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Guide: 8 of the coolest hotels to stay at in Toronto

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Looking for a treat yoself moment via staycation? Not from Toronto and just creeping? (welcome!) We’ve picked out 8 of the coolest and most unique hotels in Toronto for your next stay. Or, you can just daydream while you wait for your landlord to fix the hot water.

THE DRAKE

the drake

This one is pretty dang obvious. Everything the Drake touches turns into trendy gold, and their main hotel/restaurant/music venue is one of the coolest hangout spots in the city. We say “main” because they’ve also got a retro motor inn and the luxurious Drake Devonshire. It’s one of Canada’s most sought-after hotels for good reason! Such style. Very decor. Much cool patrons.

Where: 1150 Queen St W

THE GLADSTONE HOTEL

gladstone hotel

An 1800’s historical mainstay in the city, The Gladstone is one of the oldest hotels still hotel-ing in Toronto. It’s gone through some changes, but currently, this place packs pops of colour into every corner. Being an art hub of the community, we’re not surprised that it’s taken on rights as an art gallery of its own.

Where: 1214 Queen St W

THE BROADVIEW HOTEL

broadview hotel

We said The Gladstone was one of the oldest because this guy is also in the club. The Broadview was established in 1891, and every inch of the 58 rooms have been meticulously restored and revamped since. Well, we’d hope so, cause beds in 1891 were not nearly as comfy. Now, it’s got gorgeous spaces for event hosting and a great rooftop bar.

Where: 106 Broadview Ave

WINDSOR ARMS

windsor arms

This hotel claims 5-star status, so don’t be shocked at the nightly cost. The moody, dark rooms remind us of palace quarters (not that we’ve been in those). Also, the chandelier-clad entryway and dining spaces are inspiring in their own right. It’s a favourite for weddings and special events, and you can definitely see why.

Where: 18 St Thomas St

SHANGRI-LA

shangri la toronto

Are we really shocked that the Shangri-La is on this list? No, we aren’t. This Asian spectacle of luxury is known for having everything you could need and more. A spa, movie room, yoga studio, cocktail bar, massive pool… We might just be moving in here. Well, we would if we could afford $730 a night.

Where: 188 University Ave

THE IVY AT VERITY

the ivy at verity

This restored chocolate factory holds a grand total of 4 rooms, so you could call it pretty exclusive. Those four rooms are pretty set though- each one has a king bed, breakfast delivery, soaker tub, Italian linens, and a huge terrace.

Where: 111 Queen St E

HOTEL X TORONTO

hotel x toronto

Looking for a decidedly not boring stay? Hotel X is decked out with tennis courts, pools, a movie theatre, two restaurants, and several fitness studios. It’s basically a town of its own at this point. Not to mention, their rooftop bar spans three levels. So extra.

Where: 111 Princes’ Blvd

THE ANNEX

This cute little boutique hotel feels a lot more like an AirBnB or your rich, trendy aunt’s guest room. You’ll check yourself in digitally and help yourself to the cafe/wine bar in the lobby. Enjoy the complimentary designer skincare products while you admire the minimalist design. Do we really have to leave? Will they find us if we don’t?

Where: 296 Brunswick Ave

There you have it, 8 of the coolest and most unique hotels in Toronto! Whether you’re staycationing or vacationing, we’re sure you’re going to love kicking back in any of these wicked spots.

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