The best cheap hotels in Toronto

Book your stay at the best cheap hotels in the city, including upscale hostels, quaint B&B's and boutique hotels
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Toronto is Canada’s largest and most populous city, and that often means you pay a serious premium for a nice place to stay. But if you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars a night at Toronto’s best hotels (or go the route of AirBnB), there are options for visitors with—ahem—discerning tastes. Do not, we repeat, do not, leave your hotel pick up to chance; it’s easy to end up somewhere pretty icky. Many locals have a favourite spot or two that they can suggest. Here’s an insider’s guide to hotels that will impress, but won’t break the bank.

Best cheap hotels in Toronto

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The Gladstone Hotel
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Gladstone Hotel

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One of the city’s most renowned artsy boutique hotels and night spots, the Gladstone Hotel builds on an incredible history that only adds to the experience of staying. Lots has changed since it opened in 1889, including the neighbourhood; West Queen West is now one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and the Gladstone lives up to that title. Besides the fantastic bar, restaurant, and event spaces on the main floor of the building, the hotel is home to 37 completely unique, artist designed rooms, and regularly features art exhibitions for many of Toronto’s festivals. The Gladstone is a must-stay, and will be the highlight of any trip to Toronto.

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Chelsea Hotel

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Does every city have a Chelsea hotel? This iteration of the Chelsea (while it has no relation to New York’s coolest) has everything anyone would need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. This hotel is perfectly suited for families and business trips alike, with amenities ranging from a corkscrew waterslide and a Kid Centre with live pet bunnies to the Exert fitness centre, meeting rooms, and special E|CLUB Lounge access for those staying in upgraded club rooms. The huge outdoor Market Garden is a great place to grab a bite and soak in the sun, while the T| BAR, specializing in Indian curries, is a pleasant surprise.

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Baldwin Village Inn

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This B&B is nestled into the old homes in the tucked away Baldwin Village. Close to the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario, walking on Baldwin will make you feel like you’ve discovered something forgotten by the bustle of the downtown core. Baldwin Street, filled with restaurants of any kind of food you can imagine, is a picturesque representation of Toronto in a nutshell. The Baldwin Village Inn has six lovely guest rooms. While washrooms are shared, the lively breakfast table and the secluded private courtyard offer the perfect mix of peace and camaraderie. Free wifi, a continental breakfast, and welcoming and knowledgeable hosts make this B&B stand out, along with the rest in the Urban North family of inns.

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The Strathcona Hotel

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The Strathcona is the perfect place to relax during an exciting Toronto getaway. This hotel will speak to you if you’re looking to tailor your trip around a specific event or site, as the Strathcona gives different discounts for those coming in to see concerts and theatre shows, foodies who want a delectable breakfast each morning, families checking out the Ripley’s Aquarium and other venues, and even sports fans in town for a game. The rooms, centered around impossibly comfy posturepedic mattresses, are inspired by the design of Smart cars, where every feature is as efficient as possible. No wasted space here, just more room to make the room your own.

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Hotel Victoria
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Hotel Victoria

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The Hotel Victoria is a Toronto institution. Built in 1909 and renamed from the Hotel Mossop in the 1920s, Toronto’s financial district has truly built up around this incredible building. All 56 rooms are contemporary and cool, with oversized bathtubs for a perfect soak. The onsite restaurant, the award winning Over Easy, has perfected the hotel breakfast and also serves lunch. Fitness facilities and parking are not available onsite, but this is hardly an issue; walking Toronto is the only way to explore, so no workout wear or cars are needed!

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Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan Toronto

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Stylish and sophisticated, the Cosmo is a great place to get pampered. The hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, kitchenettes, yoga mats and rainfall showerheads will put you at ease, as will a 20% discount to the amazing Wildfire Steakhouse located in the hotel. The Cosmo’s Spa Zen, one of Toronto’s top spas, is located on the 4th floor and offers world-class services. Rooms and suites are beautifully laid out, and some of the quietest around. The Cosmo has special packages for those who work in the film and TV industry, so you never know who you’ll run into in the elevator.

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Novotel Toronto Centre
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Novotel Toronto Centre

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This is a budget hotel with big dreams. Ideal for those visiting for a weekend, it is just a five-minute walk from Union Station and down the street from the St. Lawrence Market and the Eaton Centre. Its 262 spacious rooms are outfitted with surprisingly lush bedding while the rest of the structure boasts crisp interiors and fixtures like an indoor heated pool. Despite its busy central location, the hotel itself is a quiet space, perfect for relaxing between jaunts around town. From 184.44 per night

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Photograph: Courtesy Les Amis Bed & Breakfast
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Les Amis Bed & Breakfast

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The Les Amis B&B will make your trip to Toronto one you won’t soon forget. B&B owner and Parisian photographer Paul-Antoine offers a warm and inviting experience by opening his home to friends from all around the world. Paul-Antoine cooks a delicious vegetarian breakfast each morning—crepes, galettes, waffles and omelettes—and this man can really cook. Four rooms are the perfect size for a solo trip or a small family, with central heat and air, comfy beds and two shared bathrooms. The third floor hosts a common area with coffee, tea, a fridge and a toaster oven. Paul-Antoine knows the city well, and will help you find your local oasis. This quiet Victorian stay is centrally located (just steps from Yonge Street) and a great location to wander around the downtown core.

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Toronto Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast

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The Garden Inn is a sweet nook in one of Toronto’s gorgeous Victorian homes. This particular two-and-a-half story structure, built in the 1890s, is home to antique decor, a beautiful garden, six unique rooms and a larger, private apartment suite available for longer-term rental. A common sitting area is a cozy place to read and chat, while a 10-minute walk will transport you to Yonge and Dundas Square, a lively shopping area close to theatres and numerous places to wine and dine. The Garden Inn is a true local secret and with prices so reasonable, you’ll come back time and time again.

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Best Western Roehampton Hotel & Suites

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There are several Best Westerns in Toronto, but this midtown location offers the quality you know from BW with a lower price point. The Roehampton Hotel & Suites is situated outside the downtown core, close to the burgeoning Uptown Yonge neighbourhood. This hotel also has some wiggle room in terms of pets and smoking rooms, specializing your experience to make you feel more at home. All rooms come with a coffee maker, mini fridge, wifi and a complimentary breakfast, along with access to a fitness centre and guest laundry.

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