Toronto Hotels: The Top Boutique Hotels
One of Toronto’s best qualities has to be its eye for style and design. A city full of creative types and business-savvy entrepreneurs, it’s no wonder there are hip and elegant boutique hotels popping up all over town.
These accommodations embody the spirit of Toronto, combining sleek looks with all of the amenities and luxuries one comes to expect when staying in the heart of a cosmopolitan city. On your next visit, choose from one of these nine best boutique hotels in Toronto for a stay bursting with character.
The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel has been a landmark of Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood since 2004. This cutting-edge, 19-room hotel and its fantastic restaurant proved to be so popular that its concept has spread to a retail store (the Drake General Store, found right across the street), The Drake Devonshire hotel in Prince Edward County and three additional Drake restaurants in Toronto.
While the guest-rooms are quirky and fun, with fabrics in vibrant colours and walls lined with bold artworks, expect to be spending most of your time perusing the neighbourhood’s cafés and shops or sipping cocktails on the hotel’s Sky Yard rooftop patio.
The Beverly Hotel
On the other end of Queen Street from the Drake, closer to the downtown core, sits the Beverly, where guest rooms bear a minimalist yet stylish vibe. At the Beverly’s Carlotta bar, you can snack on Mexican tapas and sip craft cocktails beneath the glow of neon-pink lights. They also have a rooftop bar that’s a favourite among locals during the summer months
THE GLADSTONE HOTEL
Another Toronto legend, the Gladstone Hotel is a cultural hotspot, with 37 individually designed guest rooms that could double as museums. Each has been uniquely dressed by local artists using their unique visions, with themes such as the “Canadiana Room” and the “Surreal Gourmet Room”.
The Gladstone also has three dedicated gallery spaces, plus hosts local concerts and more than 45 exhibitions a year. If all that weren’t enough to impress, they also employ sustainable hotel practices and use locally made products wherever possible.
The Ivy at Verity
Sweet dreams are made of a stay at The Ivy at Verity, where a former chocolate factory has been converted into a boutique hotel in downtown Toronto. Playful, dollhouse-like rooms come coloured in pastel shades, with a generous dose of natural light.
While you’re here, don’t miss booking a table in the sophisticated dining room or on the courtyard terrace of the hotel’s GEORGE restaurant, which serves local fare that changes with the seasons. For additional pampering during your stay, check out the hotel’s Sweetgrass spa.
The Broadview Hotel
Boasting arguably one of the best views in the city, you’ll find The Broadview Hotel in Toronto’s up-and-coming Riverside neighbourhood in the city’s east end. Originally built in 1891, it was recently restored to become one of the best new hotels in the world, as voted by Travel + Leisure in 2018. With its Art-Deco-meets-hipster-chic style and a killer panorama of the skyline (a sight so good it we’ve mentioned it twice)—from bottom to top—the whole place is completely Insta-worthy.
The Thompson Hotel
Contemporary and chic, the Thompson is a top choice for discerning travellers who like their luxury a little bit edgy. The all-glass building glitters in Toronto’s King West Village, a neighbourhood brimming with nightclubs and restaurants that make it one of the city’s liveliest areas.
Rooms come with marble bathrooms, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to views of the downtown skyline and over Lake Ontario—a scene you can also soak up from the hotel’s rooftop pool.
The Annex enjoys a spot in the heart of Bloor Street, close to Toronto landmarks like the ROM and its Yorkville neighbourhood. “Like-a-local” vibes ring throughout the rooms, with a laid-back and unfussy decor that is reminiscent of the comforts of home. One of Toronto’s newest editions, the Annex is using modern-day concepts of hospitality, like online check-in and no front desk, which passes the extra savings in staff on to you.
The Hazelton Hotel
For the most glamourous stay in the Six, book a room at The Hazelton. The only 5-star hotel on this list, this is a hideaway for the elite when they come to town, occupying a corner of swanky Yorkville. Naturally, the Hazelton provides everything a guest would look for in a luxury stay, including a spa, a pool, and a restaurant headed by celebrity chef, Mark McEwan.
The Bisha Hotel
Seated in the Entertainment District, the Bisha Hotel is elegant, sophisticated and avant-garde. This sleek hotel rises 44 storeys, with a rooftop bar and pool as its cherry on top. Its stylish and artful guest rooms are seriously generous in size, with the smallest category coming in at 400 square feet/37 square metres.
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