The Best Cheap Hotels in Toronto
Cheap 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.
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.
"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 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »