Weekend in Toronto

Old Jan 14th, 2006, 09:33 PM
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Weekend in Toronto

My wife and I are visiting Toronto on a company sponsored trip this August and are thinking of going a couple of days early. Sorry, to say I know very little about what appears to be a beautiful city. We're looking for a B&B for about two to three nites. Any suggestions?
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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 11:59 PM
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Here are three top rated B&B's.

Toronto Downtown Bed & Breakfast
http://www.tdbab.com/

Suite Dreams
390 Clinton Street, Toronto, Ontario M6g 2Z2, Canada
http://www.toronto-townhouse.com/

213 Carlton Toronto Townhouse
213 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2K9, Canada
http://www.toronto-townhouse.com/
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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Toronto is not a B&B type of a city, really, so you might want to expand your search to real hotels, too.

And in Toronto, it really is best to stay downtown.

If you do finad a B&B, make sure it is within walking distance of eitehr a subway station or a high-vpuume bus or streetcar line. (Queen Street Car, College / Carleton Street cars, St. Clair, come to mind)
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Old Jan 16th, 2006, 09:57 AM
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As BAK said, Toronto isn't really a B&B city. If you're going to consider hotels, what is your budget and what kind of environment do you like?
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Thanks BAK and Kate-
We would be in the $100 range or better.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 10:36 AM
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You said "$100 range or better". Does that mean US$ or Canadian, and what does "or better" mean? More than $100 (e.g. $500) or "about $100, give or take $25)?

If you mean "about $US 100-125", you will be able to stay a nice hotel but not a top-end hotel. At this stage, you might want to make a booking that you can cancel without penalty. When you get much closer to your departure date and are 100% sure you will be going, look into bidding for a 4* on priceline. (I don't think bidding for a 3* is worth it and you could get one of the debatable 3*s in Toronto.)

We still don't know what kinds of hotels you like or what you like to do, so here are some general budget-minded suggestions.

Stick with a hotel that in the area bounded by Bloor St (to the North), Front Street (to the South), Church (to the East) and Spadina (to the West). This will put you in the centre of the city, close to the subway and within walking distance of a lot of sights. East of Yonge (especially past Church) gets a bit scuzzy, although it isn't dangerous. Yonge Street north of Dundas and south of Bloor is a bit tired - it's the old, main commercial street and is now occupied by bargain shops, moderate-low end chain stores, and the occasional X-rated video parlour or store. There are, however, several good value hotels (Delta Chelsea, Marriott Courtyard, Days Inn just east of Yonge) that are worth considering.

I often recommend the Holiday Inn Midtown on Bloor West near Spadina. It's near a funky, lively university neighbourhood, close to old houses, interesting shopping and museums, and reasonably priced cafes. You're close to both subway lines, Casa Loma, etc.

If you'd prefer to be near the harbour, you could look at hotels on King Street or south - even on Harbourfront (but I find Harbourfront too isolated from the rest of the city - you have to get across a highway to get from the city to Harbourfront or vice-versa). And to someone who grew up in BC, the Toronto waterfront is not beautiful. There are a lot of interesting activities down there in the summer, though. Hotel options include a Radisson and the more expensive Westin.

A little further north, but downtown near the business and entertainment districts, you could check out the Holiday Inn on King West, and look for special offers for the Royal York and King Edward hotels (old-fashioned but rather glamorous large hotels). There are also a Sheraton and a Hilton around Richmond and Bay, but they are located beside the construction site for the new opera house.

If you can provide a little more information about your budget, the type of accommodation you like and the kinds activities you like to pursue, we can narrow the options down more.
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There are 55 B&B listed in http://www.tripadvisor.com
near subway or close to public transportation to major attraction in Toronto.

Tourism Toronto
Tourism Toronto's official website offers travel planning, hotel & visitor info services to tourists, meeting & convention planners and tour operators.
http://www.torontotourism.com

You can consult Tourism Toronto to get detail information

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