Toronto is having a moment right now. Canada’s largest city is thriving in food and drink, arts and culture and has has been rated as one of the top five most liveable cities in the world for the past few years by Forbes. And thanks to its growing international exposure (we love you, Drake!), it’s a must-see destination too. Whether you’re in the city for a weekend or extended stay, we’ve ranked our top 5 Toronto hotel picks.
The Hazelton Hotel
Where: Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood (118 Yorkville Avenue).
When: The Hazelton Hotel is always a luxurious stay, but if you’re celebrating something special, make sure to book their “Celebration” package. Your stay includes a spacious guestroom or suite, complete with a welcome gift of champagne, fresh fruit and flowers.
Why: The sceney ONE Restaurant, which is owned and operated by celebrity Chef Mark McEwan, is the perfect locale for a night of people watching. Meanwhile, The Spa at Hazelton is a favourite of locals and celebs alike.
Rooms start at $475/night (approx.USD$370) and more information can be found at thehazeltonhotel.com.
The Ivy at Verity
Where: Located in a restored 1850s chocolate factory in the historic Queen Street East district (111D Queen St. East).
When: Enjoy the Ivy’s prime location in the summer, where you can walk to the nearby historic Distillery District and enjoy lunch on a patio.
Why: With only four rooms, The Ivy is more like a homey B&B than a hotel. Breakfast is made in-house and delivered to your room each morning. Other amenities include George Restaurant, Sweetgrass Spa, and a women-only fitness centre and pool. Rooms start at $339/night (approx. USD$263) and more information can be found at theivyatverity.com.
Where: Located steps from Chinatown and Kensington Market (195 Spadina Avenue).
When: Pedestrian Sundays in the summer months at Kensington Market are not to be missed. Browse eclectic shops and find one-of-a-kind goods to pack in your suitcase.
Why: Hotel Ocho has twelve rooms that offer great views of downtown Toronto. The trendy restaurant serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and drinks. There’s also a spectacular event space, should you feel the need to make a statement. Rooms start at $238/night (approx. USD$185) and more information can be found at hotelocho.com.
The Templar Hotel
Where: Toronto’s Entertainment and Fashion District (348 Adelaide St. West).
When: Book a room during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to be close to all the action. Who knows, you might even spot a celebrity.
Why: Dubbed as ‘Toronto’s Secret Hotel’ the Templar is a hidden gem and allows guests to have a zen-like sanctuary in the heart of a big city. Rooms start at $259/night (approx. USD$200) and more information can be found at templarhotel.com.
The Drake Hotel
Where: Trendy West Queen West (1150 Queen Street West).
When: Enjoy the Drake during the summer months, as it boasts one of the city’s best rooftop patios, Sky Yard.
Why: The rooms at The Drake are individually decorated with funky, eclectic décor, contemporary art, mid-century inspired furniture and hardwood floors. The hotel also hosts a variety of art, music, and cultural events. Rooms start at $169/night (approx. USD$130) and more information can be found at thedrakehotel.ca.
Where: In the centre of Toronto’s financial and entertainment district (188 University Avenue).
When: The floor to ceiling windows at this hotel offer stunning views of the CN Tower.
Why: Start your day by heading to the hotel’s Health Club, with a beautiful, contemporary pool and water features. Finish your day off with a drink at Bosk, the hotel’s bar, and restaurant, or sneak over to Momofuku next door. Rooms start at $375/night (approx. USD$290) and more information can be found at shangri-la.com.