Budget Hotels in Toronto Leave You with More Money to Explore

Toronto is a lovely city, but as it gets more cosmopolitan, it also gets more expensive. Areas that used to be rough and tumble have become swanky as Toronto expands its cool factor. This can be amazing if you have an unlimited budget, but if you have to be a little more conservative than a Trump on vacation, it can be worrisome. How are you supposed to drink all the cocktails you want, see all of the sights you wish to see and come home and be able to pay your rent?

Enter the budget hotel. Whether you're looking for a sharp bargain or something more reasonable than luxury prices, our choices will help you lower your hotel costs, leaving you with more cash for shopping, restaurants and the many attractions offered in the city. Travel photos are much more fun if they are outside of the hotel (yes, even if you are on your honeymoon). Find yourself in some of the coolest areas in the city, such as West Queen West, where boutique hotel Drake has cozy rooms and an easy ticket to fantastic nightlife.

You won't even need pyjamas if you explore the corners of Toronto to their fullest potential. You will, however, need walking shoes. Add them to your packing list if you are booking one of these hotels. More money in the bank means more to do!



If your idea of a good night's sleep has not graduated past the idea of a lullaby, a stay at the Rex Hotel in Toronto might be just the ticket. Located in the energetic part of the city on Queen West, you won't be far from some of the best...  Read More

Alexandra Hotel Toronto
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If affordable is one of your key adjectives when it comes to organizing your trip to Toronto, the Alexandra Hotel has you covered. Near Ryerson University, the hotel does look like it is a dorm room decorated by your great aunt, but it has all...  Read More



This west-end B&B is located in the trendy Roncesvalles area of Toronto in a lovely old heritage house. Expect plenty of charm for a great price. There are high plastered ceilings, aged hardwood floors and quaint nooks and crannies carefully...  Read More

Victoria Hotel Toronto


Toronto is better at being a new city than a city dedicated to preserving its history. Still, The Victoria Hotel Toronto works as Toronto's second-oldest hotel. It dates back to 1909 and is located in a landmark building in the downtown core....  Read More

Strathcona Hotel
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In the financial district of Toronto is a budget hotel. This seemingly contradictory statement works for the traveller who likes to be a short walk away from the major attractions, but is quite happy with a no-frills European-style hotel. The...  Read More



When you think budget hotel, you rarely think of Victorian mansions. This Toronto mansion rests its laurels on the fact that Ernest Hemingway once stayed here when he worked as a journalist for the Toronto Star. It has plush ambience and works...  Read More

Drake Hotel Toronto
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Part of what makes the Drake the perfect romantic retreat lies in its history. The hotel opened in 1890 as an upscale choice for railway travellers stopping in what is now Toronto's west end. As the neighbourhood fell on hard times, the building...  Read More

Alt Hotel Toronto Airport
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Admit it: when you are staying in an airport hotel, you are anticipating a little bit of drabness in the name of convenience. Alt Hotels challenges that expectation and turns it on its head. Expect touches like gourmet grab-and-go meals and a...  Read More



The Novotel Toronto Hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market, to grab the freshest and best breakfast in town. Rooms have a minimalist style done up in buttery yellows, soft beiges and creams with warm...  Read More

Bond Place Hotel


Located in the heart of downtown Toronto right near the bustling Yonge and Dundas Square, the Bond Place Hotel is an ideal location to put the city at your fingertips. Bond Place was completely renovated in 2011. Expect a sleek, urban feel with...  Read More


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