Choosing a B&B offers an intimate way to discover Toronto. These great bed and breakfast options will give you a more personal experience and a unique stay in the Ontario capital.
Thanks to residential pockets dotted throughout Toronto, there are quiet nooks near many of the city’s most famous attractions. Pick from one of these well-located, design-savvy B&Bs that will help add a personalized touch to your visit.
Downtown Home Inn
Bed and Breakfast
Downtown Home Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located, near shopping and museums | Courtesy of Downtown Home Inn / Expedia
Tucked away on a tree-filled side street, this inn is located in the vibrant Gay Village, within walking distance to the swanky shopping districts of Yonge Street and Yorkville as well as the Royal Ontario and Gardiner museums. Considering the building dates back to 1887, the guest rooms are surprisingly modern and well-equipped. The Violet Room, which features a private sundeck, is the best of the seven rooms.
Indulge in la dolce vita of Toronto’s Italian quarter by staying at this restored home, with four suite options each featuring plush robes, a cozy gas fireplace and a warm welcome from canine hosts, Flossie and Maggie the pugs. Breakfasts are all organic, seasonal and locally sourced – portion sizes are ample, giving you fuel to explore the indie shops along College Street or the artsy vendors and craft breweries of nearby funky Kensington Market. If that doesn’t get you to 10,000 steps, the B&B offers a fitness room with treadmill, elliptical, lifecycle and free weights.
Centrally located near University Avenue, the inn features six simply styled suites on two floors, and plenty of communal areas. A spacious dining room hosts the breakfast, and a sitting lounge provides guests a space to read or relax over a film. The B&B is a well-located launchpad to explore the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen Street West and Chinatown. Going farther afield is easy with access to two major routes of the TTC streetcar or subway within a 10-minute walk.
Enjoy a unique stay on the Making Waves Boatel | Courtesy of Making Waves Boatel / Hotels.com
Get a dose of ship life in the big city with a stay at this sleek boat/hotel at Toronto’s Harbourfront, located in a marina on Lake Ontario. There are three cozy ship guest rooms as well as communal areas on the deck to soak in the sun, before or after land excursions. Guests can request a suggested itinerary to experience Toronto as a first-timer, family or for sports fans. Or you can also opt for a two-day vacation package, which includes a cruise on Lake Ontario, a bike ride around the nearby beaches and an excursion to the historic Distillery District.
This B&B is located within a historic home near Toronto’s oldest green space, High Park. This renovated residence combines contemporary rooms with period details like leaded glass windows, hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace in the family room. Breakfasts are all vegetarian with vegan options; tea and coffee are unlimited and available all day. Located near Bloor West and Roncesvalles Village, this B&B is a perfect base from which to explore the many Eastern European restaurants nearby. In the spring, the park is cherry blossom central and hosts the annual Dream in High Park festival throughout the summer months.
Transformed from a corner convenience store to art gallery/B&B by a pair of artists, this Queen West accommodation has benefitted from the evolution of the area. This base is within close reach of the Parkdale neighborhood and the King Street West Entertainment District. Choose from one of five contemporary rooms on the second floor, each decorated with local and international modern art (available for purchase). Guests are treated to the daily breakfast buffet within the main floor exhibition space (which also features an in-house gift shop of local artsy souvenirs).
Toronto Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast combines Victorian decor with modern amenities | Courtesy of Toronto Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast / Hotels.com
Housed in a 19th-century red brick home in Cabbagetown, Toronto Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast pairs original Victorian architecture with modern amenities. Its six guest rooms are spread over three floors and include an apartment suite that sleeps four. The location is perfect for hikes in the nearby Don River Valley Park and market browsing in the Evergreen Brick Works. The neighborhood has many delis, bakeries and organic food shops, which can be enjoyed al fresco at the inn’s picnic area.