London and New York are often the cities that get the most credit for their thriving downtown scenes. However, those who know Toronto, know that this Canadian metropolis deserves to be much more famous for its exciting city centre! Downtown Toronto has it all. Catch a touring Broadway musical at Princess of Wales Theater or a movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where the Toronto Film Festival is held every year. Canadians love their sports teams, and many games take place in the Rogers Centre or Scotiabank Arena right downtown. There are also many other attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum or CN Tower, where you can feel on top of the world from its panoramic observatory. If you want to stay in the heart of it all, and don’t mind treating yourself to luxury accommodation, check out the 10 best hotels in downtown Toronto, Canada.
The Ritz-Carlton name is synonymous with the best the hotel world has to offer, and the Ritz-Carlton Toronto is no exception. You’ll be getting the top of the line in hospitality at this beautiful spot where traditional design meets contemporary innovation. Each room is a luxury in itself with deep soaking tubs and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline. Pamper yourself at the spa with a saltwater pool, hot tub, and sauna. Stick with your routine at the 24-hour fitness centre with personal training options. Drink and dine at one of the three different restaurants and bars on sight. Treat yourself to access to the Club Lounge, a private spot on the 20th floor with premium alcohol and meals.
Stay on the cutting edge of luxury in the heart of downtown at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto. This hotel is a designer’s dream, with décor that is both elegant and contemporary. In the lobby, enjoy pieces like modern, Asian-inspired ink drawings and fashion designs enclosed in glass cases. In each room, there is upscale and comfortable furniture along with an in-room iPad, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a mini bar. The hotel also features a swimming pool, fitness centre with training equipment and a yoga studio, and the Bosk Restaurant which serves meals all day.
You’ll feel like the place was designed just for you when you check into the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. This boutique accommodation has the guest first and foremost in mind, with touches like heated bathroom floors, fitness coaches, and full-service spa treatments available to all. The hotel has a bar on sight and is attached to a hamburger restaurant for convenient indulgence, but also has a fitness centre and lap pool for you when you feel like a workout.
Toronto’s entertainment district has one of the best performance scenes in Canada, if not the world, so stay right in the heart of it while you’re in town for a show. Le Germain Toronto is just steps away from Metro Hall, Second City Toronto, and more entertainment spots, as well as many of the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer. With its elegant yet edgy design, the night will still feel thrilling when you return home after dinner and a show. Even if you’re not out on the town, Le Germain has things to offer for a relaxing day in, like complimentary breakfast, a complimentary cappuccino bar in the library, and a seasonal putting green on the rooftop.
You’ll feel like royalty during your stay at the Omni King Edward Hotel. Outside, the hotel’s historic stone exterior makes it look like a castle in the centre of Toronto. Inside, the lobby is like a grand hall with tall columns and large portraits on the walls. Each room is fit for a king, with classy design and cushions printed with crowns. A buffet breakfast, 24-hour concierge service, and spa and fitness centre are just a few more amenities that will make you feel like you’re getting the royal treatment during your stay.
The CN Tower is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions. It is the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, soaring 553 meters (1815 feet) above the ground below. You’ll get excellent views of the tower from many places in the city, but the Bisha Hotel has one of the best viewing spots in all Toronto. The Bisha is very close to the CN Tower and has a rooftop deck with an infinity pool that is almost right next to it! The Bisha Hotel itself is another impressive building, with an exterior made of brick and glass. Inside, the decor is uniquely modern, with famous designers like Allesandro Munge and Lenny Kravitz adding to its contemporary style. The hotel features three restaurants as well as a lobby bar. Each room has its own coffee maker and a flat-screen TV.
Whether you’re in town for business, perhaps at the nearby Metro Toronto Convention Center or pleasure, the InterContinental Toronto Centre is a great hotel option. The InterContinental is both chic and comfortable, with both comfortable furniture and desks for working in every room. Each room has a safety deposit box, iron, and mini bar. Plus, a kettle, green tea, and slippers are available at any time upon request. If you need to catch up on work, head down to the business centre where a staff member will be able to assist you. If you’re ready to relax after a long day working or sightseeing, head to the full-service spa or swimming pool.
You can’t go wrong with a classic, which is why you’ll always make the right choice by staying at a Hyatt Regency hotel. The Hyatt Regency Toronto is a traveller’s dream, with all of your needs anticipated before you even check in. Each room has amenities like an iron and board and toiletries, along with a view of Toronto or Lake Ontario from every window. If you have to catch up on work or your laundry, take advantage of the Hyatt’s business centre and dry cleaning services. After a long day of sightseeing, take a dip in the rooftop pool to cool off or warm up after a cold day in the sauna. There is even a restaurant on site for convenience called the King’s Street Social Kitchen and Lounge, where you can enjoy regional dishes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Most people travel to mix things up from their daily lives, but the real treat is when you find a hotel that is both luxurious but homey! That is what you’ll experience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown. The rooms are cosy yet elegant, with a safe, coffee maker, and air conditioning in every room for convenience. Suite rooms also feature kitchenettes with a stovetop, fridge, and microwave so you can even make home cooked meals. Guests are even welcomed with signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies upon arrival! There will be no better place to return after a long day touring Toronto.
Many of the hotels on this list have a contemporary atmosphere with stylish, modern design. The Grand Hotel and Suites is no less luxurious but has a traditional hotel vibe that will transport you to another era. Have a meal or afternoon tea in the glass-walled restaurant alcove that evokes a greenhouse environment. Float in the indoor pool while gazing up at the stained-glass roof overhead. The Grand Hotel and Suites is not outdated by any means: each room has a kitchenette with hardwood floors and a marble bathroom. There are also a spa, fitness centre, and gift shop on site, as well as a rooftop pool with a hot tub overlooking the city.
Stay in the heart of Toronto and don't miss a thing
Toronto’s downtown is an area where culture and entertainment thrive at its performance and sporting venues, museums, galleries, and more. These cultural institutions are amazing on their own, but they are interwoven with delicious restaurants, swanky bars, and trendy clubs that make having fun even more irresistible. Surrounded by towering skyscrapers and a cosmopolitan population, after a few days staying at a hotel in downtown Toronto you’ll see why this is one of the great cities of the world!
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