Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top boutique picks in Toronto and get inspired!
Located in the newly gentrified area of the Art and Design District, The Drake Hotel has funky decor and a design that fits in nicely with the neighborhood. Each of the nineteen rooms has its own hip style, complemented by modern touches such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. But the hip vibe comes with a price -- with a hot club that stays open until the wee hours of the morning, The Drake Hotel is not the place for guests looking for a good night's sleep. Those who prefer more peace and quiet should consider hotels outside this hopping neighborhood, like the equally modern (and less expensive!) Hotel Victoria, located ten minutes away.
Housed in a historic, Romanesque Revival style building, The Gladstone Hotel embodies the Art and Design District's marriage of old-school allure and new-school funk. Each of the thirty-seven rooms is designed by a different artist, but you may have to wait a minute for a hotel employee to operate the 1907 hand-crank elevator before getting to your room. The scene at the hotel is hip and young, and revelers can be heard at the hotel's Melody Bar late into the night, so if you're looking for peace and quiet, you may want to consider hotels outside this hopping neighborhood, like the equally modern (and less expensive!) Hotel Victoria, located ten minutes away. Or opt for the earplugs the hotel provides!
This intimate, 77-room boutique offers top-notch luxury: sleek, sophisticated room decor; and luxe dark granite bathrooms with soaking tubs, heated floors, and mirror LCD TVs. The great location (blocks from Bloor Street) and hip vibe help explain the high prices. Plus, The Hazelton offers unique amenities like a screening room and chic-but-funky Tivoli Audio alarm clocks.