Toronto

Hotels in Toronto

Cosmopolitan, cultural, and achingly cool, Toronto is a real crowd pleaser of a city. Trendy bars and restaurants open on a weekly basis, and during the summer the city springs to life with a massive selection of festivals. Toronto may be the largest city in Canada, but it’s far from being a concrete jungle. Lush parks and pretty gardens make it distinctly liveable.

Toronto has attracted immigrants from all over the world and often claims to be the most culturally diverse city on Earth. Whether this is true or not, there’s no denying that Toronto is a real melting pot. Immigrant enclaves are dotted throughout the city, and it’s totally possible to eat the world without leaving the city boundaries.

There are lots of hotels in Toronto to choose from, whether you’re looking for a budget stay or a more romantic boutique experience. Toronto is a huge city, with many districts, and each one has its own characteristics. Wherever you end up staying, you should definitely make the effort to get out and explore.

Central Toronto

Hotels in downtown Toronto are perfect for people who love to be in the heart of the action. It’s the commercial centre of the city, with a thriving financial district, excellent shopping streets, and plenty of restaurants and bars. During the summer you can enjoy free concerts and festivals along the Harbourfront, and during the winter you can shelter from the poor weather in the subterranean PATH shopping centre.

West End

Quite a few of Toronto’s multicultural neighbourhoods can be found in the West End, and recent gentrification has made the district one of the most sought after areas to live in the city. As well as the culinary delights of Little Italy and Little Portugal, visitors to the West End can also enjoy trendy bars and cafes in West Queen West and Parkdale.

East End

The East End is another cosmopolitan district, and is a great place to base yourself during your trip to Toronto. Bohemian Leslieville is a great place to pick up objets d’art, while diverse cuisine can be found in Greektown and Little India. Queen Street East has plenty of trendy cafes and bars along the beach boardwalk, while Church and Wellesley has an LGBT nightlife that could rival San Francisco’s.

Midtown

Get a taste for life in Toronto in residential Midtown. Hotels in Midtown are few and far between, but if you prefer your accommodation peaceful it’s a good idea to seek them out. There are lots of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the area as well as some quirky shops in Bayview Avenue. The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens are a great place to relax, and they also offer access to two forested areas perfect for trail runners.

The Islands

Just a short ferry trip from the mainland, The Islands is a quintessential North American summer resort. No cars are allowed, but it’s easy to get around on foot. It’s a good place for summer diversions: there’s a beach, boating lake, and amusement park as well as picturesque gardens and a maze. The Islands offer a great view of the city skyline, too, and even boast their own airport: Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ).   

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