Bring the Kiddos without (Much) Concern to These Family-Friendly Toronto Hotels

For many families, the idea of travelling together is a daunting one. Figuring out how to navigate a city as large as Toronto can also be tough. And that's not to mention choosing where to where to eat to satisfy your finicky toddler, or finding ways to keep young kids entertained in between visits to places like the CN Tower and Canada's Wonderland.

We have thought long and hard about these concerns so that you don't have to. Try the Delta Toronto for centrally located accommodations and kid-focused amenities that include an indoor pool and individual check-in cards on arrival. Or stay at the Renaissance Toronto - the world's only hotel built into a major league sports venue - and catch live major league baseball from the comfort of your room overlooking the field. The lakefront Westin Harbour Castle's kid's club features an adventure-filled welcome bag for kids ages 4-12 as well as an activity centre with Wii, board games and a DVD player. Situated near Harbourfront and the Toronto Islands for hours of outdoor fun, you won't have to worry about your kids spending the whole vacation in front of a screen.

Toronto is remarkably family friendly and full of amazing attractions, great restaurants, Broadway-quality live shows and world-class sports and shopping. Plus, with everything in walking distance you won't have to threaten, "Don't make me pull over this car!" 


Strathcona Hotel
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This 3-star budget hotel is a hop, skip and a hot dog from the major attractions. Considered to be one of the best buys in the city, the Strathcona has clean and tiny rooms that have the basics. Expect comfortable beds, coffee makers, iPod docks and other standard amenities (including a crib if you need one, but do ask in advance). There is a cost for WiFi once you are in your room but there is free WiFi in the spacious lobby. You are within walking distance of the SkyDome, CN Tower and great family-friendly restaurants. Kids 12 or under stay for free when with a parent or guardian.

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Toronto

Located steps away from shopping on Queen Street, downtown dining and the TTC transit system, the Cambridge Suites Hotel is ideally positioned for families who want to explore Toronto. Rooms at this all-suites hotel offer plenty of space, private bedrooms and living spaces, flat-screen TVs with in-room movies and gaming systems, full kitchens and dining areas (with dishes and flatware available upon request). The staff will even take your grocery list and stock your fridge, making the hotel a great choice for extended stays. At the hotel's Portico Restaurant, a kids menu invites children 5 and under to eat for free, and those ages 6 to 14 to pay their age.

The Cosmopolitan's central downtown location puts guests within easy access to virtually all of the city's main attractions, as well as the subway system - perfect for families who want to take in all Toronto has to offer. The hotel's 95 suites all include separate sleeping and living areas, and come furnished with flat screen TVs, CD players and full kitchens. Robes and slippers are provided for the whole family. Upon arrival, kids are gifted a soft toy and a snack box. And while there's no pool onsite, with so much to see and do nearby, your kids may not miss the water.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
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You might not think of a hotel that has a champagne and caviar theme as family friendly, but think again (Donald has five kids, after all). It's as opulent as you'd expect, with wall tiles and flooring in onyx and granite, an eye-popping crystal sculpture in the shape of a cherry blossom hanging behind reception and marble-topped wet bars in the guest rooms. Each features comfortable luxury furnishings and modern touches including HDTVs, iPod docks and touch-screen controls for lighting and drapes. There is a children's room service menu and wonderful childrens' menus at the Trump signature restaurants. The 31st floor spa provides pampering as well as a heated saltwater pool. For an extra fee, children can take onsite swimming lessons. Nanny services are available, or you can treat the kids to the in-room children's movie channel.

This large twin-tower hotel is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, which means easy access to the family-friendly Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Islands, North America's largest urban car-free expanse. That means plenty of opportunity to walk, picnic or hit the beach. And your dog (up to 40 pounds) can come, too. Both kids and dogs are welcomed at check-in with their own treat bag. The Westin Kids Club will keep children ages 4 to 16 entertained with ping-pong tables, DVDs, Nintendo Wii video game system and board games. Rooms are comfortable, with marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs and spectacular views of the lake. Menus are designed to have kids eating well (and healthfully). The indoor heated pool is great for splashing around.

If you're in Toronto with the family to take in a Toronto Maple Leafs or Toronto Raptors game, you simply can't stay in a more convenient location. The Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is located just steps from the Air Canada Centre arena, home to Toronto's NHL and NBA teams. Rooms are large and modern, with comfortable beds and inviting spa-like bathrooms that tired parents will enjoy. Parents will also appreciate the little touches the hotel offers young guests, from kid-sized robes to cribs, baby monitors and bath toys. When booking, mention you're bringing kids (or dogs), and they'll be treated to a surprise gift at check-in. When it's time to venture out, access to public transit and restaurants is within easy walking distance from the hotel doors.

Located in Yorkville, the Park Hyatt hotel is conveniently located near great family attractions such as the Royal Ontario Museum. The 336 guestrooms are spacious, starting at around 400 square feet, and offer top of the line Italian bedding, marble bathrooms and complimentary Internet access. Active families can take advantage of the hotel's Bicycle Valet program, which offers complimentary four-hour access to Trek Cruiser bikes, along with helmets and maps of great bike trails in downtown Toronto. Before venturing out, you can request a picnic lunch to take with you. Guests staying in can enjoy the hotel's health club, spa and two restaurants. Parents will appreciate the 18th-floor Roof Lounge, long regarded as one of the city's best rooftop cocktail spots. Explore the area with a complimentary car service to destinations within a five kilometre radius.

The Delta Toronto is a hotel that is sandwiched between Toronto's Harbourfront and the hustle and bustle of downtown. Even though it is large (567 rooms), it feels like a little escape where you can take a breath and watch Lake Ontario from an unparalleled view. Directly connected to Toronto Convention Station, Union Station and the underground PATH, it is a downtown dweller's dream location. A 24-hour gym, indoor pool and on-site dining options make it more than easy for the family to stay happy without having to travel far. The deluxe bedding doesn't hurt, either, and cribs are available on request.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
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The Four Seasons is as glamorous as you would expect, at 55 stories high and in the heart of the poshest area of Toronto. Even if your kids consider fast food the height of gastronomy, The Four Seasons can make for a great splurge for a family vacation. The concierge can help to plan out your family-friendly activities or can offer the parents some alone time by booking a babysitter (give eight hours' notice). This hotel is within walking distance to the Royal Ontario Museum, a great stop for the whole family. Perhaps most importantly for the kids, there is a 9th floor pool with a fantastic view of the city.

Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel
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The Marriott City Centre Hotel was built into the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. That makes it the world's only hotel in a major sporting venue and an ideal accommodation choice for those in Toronto to watch a Major League Baseball game. The hotel's 348 rooms include 70 suites that overlook the stadium's playing field, and large windows that open allow guests to catch all the action from the comfort of their rooms. (Entertainment for the kids: check!) Amenities include a gym, indoor pool, a restaurant and lounge (which also overlooks the playing field). Families will appreciate the proximity of the CN Tower, the lakefront Harbourfront Centre and the ferry to the Toronto Islands.


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