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Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is a hub for business travelers, but also offers visitors many attractions such as the CN tower, the St. Lawrence Market and the Royal Ontario Museum, to name a few. When it comes to finding a great place to stay, there are a number of excellent boutique hotels in downtown Toronto in areas such as Yorkville, Yonge-Dundas, the entertainment district, as well as a few outside the city center. Here are the best boutique hotels in Toronto.
Best Overall: The Hazelton
A perennial favorite, TripAdvisor members gush about the 77-room, Hazleton Hotel because of its amazing location in downtown Toronto, spacious rooms, beautiful designs and outstanding service. Rooms and suites are inspired by 1940s-Hollywood films and feature zebrawood dressing rooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, as well as green granite bathrooms with heated floors, soaking tubs, rainfall showers and Juliet or private balconies. The fabulous on-site restaurant offers French and Italian dishes served on a tree-lined, candlelit patio. The tranquil spa is the perfect place to unwind before or after exploring the vibrant neighborhood of Yorkville.
Best Business: Hotel Le Germain
Located in the entertainment district just an easy walk from the financial district, Rogers Centre, CN Tower and the Toronto Convention Centre, the 122-room, Hotel Le Germain is a popular choice with business travelers. Catch a ride to your meeting in the Lexus courtesy car, squeeze in a workout in the fitness center, practice your swing on the putting green or mingle with colleagues at the rooftop terrace and bar. Rooms have goose down comforters, feather pillows and work stations with ergonomic chairs. Luxurious baths feature bamboo towels and rainfall showers. A continental breakfast is included in a room rates.
Best Luxury: Windsor Arms Hotel
For those seeking Old World grandeur, the 28-room, Windsor Arms Hotel is a gorgeous luxury hotel in the Yorkville neighborhood. Every room comes with butler service, regal furnishings and elegant décor, deep soaking tubs, an acoustic guitar and Molton Brown bath amenities. Larger suites may have hardwood floors, pianos, harps and separate living areas with sliding doors. A traditional afternoon tea is served in a lovely French-style lobby complete with a fireplace from 1927. Guests can relax in the spa with facials, aromatherapy scrubs, massages and body wraps or head to the fitness center to pump some iron. Two restaurants serve craft beer and comfort foods.
Best for Romance: Ivy at Verity
Couples seeking an intimate hotel experience should consider the Ivy at Verity, a four-room hotel that pampers its guests. Built from a restored 1850s chocolate factory, each of the four soundproofed rooms are fitted with heated wood floors, a stunning chandelier and luxurious soaking tubs with organic bath salts. The elegant and sophisticated rooms have private terraces that overlook a peaceful courtyard. Continental breakfast is delivered right to your door, and guests also have access to a 24-hour lounge and honor bar. The George restaurant serves fresh local dishes, while the spa offers a lovely pool, sauna and Jacuzzi – however it is a women’s only facility. The hotel is located in the historic Queen Street East district.
Best Amenities: SoHo Metropolitan
Located in the center of the entertainment district, the sleek, modern Soho Metropolitan is known for its special extras and its fantastic concierge. The 92 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, spacious marble baths with heated floors and soaking tubs, as well as bedside-controlled lights and drapes. Guests can utilize the complimentary luxury sedan service, fitness center with lap pool, soothing steam rooms and a personal trainer. A fabulous Chinese and dim sum restaurant is located in the hotel or guests can grab a morning bite at the bakery. TripAdvisor members frequently noted that the beds are some of the most comfortable they’ve slept in and that the staff goes above and beyond to remember the little details.
Best for Solo Travelers: The Drake Hotel
At 150 square feet, the most affordable rooms at the Drake Hotel are cozy, but they are perfect for solo travelers and the vibe at the hotel is funky and fun. There are several public spaces at the hotel to mingle with other guests (head to the Sky Yard outdoor patio or industrial-inspired lounge). The on-site restaurant serves favorites such as burgers, tacos and breakfast sandwiches with a creative twist. In the evenings, the Drake is quite the “scene,” so those staying in rooms adjacent to the underground venue should use the earplugs provided by the hotel – it can be noisy.
Best Budget: Madison Manor Boutique Hotel
Boutique hotels can often carry a higher price tag, but the 23-room Madison Manor Boutique Hotel offers some budget-friendly rates and an old-fashioned guesthouse ambiance. Located in a charming Victorian Mansiona just a block from the Spadina Subway station, the hotel offers several room categories on four different floors. Each room is styled differently, but all have features such as vintage furniture, fireplaces, balconies and work desks. A basic continental breakfast is available at the neighboring bar. TripAdvisor members noted that the hotel is located near student housing for the University, so it can be noisy on the weekends when school is in session. The hotel states that it is not suitable for very small children.
Best Pet-Friendly: The Saint James
The Saint James is a mid-priced boutique hotel that welcomes pets for a nominal charge, so you can bring your favorite companion along with you. The 28-room hotel is perched in the Yonge Street shopping district and is within walking distance to Toronto Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. Rooms rates include a basic breakfast, as well as a welcome gift bag with snacks. Parking is available at the covered lot next door for a fee, and although there is no fitness center on the property, guests receive discounts at the nearby gym and spa. TripAdvisor members appreciated that the subways and streetcar stops were close by.
Best Outside the City Center: The Old Mill
Located about 30 minutes from downtown Toronto in the beautiful Humber Valley, the Old Mild is an elegant, historic manor that follows modern, “earth-friendly” practices. The English estate hotel has extremely spacious rooms with panoramic views of the valley, four-poster mahogany beds, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and vintage furnishings. Exfoliate in the luxurious spa or dine in the on-site restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Swing by the jazz bar for live musical performances on the weekends. TripAdvisor members loved the charm and scenery and noted that it was still close to the local subway station if they needed to visit the downtown area.