The Scotiabank Arena (formerly called the Air Canada Centre or ACC) in Toronto is truly one of the city’s hotspots. During the NHL and NBA seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors are two of the hottest, priciest tickets in town. When they’re not playing, the Scotiabank Arena keeps drawing big crowds with concerts, skating shows and other events. But what if you want to see a game or show and stay overnight? Have no fear. The Thrifty Tourist has done some digging and put together a list of the cheapest Toronto hotels that are near the Scotiabank Arena.
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For your consideration, here are five relatively cheap Toronto hotels that are all around a 10 minute walk from the Scotiabank Arena. First up is the Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront hotel. This affordable place to stay has an 83% Approval Rating on TripAdvisor and features modern, clean rooms with hardwood floors and great views of the Toronto harbour. Slip outside and you can walk along the waterfront and, if you’re feeling hungry, there is a nice selection of restaurants just steps away too. Live like a king (on the cheap of course) and book a room at The Fairmont Royal York? Believe it or not a room can be had at this majestic Toronto landmark for under $200. This lovely old hotel, with a TripAdvisor Rating of 4 out of 5, will charm you with its class and elegance. Enjoy a clean room, comfy bed and be sure to relax over a drink in The Library bar. Another historic place to lay your head is the Hotel Victoria Downtown. It was originally built in 1909. Stately and majestic on the outside, inside the hotel has sleek, designer guest rooms with fine linens, duvets, LCD TVs and free wifi. It also has a TripAdvisor Rating of 4 out of 5. The Novotel Toronto Centre hotel is another accommodation choice that has a TripAdvisor Rating of 4 out of 5. It offers contemporary rooms and an indoor pool; plus pubs and restaurants are located conveniently across the street. If you don’t mind stretching your legs a little more (not a bad idea when you consider you’re going to be sitting in the tight confines of the Scotiabank Arena for three hours), here are two hotels that are around a 20 minute walk away; which also means they’re a little cheaper as well. The Bond Place Hotel has a TripAdvisor Rating of 3.5 out of 5, a modern motif and rooms that will pamper you with hardwood floors, an LCD TV and a spa bathroom. If you prefer a name-brand hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Toronto – Downtown is a good bet. TripAdvisor reviewers rated it 4 out of 5. Your stay includes free wifi and a complimentary hot breakfast bar too.
If the cheapest hotels near the Scotiabank Arena are all booked up you’ll have to pry open the purse strings. Here are three places to stay that are still affordable considering their proximity to the Scotiabank Arena; they’ll only cost you slightly more than $200 a night. The Residence Inn by Marriot Toronto Downtown hotel is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. If you’re attending a game or event at the Scotiabank Arena with a group of people this hotel is ideal because it has one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and living areas. The One King West Hotel & Residence is a regal, heritage building with modern amenities. Rated 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor it features rooms with kitchenettes, windows that open for fresh air and a location that is close to many bars, restaurants and the subway. Another affordable accommodation to consider is The Strathcona Hotel. Yes, it’s basic but super clean, with hardwood floors, comfortable beds and helpful service. It has a 74% Approval Rating on Trip Advisor.
If being thrifty isn’t at the top of your priority list this particular trip, than you may want to spring for a night at The Westin Harbour Castle. You’ll get a beautiful view of Lake Ontario and be minutes away from the Scotiabank Arena. When you’re not at the game, relax in the hotel pool or lounge, or step outside and explore the city’s waterfront area. This hotel has a 4 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor.
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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.
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