid-range Hotel in Toronto is Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Downtown
- The most helpful aspect of this hotel is that it is located in downtown.. It’s located just outside the most desirable area around Yonge street near the intersection of Gerrard St. East and Jarvis St.
- Major tourist attractions are a lit bit further away but still within walkable distance(approx. 30 min). Street car is a block away (3 min by walk) and College Street Subway Station is just 10 min by walk.
- Major shopping and dining streets like Church Street and Yonge Street are also a block or two away
- This hotel is Pet-Friendly! – a feature which you will not find in many hotels.
- Average price per night is approx. $158 USD/night .
#2. My Second 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 .
#3. My Third 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.
Cheap Hotels In Toronto
My First Pick For Cheap 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.
My Second Pick For Cheap Hotels is Toronto West Queen West Hotel
- The West Queen West Hotel is an excellent budget option. The rooms are well-kept and clean according to Booking.com’s reviews and it’s one of their best sellers.
- The hotel has excellent street car access. There is a direct street car line to Downtown which you can board right in front of the hotel and be in downtown in 48 min.
- They have Free Wifi available in all areas of the hotel
- For people who want privacy, there are rooms with private bathrooms as well. The rooms with shared bathrooms are obviously cheaper. Prices are around $74 USD/night.
My Third Pick For The Best Cheap Hotels in Toronto is Isabella Hotel & Suites
- Isabella Hotel & Suites is a great option for people who want the convenience of central location and don’t want to compromise on privacy
- Located in Downtown and steps away from Sherbourne subway station, the hotel is very convenient to visit all tourist attractions.
- All rooms come with their own private bathroom. So low-budget doesn’t mean you have to give up privacy
- Price per night is approx. 100 USD/night.
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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