If you’re like me, you love the idea of travel but when the time comes to, you know, pack up and leave, you start to get anxious and panicky. If you need a break from your daily schedule, why not consider booking a staycation?Simply book in at a local downtown hotel, wrap up in a cozy robe, and get some old fashioned R&R all without hopping on a plane. Being in a big city like Toronto means we have our fair share of chic and trendy boutique hotels. Why stay at a basic hotel chain when you can tuck in for the weekend at one of these local gems that promise luxe amenities and all the relaxation?
If you’re looking for a staycation, stay at these 8 Toronto hotels!
A Toronto icon and hotel that really needs no introduction is The Drake Hotel. Located on West Queen West, this is the perfect spot for a staycation, if you ask me. If a re-charge is what you’re after, this is the place to get it. The rooms at The Drake are decorated so perfectly but you feel instantly refreshed just walking through the door. Amenities include complimentary spin and yoga classes so you can even turn your staycation into a mini wellness retreat, too!
If you’re looking to indulge in a little luxury for a weekend, head on up to The Hazelton Hotel in the heart of Yorkville. Voted the #1 hotel in Toronto by TripAdvisor means that this is obviously the place to go for supreme service, style, and comfort as no detail is spared. From the spa where only the best Valmont products are used (trust me, it’s worth it!), to even a private screening room for you to enjoy with up to 25 guests, you’ll want for nothing when you stay at The Hazelton. Don’t forget to snag a spot on the patio at One Restaurant too, it’s the best for people watching. Plus, you can even get in a little retail therapy at the goop MRKT pop-up that’s happening right next door, too!
One of TO’s newer hotels is The Beverley Hotel that’s located on Queen at Beverley. This darling 18-room establishment boasts an elegant and modern design that’s a juxtaposition of its more grunge Queen West neighbourhood. This hotel is on the smaller side so it’s possible you may have passed by without noticing but step inside and you’ll find not only top notch comfort, but also a retail shop, Carlotta Bar, and a rooftop patio. This is the perfect cozy spot to unwind!
If an NYC getaway is what you’re craving but aren’t into shelling out big bucks for a flight, check into The Annex Hotel. Situated at Bloor and Brunswick is this 24-room boutique hotel that’s got all the chic and minimal New York vibes without paying steep Manhattan prices. The Annex is doing things the modern way as there isn’t even a front desk as everything is done the high tech way here. On the date of your booking, you’ll receive a text with a key access code. If you need anything like extra pillows or recommendations simply text that number and it’ll be taken care of.
Located even further than The Drake on Queen West, almost in Parkdale, is Gladstone Hotel. Known as a boutique art hotel, this abode prides itself on how it pulls you into an arts, culture, and dining adventure as soon as you walk through the historic doors. What’s unique about this hotel is that each room is completely different than the next as they’re all designed by different artists. If you’re looking for a good time, check out the art exhibitions, party at age at one of its legendary queer parties, or break out into song at the weekly karaoke night!
Even if you’ve lived in Toronto your whole life, staying at The Anndore House allows for you to experience your city in a whole new way. Located on Charles Street just south of Bloor, this historic hotel once had a shadier past but is known as one of TO’s prized gems. The Anndore’s doors opened just last year and notoriety sure has grown with how it marries art and culture with its modern yet cozy decor. Plus, one of the best restaurants in the city, Constantine, is within its walls, too!
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If classic elegance is what you’re craving, then the Windsor Arms Hotel is just the place to go. This historic hotel has played home to visiting royalty, dignitaries, and various film stars, so it’s definitely good enough for your luxe staycation! Originally built in 1927 and rebuilt in 1999, the Windsor Arms is a Toronto icon for good reason as it encompasses the glamour, comfort, and luxury of past eras. Don’t forget to book in for the hotels notable Afternoon High Tea!
You might never guess that this gorgeous boutique hotel used to have a storied past but The Broadview Hotel used to be quite the place back in the day. With 58 rooms, this establishment provides a graceful home away from home but with better views. Located in Toronto’s East End, take in views of the hustle & bustle Queen and Broadview or soak in the peaceful landscape over Riverdale and up the Don Valley River. Because you’ll get hungry at some point, don’t skimp on a delicious meal at The Civic or indulging in cocktails at the bar!
Featured Image: Gladstone Hotel
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