6 Unexpected Places to Take a Staycation in the City
Sometimes all you need is a getaway in your own city. Life is busy, work is stressful and we all just need a break from time to time. But if you can’t take the time off work or a flight isn’t in your budget, you can escape the stress of it all without actually leaving the city.
Toronto is one of the most-loved places in the world, with people visiting from every continent, so why not take advantage of the beautiful hotels it has to offer? From tiny luxury boutique-hotels to hotels connected to enchanting spas, here are 6 places to take a staycation this winter.
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With artist-designed hotel rooms, and a restaurant and café serving locally-focused food, The Gladstone Hotel is the perfect place to take a staycation in Toronto. With four floors of art gallery spaces that are always free to hotel guests, The Gladstone aims to connect you with Toronto’s local cultural scene. Make sure to check out their events calendar filled with fun gatherings like karaoke and open mic.
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With two amazing year-round hotel packages, The Drake Hotel offers spectacular rooms designed to make their guests feel special with unique furnishings, eye-popping art and tons of space. If you’re looking to party on your staycation, book the Vinyl Vacation package to get VIP line bypass to Drake’s legendary house party on Friday and Saturday nights, or you can book the Art Passport featuring a $50 dining credit at Drake’s restaurant and an original artwork keepsake.
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With only four rooms in this tiny boutique hotel, it may take some time to get a booking, but it will be worth the wait. Eat your meals at George, a five-star restaurant connected to the hotel, and book a package at the Sweetgrass spa. A converted 1850s chocolate factory, all four rooms are outfitted with marble bathrooms, heated floors, handcrafted beds and terraces overlooking private courtyards. Plus, you’ll receive a continental breakfast made in-house and delivered right to your room. If that doesn’t scream luxury, I don’t know what does.
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With the Winter Wonderland package at Old Mill Toronto, you can stay in a European-style luxury king room with a whirlpool tub, fireplace and comfy duvet with a Continental Breakfast served in their gorgeous Terrace room. You’ll also get a $100 gift card and a surprise festive gift. If you’re in the mood for further relaxation, book one of their spa services like a Swedish or deep tissue massage.
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A boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto, Hotel Victoria is one of the city’s oldest buildings, dating back to 1909. Unwind in one of their cozy rooms, outfitted with plush beds, pillow top mattresses and fine linens and duvets. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Over Easy, their on-site restaurant set in an expansive dining room with charming décor and flavourful cuisine. Eggs are their specialty, but you can also try offerings like French toast, granola and fruit salad, and waffles with fresh strawberries.
If you really want to treat yourself this winter, the Shangri-La Toronto is just the place. With Asian-inspired luxury rooms designed to enhance your sleep experience, you’re sure to have a more-than-relaxing staycation here. At the hotel’s Health Club, take a swim at their pool that lies beneath a glass roof and features cascade water features to make it even more enchanting.
Do you know any other great places to take a staycation in Toronto? Let us know in the comments.
Featured image: The Old Mill Toronto
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.