From historic stays in traditional homes to modern offerings in the heart of the city’s action, these are the best hotels for a Hamilton holiday.
While nearby Toronto might top the sightseeing list for most visitors, underrated Hamilton, to the west of Canada’s most celebrated city, has plenty of enticing stops in its own right. From brilliant hiking trails through lush forest to art galleries, museums, landscaped gardens and even a grand historic estate – Dundurn Castle – Hamilton offers a diverse range of activities. Whatever the reason for your visit, you’ll be wanting a great place to stay. Welcome to our round-up of the best hotels in Hamilton.
With a business centre that’s open 24-hours, Sandman is a natural pick for visitors who have come to Hamilton to work. That’s not to say it doesn’t embrace fun, too; there’s a heated indoor hot tub and pool, as well as modern rooms with stripey throws and pops of banana yellow. You’re moments from the lakefront and Confederation Beach Park, perfect for a sunny day’s stroll or a cooling slushie from the Sandbox Beach Bar.
History buffs will love the location – you’re walking distance from charming Ancaster Village, a historic quarter with shops, restaurants and charming buildings dating to the early 19th century. They’ll love the Barracks Inn itself, too; a homely throw-back stay with exposed stone walls, roaring fires, traditional patterned carpets and granite bathrooms. Couples should plump for the romantic Mason Suite, with its distressed wooden floors and heart-shaped stone embedded in the wall.
It doesn’t get much closer to epic Lake Ontario than this. Set steps from the Waterfront Trail walking path and scenic outcrop Brant Street Pier, this contemporary hotel puts Hamilton’s great aquatic asset front and centre. Views to the blue are everywhere – from the terraced restaurant, from the modern bedrooms, from the window-lined indoor pool. Make the most of the free breakfast buffet, fuelling up on waffles, bacon and fresh fruit.
Hamilton’s burgeoning dining scene is at your doorstep in this downtown hotel, with coffee shops, pizzerias and diners all within walking distance. But with a fair amount to entice on-site, there’s no need to rush out of the Sheraton. A window-lined indoor pool and hot tub are flooded with sunlight for morning swims; a fitness centre is on hand for afternoon workouts; the LOFT Lounge is ready for your evening nightcaps. There’s an all-day restaurant if you’re feeling really lazy.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Harriet Myers.