There are nearly 200 hotels in Canada’s largest city so there are plenty to choose from. But be sure to book well in advance if you’re considering attending the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Here are seven of the best properties in Toronto—ranging from luxury and boutique properties to budget hotels.
The chic Le Germain, in downtown Toronto, is part of a small French Canadian family-run hotel group and set in a former fashionable hat factory. The 123 rooms and suites at Le Germain Hotel have stylish dark wood furnishings, gray concrete ceilings, and Venetian blinds. The bistro Victor has mastered the art of grilled food and also features a raw bar. Visit the cafe for breakfast then stop by the charming cocktail bar later that evening. Perhaps the best feature is that the hotel doesn’t have a specified check out time.
The Drake Hotel is one of the hottest spots in the city to enjoy drinks, food, culture, and more—both in the hotel and in the surrounding area of Queens Street West. Since opening over a decade ago, the hotel that was once a former vacant apartment building, has been a firm favorite among creative types. The 19 rooms are somewhat petite but the vintage, kitschy decor more than makes up for the lack of space. The hotel also has a fitness center, in-house bars (often with live entertainment), and bike rentals.
The Distillery district, as the name suggests, once housed a large whiskey facility. Today the pedestrian-only area with its 19th-century buildings and cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries. In keeping with the area, The Broadview Hotel, a historic east end neighborhood landmark nearby, built in 1891 has recently been restored as a 58-room boutique hotel. Each room has a unique design and includes a vinyl record player and a mini-bar with locally sourced goods.
In the heart Toronto’s theater district, Bisha has plenty of its own on-site entertainment, with a large rooftop restaurant, bar and infinity pool, all 44 floors up. The Bisha Hotel features 96 rooms and suites all decorated with natural stone, leather and rich textiles. In keeping with the entertainment vibe, musician Lenny Kravitz with Kravitz Design, designed 14 rooms and suites on the seventh floor—including the 2,000 square foot, two-level “Bisha suite.” It features a massive private terrace with views of the CN Tower.
The Thompson Hotel is in one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods of King West Village. It is a celebrity hotspot, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival. The contemporary design of its 105 rooms is by New York design firm Studio Gaia. The Thompson Hotel rooftop lounge and swimming pool are spectacular and the food and drink offering is excellent, with the Thompson Diner opened 24 hours a day.
Located right on fashionable Yorkville Avenue, one of the city’s best shopping streets, the Four Seasons Hotel is a luxury hotel with elegant rooms and Cafe Boulud, a French brasserie by Chef Daniel Boulud. The 259 rooms, spread over 21 floors, feature king sized beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and modern design