The Best B&B in Toronto
The best B&B in Toronto are a shortlist of over a hundred options for accommodation for those who don't fancy staying in a hotel, and with bed and breakfast prices in the city starting at around $50 per night, it's worth considering putting the parents up in one of these places (instead of making up the sofabed) when the annual visit comes. What makes for a good B&B experience will be determined by the owners, with the best hosts knowing when to step in with advice, and when to let you get on with your day. Location, amenities and of course breakfast all have a large part to play too.
Here are the best options for Bed and Breakfasts in Toronto.
By the Park is a B&B for the environmentally-conscious (or just those who like being near High Park) - with every detail focused on lowering the carbon footprint of the place. Waste is composted, and water conserved. Breakfast includes vegan and vegetarian options. Aside from the Indian Grove B&B location, By the Park offers three other sites for self-catering accommodation. Prices range from $79 to $230.
Suite Dreams, steps away from Christie Pits in Koreatown, has four comfy suites, with the Garden Suite offering access to the back patio. Rooms are a little more expensive, ranging from $119-$300, but owner Albert makes up for the difference with fantastic service and breakfasts. There's even a grand piano in the living room if you fancy a knees-up.
Jare's Place has complimentary refreshments running throughout the day, and breakfast available to go. If you decide to stay for the morning meal, you can invite guests to join you for just $12 per person. It's so popular that they have a cookbook out soon - 'Breakfast in Beds'. Rooms range from around $110 up to $145, and additional guests are between $20-30 per person.
Ted and Diane run this charming 'boatel', which is dockside on Lake Ontario (though dinner cruises can be arranged on other boats if you want to get out on the lake). A minimum 2 night stay is required to book here, with prices from $175-225, though the whole boat is only $525 per night. Worth it just for the view of the city skyline.
On Carlton, east of Sherbourne, Banting House's rooms run from $94 up to $160 a night for quad occupancy, and the house itself is full of character and well-appointed, as well as offering a quiet break away from the bustle of the neighbourhood. Complimentary wifi, a beautiful back patio and a newsletter of events going on nearby are reasons to return.
Cozy Suites Inn is a safe distance from the noise of the city, located right in the Beaches. Every suite here has a separate entrance to the outdoor garden, and their own fireplace. Rooms run from $100-$130 per night, 3 of the 4 suites has their own kitchen. It's a handy spot for those visiting for the Jazz Festival, or want to enjoy a walk on the beach.
With rates between $145-260 per room, this place is at the upper end of the B&B price spectrum, but with in-room internet, bathrobes, a fridge, and even a fireplace, you're getting a few more home comforts than usual here. Annex Garden also makes efforts to accommodate dietary restrictions whenever possible.
A Seaton Dream, located in Cabbagetown, has only three rooms, but the level of service is excellent. Breakfast always seems to promise something different, and draw on the house garden for ingredients when the season permits. Rooms are seasonally priced, with rates of around $100 (single or double occupancy) in the winter, up to around $150 in the summer.
Located at Church and Wellesley, Downtown Home offers a number of rooms, all of which are bright and homey, but the Violet room ($85-$110 based on occupancy) features a private sun deck. There's also an apartment suite for $145 (minimum 2 nights). They also have a more stately location at Dundas and Sherbourne, the Toronto Garden Inn.
Located in the heart of Baldwin Village, this family-owned spot has been running for over 25 years. The 6 suites have 3 shared washrooms between them, and provide clean air through a HEPA filtered central air system for the allergy conscious amongst you. Queen size beds and plenty of storage make this place well worth the $90-110 per night.
Photographer Paul-Antoine runs this space as a sort of mini-gallery for his travel snaps, and his personal hosting is a big part of the charm of Les Amis. Just east of Yonge on Carlton, this B&B's rooms are simple and cozy. Breakfast is vegetarian, so carnivores may want to head over to the Golden Griddle nearby.
Near Dupont and Avenue, Toronto Downtown is a bit of a misnomer (though Yorkville's not far away), it does offer a touch of class. Fine china breakfasts, and austere surroundings make this less of a homely affair than you'll find elsewhere. Guests often claim they return to be 'treated like royalty,' though with only 3 rooms, it's a tough booking to get.
The IndexG B&B inhabits a former art gallery on Gladstone, just north of Queen. The rooms are simple but elegant, and the artwork on the walls, in a throwback to the history of the space, are available to buy. A gallery shop is still maintained downstairs. There's only 5 rooms, running for an average of $100 per night, but each one has its own private ensuite bathroom, saving you the embarrassing trip down the hallway in your jim jams.
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