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Where to stay in Toronto: tips for well-located hotels

Updated November 20, 2021 by Thiago Khoury

Already know where to stay in Toronto? Toronto is one of those big metropolises, full of people and attractions. There are two subway lines that facilitate our displacement and make the script flow without any difficulty.

But for the itinerary to flow without any difficulty, it is essential to stay in a central place with easy access to the subway, and this often includes a certain investment.

I want to give you two tips on where to stay in Toronto that I believe will help a lot, mainly because of the great value for money.

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Tips on where to stay in Toronto

Before showing you where I stayed and where I recommend that you check prices during the period of your trip, I decided to give you four important tips on where to stay in Toronto, so that everyone can look for other options on their own:

  • First rule for staying in Toronto: stay close to a metro station

Remember that the city has two main lines: the Yonge-University-Spadinaalso called the yellow line, which crosses the center from north to south, and the Bloor-Danforthalso called the green line, which crosses the center from east to west.

The main stations, or the ones most likely to be used during your trip, are on the yellow line: Wellesley, College, Dundas, Queen, King and Union.

At the intersection between the yellow and green lines we have two other stations, one of which is precisely the most popular of them, Bloor-Yonge.

Following the green line, heading west we have two other stations next to Bloor-Yonge that are also worth a search: Bay and St. George.

Any accommodation option very close to these stations will always be a good choice!

  • Second rule for staying in Toronto: search in advance and look for promotions in the options closest to Bloor-Yonge station

You can’t go wrong who chooses the surroundings of Yonge-Dundas Square. This is the most central region with the largest number of attractions and restaurants in the adjacent blocks.

  • Third rule for staying in Toronto: opt for lesser-known hotel chains

You may not settle for a legitimate Canadian, but less popular hotel chains usually have the best prices and are great lodging options.

  • Fourth rule for staying in Toronto: watch out for hostels on the right of Javis Street

I would choose the University of Toronto New College Residence, which is right next to the university and has the best reviews. If you are looking for something even further down, and therefore closer to the center, the HI-Toronto Hostel is one of the top three and has a pool bar at the reception.

Two Great Hotels in Downtown Toronto

The first is the Pantages Hotel & Spa, one of my best surprises in town.

It all started in an attempt to fix something around Yonge-Dundas Square. The best prices were at the Bond Place Hotel, but I remember I got a lightning offer that cut 60% off the final price of the Pantages.

Pantages is a little bit of everything: apartment, spa, business, boutique…

I remember being amused when I went down in an elevator next to a young woman in athletic gear and an oversized golden lab who sniffed me all the way to the lobby.

Where to Stay in Toronto: Pantages Reception…

Where to stay in Toronto: Pantages

… suite room with a queen bed

Where to stay in Toronto: Pantages

Where to stay in Toronto: Pantages

The place is charming and the rooms are huge, all with full kitchens and laundry facilities. The staff are extremely friendly and attentive, especially the bartender at the martini bar who is the kind of guy who drinks on duty.

Well, now I’m going to give you a second tip.

A week later I changed my address: I decided to go down to the Financial District and stayed at the Strathcona Hotel, between St. Andrew and King.

Unlike the Pantages, the rooms at Strathcona are smaller and the accommodation is exclusively business – I changed the martini bar for a sport bar in the basement.

Strathcona Hotel is very close to the Harbor and a block from a string of three or four very good restaurants and pubs – search the internet: Jack Astor’s, Joe Badali’s, The Loose Moose…

Strathcona Hotel is next to the Fairmont Royal York, the Fairmont of Toronto that is one of the stops of the Airport Express, the bus that connects the city to the airport.

Check out the video I recorded during my stay at Strathcona:

Where to stay in Toronto: Strathcona

And you, what are your tips for where to stay in Toronto?

Leave a comment and tell us what you think about these or other tips for lodging in Toronto, comments are great sources of information here on the blog.

Other blog tips for planning your trip:

Already know where to stay in Toronto? I selected the best hotels around Yonge-Dundas Square and Nathan Phillips Square. I’ve stayed at Pantages and I recommend it, the location is perfect!

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