Where to Stay during Toronto's Annual International Film Festival

The community of Toronto really loves film. Don't believe us? Walk near any cinema in Toronto that is partaking in the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Fans and cinephiles alike wrap around the block in eager anticipation of everything from provocative documentaries to star studded blockbusters. The Toronto Film Festival is one of the major events that put Toronto on the map, and locals want to pledge their allegiance to it every year.

If you want to get a good look at the Oscar contenders for the coming year, or you want to see what your favourite celebrity looks like in person, TIFF is a must for any film buff remotely near Toronto. Canadians are notoriously friendly, so you may know one with a welcoming couch. If you do not, just give it a year. In the meantime, you need a place to reset and get that beauty sleep so that you don't feel like an ugly duckling in comparison to the Hollywood elite. Those people are annoyingly pretty.

The old hub of the action for the festival was Yorkville, but even so, some celebrities like routine in their whirlwind lives. Blake Lively and Ben Affleck have stayed at The Hazelton Hotel. If you would rather be within steps of the downtown films, do as George Clooney does and stay at The Ritz Carlton

Just remember that he's married with children, ladies.



The Westin Harbour Castle is within walking distance of the major film screenings of The Toronto International Film Festival. Located near the lovely Harbourfront neighbourhood, this twin-tower Lakeside hotel has exquisite touches. One could get...  Read More

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

The Fairmont Royal York
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The historic Fairmont Royal York dates back to 1929 and was the place to stay during the golden age of railway travel. Conveniently located across the street from Toronto's Union Station, times may have changed, but the deluxe accommodations of...  Read More



This luxury hotel property is right in the heart of TIFFdom. Toronto is inseparable from the famous film festival in September and this hotel is ideally located for celebrity spotting and eating popcorn for dinner (just like Olivia Pope!). As...  Read More

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
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The Four Seasons was started by a Canadian businessman and this Yorkville location has only been open since 2012. 55 stories high and in the heart of the glamorous, there are 259 guest rooms including 42 suites. This Toronto location of the...  Read More

Shangri-la hotel Toronto
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There is a whimsical look to the Shangri-La that warrants a second glance, even amidst the commotion of the busy location. University and King is one of the hubs of activity in Toronto and the Shangri-La keeps up, making their attention to...  Read More

The Hazelton Hotel Toronto
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The Hazelton Hotel is an exclusive five-star hotel that made its home in Toronto's posh Yorkville neighbourhood. It opened just before the annual Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, and every year it has been filled with stars and elite...  Read More

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences
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While Toronto is in the midst of a luxury hotel building boom, this 92-room boutique hotel has been offering guests many upscale touches since its 2003 opening. The contemporary-designed rooms feature spacious and inviting marble bathrooms with...  Read More



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...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
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The first Toronto entry from this luxury global hotel chain opened in 2011 on the western edge of the financial district, offering guests an ideal base to explore the Toronto International Film Festival. The 53-storey tower includes 267 hotel...  Read More


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