Looking for the coolest hotels in Toronto? From the luxurious Bisha Hotel to the stylish Ace Hotel, these are the coolest places to stay in Toronto!
Sitting on the cusp of Canada and the USA, overlooking the waters of Lake Ontario, is the state capital of Toronto.
Toronto is such a fantastic city, and it is without a doubt one of the friendliest cities you’ll visit. That’s why it’s always voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world and such a fantastic place to work. I absolutely loved my time there, and I’ve been dying to go back ever since.
The whole city is an incredible celebration of multiculturalism, which shines out through its wonderfully diverse (and delicious) entertainment, shopping, and food options. It’s incredible array of styles also comes through in the hotels the city has to offer.
When it comes to the coolest hotels in Toronto, you really get to choose your own adventure.
There’s finding your zen in the earthy surrounds of house plant loving 1 Hotel. There’s diving into history while enjoying the tranquil gardens of Old Mill. Then there’s sleeping amongst the art at the vibrant cultural hub that is Gladstone House. Or, living large at Bisha, which has a whole floor designed by Lenny Kraviz.
So take a journey with me, and I’ll let you know those cool Toronto hotels you need to stay at. I’ve thrown in a quick cheat sheet on areas to stay in too. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Where to stay in Toronto
Downtown – Right in the centre of the action and home to the entertainment district, Downtown is where to stay if you want the best access to restaurants, attractions, galleries, and public transport.
Old Town – Sandwiched between Downtown and Lake Ontario, Old Town is where you’ll find the city’s historic buildings as well as popular tourist attractions such as the St. Lawrence Market.
West Queen West – Dubbed by Vogue Magazine as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods, West Queen (Street) West is full of indie bakeries and a vibrant art scene. Stay here if you’re craving culture.
Yorkville – Stylish and upmarket. This sophisticated neighbourhood is dotted with boutique hotels and shops. Stay here for fancy breakfasts and peaceful evenings.
Vaughan – Sitting on the outskirts of Toronto, close to Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park and Legoland Discovery Centre. This is a great option if you’re planning lots of day trips in your car.
Coolest hotels in Toronto
The St. Regis Toronto, Old Town
Staying at the St. Regis Toronto is the definition of luxury. Expect nothing but the finest as you spend your nights in one of their signature suites.
Enjoy soaking in a large, free-standing tub while gazing out at the Toronto skyline. Or lose yourself in the extravagant charm of the Louix Louis bar and restaurant, which has a 500 strong collection of dark spirits. Or, if jazz is more your style, make your way to the hotel’s Astor Lounge on the ground floor.
Located in Old Toronto, just a short walk from the Downtown area. Here you are perfectly located to explore the city and shoreline.
Bisha Hotel Toronto, Downtown
A daring combination of bold design, unusual textures and inspired photography creates the incredible appeal of Bisha Hotel. This hotel takes design very seriously. In fact, Lenny Kraviz and his firm were commissioned to deign an entire floor of the hotel!
Imagine rooms with sleek furniture, walls covered in framed photographs, and some mind bending geometric patterns. With the luxury and appeal of a playground for the rich and famous, you will feel like a rock star during your stay.
Be sure to take time to enjoy cocktails on the rooftop bar. The view of the skyline is unmatched!
1 Hotel Toronto, Downtown
Inspired by Toronto’s natural beauty, 1 Hotel harnesses natural elements such as wood, limestone, and natural fibres to create an earthy yet luxurious aesthetic. The beds in this hotel are wonderfully soft, like sleeping on a cloud. And each room comes with its own coffee machine, yoga mat, bathrobes, and filtered water points, so you’ll have everything you need to get you going.
1 Hotel is centrally located, but still wonderfully quiet inside. Spend a lazy afternoon reading a book by the pool, or hitting one of the exercise classes. Then make your way to dinner at one of the hotel’s four incredible restaurants. This hotel is infamous for making a killer Caesar cocktail too. If you know, you know.
The Hazelton Hotel, Yorkville
Get a taste of 1940’s inspired Hollywood glamour at The Hazelton Hotel. This boutique hotel offers large, comfortable rooms, and excellent bathrooms.
With plush bathrobes, marble tiling, rainfall showers and decadent toiletries, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed in no time. If that is not enough to mend your weary muscles, there is also an fantastic in-house spa which offers a variety of luxurious services.
Set in a gorgeous building in Toronto’s Yorkville district, you’ll have the city’s best boutique shopping and restaurants at your doorstep. There is also a superb restaurant and bar onsite, offering thoughtfully prepared dishes.
Hotel X Toronto, Downtown
How does catching a yoga class, sunbaking by a roof top pool, or playing a round of tennis, all without leaving your hotel sound? If you answered ‘fantastic!’, look no further than the Hotel X Toronto.
Dedicated to providing an incredible experience, the creators of Hotel X have gone above and beyond to maximise your enjoyment. The rooms are plush and luxurious, and offer cityscape or lake views. If you’re coming for a special occasion, you can even request for the rooms to be prepared with touches including balloons, rose petals, or a deluxe picnic.
Old Mill Toronto Hotel, York
Classical elegance and traditional style; the Old Mill is just minutes from the centre, but you’ll feel transported into a new world entirely. The historic Tudor style building and surrounding gardens are wonderfully tranquil, allowing for a truly restful stay.
Sticking with the traditional appeal, there is antique furniture throughout the hotel, with modern appliances mixed in. Each room is individually styled, some come with four poster beds, others with decorative fireplaces. There is also a classical lounge, complete with piano, which is a wonderful place to relax with a brandy and a book.
Gladstone House, West Queen West
Gladstone House is a delightful dichotomy of historic Toronto and modern art. The building itself was built in 1889 in the Victorian style, and maintains its traditional exterior.
Inside, however, there is an incredible combination of exposed brickwork, colourful artworks, and a plethora of plants. The rooms are individually curated and this boutique hotel features not one, but three art galleries!
Sitting just on the edge of the Little Tibet neighbourhood, this hotel is in the design and culture district. It is also the perfect location for South Asian food lovers, with incredible restaurants just a short stroll away!
The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel, Yorkville
From the moment you walk into The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel, you’re surrounded by cosmopolitan sophistication. Picture large chandeliers, a classy bar with old time appeal, and luxurious finishing touches.
On the top floor guests have access to a tranquil indoor pool as well as a fitness centre. There are also hair and manicure services, so you can be ready for all occasions. Excellently situated in the stylish Yorkville neighbourhood; this is one of the best Toronto hotels if you’re after a weekend of retail therapy at the nearby boutiques!
Located in are Downtown area, The Anndore House is perfect for a city stay. From old school telephones to i-pod attachable record players, it is the details that make this one of the coolest hotels in Toronto. Decorated in muted tones, and with temperature and lighting you can control, you’ll find the bedrooms the perfect place to rest between adventures.
This sleek, contemporary hotel has its own barbershop, so you can ensure you’re looking fresh before taking on the city. There also is an in-house cafe, as well as an excellent on site Mediterranean restaurant and lounge, serving up dinners and weekend brunches.
Alt Hotel, Toronto Airport
Trendy and modern, Alt Hotel offers guests a comfortable stay in stylish surroundings. Aside from its fantastic décor, what makes this one of the coolest hotels in Toronto is that it’s open and running around the clock. Day or night you can check in, grab some food, or workout.
Conveniently located near the Toronto airport, this is a great one for late arrivals. There is actually even a free train between the airport and the hotel. However, never fear about noise from the planes. This hotel is excellently insulated and you’ll have a peaceful night’s sleep.
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Vaughan
At the Homewood Suites the rooms are comfy and elegant, and come complete with work stations. This budget hotel has some great features. Not only is there an indoor pool and gym for you to enjoy, there is also a free hot breakfast daily. Monday to Thursdays guests are also treated to a complementary light meal!
Located on the outskirts of Toronto, this hotel has free parking on site. This is one of the best Toronto hotels if you’re visiting York University or Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park.
The Willowdale Hotel, North York
Located in the peaceful North York area, The Willowdale Hotel is a wonderful place to unwind between visits to central Toronto. The surrounding area has plenty of restaurants and cafes in walking distance, as well as parks and green spaces to relax or exercise in.
This boutique hotel features large rooms with modern furnishings and splashes of colour. And, the rooms come equipped with a kitchenette and coffee machine, so you can enjoy a morning brew before you even leave your suite.
Sonesta ES Suites, Markham
Situated in the northern neighbourhood of Markham, Sonesta ES Suites is a great option for your stay. This pet friendly hotel has both a BBQ area and an indoor pool, and offers a buffet breakfast each morning.
Some of the larger suites have multiple rooms that can fit up to four people and come with a full kitchen. That makes this a great option if you’re travelling with friends and want to self cater!
So, that’s my list of Toronto’s coolest hotels. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
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