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The 18 Essential Toronto Hotels

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Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed's Hotel 18 map, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in Toronto?" We've compiled the following list of the city's most essential hotels. From the trendy Shangri-La on University Avenue, The Thompson on Bathurst Street to The Templar Hotel, the city's best kept secret. If you have a favourite that wasn't included, just tell us in the comments or send it to toronto@curbed.com.

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1. Four Seasons

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60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
ON M5R, Canada

The Four Seasons chain was founded by Isadore Sharp in Toronto. Four Seasons is now known as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world with chef Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant.

2. The Hazelton Hotel

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118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
ON M5R 1C4, Canada

This five-star Yorkville boutique hotel features just 62 rooms and 15 suites with personalized service. Opened in 2008, the Hazelton kicked off Toronto's luxury hotel boom with a blast. The presidential suite with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, is 4,200 square feet with its own private elevator, wine cellar, and eight flat panel HDTVs.

3. Park Hyatt

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4 Avenue Road, Toronto
ON M5T 1G1, Canada

Featuring one of Toronto's best rooftop bars, the Park Hyatt is also known for its luxurious Stillwater Spa and close proximity to Bloor Street shops and dining.

4. Windsor Arms

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18 Saint Thomas Street, Toronto
ON M5S, Canada

The Windsor Arms Hotel was known as Toronto's celebrity hot spot for almost three decades. The hotel continues to provide discreet luxury for those looking to stay out of the spotlight. Many of Toronto's most prominent chefs like Jamie Kennedy and Keith Froggett of Scaramouche, started their careers in the hotel's restaurant.

5. Pantages Hotel

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200 Victoria Street, Toronto
ON M5B 1T8, Canada

The Pantages Hotel is the place to go if you're heading to the Ed Mirvish Theatre and want to be close to the restaurants. Fran's Restaurant attached to the hotel serves comfort food like their famous rice pudding. If you do feel like cooking, many of the suites come with a full kitchenette.

6. The Ivy at Verity

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111 Queen Street East, Toronto
ON M5C 1S5, Canada

Located in the 1850s repurposed chocolate factory on Queen Street East, the Ivy at Verity is Toronto's hidden boutique hotel and part of the private women’s club. The hotel has only four rooms and there's no signage outside announcing the building. The hotel includes a restaurant and women's only spa.

7. The Drake Hotel

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1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1J3, Canada

Designed by 3rd Uncle, the Drake features an eclectic and modern interior. Highlights include the chandelier in the restaurant made from bicycle frames. While the hotel has only a few rooms, there's always something to do with nightly entertainment in the Drake Underground.

8. Shangri-La

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188 University Avenue, Toronto
ON M5H, Canada

Opened in September 2012, the hotel has become a celebrity hot spot and popular food destination with Momofuku's Noodle Bar and Milk Bar. Chinese artist Zhang Huan designed the stainless steel sculpture, "Rising," showcased outside the building. The most expensive room at the Shangri-La is $10K per night.

9. The Templar Hotel

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348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
ON M5V 1P8, Canada

The Templar Hotel might be Toronto's coolest and best kept secret in the city. The hotel features cutting edge design and offers its guests airport pickup in a porsche.

10. Trump International Hotel & Tower

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325 Bay Street, Toronto
ON M5H 3C2, Canada

The Trump is Toronto's most over-the-top hotel with gold and marble finishes. While the hotel is well-liked by tourists, many suites owned by investors remain empty. The owners have had difficulty selling their units.

11. Omni King Edward

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37 King Street East, Toronto
ON M5C, Canada

Toronto's classic hotel on King East recently changed ownership from Le Meridien to the Omni brand. The hotel with 300 rooms, was built in 1903 by the Gooderham family who also owned what's now known as the Distillery District. The hotel is currently undergoing a massive $40 million, retrofitting the rooms and building.

12. One King West

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1 King Street West, Toronto
ON M5J, Canada

Completed in 2006, the condo/hotel is located in Toronto's financial district and one of the narrowest high-rises in Canada. The hotel was built by Harry Stinson and David Mirvish.

13. Thompson Hotel

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550 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5V, Canada

The Thompson is Toronto's happening hotel on Bathurst and Wellington Street. The hotel offers a rooftop lounge, pool and the classy Scarpetta Restaurant. For more relaxed dining, you can also check out the mac & cheese at the 24-hour Thompson Diner.

14. Ritz-Carlton

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181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5J 2H5, Canada

Opened in 2011, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the tallest hotels in Toronto with 53 floors. The most expensive room at the Ritz-Carlton is $6K per night.

15. SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

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318 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5V, Canada

The SoHo Metropolitan is one of the first hotel condo developments in the city. Actor Mark Wahlberg along with brothers Donnie and Paul, recently announced plans to open up a Wahlburgers' Restaurant in the hotel.

16. Fairmont Royal York

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100 Front Street West, Toronto
ON M5J 1E3, Canada

The Fairmont Royal York is the grand old lady of Toronto's hotel scene. The Royal Family always stays at the hotel and last year during the Grey Cup, Calgary Stampeder fans brought a horse into the lobby causing a stir. In addition, the Fairmont provides a customized pillow menu for their guests.

17. Le Germain Maple Leaf Square

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75 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
ON M5J, Canada

Le Germain is Toronto's new boutique hotel near the Air Canada Centre. The hotel suites feature funky artwork and if your dog is traveling with you, there's a pet fee of $30.

18. Westin Harbour Castle

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The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
ON M5J 1A6, Canada
(416) 869-1600
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The Westin Harbour Castle is a classic favourite in Toronto because of its great waterfront view. It's a fun summer hotel with daily outdoor activities at Harbourfront Centre but bundle up if you're staying there in the winter.

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1. Four Seasons

60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R, Canada

The Four Seasons chain was founded by Isadore Sharp in Toronto. Four Seasons is now known as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world with chef Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant.

60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
ON M5R, Canada

2. The Hazelton Hotel

118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4, Canada

This five-star Yorkville boutique hotel features just 62 rooms and 15 suites with personalized service. Opened in 2008, the Hazelton kicked off Toronto's luxury hotel boom with a blast. The presidential suite with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, is 4,200 square feet with its own private elevator, wine cellar, and eight flat panel HDTVs.

118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
ON M5R 1C4, Canada

3. Park Hyatt

4 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5T 1G1, Canada

Featuring one of Toronto's best rooftop bars, the Park Hyatt is also known for its luxurious Stillwater Spa and close proximity to Bloor Street shops and dining.

4 Avenue Road, Toronto
ON M5T 1G1, Canada

4. Windsor Arms

18 Saint Thomas Street, Toronto, ON M5S, Canada

The Windsor Arms Hotel was known as Toronto's celebrity hot spot for almost three decades. The hotel continues to provide discreet luxury for those looking to stay out of the spotlight. Many of Toronto's most prominent chefs like Jamie Kennedy and Keith Froggett of Scaramouche, started their careers in the hotel's restaurant.

18 Saint Thomas Street, Toronto
ON M5S, Canada

5. Pantages Hotel

200 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8, Canada

The Pantages Hotel is the place to go if you're heading to the Ed Mirvish Theatre and want to be close to the restaurants. Fran's Restaurant attached to the hotel serves comfort food like their famous rice pudding. If you do feel like cooking, many of the suites come with a full kitchenette.

200 Victoria Street, Toronto
ON M5B 1T8, Canada

6. The Ivy at Verity

111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S5, Canada

Located in the 1850s repurposed chocolate factory on Queen Street East, the Ivy at Verity is Toronto's hidden boutique hotel and part of the private women’s club. The hotel has only four rooms and there's no signage outside announcing the building. The hotel includes a restaurant and women's only spa.

111 Queen Street East, Toronto
ON M5C 1S5, Canada

7. The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada

Designed by 3rd Uncle, the Drake features an eclectic and modern interior. Highlights include the chandelier in the restaurant made from bicycle frames. While the hotel has only a few rooms, there's always something to do with nightly entertainment in the Drake Underground.

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1J3, Canada

8. Shangri-La

188 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5H, Canada

Opened in September 2012, the hotel has become a celebrity hot spot and popular food destination with Momofuku's Noodle Bar and Milk Bar. Chinese artist Zhang Huan designed the stainless steel sculpture, "Rising," showcased outside the building. The most expensive room at the Shangri-La is $10K per night.

188 University Avenue, Toronto
ON M5H, Canada

9. The Templar Hotel

348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1P8, Canada

The Templar Hotel might be Toronto's coolest and best kept secret in the city. The hotel features cutting edge design and offers its guests airport pickup in a porsche.

348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
ON M5V 1P8, Canada

10. Trump International Hotel & Tower

325 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3C2, Canada

The Trump is Toronto's most over-the-top hotel with gold and marble finishes. While the hotel is well-liked by tourists, many suites owned by investors remain empty. The owners have had difficulty selling their units.

325 Bay Street, Toronto
ON M5H 3C2, Canada

11. Omni King Edward

37 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C, Canada

Toronto's classic hotel on King East recently changed ownership from Le Meridien to the Omni brand. The hotel with 300 rooms, was built in 1903 by the Gooderham family who also owned what's now known as the Distillery District. The hotel is currently undergoing a massive $40 million, retrofitting the rooms and building.

37 King Street East, Toronto
ON M5C, Canada

12. One King West

1 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada

Completed in 2006, the condo/hotel is located in Toronto's financial district and one of the narrowest high-rises in Canada. The hotel was built by Harry Stinson and David Mirvish.

1 King Street West, Toronto
ON M5J, Canada

13. Thompson Hotel

550 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada

The Thompson is Toronto's happening hotel on Bathurst and Wellington Street. The hotel offers a rooftop lounge, pool and the classy Scarpetta Restaurant. For more relaxed dining, you can also check out the mac & cheese at the 24-hour Thompson Diner.

550 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5V, Canada

14. Ritz-Carlton

181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, Canada

Opened in 2011, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the tallest hotels in Toronto with 53 floors. The most expensive room at the Ritz-Carlton is $6K per night.

181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5J 2H5, Canada

15. SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

318 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada

The SoHo Metropolitan is one of the first hotel condo developments in the city. Actor Mark Wahlberg along with brothers Donnie and Paul, recently announced plans to open up a Wahlburgers' Restaurant in the hotel.

318 Wellington Street West, Toronto
ON M5V, Canada

16. Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3, Canada

The Fairmont Royal York is the grand old lady of Toronto's hotel scene. The Royal Family always stays at the hotel and last year during the Grey Cup, Calgary Stampeder fans brought a horse into the lobby causing a stir. In addition, the Fairmont provides a customized pillow menu for their guests.

100 Front Street West, Toronto
ON M5J 1E3, Canada

17. Le Germain Maple Leaf Square

75 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada

Le Germain is Toronto's new boutique hotel near the Air Canada Centre. The hotel suites feature funky artwork and if your dog is traveling with you, there's a pet fee of $30.

75 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
ON M5J, Canada

18. Westin Harbour Castle

The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, Canada

The Westin Harbour Castle is a classic favourite in Toronto because of its great waterfront view. It's a fun summer hotel with daily outdoor activities at Harbourfront Centre but bundle up if you're staying there in the winter.

The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
ON M5J 1A6, Canada