The Best Boutique Hotels in Toronto
A cosmopolitan Canadian city found on the northwestern coast of Lake Ontario, Toronto should top every traveller’s hit list. With soaring skyscrapers, lakeside views, a world-class dining scene and happening nightlife, you’ll never be bored in this bustling metropolis.
A hotel is your home away from home and can certainly make or break your holiday, but luckily, Toronto is packed with stunning boutique hotels that will make your stay truly memorable. From fancy rooftop bars and infinity pools to delicious restaurants and Instagram-worthy suites, here are five of Toronto’s best boutique hotels.
Located within Toronto’s historic factory buildings in King West Village, at Thompson Hotel you’ll have Toronto’s eclectic nightlife, food and fashion at your fingertips. Aside from its perfect location, this 4-star hotel has ambience dialled in. The rooms are spacious and boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city skyline and the glistening waters of Lake Ontario.
You can also get a taste of Toronto’s nightlife without having to step foot outside the hotel building. On the lower floor, you’ll find Wildflower, a lounge where epic beats, eats and cocktails come together to create one of the best bars in the city. There’s also a sophisticated lobby bar for you to grab a cheeky nightcap after a day of exploring, a relaxed diner open 21 hours a day, and a stunning rooftop lounge and pool. You’ll never want to check out.
What was once a rundown apartment building, The Drake has been transformed into one of the coolest places to stay in Toronto. Dripping in colour and serving up bright retro-style decor, every corner of this hotel is ‘gram-worthy.
Not just a place to sleep, this hotel is a hot bed for culture. Sip cocktails at the ultra-cool Lounge bar, treat your ears to live music at Drake Underground, and tuck into one of the best burgers in Toronto at the sun-soaked rooftop patio, Sky Yard. The Drake is super close to the Queen Street West shopping area and the trendy bars at Ossington Avenue.
Bisha Hotel Toronto
If you’re after an edgy place to stay in downtown Toronto, look no further than Bisha Hotel. Designed by rockstar Lenny Kravitz, there’s a super cool, rocker sensibility breathed into every corner of this hotel. With a touch of this 1970s glamour, the rooms fuse geometric patterns with crushed velvet and a dark, muted palette. There are also thoughtful touches of luxury at every point: from the marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and heated floors to the in-room amenities by BYREDO, a modern European luxury fragrance house.
The same glamorous style transcends to both the lobby bar, Mister C (boasting a meticulously curated cocktail list) and rooftop bar, KŌST (pronounced ‘coast’) which offers incredible views from the 44th floor. Be sure to check out Akira Back, the hotel’s restaurant serving Japanese cuisine with Korean and Canadian twists, and French Made, the hotel’s patisserie and cafe.
The Beverley Hotel
For those looking for a comfortable yet cost-effective stay, check out The Beverly Hotel. With understated elegance and modern appeal, you’ll feel right at home here. Within the hotel, there’s Carlotta, a Mexican bar and restaurant, and The Nest, a gorgeous rooftop patio which has been voted one of Toronto's best rooftops.
The Osgoode subway station is just a five-minute walk away which will give you easy access to the entire city, plus the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre are all close by.
The Broadview Hotel
Originally built in 1891, The Broadview Hotel is a 127-year-old landmark transformed into a boutique stay. There are plenty of Instagrammable spots at this downtown hotel. The rooms blend classic elements to highlight the building's history, like exposed brick and dark wood, with vibrant, unexpected accents like blush floral wallpaper. From the minibar loaded with locally sourced goods to the luxury linens and vinyl record player, you’re going to have a comfortable stay at this luxury boutique hotel.
There are a number of food and drink options found in the hotel, and for brunch, you can’t miss The Broadview Bistro + Bar. Natural light floods this art deco space and I highly suggest ordering a specialty coffee and croissant. For dinner, step into The Civic. Where you’ll dine on local produce from southern Ontario in an incredible setting. The restaurant has maintained the original brick facade and factory glass windows while introducing a stained wood bar and plush red seating—it’s one of the most picturesque eateries in Toronto. For a nightcap, head to The Rooftop to soak up a few cocktails and incredible views of Toronto’s skyline and Don River.
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