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Toronto has a vibrant and safe downtown area that's easy to get around on foot, by transit, or by taxi. Downtown is also where you'll find the largest cluster of attractions, restaurants, and shopping, so it is by far the best area for most visitors. (Downtown is roughly the area east of Spadina Avenue and west of Jarvis Street, running from the lake to just north of Bloor Street.)
It's not a good idea to stay by the airport, unless you have a flight to catch the next morning. There's a good selection of airport hotels, but transit options from the airport area to downtown are either expensive or very slow. Staying near the airport, especially without a car, will make it more difficult to see the city.
Book early if visiting the city in the summer. The busiest time of year for Toronto hotels is during the Toronto International Film Festival (ten days in early September, starting the Thursday after Labour Day).
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A downtown hotel in a good location doesn't have to break the bank.
On Hotwire, you specify your dates, and you'll see a list of hotel offers by area, star rating, and amenities. The name and address of the hotel are only revealed once you've made your non-refundable booking. In Toronto, stick to "Downtown West" for best results. You can use Better Bidding.com's Hotwire hotel list to try to guess which hotel you're being offered (the list was originally posted in 2003 but has been updated regularly; because listings do change there are no guarantees).
Priceline works similarly, except their "Name Your Own Price" system allows you to "bid" the rate you want to pay, and see if any hotels will accept your bid. The BiddingForTravel forum lists recent Priceline bids for Toronto-area hotels; again, make sure to specify "Downtown" in order to get a hotel in a convenient location.
Finally, make sure you're aware of the restrictions for both services:
If you want more flexibility than Hotwire and Priceline offer, the following hotels provide decent, clean accomodation in good locations:
With any downtown hotel, you shouldn't have to worry too much about location -- it's easy to get around downtown on foot or by public transit. But if you must be as close as possible to a particular spot, check the lists below or ask in the Toronto forum.
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|Hotels Within 800m
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Hockey Hall of Fame
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Several downtown hotels are connected to the maze-like PATH system of underground walkways. The PATH is lined with shops that typically cater to office workers above, and connects to the Eaton Centre, Union Station, and many of the downtown subway stations. Hotels with PATH connections are:
Before deciding to stay at the airport, make sure to read the note at the top of this page about getting downtown from airport hotels.
Many of these are located in quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhoods near downtown. There are over 116 Bed and Breakfast located in Toronto. Many are located in historic homes with award winning gardens. Others are conviently located near the subway line with easy access to the (TTC) Toronto Transit Commission. You can also discover the lovely charm of Toronto's many "villages" such at trendy Bloor West Village with it's Polish and Ukranian flavour, Cabbagetown or Little Italy. You also have the option of a quaint little B & B's on Toronto Island or even a Boatel (Boat Bed and Breakfast) in downtown Toronto waterfront. If you haven't stayed at a bed and breakfast before, don't worry B & B owners are infamous for making people feel right at home in their home. So if you want unique accommodations that are a refreshing change from a traditional hotel then try a B & B in Toronto. See B&B listings and reviews on TripAdvisor.