There are lots of things to see and do in Toronto and with cheap hotels and places to stay right in, or just minutes away from, the downtown core you can be smack dab in the middle of the action.
Visit the Toronto Groupon page and you’ll find savings of 50-90% on tours, boat cruises, theatre tickets, comedy clubs, activities, dinner spots and accommodations.
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Interested in a discount, budget hotel for your stay in Toronto? Here are a couple of options that are less than $100. For under $80 you can call the Howard Johnson Hotel Toronto Yorkville home for the night. Enjoy free wifi and a continental breakfast, and kids under 12 stay for free! For a comfortable room and a convenient location, give the Alexandra Hotel a try. Rooms include a double bed and a twin bed, a private bath with a tub, a kitchenette and wifi. Another affordable place to rest your head at the Clarion Hotel & Suites Selby. Your accommodations include a queen-size bed, wifi and a continental breakfast.
If you don’t mind paying a little more than $100, there are a number of cheap places to stay in Toronto. Enjoy the contemporary surroundings of the Bond Place Hotel. This affordable place to stay will pamper you with hardwood floors, an LCD TV and a spa bathroom. The Super 8 Downtown Toronto is another comfortable, discount hotel that offers real value. The modern, bright rooms feature jetted tubs, free in-room movie channel, complimentary breakfast and kids 17 and under stay for free. Another option for your stay is the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto where you can get a room with king-size bed and wifi at a reasonable price. Equally easy on the wallet is the Comfort Hotel Downtown Toronto where you can book yourself a room with a queen-size bed, free wifi and private bath.
Want to stay somewhere a little different? Book a room at The Rex Hotel. The jazz bar features some of Canada’s top jazz musicians and singers, while the accommodations hit the right note for comfortable contemporary at a price that will have the thrifty tourist in you singing its praises—rooms start at around $110 per night. Got a little more change to spare? The Hotel Victoria Downtown was originally built in 1909. Stately and majestic on the outside, inside the hotel boasts sleek, designer guest rooms with fine linens, duvets, LCD TVs and free wifi. Book a room here for about$120. Of course if your prefer a name-brand hotel in this price range, the Holiday Inn Express Toronto – Downtown is a good bet. A room with a queen-size bed is about $120 as well, and they provide free wifi and a free hot breakfast bar too.
Every so often, even a thrifty tourist gets the urge to splurge on a higher-end hotel; nothing wrong with that. You deserve a little reward for being such a budget-conscious traveller throughout your trip. With that in mind, here is a Toronto hotel near the $200 a night mark you should consider: the Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront. It has an 83% Approval Rating on TripAdvisor and features modern, clean rooms with hardwood floors and great views of the Toronto harbour. It’s just four blocks from where the Toronto Blue Jays play and it’s also close to a myriad of restaurants.
A vacation rental is a cheaper way to go than staying at a downtown hotel if your visit to Toronto is going to be for more than one or two days. How cheap? Well, check out these thrifty downtown Toronto vacation rentals that you can book for under $150 a day.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch by adding character and quaintness to the picture, you could stay at a bed & breakfast in the Toronto downtown area. For Victorian charm and modern amenities the McGill Inn B&B makes a wonderful choice. It’s located within walking distance of many of the City’s prime destinations and includes a buffet breakfast and wifi. A stay here starts at $60 a night. Another possibility is the Castlegate Inn. It’s actually three adjacent Victorian homes, offering 40 rooms for rent. Each room comes with ensuite private bathrooms, cable TV, wifi and comfortable down duvets. A single room for the night is around $60.
Prefer affordable accommodations that come in well under $100 per night? Why not go back to school? Actually the University of Toronto. During the summer months, while the students are away, the university rents out its downtown student residence to travellers. A single dorm room starts at approximately $45. A double dorm room at around $65.
There are also some hostels in Toronto that are priced right for the thrifty tourist type. Shared rooms start around $30 with private accommodations reasonably priced in the $65 neighbourhood.
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One great way to save on Toronto hotel accommodations is to peruse Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities. Visit the Toronto “Hotels” Groupon page and you’ll find savings of up to 50% on places to stay when visiting Hog Town. The Groupon Toronto “Hotels” page is a smart place to start when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Toronto visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
If you have your heart set on seeing the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre do them all on the cheap by getting yourself a Toronto CityPASS.
This is an awesome thrifty thing to do—you’ll save over 40% on the combined, regular admission price for these five attractions.
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or as a family it’s hard to beat the value of the Toronto CityPASS. To learn more about what the Toronto CityPass has to offer, check out the short video below.
Be thrifty and practical! This information was accurate when published, but can change without notice. We recommend you confirm all details with the provider in question before planning your excursion.
Photo Credit: Courtyard Marriot Downtown Toronto