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Downtown West offers a range of accommodation options, from rooms with a cityscape view at the One King West Hotel and Residence, to the high-tech conveniences offered by the affordable Thompson Toronto. Hipsters, foodies, and antiquity enthusiasts should check into the homely and relaxed Kaisar Guest House in Kensington Market, or book in with an Airbnb host offering a bed and breakfast in one of the neighborhood’s charming Victorian properties. Home to Canada’s largest gay community, The Gay Village is alive with energy, passion, and opportunity. Check in at the Holiday Inn Express Toronto – Downtown for affordable rates and contemporary décor.
If you’re willing to pack a few extra layers, cheap Toronto hotel deals can be found during the frigid winter months. While Toronto certainly doesn’t suffer the worst of Canada’s whiteouts, its average of 47 inches and 41 days of snowfall should serve as a reminder to pay attention to the forecast before booking your visit. Spring and autumn bring both sunshine and rain with pleasant daytime temperatures that offer a happy medium of affordable prices and clement weather, while the summer months conjure mostly dry, sunny days attracting visitors and increasing hotel rates.
While luxurious commercial condos on Toronto’s Harbourfront can lease to short-term renters for upwards of $600 per night, cheaper rates can be found when searching for an Airbnb property in the same location. From just $108 per night you can book a one bedroom condo overlooking the spectacular Lake Ontario and spend your stay exploring the Boardwalk, digging your toes into the soft sands of HtO Park (Toronto’s urban beach), and riding the ferry to the neighboring Toronto Islands where you can rent a bicycle and explore.
With so much to see and do in Toronto, budget conscious visitors should consider savvy ways to stretch their hard-earned dollar. Take advantage of the city’s numerous free activities and events. Explore the many free to enter galleries and museums, relax in green public spaces like the Trinity Bellwoods Park, or breathe in the mouth-watering aromas that waft among the stalls of the city’s farmer’s markets. Substitute pricey restaurant meals with cooked to order fusion delights from vendors at St. Lawrence Market, and put your savings towards a downtown hotel to reduce your spend on public transport during your stay.
While hotels such as the Comfort Inn Toronto Airport are ideal for short stay travelers, long stay visitors that choose to stay close to the airport may struggle with the limited transit options to downtown Toronto. The costly and often slow public transport services that operate between the airport and downtown may limit your experience of the city’s many cultural highlights. If you plan to stay for more than just one night opt for a downtown hotel such as the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre that is within walking distance of most major attractions.
Torontonians are an eclectic bunch. According to the Toronto Tourism Board, more than half of this metropolis' 2.5 million residents are immigrants, making a home stay experience in the city all the more unique. With shared accommodations listed for as little as $27 a night, and the nightly average for shared and private rooms, and entire home/apts just $90, an Airbnb rental in Toronto could provide a budget friendly and truly immersive stay in the city.
Despite its eye watering scale the 1,815 foot CN Tower is no longer the tallest free-standing structure in the world, however soaking in the view from the atop this iconic structure is still a must for those visiting the city. Exotic trinkets and enough Asian food vendors to satisfy even the most insatiable of appetites, Toronto’s Chinatown is the second largest in the country and well worth a visit. Not everyone revels in a blood pumping match of hockey, a fact most Canadians find hard to believe, but for those whom ice and puck excite the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must.
There are a number of ways you can experience the Niagara Falls located on the Canadian-American border; tours operate from downtown Toronto and tickets, priced at an average of $100, can be bought online or through most hotels. The rate for 24 hour car rental starts at around $48, however allow an additional budget to cover the fuel required for the 260km journey. Budget travelers may prefer to use the shuttles that service the Niagara Falls Casino, charging non-members a $45 return fare. This is by far the most economical way to visit the falls.
Toronto’s coolest neighborhood, West Queen West is a dynamic environment home to a strong artistic presence visible in the graffiti art and independent retailers that line its bustling streets. Within this neighborhood the largest concentration of Toronto’s art galleries, cultural spaces, and some of the city’s trendiest hotspots feed off the creativity abuzz within this vivacious community. Immerse yourself in Toronto’s imaginative interior and check into the Gladstone Hotel; a boutique art hotel that has used its exposed brick walls and high ceilings to showcase experimental and alternative works of art by some of Canada’s finest creatives.
A pedestrian-only village set amidst the restored red brick, Victorian-era architecture of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery, this district offers an escape from the hum drum of downtown and is the place to be seen. Boasting 70 ground-floor cultural and retail establishments including the city’s hottest designer boutiques, unique cafés, artisan shops, art galleries, performance venues, and award-winning restaurants, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. Just a short walk from downtown Toronto the Distillery District is one of the city’s top attractions and shouldn’t be missed.
With a strong grid street layout, Toronto and it’s wealth of attractions concentrated around the downtown area are easy to navigate on foot or with the help of the city’s comprehensive network of public transport.
Single fare, day, week, and monthly passes are available for the city’s subway and bus services which cover downtown and the suburbs. The city is split into zones and current route maps, schedules, and fare information can be found online.
Cycle hire, bike share schemes, and additional resources such as cycling maps are offered to those keen to explore the city on two wheels. Receive the first 30 minutes of your rental free every time you ride when you hire through the city’s Bike Share Toronto scheme.
Metered taxi services are available city wide.
Toronto’s thriving social scene is dominated by a schedule of seemingly back-to-back summer festivals that draw hordes of visitors to the city each year. From April through until mid-September, one after another the city hosts celebrations of the very best in fringe theatre, live music, contemporary art, photography, and film. If you’re keen to experience the festival vibe for yourself, consider booking ahead to secure a budget bed on the outskirts of downtown. Try your luck at The Global Guest House in The Annex, Toronto’s most socially diverse community that boasts residents from all walks of life.
The Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer offers all the hoppy goodness of its popular summer sibling without the elevated peak season hotel rates. The perfect addition to your Toronto city break why not combine your stay with the opportunity to sample Ontario’s best brews? Visit Toronto in March and sign up for five nights of drum'n'bass madness, leave your winter woolies behind and get ready to dance the night away. Join the snowboard Pabst Street Jam in March when Toronto’s snowboarding elite battle it out on the rail, amid a mêlée of beer, street food and music.
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