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The 15 best hotels in Toronto

The best hotels in Toronto offer over-the-top luxury and amenities or more affordable rooms for a vacation or staycation

Photograph: Courtesy Four Seasons

Toronto offers a bit of everything, from delectable pasta at the best Italian restaurants in Toronto to the essential Toronto attractions that both tourists and locals are sure to appreciate, the city is a one-of-a-kind hub of culture. Book an affordable room at the best hotels in Toronto for a memorable vacation or an over-the-top, luxury-filled experience with incredible amenities while on a special staycation. Either way, experience the city like never before—just make sure to consult our list of the best things to do in Toronto while in town.

Best hotels in Toronto

1

Fairmont Royal York

For some old Toronto flair, slip between the sheets at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. It was the largest and tallest building in the British Empire when it opened in 1929 and, from the Via Rail station platform downstairs to the beehives and gardens providing the hotel’s restaurants with fresh produce on the roof, it’s still impressive. Its stunning architecture, including the original painted ceilings, makes it a popular spot for special events. Centrally located within walking distance to the CN Tower, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, the Eaton Centre and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, it’s also steps away from Union Station. And you’ll never want to leave: the Royal York boasts one of the best over-the-top brunches in town, complete with decadently nefarious things done with brioche. While this is definitely a luxury destination, it’s not out of reach—the Royal York offers frequent promotions as well as discounts for conferences and events. From $229 per night

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Entertainment District
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Drake

If you think Toronto, you think Drake—and we’re not just talking about the Drake of Degrassi and music fame, although he does happen to be Canadian. The Drake is one of Toronto’s premier boutique hotels, offering 19 rooms, each with its own flavor. Though they may be small, the rooms are mighty, decorated in kitschy vintage hipster (sock dolls might be involved!). Originally opened in 1890, the hotel underwent renovations in 2001 and is now also home to The Drake Underground, a popular spot for indie acts and headliners, ranging from dancehall to mom-and-tot classical music sessions. The Drake also features a revolving door of art exhibitions, turning the spotlight on Canadian artists. The Drake is sort of a cultural easy-bake oven, and if you long to be a hipster Holly Hobby, you’ll love your time here hob knobbing with the movers and shakers of the city’s cultural mélange. From $199 per night

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Beaconsfield
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Four Seasons

You know what you’re getting when you opt for a room at a Four Seasons. After all, there’s a reason the brand is known around the globe for sumptuous accommodations and elegant service. The current Yorkville edition, opened in 2012, is 55 storeys in the heart of Yorkville, surrounded by shopping and restaurants. The hotel offers 259 rooms, including 42 luxury suites, and all the beige you can shake a hockey stick at. The Four Seasons is all about the zen, so the hotel is decked out in a plush, neutral style that basically demands you curl up on the slightly unreasonable number of pillows and go to sleep (whether you like it or not). Designed by Toronto-based firm Yabu Pushelberg, all that neutrality contrasts stunningly with the floor-to-ceiling city views. The Four Seasons is basically a tranquil oasis, with its indoor lap pool, spa and tasty restaurants, spearheaded by Michelin-star rated Chef Daniel Boulud. From $595 per night

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Bloor Yorkville
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Gladstone Hotel

Toronto’s longest operating hotel has come a long way from the days the Royal Winter Fair touted it “the only safe place for one's great aunt to stay alone.” Built in 1889, the west Toronto landmark went from skid row to arts and music hotspot after a renovation in 2008. Each one of the hotel’s 37 rooms has been designed by a different artist, a nod to creativity that is also reflected in the three gallery spaces on premise that host a revolving door of exhibitions. The hotel has hung on hard to its roots, preserving the original Victorian floor plans and interior architecture. There’s even an antique elevator, although the stairs often prove faster. The Melody Bar hosts a variety of events, live music acts and karaoke sessions weekly. Food wise, the popular Harvest Wednesdays brings together menus inspired by Ontario’s growing season, featuring local meats, cheese, wines and beers. From $229 per night

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Beaconsfield
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The Ivy at Verity

A converted 1850s chocolate factory, this tiny boutique hotel boasts just four rooms—but they’re well worth the effort required to snag a reservation. Sharing space with George, a five star restaurant, the women-only Sweetgrass spa and Verity, Toronto’s premier women’s club, this is a step back in time plus several leaps up the social ladder. Each one of the rooms is complete with marble bathrooms, handcrafted beds and balconies overlooking private courtyards. Located in the Queen Street East district, this European retreat is just steps from the Theatre District, Distillery District and the Saint Lawrence Market. Owned and operated by the Aitken-Gundy family, the hotel’s exceptionalism derives from its staff, which takes extra care of its guests, constantly making them feel pampered. From $399 per night

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Eaton Centre
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Shangri-La Toronto

Look way up and you may find Toronto’s favorite haunt for hot-to-trot 20-somethings. Located in one of the ten tallest buildings in Toronto, the Shangri-La Hotel is right out of an episode of Mad Men, channeling a time when paneling was dark wood, scotch was on the rocks and everyone was in business-casual (for real, even the hotel bar has a dress code). Designed by James K.M. Cheng, the hotel has been run by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts since 2012 and is located just west of the Financial District. It’s all posh sleekness with an Asian twist at the Shangri-la, from the in-room iPads connecting guests to room service and the concierge to the toiletries from L’Occitane. That Asian influence extends to Bosk, the hotel’s signature restaurant. But don’t get distracted on your way in: the hotel’s lobby is also home to a tea room with 68 hand-picked teas on offer (plus a five-volume book of cocktails, wine and beer… because Mad Men aren’t made with tea alone). From $500 per night

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One King West Hotel & Residence

If you can’t rob a bank, you can at least stay in one—and even eat in the vault. Today, One King West is a hotel featuring 500 suites and a two-story penthouse, but it started life as Toronto’s Dominion Bank Building, itself a heritage skyscraper built in the late 1800s. Modern day updates include a new tower, the Grand Banking Hall’s new meeting room function with a bar complete with Corinthian columns and imposing windows and the basement bank vault now used for private meetings or meals (and Instagramming wedding pictures, of course). The suites in both the historic and modern towers are done in a crisp modern style that renders them ideal locations to plot high finance. Best of all: The hotel knows its clientele, employing a staff expert at making business travel as seamless as possible. Connected to the PATH and mere steps away from the subway, the hotel’s location is just minutes from downtown. From $209 per night

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St Lawrence Market
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The Hazelton

Billing itself as Toronto's premier luxury hotel, The Hazelton was also one of the first to go green. Opened in 2007, the building was one of the first in the city to install a green roof, complete with high reflectivity systems to manage storm water and help control the temperature all year round while reducing the structure’s overall carbon footprint and energy consumption—which means you can feel good about indulging in all the hotel has to offer, whether it's a stay in one of the 62 rooms or 15 suites, complete with luxe leather-clad beds, or a trip to the spa. But what really sets the Hazelton apart is its restaurant, ONE, spearheaded by chef Mark McEwan. Mixing classic French and Italian flavors with local produce, much of it organic, the restaurant offers something to tempt everyone's palate. This is the spot for those looking to be in the midst of an eclectic Toronto neighborhood while overindulging in all things luxurious. From $509 per night

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Bloor Yorkville
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The Omni King Edward Hotel

In its heyday, the King Edward was the hottest spot in town—originally opened in 1903, everyone from Mark Twain to Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Ernest Hemingway and Britney Spears has slid beneath its very fluffy sheets. Back in 1964, 3,000 screaming fans caused a riot after discovering that The Beatles were staying in the royal suite. That same year, rioters were back at it, this time causing a ruckus after finding out that Liz Taylor and Richard Burton shared a suite with each other instead of their respective spouses. The Eddie is gearing up for another riot this year, following the announcement that that legendary Crystal Ballroom will reopen in early 2017 after a $6.5 million renovation (on top of the $40 million renovation that the hotel’s 301 oversized rooms have already undergone). If you’re seeking true, celebrity-like Toronto elegance, this is the place for you. From $279 per night

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St Lawrence Market
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10

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

Owned by Metropolitan Hotels, which also manages the Hazelton, the SoHo is halfway between a boutique hotel and a luxury spot. The standout feature? Really big rooms: the 72 rooms and 18 suites are oversized and the penthouse suite occupies a sweeping three storeys, loft-style. The hotel also offers complimentary luxury sedan service to help you get around, making this a swank choice if your main goal is to experience everything there is to do in Toronto. To ensure the best stay possible, check out the myriad of offers, deals, packages and upgrade options before booking a room. From $300 per night

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