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Toronto Accommodation Options

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Toronto, Ontario.
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is located in southern Ontario on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto is a global city, financial keystone and cultural centre. It is consistently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities because of its clean environment, high standard of living and low crime rates. This has made Toronto a primary destination for immigrants, creating a diverse population; half of the 2.5 million residents were born outside of Canada. The open and friendly attitude created by Toronto's cosmopolitan population continues to draw tourists to this great city and hundreds of hotels and motels accommodate them, offering a wide range of choices suited to any budget.

CENTRAL: DISCOVER DOWNTOWN TORONTO

From Bloor Street, the northern boundary of downtown, to the crystal waters of Lake Ontario in the south, and east to west from Bayview to Bathurst, Toronto's dynamic downtown core is a great place to stay. There are many accommodation choices providing visitors with comfortable and convenient lodging while exploring the city's central attractions.

Areas of interest include the Financial District, a unique blend of historic and modern architecture, the Fashion District, featuring international and Canadian designers in upscale boutiques, and the Entertainment District, packed with restaurants, nightclubs and theatres and home to Toronto's major league sports teams. Nearby attractions, including the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, also make downtown a convenient place to stay for sightseers.

The Soho Metropolitan Hotel, close to the CN Tower, is a boutique hotel in Toronto's trendy Soho District. This modern hotel is ideally suited to those who want luxury lodging; hotel amenities include a salon, spa, fitness centre, bakery, restaurant, bar and private dining rooms.


Similarly situated, Hotel Le Germain is also an upscale establishment featuring many amenities and personalized service. Or, visitors—especially those who have travelled to Toronto on business—can indulge in the opulence of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in the heart of the Financial District.

Comfortable downtown accommodations are also available at more affordable prices. In the Financial District, the Bridgestreet QWest can accommodate extended-stay visitors. In the Entertainment District, only a block from the harbour and CN Tower is the Residence Inn, which is well suited to families, and close by, Global Village Backpackers is ideal for those on a tight budget.

WEST: AROUND THE AIRPORT

Many travellers choose to stay overnight near Lester B. Pearson International Airport before a trip or while making a flight connection. The airport is located just west of downtown and is well connected to the city's core. There are many hotels specifically designed to meet the needs of short-stay travellers. Even economy chains, including the Travelodge and Days Inn, offer convenient amenities and services such as complimentary breakfast, 24-hour airport shuttle service and long-term parking.

In addition, those visiting the area on business will appreciate that mid-range hotels offer shuttles to downtown, and specifically southeast into the city's Financial District. Upscale airport hotels also offer amenities and services suited to executives such as complimentary high-speed Internet connections, business centres and meeting rooms. The Holiday Inn Select, Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Westin Bristol Place offer all of these conveniences as well as conference facilities.

SOUTH: ON THE HARBOURFRONT

A second airport, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (also known as the Toronto Island Airport and Toronto City Centre Airport) is located on an island just south of downtown. Regional flights operate to and from this airport. For travellers utilizing this facility, or for visitors who simply want a scenic setting, the Harbourfront of Lake Ontario is a great alternative to staying directly downtown.

The Harbourfront boasts stunning lake views as well as a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. Guests have an array of accommodation options in this area.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral is a well priced hotel offering rooms with spectacular views of the buzzing harbour. Guests can also appreciate the city panorama from the roof-top pool and hot tub. The Westin Harbour Castle, also situated on the Harbourfront, has stunning views from all guestrooms; the Toronto skyline rise towards the sky in the north while the glistening waters of Lake Ontario lie to the south. This hotel offers an impressive array of amenities as well as meeting and banquet space.

NORTH: EXPLORING HISTORIC YORKVILLE

A quieter, less hectic location for accommodation is found north of downtown, in historical Yorkville (also called Midtown). This area is convenient to the central districts while offering a slower pace. The southern border of Yorkville is Bloor Street, famed as one of the most luxurious shopping streets in North America. In addition to fashion boutiques, there is also a plethora of galleries, boutiques and cafes to be explored.

Many hotels are situated directly on Bloor Street. The InterContinental is conveniently located for those wanting to explore shops as well as culture at one of Toronto's famous museums; the Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum and Bata Shoe Museum are all within walking distance. The Holiday Inn is a more affordable option on Bloor Street and offers an array of amenities, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, a fitness facility and business centre.

EAST: FUN & SUN ON THE BEACHES

Another quieter option for accommodation is the fun and easy-going area known as the Beaches, east of the downtown. Visitors to this area will enjoy the eccentric cafes, trendy shops and gourmet restaurants as well as the friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere created by those enjoying the area's recreational opportunities. Visitors can take a stroll along the shores of Lake Ontario while watching people cycle, rollerblade, and play volleyball and Frisbee. There is ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities too, with a variety of sporting equipment rental shops.

Like other areas of Toronto, here there is a mix of expensive and economical accommodations. Both the Days Inn East and Cozy Suites Inn are affordable hotels that offer complimentary breakfast, parking and a wireless Internet connection.

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