Finding a hotel in a big city can be a hassle, in Toronto it can be a huge task. There are almost too many options to choose from and that can make the decision difficult. So, for all you new and seasoned travellers, we’ve compiled a list of the best hotels in Toronto, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury.
Claiming the title of Canada’s largest hotel, the Chelsea boasts 1,590 rooms, a terrific downtown location (just steps from Eaton Centre) and a family-friendly atmosphere. Check into this hotel and watch your kids be wowed as they’re high-fived by Spider-Man, charmed by CT (a chatty robot) and offered popcorn and drinks.
The Chelsea marked its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a $12-million refurbishment and upgrades to more than half of its guest rooms, as well as its lobby and four on-site restaurants. Working a laid-back, urban resort vibe, it offers an all-day concierge service, an adults-only pool area and free Wi-Fi. But the best part? It’s the second-floor Family Fun Zone, home of the “Corkscrew,” downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide. —Shelley Cameron-McCarron
Designed to resemble a bottle of champagne and bubbling over with works by Canadian artists, this 46-storey hotel is full of surprises. The light-filled lobby features a soaring glass entryway and fun pops of colour in the lemon and violet seating areas, and the 567 tastefully decorated guest rooms and 16 extended-stay suites offer expansive views of downtown or Lake Ontario. The hotel also boasts the award-winning SOCO Kitchen + Bar and a perfect location: the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and Rogers Centre are mere steps away. In winter, guests will enjoy the indoor walkways that connect the hotel to PATH— 30 kilometres of underground shopping and access to the subway. —Debra Smith
Four Seasons relocated its flagship property in 2012 with the opening of a 259-room high-rise in Yorkville. The interior palette of light wood and beige textiles provides a sleek backdrop to more than 1,700 showy art pieces that decorate the hotel, all by Canadians and curated by art consultant James Robertson. The lobby, for instance, houses large-scale wood and porcelain dandelion sculptures, hanging above reception, by Torontonian Alissa Coe. Meanwhile, the 24-hour gym and the 2,787-square-metre spa (the largest in the city, with 17 spacious treatment rooms) are dressed up in a stunning installation of gilded porcelain coral by Quebec artist Pascale Girardin. —Chadner Navarro
During baseball season, the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel may just be one of the best places to stay because it’s directly attached to the Rogers Centre—home of the Toronto Blue Jays—and is the only hotel in the world located right inside a major league stadium. But the real power-hitter is that 70 of the 348 larger-than-normal guest rooms (including nine two-level suites) look right out onto the field.
Nowhere else can you get out of bed, slide open your full-length window and watch the Jays’ closed-to-the-public morning practice. Come game time, order in some food and watch the action from the comfort of your suite or head to the hotel’s Sports Net Grill, which also overlooks the field. (Reservations required on game days).
Nearby: Take a tour of the Steam Whistle brewery, set in a historic locomotive roundhouse, and don’t leave without tasting its award-winning Pilsner. —John McGrath
The Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant, TOCA, is among the best fine-dining options in town, with an impressive glass-walled cheese cave as a focal point. Pairing options are endless between the collection of three-dozen local and international cheeses and 400 different bottles of wine. The hotel also offers its guests exclusive experiences at Niagara wineries, such as picking and stomping grapes at Flat Rock Cellars during the fall harvest, sampling from small batch barrels at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery or learning about organic and biodynamic wine production on a behind-the-scenes tour at Tawse Winery. Back at the hotel, indulge with a signature facial at Spa My Blend by Clarins. —Amber Gibson
Bonus: This hotel is the perfect home base for a day trip to Niagara’s wine country, which is about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto.
The decor dials up a vintage vibe. All rooms come with a vinyl record player and a minibar stocked with local treats while some feature private outdoor terraces. You can enjoy a free glass of wine (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) in the Bistro + Bar off the lobby before heading to The Rooftop for 360-degree views of the city skyline.
Skip the elevator as the stairwell features a timeline of the building’s history. There’s also a complimentary Lincoln car service to anywhere within five kilometres of the hotel.
Nearby: Stroll along Queen St. East, located just steps from the hotel’s front door, to the eclectic Leslieville neighbourhood, which is emerging as one of the city’s hippest places to dine, drink and shop. —Christy Wright