Vintage shopping on Queen Street West, hip restaurants in Ossington, Sunday strolls past the sands of the Beaches – Canada’s largest city is known for its diverse, buzzy neighborhoods. And whether you want to spend days touring the skyscraping CN Tower, boating past the Toronto Islands or exploring the Distillery Historic District, the best way to get stuck in is by living life as a local in an apartment. Here are some of the city’s finest – settle in and make yourself at home.
Set right in the high-rise gloss of downtown Toronto, these furnished suites are a natural pick for culture-seekers who want to be within strolling distance of the city’s finest museums, such as the ROM and the Gardiner. You’re also a short walk away from the multistoried shopping bonanza CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Spacious, airy apartments come in one- or two-bedroom formats (making them ideal surrounds for traveling couples), with the best looking out to shimmering Lake Ontario.
Soothing sandy tones and subtle prints characterize this all-suite property, set a mere maple leaf’s flutter from the city’s regal Old City Hall. The highlight? One of the two-story Penthouse Suites, with luxuriously large bathtubs, proper lounge areas with wet bars and cushy pillow-top mattresses. Kitchenettes are part of the package, but with one of Toronto’s best pizza joints, Terroni, just around the corner, you might want to dedicate at least an evening to dining out.
Can’t decide between a hotel and an apartment? This spot, near Union Station and the Hockey Hall of Fame, provides the best of both worlds. Crisp white linens, big-screen TVs and concierge services all contribute to the hotel feel – as does a rooftop fitness center – while kitchenettes, washers and dryers, and handy workspaces deliver the independent flexibility of an apartment. The longer you stay, the better the rates get, too – your cue to hang around and explore all that downtown Toronto has to offer.
Headed to the Scotiabank Arena, host to Toronto’s finest concerts and beloved hockey team, the Maple Leafs? You can’t get a more convenient stay than one at Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square, with its sleek hotel rooms and apartments – some go the extra mile, with balconies and dining rooms. Accommodating up to 10 guests, the sprawling Apartment Suite is great for groups of friends, while room service and flexible check-out are a boon – you can sleep late after that last big night out in the surrounding Entertainment District.
Just steps away from the city’s handy transport hub Union Station, the suites at the InterContinental have a smart, professional feel, thanks to their monochrome photographs, ergonomic work chairs and geometric carpets. But it’s not all serious business. Floral bouquets, wet bars and, in some cases, cozy libraries add a softer, fun edge that makes this spot just as good for play as it is for work. If you’ve got an expense account, book the Presidential Suite for a private terrace overlooking the city.
This set of slick modern apartments is perfectly placed for anyone who’s come to Toronto for a good time – it’s within walking distance of summer-favorite venue the Exhibition Place, as well as the trendy shops and restaurants of Queen Street West. Floor-to-ceiling windows let plenty of sunlight in, while neutral tones with pastel pink and green pops of color make for crowd-pleasing surrounds. The largest suites come with up to three bedrooms, handy for families; others have balconies – the perfect spot to plan the day’s escapades.
Across the street from the shopping paradise CF Toronto Eaton Centre, these homey suites are just the thing if you hate the feeling of cold, corporate-style apartments. You’ll feel as if you’ve moved in with your hospitable Canadian cousin. With balconies overlooking the buzz of the city center, the suites are a great option for summer visitors to Toronto, especially couples who want to be in the heart of the action (and love plenty of people-watching). Need a dinner recommendation? The helpful front-desk staff will point you towards the best local spots.
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