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The Best Cheap Hotels in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 19, 2013

Cheap Hotels TorontoCheap hotels in Toronto are possibly one of the best places for people watching, or surreptitiously snapping arty black and white photos of couples having particularly unglamorous extramarital affairs. They're also, you know, a good bet if you're visiting the city on a budget and want to spend your money on more fun things than shelter. Like heroin and cigarettes, or tickets to Wonderland.

Beware the rates, though. Hotels are constantly changing their rates, and they're cautious of revealing them too early in the relationship. They like to keep you on your toes, but also keep the skeletons in their closets good and hidden. Also, you can't smoke in hotels anymore. At all. Godspeed.

Here are the best cheap hotels in Toronto.

See also:

The best hotels in Toronto
The best boutique hotels in Toronto
The best luxury hotels in Toronto
The best airport hotels in Toronto
The best hostels in Toronto

EDITOR'S NOTE: This list originally included 9 hotels since 9 is usually the minimum length of our Best Of lists. But after considering that a few of the hotels were really stretching the definition of a quality stay in Toronto we have decided to shorten the list to 6.

Super 8 Chinatown

Super 8 Chinatown

"Our lovely guest rooms will supercede your every expectation!" The Super 8 downtown's webpage proudly proclaims. Located in Chinatown right near Dundas and Spadina, the classy establishment boasts a wonderful list of amenities, including complimentary continental breakfast, a fitness centre and spa, and guest laundry. It's also pet-friendly. You can have a room there most nights for $129 or less. More »

Bond Place Hotel

Bond Place Hotel

Bond Place is just east of Yonge and Dundas. You can come here to scope out some Ryerson kids, or enjoy a pint at the local divey, sketchy, charming watering hole, The Imperial. They offer all of the finest amenities, including a fitness centre, WiFi, a juice bar, laundry and an airport shuttle. Staying in one of their recently renovated rooms that comes with perks like a cordless iPhone speaker usually starts at around $127 a night. More »

The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel

The best cheap hotel In which to meet a sexy stranger in Toronto. The Rex is also a well-known jazz bar just west of Queen and University, with live music every night and a full-on restaurant downstairs. The rooms are simple, and there are only 12 of them. A room can usually be had for under $100. Besides the jazz, amenities include soundproof rooms and ski storage! More »

Clarion Inn and Hotel Selby

Clarion Inn and Hotel Selby

The Clarion Inn and Hotel Selby at Bloor and Sherbourne is, apparently, "where the classical becomes contemporary." As cheap hotels go, it's alright. Their website has chill music, at least. And Hemingway lived here for a bit, too, legend has it. I can see why. They offer laundry services, a fitness room and complimentary newspapers. (Did you know Hemingway wrote for the Star for a bit? He did, indeed). Rooms are in the vicinity of $129 a night. More »

Days Inn (Beaches)

Days Inn (Beaches)

Just east of Queen East and Coxwell, this Beaches hotel helps you get fancy. They have the necessities of life, like the internet and breakfast. In the summer, it's close to lots of fun activities like the Beaches Jazz Fest, and there are some decent pubs in the area, too. It's also across the street from a movie theatre and a short walk to an LCBO. A room can be rented for a mere $100 or less. More »

ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson

ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson

The year-old ALT Hotel has some of the prettiest decor of all the hotels on this list. Rooms can be had for $129 per night. To cater to those flying in and out of the city, the hotel keeps the same rate every day, year-round. They offer free WiFi, ergonomic chairs at the ensuite workstations (!), and original works of art in the rooms, which sounds like a nice change. More »

Discussion

16 Comments

Jt / October 19, 2013 at 07:44 pm
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The Howard Johnson on Roncesvalles is notorious for having bed bug issues and a management that seems to care little. I lived nearby and had relatives stay there. Complete nightmare. Surprised that BlogTO would give such a negligent hotel free advertising like this.
Sadie / October 19, 2013 at 08:51 pm
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If any tourist is reading this - avoid the Econolodge at all costs. That particular location is in the heart of crackhead heroin addict central and across the street from Hooker Harvey's. I'm sure you can figure out how the Harvey's acquired its nickname.
ad / October 19, 2013 at 08:53 pm
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I've worked in the travel industry and Bond Place is actually pretty nice. I've seen the room myself. Very modern and clean and well priced. Primrose is OK. The rest are pretty poorly rated. Would not stay in any of them.
Aegon / October 19, 2013 at 09:59 pm
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The front desk people at the Bond Place are rude and condescending. I stayed there 5 years ago and they treated me like a deadbeat criminal. Whenever I'm in Toronto, I stay at the Eaton Chelsea. Sure it's more expensive but it's in the center of town and their employees are super-friendly and have a concept of excellent customer service. I would never stay in the Bond Place again.
Surlyqbear / October 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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Super 8 Chinatown got a "most improved" from Marketplace (CBC) just last night. They gave it fairly high praise for it's cleanliness. I can see why it's number one.
YikesTO / October 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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PLEASE if any tourist is reading this, please do not following anything on this list.

I'm really surprised BlogTO is so hipster they need a budget hotel list.

I just looked at hotels near Pearson airport in November. You can stay at a CLASSY best western for 83 bucks a night, over a weekend. ($40 cheaper and a 4 star hotel)

Do NOT go to the econolodge on Jarvis. That place is just home to drug dealers and hookers.

This "top 10" article is just horrible. I'm really surprised BlogTO would promote some of these hell holes. Go stay at a decent hostel if you're looking to stay on a budget.
DNYBOY / October 20, 2013 at 02:50 pm
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I stayed at the super 8 in chinatown. I did it through hotels.com and bid for it so didn't know where i would end up. when super 8 came up i was a little afraid. it ended up being an amazing experience. basic, but clean and big rooms and great value!! I can't believe i'm saying this but i highly recommend the super 8!
DNYBOY / October 20, 2013 at 02:52 pm
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ummm...this is about hotels in toronto, not hotels by the airport idiot. nobody wants to come to toronto and stay in malton.
Mark / October 21, 2013 at 12:05 am
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As a place not to go, courtyard Marriott on young . Horrible service
emily / October 21, 2013 at 10:29 am
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I feel like this list should be qualified for "if you find yourself homeless and without much means." Otherwise, like other commenters have noted, tourists may mistake this as directed to them.

The Waverly hotel is also an option in keeping with those on the list (if it's still open?).
BillyO / October 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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This list is utterly useless. For about $120 give or take, us Hotwire or Priceline and get a proper four star hotel in a great location! Depending if you select east or west (these use Yonge as the dividing line), your looking at anything from The Intercontinental (on Front), 1 King West, Sheraton Centre, Renaissance Hotel (connected to Rogers Centre), Westin Harbour Castle. A few times I've got the Inter on Bloor or the Marriott (also on Bloor).

You'd be a fool to stay in anyone of these crappy places BlogTO has listed. Also, we haven't even touched on airbnb, where you can get condos/lofts for even cheaper. But for the sake of the argument let's just compare hotel to hotel. For around $120, sites like Hotwire/Priceline can't be beat - I just typed in a quite for this weekend, $126 for a hotel 'downtown west' - this almost always in my experience Sheraton Center, or can also be Intercontinental on Front or once in a blue moon the Renaissance. Either way, compare the quality of those hotels to the ones BlogTO has listed above
BillyO replying to a comment from emily / October 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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Emily - thankfully the Waverly's days are numbered...it'll be residence/rental apartments for UofT students. Good riddance
RexR / October 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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These are all fine for basic, budget tourist accommodation. Obviously the Fairmont or Westin is better, so if you get that on Priceline, great. But otherwise, these will be fine.

If you've got a few extra bucks, I'd avoid the chains and go somewhere more interesting -- the Beverley Hotel, Hotel Ocho, the Gladstone, or the Drake are all good.

The key advice for tourists is to stay somewhere central. The airport is super far away, and while the beaches is nice for living, it has nothing for visitors.
Management / November 26, 2013 at 10:21 am
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Our 124-year-old house receives visitors from all over the world. We have nine graciously appointed rooms with both shared and private bathrooms starting from $69 per night.

We offer housekeeping service, free fast Wi-Fi, cable TV, free local telephone calls, free parking on property and newly renovated communal kitchen and tea room with complementary tea and coffee.

Ours is a clean, charming and economical guest house located in the heart of the culturally diverse Annex district of downtown Toronto, immediately next-door to Spadina Subway station and right near a 24 hour grocery store.
budget hotels / February 21, 2014 at 10:00 am
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I Love Super 8 Chinatown and Days Inn (Beaches)Hotels.
meow / March 14, 2014 at 01:11 am
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me and my bf went to Days Inn beaches for fer14 and these were the worst 2 days of our lives...people were fighting outside of our doors, screaming, staff was fighting with people, it was just sooo bad. rooms were dirty, walls are so thin that you could hear people's whisper...very bad.
The Bond Place was 10/10 tho, really good.

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