Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto

The shiny, easy-on-the-eye capital of Ontario has been recently ranked the 4th most liveable city in the world. The affluent Canadian city is a dynamic metropolis known for its towering skyscrapers and go-getting attitude when it comes to business. It’s other attractions (and amenities) have probably lead to its livable city status such as the copious amount of green spaces, the glitzy architecture, excellent museums, some of the world’s finest restaurants, a collection of hip and happening bars, eclectic festivals, a slick public transport system and the development of the attractive lakefront. With an influx of flush new residents from across the globe and plenty of trendy neighbourhoods and creative districts to explore, it’s also an increasingly hip city. Unsurprisingly, it’s also home to a fabulous collection of cool, hip and interesting hotels, here are 15 of the best (in no particular order)…

The Drake – one of Toronto’s hippest hotels

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

This arty boutique hotel that was previously a derelict apartment block but has now been transformed into one of the hippest places to stay in the city. The exceptionally rated Drake Hotel is a cultural hub for both visitors and locals and offers informal, quirky accommodation close to the Queen Street West shopping area and the bars of Ossington Avenue. Bedrooms at this very cool Toronto hotel are full of bright retro-style furniture and lighting and contemporary art, as well as Bose SoundLink Mini’s and bathrooms that are cleverly curtained off from the main sleeping area. Easily one of the coolest hotels in Toronto, guests can really live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle here and enjoy drinks at the uber-hip bar, listen to live music events, participate in one of their famous cooking competitions, sip cocktails on the rooftop, gaze at the collection of contemporary art and exhibitions, or bite into arguably some of the best burgers in Toronto, in the upscale restaurant whilst enjoying views across the city! Wonderful!

  • Prices from $190 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Drake 

Hotel Ocho – industrial chic minimalism

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

The highly rated Hotel Ocho is a small but perfectly formed very hip boutique hotel housed in a 1902 building, offering beautiful views across downtown Toronto (and just a 9 minutes’ walk from the Art Gallery of Toronto). With just 12 well-appointed bedrooms on offer, guests can enjoy sleek, unique modern bedrooms with a very cool minimalist industrial-chic decor with marble and granite accents and flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as open-concept bathrooms with free-standing bathtubs. The hip on-site restaurant provides exceptionally well executed modern European cuisine, whilst the Bar and Lounge area provides light bites and a fine selection of beers, wines and whiskeys. There’s also a trendy espresso bar and regular art exhibitions. The addition of relaxed and helpful staff give the chic and cool Toronto hotel a family feel, set deep in the heart of the city.

  • Prices from $150 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Ocho Hotel

Thompson Hotel – a hip and happening resort hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Not just a hotel, the 4-star highly rated Thompson Hotel is more of a resort destination set in the heart of the King West Village in the Entertainment District. With two restaurants, a diner, a lobby bar, a cool nightclub and a jet-set rooftop lounge with 360-degree views and plush cabanas, the ultra-chic Toronto hotel is a favourite with the young and the beautiful of the Candian city. Bedrooms are sleek and gorgeous and are designed to look like upscale apartments, they also come with marble bathrooms with heated floors, flat screen TVs and iPod docks, while the communal areas are sumptuous and welcoming. Aside from the fabulous ballroom, state-of-the-art gym and screening room choose from the 24-hour Thompson Diner offering casual diner food, the French style Colette dining room, the Hibachi Teppanyaki + Sushi Bar or even the exclusive 16th-floor Rooftop Lounge -you may never even need to leave to the hotel to enjoy your city break in Toronto!

  • Prices from $200 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for the Thompson Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel – funky, colourful and fun

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

The oldest hotel in Toronto and one of the biggest supporters of the city’s thriving art communities this place is seriously cool. The highly rated Gladstone Hotel is housed in a characterful 19th-century Victorian building and is located on the streetcar line 1.1 km from Trinity Bellwoods Park. What was once one of Toronto’s grand railway hotels, this unique building offers vaulted ceilings, two storey gallery space and a manual cage lift, as well as plenty of unusual pieces of art throughout.

The stylishly quirky bedrooms are themed and all have an individual look and style including a Biker room that is inspired by Seventies motorcycle culture and the forties-inspired Parlour of Twilight, among others. Some have trendy exposed brick walls and one even has a very cool private rooftop deck. Dine at the Cafe offering local favourites, cooked up by a revolving program of local chefs, or enjoy a drink at the Melody Bar, a funky and raucous venue for live music, film screenings and even karaoke. Like everyone else, you’ll probably fall in love with this hip Toronto accommodation!

Shangri-La – Asian inspired opulence

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Asian inspired elegance and total luxury are all on offer at the 5-star exceptionally rated Shangri-La Hotel in the upscale streets of the Entertainment District. This place is a chic Toronto institution and a magnet for the wealthy and interesting, the sleek and beautiful Toronto hotel offers much more than just bedrooms and a bar. A gigantic ballroom, a modern spa, a hip cocktail bar, a garden terrace and a 42-seat screening room have all been designed to meet the requirements of the hotels eclectic clientele, while the 24-hour fitness centre and adjacent yoga studio, as well as a pool with cascading private cabanas and an infrared sauna, are there for every guest to enjoy. Asian-inspired bedrooms boast iPads and oversized bathrooms with jet tubs, while the Boss restaurant offers uniquely Canadian cuisine and over sixty-eight different kinds of tea. Just fabulous darling!

Le Germain Hotel – sleek and cosy modern boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Built in an old hat factory, the 4-star exceptionally rated Le Germain Hotel is a cosy super-sleek boutique with plenty of interesting amenities. The chic Toronto abode is based in a central location within walking distance of the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. More of a hideaway than a hotel, the cosy, comfortable ambience of Le Germain is perfect for those looking to escape the bustling city streets. Bedrooms have been recently renovated and now offer plenty of rich wood and grey concrete ceilings, while the moulded-Corian bathroom sinks exude sophistication. Visitors can also take advantage of the in-room baby Bose stereo, espresso machine and minibar. If you are hungry, the Victor Restaurant feels like a high-class American bistro, while the French-style Café Victor serves espressos and tea cakes. Other stand-out features include a seasonal rooftop putting green and a library offering a complimentary cappuccino bar.

  • Prices from $190 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Le Germain Hotel

The Ivy at Verity – elegant boutique charm

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Toronto’s smallest boutique hotel offers just four beautifully designed bedrooms and is attached to Verity, the city’s premier women’s club. Housed in a converted 1850s chocolate factory in the Queen Street East District, it features first-class spa facilities, and some are available for females only, the 4-star exceptionally rated Ivy at Verity is an exclusive place to stay. As well as an excellent downtown location (a 9-minute walk from Old City Hall), interiors are bold and eclectic with plenty of interesting antiques thrown in, while the distinctive bedrooms are bright, elegant and spacious and offer mod cons, in-room spa services as well as French doors that open up onto little balconies overlooking a tranquil 19th-century courtyard. Guests at this chic and unique Toronto hotel can also enjoy dinner at the George Restaurant that has been serving first-class cuisine since 2004 or take afternoon tea in the colourful lounge. 

  • Prices from $190 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Ivy at Verity

The Templar – beautiful modernist chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

A hidden gem in the heart of the Fashion District – literally! There are no doormen or fancy facades to greet you in this gorgeous architect designed building, but instead, ultra-cool accommodation and extras await you on the inside. The distinctive and stylish bedrooms at the exceptionally rated Templar Hotel are gleaming with acres of marble and floor-to-ceiling windows, whilst upscale extras are all included like iPads in every room, huge soaker showers and bathtubs big enough for two. The hip and trendy Toronto hotel also offers a fabulous Japenese spa complete with its very own outdoor glass-bottom pool, a terrace, a gym, an attractive private garden, a lobby/library bar and an on-site fine-dining restaurant, but if that’s not enough you’re are never far from some of the city’s most sought-after eateries just outside your door.

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Templar Hotel

Bisha Hotel – rock star chic and Toronto’s new hotspot

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

The 4-star exceptionally rated Bisha Hotel is an unabashedly original, five-story hotel that is definitely designed to impress, complete with one whole floor having been designed by rock God, Lenny Kravitz himself! Located at the heart of the Entertainment District (a minute’s walk from the King St West at Blue Jays Way LRT station), this very cool Toronto hotel packs a punch with plenty of black marble, crushed velvet and bold Warhol prints throughout. The bedrooms are full of over the top touches like antique armoire’s paired with bar carts and patent-leather sofas, as well as a pretty cool looking collection of artwork on every wall. Bush’s restaurant is home to the highly regarded chef, Akira Back and serves unusual Asian fusion, while the KOST swish rooftop terrace serves Mexican breakfasts on porcelain table tops on the 44th floor. There’s an infinity pool, fabulous city views and the bar is dark and atmospheric and perfect for working your way through the lengthy whiskey list. Toronto’s newest cultural hub and hotspot!

  • Prices from $190 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Bisha Hotel

Adelaide Hotel – ‘the best address in town’

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

The 5-star highly rated Adelaide Hotel offers a veritable feast for the senses that oozes first class service and utter luxury throughout. Situated at ‘the best address in town’ – that’s the hotels catchphrase – the upscale trendy Toronto hotel is five minutes from pretty much all of the major attractions the city has to offer. With some of the largest and most deluxe bedrooms in all of Toronto all with floor-to-ceiling windows and custom furnishings and lots of mod cons, guests will marvel at the 2,000-Swarovski-crystal wall at the front desk and the tranquil infinity lap pool before taking in the ambience and fine cuisine on offer in the Adelaide restaurant. The hotel also offers a high-end spa, a butler service, a modern fitness centre, a hot tub, sauna, a heated indoor pool and its very own bar for those who want to sip cocktails whilst mingling with Toronto’s finest. You won’t want to leave!

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel – downtown designer boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Located in downtown Toronto (1.3 km from the Harbourfront Centre) The “SoHo Met” as it is affectionately known locally, is a stylish boutique hotel with a difference. Luxurious and indulgent, yet somehow subdued and understated at the same time, the 4-star SoHo Metropolitan Hotel offers sleek sleeping quarters with cosy furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, European plush duvets and Italian bed linen, as well as marble-clad bathrooms with deep soaker tubs. Alternatively, treat yourself to their 3-storey penthouse suite which comes with a private glass elevator and a roof terrace. Located close to the CN Tower and within easy reach of the entertainment district, the trendsetting Toronto hotel makes a great base from which to explore the city. It comes complete with its very own hip cocktail bar, swimming pool, steam room, fitness centre and a complimentary luxury sedan provides morning shuttle service to Downtown locales. 

The Hazelton Hotel – one of Toronto’s leading luxury hotels

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

The 5-star exceptionally rated Hazelton Hotel offers luxury by the bucket load, as well as first class service and a real high-end feel. Located in the tree-lined, up-market district of Yorkville, the trendy Toronto abode is just a two-minute walk from Toronto’s designer shopping strip, the Mink Mile. The plush bedrooms are spacious and uncluttered and offer first class touches like high thread count bedding, granite bathrooms and a bathtub big enough for two. Upgrades off super lush balconies. The on-site restaurant, One Canada, is led by one of Canada’s leading chefs and is a destination on its own merit, there’s a superb art collection and a zen-like health club and a spa, French and Italian flavours are complemented by fine wines, and the breakfasts are pretty darn good too!

Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan – find your zen at this upscale spa hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Sleek suites with floor-to-ceiling windows come as standard at this upscale chic Toronto hotel that is just a 2-minute walk from the sporting events at Roger Centre. Private balconies, high-quality linens, rainfall showers and flat-screen TV’s also add to the superior feel of this city centre hotel. Communal areas at the 4- star highly rated Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan are bright and functional, while the lobby area features a light installation created by the famous glass artist and glass fusion pioneer Rob Synder. There’s an onsite restaurant which has an extensive wine list, while the gorgeous SpaZen Spa is one of the finest Spa’s in all Toronto.

The Beverley Hotel -sociable minimalist chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Offering a subtle blend of minimalist design and comfort, the highly rated Beverly Hotel is surrounded by trendy shops and restaurants in the popular Downtown location of Queen Street West. A quirky boutique hotel with a sense of fun as well as stylishly quirky inviting bedrooms that offer trendy glass and wood decor, a full art scene wall murals, music docking stations and free WiFi, you can be sure to enjoy a good night’s sleep here. Close to the Osgoode Subway Station, and just a 5-minute walk from the nightclub and theatre district, the cool and funky Toronto hotel offers functional and stylish accommodation. The on-site restaurant serves up locally sourced fare and the sociable and hip Rooftop Bar serves you a wide range of drinks while you enjoy the views out across the city.

The Windsor Arms – Euro-themed luxury

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Toronto Global Grasshopper

This classic 1927 building is just a short walk from the luxury shops and restaurants on Bloor Street, and offers high-end European style accommodation. Plush suites at the 5-star highly rated Windsor Arms Hotel comes complete with butler service, French style custom-made furnishings and separate living areas that include musical instruments such as baby grand pianos or harps. Guests at this beautiful Toronto Hotel can go all out on the Euro-themed interiors when enjoying cake in the French style tea room, or a pint or two in the British inspired public house. The Windsor Arms also offers an upscale spa with a panoramic terrace, a large and attractive swimming pool and a private screening room.

  • Prices from $250 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Windsor Arms
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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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