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The 12 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
Four Seasons
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By Barry Choi |
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Toronto is a multicultural city that truly embraces everyone. In a span of thirty minutes, you could walk from Chinatown, through Koreatown, and then end up in Little Italy—all the while dining at restaurants and scoping out attractions that call out to the various cultures that call this Canadian city home.

Visitors who come from all over the world are not disappointed with what the city has to offer, especially when it comes to the local hotel scene, which has truly exploded in the last decade. Many luxury hotels now offer online reservations while boutique hotels are popping up in some of the hippest neighbourhoods. Let’s not forget some of the old classics that practically define the city. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop pool or rooms that feature art from local artists, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. On a budget? Check out our compilation of top cheap hotels in town.

Here are the very best hotels in Toronto.

Best hotels in Toronto

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The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
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Sheraton Centre Toronto

icon-location-pin Downtown Toronto

What is it: With recently refreshed guest rooms and suites, The Sheraton Centre Toronto’s four-star amenities are apparent within the recently refreshed guest rooms and suites.

Why go: The indoor/outdoor pool sits under a protective glass wall so you’ll be able to take a dip regardless of the elements outside. During the summer, free fitness classes can be taken in the outdoor waterfall garden. Club rooms give you access to the 43rd-floor club lounge, which boasts one of the very best views of the city.

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Fairmont Royal York
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The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

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What is it: The Fairmont Royal York was once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and has hosted three generations of Britain’s royal family.

Why go: The recent multi-million dollar revitalization has modernized the hotel without getting rid of its historic charm. All the honey used in the restaurant is locally produced by 50,000 bees that reside on the roof of the hotel. Got kids? No problem: a professional childcare service is available if you need it.

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Shangri-La Toronto
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Shangri-La Hotel

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What is it: The Shangri-La Hotel is Toronto's first Asian luxury hotel brand.

Why go: A public stainless steel sculpture created by Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Huan greets guests as they enter the hotel. All guest rooms boast modern amenities, but it’s the small details such as the lithographic works by Wang Xu Yuan and Asian influenced design elements that set this hotel apart from others.

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The Ivy at Verity
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The Ivy at Verity

icon-location-pin Eaton Centre

What is it: With just four rooms, the Ivy at Verity is a hidden gem that calls a restored 1850s chocolate factory home.

Why go: In every room, you’ll find a king-sized bed, Italian linens, a deep soaker tub with spa products and a large outdoor terrace that overlooks an 18th-century courtyard. Breakfast is even delivered right to your door so you can enjoy the old-fashioned European hotel experience properly.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto

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What is it: The Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto is the flagship hotel of the brand and it overlooks the city’s waterfront.

Why go: With the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, Scotiabank Arena and the Budweiser Stage just steps away, the Delta Hotel puts you close to all of the action. The harbourfront is visible from the lake view rooms while soaker tubs are available in the corner skyline rooms.

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Chelsea Hotel
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Chelsea Hotel

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What is it: The Chelsea Hotel is an urban resort with 1,590 guestrooms, making it Canada’s largest hotel.

Why go: Despite its size, the hotel offers features that will cater to just about anyone. Adults get exclusive access to a pool and health club while families can enjoy the Fun Zone that includes the Club 33 Teen Lounge, a Kid Centre and a heated indoor pool that has a 130' corkscrew waterslide. Showing your room key at many attractions will get you a discount on admission prices.

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Hotel X
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Hotel X Toronto

What is it: Hotel X Toronto by Library Collection is an urban oasis that combines luxury with sports and entertainment options for an experience like no other in the city.

Why go: With a full-service spa, four indoor tennis courts, two swimming pools, fitness studios, a cinema and seven dining experiences, Hotel X Toronto feels like a resort. Enjoy the views of the city and lake from the three-level rooftop SkyBar or take a dip in the outdoor rooftop pool, which is reserved for hotel guests.

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Kimpton Saint George
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Kimpton Saint George

What is it: The Kimpton Saint George is the boutique hotel company’s first and currently only hotel in Canada.

Why go: It’s all about the design. Most of the art in the hotel is original, designed by Canadian artists—including the owl mural on the side of the building. The hotel’s colour scheme and furniture were carefully selected to give guests a feeling of community, one of the many things Toronto is famous for.  

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Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square
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Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square

What is it: Attached to the Scotiabank Arena, the Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square offers guests the chance to see the Toronto Raptors, Maple Leafs and their favourite bands without having to step outside.

Why go: Conveniently located by Union station, the UP Express and the waterfront, the Le Germain Hotel is in the heart of Toronto’s sports and entertainment district. Express yoga sessions, no checkout times, a Lexus courtesy car and eco-friendly features are available to all guests.

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InterContinental Yorkville
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InterContinental Yorkville

What is it: The InterContinental Yorkville is a luxury hotel just steps from some of Toronto’s most popular cultural hotspots.

Why go: After exploring the city, relax on the outdoor patio, which is connected to an indoor/outdoor bar. Need something to eat? Executive chef Chris Pereira has been with IHG for more than 20 years and has a created a menu inspired by the city’s diversity.

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The Broadview Hotel
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The Broadview Hotel

What is it: Once the site of the infamous Jilly’s Strip Club, The Broadview Hotel opened its doors in 2017 and helped revitalize the area immediately.

Why go: Just east of the downtown core is the The Broadview Hotel, offering king-sized beds and a vinyl record player with a curated collection of records in every room. Outdoor terraces are available in some rooms, but everyone has access to the rooftop lounge—which has become a gathering spot for the local community.

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Westin Harbour Castle
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Westin Harbour Castle

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What is it: Located right on the waterfront, the Westin Harbour Castle has 977 guestrooms and recently renovated crown suites.

Why go: Sustainability is a huge theme at the Westin Harbour Castle. Vegetables and herbs used by the hotel’s culinary team are grown on the rooftop terrace, which is also home to three European honey beehives. For an intimate dining experience, try the Savoury restaurant, which seats just 10 people.

On a budget?

Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan Toronto
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The 10 best cheap hotels in Toronto

We take into account all of the little things that make a hotel special, like fancy soap in the bathroom when you want to stay in and relax, and a short walk to the city’s big-ticket attractions when you want to go out

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