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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

5 of The Best Boutique Hotels in Toronto

By Gracie Carroll


Teeny, tiny and quirky. If you’re looking for a different kind of hotel experience that’s truly Toronto, try booking a stay at one of the city’s top boutique hotels. As part of my partnership with San Pellegrino’s Itineraries of Taste, here are 5 of the best boutique hotels in Toronto that you’re sure to enjoy, and remember forever.

The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West

For over a decade, The Drake Hotel has been a staple of the West Queen West culture scene, and nightlife. Well known as a hub for great food, drinks and live music in one of Toronto’s trendiest areas, The Drake has made itself a regular spot for city dwellers, and a sought-after place to stay for visitors. Like most boutique hotels, the hotel rooms are small and limited. But who needs a big space when you’ve got everything you need just outside your door? For more info, visit TheDrakeHotel.ca


Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Known as Toronto’s ’boutique art hotel’, the Gladstone offers the unique experience of getting to rest your head in, essentially, an art gallery. With rotating art shows always on display throughout the multi-storey hotel, each of the 37 rooms available to book are each unique and artist designed. Try ‘The Parlous of Twilight’ room for a ‘neo-noir reverie’ or the ‘Teen Queen’ room to transport yourself back to sleeping over in your BFF’s bedroom. For more info, visit GladstoneHotel.com


The Templar Hotel, 348 Adelaide Street West

Modern and sleek, The Templar Hotel in Toronto’s Fashion District has been referred to as ‘Toronto’s Secret Hotel’ that is a hidden gem in the heart of downtown. Unassuming from the front, you would be forgiven for walking by Templar and mistaking it for a a trendy design studio, or gallery, rather than a place to stay. But for any design nerd visiting the city, this is definitely where you’ll want to be. And don’t forget to pay a visit to their underground restaurant, Parcae. For more info, visit TemplarHotel.com

Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Avenue

Situated smack in the middle between Toronto’s Fashion District and Chinatown, Hotel Ocho sits on the bustling Spadina Avenue, and stretches along a small, sleepy side street called Phoebe. With only 12 rooms available, this ‘industrial chic’ hotel located right in the city core will give you a simple and clean space to rest, with the ability to walk to almost anywhere you need (or want) to go. For more info, visit HotelOcho.com


The Beverly Hotel, 335 Queen Street West

Hidden amongst the more commercial shopping strip of Queen West, you’ll find The Beverly Hotel sandwiched between some of the world’s biggest retail giants. This tiny hotel is beautiful and extremely boutique with a modern decor and very slim width in its size. Enjoy the ease of having a cocktail or bite to eat in their ground-level lounge, or make the trek up a few flights to sit on the rooftop patio. With rooms that feature glass-walled bathrooms, just make sure you’re very comfortable with whomever you’re sharing a room with. For more info, visit TheBeverleyHotel.ca






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