Toronto's best digs for your work, play, and pleasure

Published On 08/09/2013 Published On 08/09/2013

If you're going to, er, TO, you'll wanna know where to stay, so that's why we've plowed through the extensive selection of hotels on offer and put together this gloriously all-encompassing list of the city's best sleeperies, broken down for any budget or occasion.

The business for business:

Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street W
Toronto’s Royal York Hotel is undoubtedly the most iconic in the city. Steeped in history and loaded with amenities, it's packed with five restaurants, four lounges, ultra-lux rooms, and mad flags. Not that you'd need to, but if you do find yourself leaving, you’ll be in the heart of the city, too.

For a slightly more modest investment:

The Strathcona 60 York St
Steps from the Financial District and Union Station, The Strathcona’s uber-convenient location and totally reasonable pricing are aided by a crazy 11 different room types, incl. six business-specialized "executive" sleepers w/ desks, WiFi, flatscreens, and rain showers.

For having a baller time:

The Thompson Hotel 550 Wellington St W
You'll be able to sense the sleek, exquisite atmosphere of the Thompson Hotel from the street. This high-end boutique hotel has dark, cozy rooms with Dean & Deluca minibars and infinity bathtubs (note: just one per room). It's also home to Scarpetta (a regular on Toronto's best restaurant lists), there's a rooftop patio, and the staff members are some of the most professional in the city.

For having a baller time, at a non-baller price:

Bond Place 65 Dundas St E
Boasting simple yet sleek wood-floored rooms (that come w/ free WiFi & iPod docks), BP is really all about the location; a short walk to Yonge and Dundas, you can catch a free show at Y&D Square, roll down bar-magnets Queen/Church Street, and hit the Rogers Center all within minutes.

For some no-expense-spared romance:

The Old Mill 21 Old Mill Rd
This Tudor-style mansion has an on-site spa, fine diner, jacuzzis, working fireplaces, and pretty extensive gardens for getting all romantic and such. There's even a couples package, in case you want to go the extra mile and get your four-post bed strewn with heart-shaped rose petals, wine, truffles, and, strangely, zero cheese.


Or for pleasing both your lady and your wallet:

Rent a cabin on a Toronto Island
There are a bunch to choose from on Ward's and Algonquin island, ranging from B&B's to entire cottages and even a boathouse. They're all totally affordable and will net you a mad-romantic city skyline view (plus beaches with rentable kayaks... because kayaking's romantic, right?).

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1. The Fairmont Royal York 100 Front St W, Toronto, M5J 1E3

The Fairmont Royal York offers luxury at its finest -- just look at the famous Imperial Room if you don't believe us. Take a trip to their health club and spa, dine in one of their five in-house restaurants, and enjoy a drink at the Library Bar.

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2. The Strathcona 60 York St, Toronto, M5J 1S8

Situated in downtown Toronto, within two blocks of CN tower and theater and financial districts, The Strathcona has premier business accommodations amidst an entertaining atmosphere. This independent hotel has a cafe, pub, fitness center, and massage services on location so you can relax before your meeting or night on the town.

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3. The Thompson Hotel 550 Wellington Street W, Toronto, M5V 2V4

A premiere boutique hotel, Thompson Hotel is an oasis of luxury serving a variety of dining options from gourmet comfort food to Italian cuisine, wondrous patios and ceiling-high windows to truly make you feel on top of the world.

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4. The Bond Place Hotel 65 Dundas St E, Toronto, M5B 2G8

Located in downtown Toronto, the newly renovated Bond Place Hotel offers comfortable accommodations in a contemporary setting. All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs and spa bathrooms, and patrons are given access to the state-of-the-art fitness center and in-house restaurant.

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5. The Old Mill 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, M8X 1G5

Almost a century old, The Old Mill Inn & Spa is a quaint cottage-style hotel with a large fine dining restaurant, jazz bar, and extensive spa amenities on-site. Its whimsical location amidst the Humber River and valley makes it a destination for weddings, tourism as well as corporate events.



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