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The Best Hotels in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 4, 2014

best hotels torontoThe best hotels in Toronto let you travel in style, no matter what your budget or your interests. Want to be in the heart of the art and design district, where the likelihood of getting inspired is about as easy as opening your door? Or are you looking to hobnob with the rich and famous? Want pampering, fine dining or a party? The best hotels in Toronto have something for everyone, even your pets.

Here are the best hotels in Toronto.

See also:

The best boutique hotels in Toronto
The best luxury hotels in Toronto
The best airport hotels in Toronto
The best cheap hotels in Toronto
The best hostels in Toronto
The Best B&B in Toronto

Drake Hotel

Drake Hotel

It may not have a swimming pool or a bird's eye view of the city, but there is still no cooler place to stay in Toronto than The Drake Hotel, the premier boutique hotel in the city. Food and drink are stellar at the café, bar and patio, and the hotel hosts a wide variety of art, music and cultural events. Rooms range from cozy extra small spaces ($169), to full suites ($319). More »

Gladstone Hotel

Gladstone Hotel

Each room at the Gladstone is uniquely designed by an artist, with its own theme and attributes. The Melody bar is known for its live music brunches and late night drinks, the ballroom for live music and dancing, and the gallery and second floor space for art and design. Staying competitive with the Drake, rooms run between $189 and $375 for the best, a corner suite with a Queen bed. More »

Shangri-La Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La is arguably Toronto's most luxurious hotel, and one of the tallest buildings in the city. Start in the hotel's gym, but finish at Bosk, the hotel's bar and restaurant. Or better yet, sneak over Momofuku next door. You'll be paying for those views, though; rooms start at $375 a night, and the executive suites, up around the 17th floor, well the sky's the limit on those. More »

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

The name is synonymous with fine hotel living, and Toronto's Ritz-Carlton is no exception, with city and lake views, a beautiful cocktail bar and Canada's only cheese cave At $445 to $595 a night there are no cheap seats to this lux locale, but when you're putting on the Ritz, you're usually putting on the credit card anyway. More »

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

"Where are you staying?" "The Four Seasons." See how nicely that rolls off the tongue? With 55 storeys, a relaxation pool and fitness facilities, plus Michelin starred chef Daniel Boulud's Café Boulud, the Yorkville's asking price - $455 for a basic room, $815 for a premier suite- doesn't seem so steep. The presidential suite, though - that's going to cost you. More »

Thompson Hotel

Thompson Hotel

Part of the Thompson chain, this boutique hotel is probably best known for its killer rooftop pool, downstairs nightclub as well as the Thompson Diner and newly opened Colette Grand Cafe full of good eating. The diner is 24 hours, too, so you can get something anytime. Rooms range in price from $309-$2500, perfect for (nearly) every budget. More »

Hotel Le Germain

Hotel Le Germain

With rooms between $285 and $1400, Hotel Le Germain covers all the bases. They even have two locations, one at Maple Leaf Square and the other on Mercer St. just steps from the Club District and King West. Their commitment to the environment is of note, as all surplus hotel supplies are distributed to local charities during the holidays. More »

Hazelton Hotel

Hazelton Hotel

Dubbed "Toronto's first true luxury hotel", the Hazelton Hotel remains one of the city's best. Notable features include the private screening room for 25 guests, the Hazelton Spa and Mark McEwan's One restaurant. It's pet and celebrity-friendly, with rooms from $475 upwards, peaking at the three bedroom presidential suite, fit for a king (or president). More »

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

The Park Hyatt is in the beautiful corner building at Bloor and Avenue Road and the roof top lounge have old world charm and breath taking views. It's a place for codgy businessmen to enjoy their Morton's Steakhouse, and the rich aunts love the Stillwater spa. Rooms run $289 to $1289. More »

Discussion

19 Comments

Joe / August 4, 2014 at 01:26 am
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Clearly this list is drawn up by a Queen West hipster...
Drake? Gladstone? Sure they are somewhat good, overpriced hotels. Not the best in Toronto for sure!
Many more better hotels that are mentioned on the list. Hell... for the price of a room at the Drake and Gladstone. You can say in a Signature Fairmont Room at the Royal York and get an amazing renovated room for half the price that you would spend at the Drake or Gladstone.
As a travel agent, I have the opportunity to stay at many hotels and I can confidently say that the Drake and Gladstone do not deserve to be on this list for a variety of reasons...
-Rooms are tiny
-Service blows
-Most concentrated on the entertainment at the hotel, instead of actual guests staying there.
-Brutal Room Service


DL replying to a comment from Joe / August 4, 2014 at 10:53 am
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Yeah, this all day. Pretty much minus the first two and add in the Trump Hotel and Soho Met, with the new Southcore Delta reserved a spot when it opens.
BIG MIKE / August 4, 2014 at 11:04 am
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Best Western Primrose at Carlton/Jarvis
W. K. Lis / August 4, 2014 at 11:48 am
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Would Rob Ford's mom rent out Rob's old room to some out-of-town Ford Nation people?
Emm / August 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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Oh yeah, The Drake is fabulous if you want to pay $300 a night to NOT sleep even while wearing industrial ear plugs and have the manager Jonathan stalk you if you dare post an honest review about your stay! Brutal.
KM / August 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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"The rooftop pool is always full of babes..." -- are we still in 1986?
Chris / August 4, 2014 at 01:23 pm
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"No matter what your budget" ... riiight. The least expensive rooms on the list are "cozy extra small spaces" for $169.

News flash: that's not "no matter what your budget."
AP replying to a comment from KM / August 4, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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I was glad to already see a comment about that line. Women are not lounging around in pools simply for the pleasure of others. They are not eye candy. It is disappointing that the editor allowed that sexist line to be published.
Al / August 4, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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If you're the kind of person who likes to go to dance clubs in the "club district" you might enjoy staying at The Thompson Hotel. Everyone else should avoid it like the plague.
Bay St. Guy replying to a comment from Chris / August 5, 2014 at 10:45 am
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Well the post was "The Best Hotels in Toronto" so I'm not sure what you were expecting. If $169 isn't in your budget perhaps you can wait for a post along the lines of "Best Motels in Toronto" or "Best Places to Stay in Scarborough".
Bay St. Guy replying to a comment from AP / August 5, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Have you been there AP because it sounds like you haven't. Take a walk with your feminist rant or at least go there before you jump onto your high horse. I can assure you those who go there go to be seen.
SteveM / August 5, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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The Park Hyatt is across from the ROM at Avenue and Bloor isn't it?
sw / August 7, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Everyone I know that's stayed at the Thompson has completely panned it. Apparently the walls are so paper thin, you can hear your neighbour breathing. If someone walks down the hall in the middle of the night, it sounds like they're walking through your room. The service is inconsistent. We put all our clients up in the Trump now. Service is incredible, rooms are just right.. Seriously avoid Thompson.
Slick Rick replying to a comment from Bay St. Guy / August 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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seconded...bravo.
Kurt / August 13, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Do people always lump the Gladstone & Drake together just because they're on the same strip? I've never really understood it. They are such completely different places, with different clientele. I will admit to being a Gladstone goer, and mostly avoid the Drake, so maybe to outside eyes they are the same?
Wes replying to a comment from Kurt / August 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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People group them together because they are similar venues offering similar events and arts. The clientele is actually very similar some of us that live in the area will go to either place based on the particular happening on any given night.
YÉSEUL / August 14, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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I am looking for a hotel to stay with my friends. They came to Toronto for a trip! Now, they are staying in houses,but I want to make special memory with them. Of course, I can make good memories without staying at a hotel but it will make more fun for us for sure. Especially, I want to stay in Shangri-La hotel after reading this post, because I heard that its reputation. all of my friends who went to this hotel in Mactan city of The Philippines complimented it. I am not sure whether it will be nice or not in Toronto. I wish it makes our trip nicer
Best Hotels / August 31, 2014 at 01:12 am
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Are You searching best hotels in the world?
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