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Where to stay in Downtown Toronto

Toronto's Downtown is the cosmopolitan hub of this city's famed creativity, with its exciting new art galleries, relentlessly energetic financial district, and thriving entertainment complex. It's also where Ontario's capital lives up to its nickname of “the city of high-rises.” Downtown's sky-scraping towers of commerce are only put in their place by the awe-inspiring height of the CN Tower. But it's not just about the big and the new here—historic areas like Cabbagetown or the Distillery District also have their own intriguing tales to tell.

Hotels in Downtown Toronto

The hotels in this neighborhood are almost as numerous as its high-rise towers, and cover most accommodation needs. As well as high-end luxury hotels and large business hotels, there are boutique hotels in Downtown and stylish historic establishments. The Ritz-Carlton is one of the city's premium luxury hotels, earning its 5 stars with 3 upscale restaurants, an indoor pool, and a luxury spa. Close to the entertainment district is the 4-star Le Germain Hotel Toronto, which really gets into the swing of things with its rooftop golf course. Another upscale Downtown Toronto hotel is the boutique Ivy at Verity, its boldly imaginative decor pleasingly at odds with its historic facade.

Things to see in Downtown Toronto

There's one attraction in Downtown Toronto you literally can't miss—the CN Tower. This needle-like 1,800-foot tower is visible across the district. The views it affords are spectacular, both from its 1,100-foot-high revolving restaurant and from the “Skypod” nestled near its tip. Among the sights you'll see down below is the Rogers Stadium, the famed home of the city's baseball and football teams. Sports fans will also appreciate the Hockey Hall of Fame, with its roll call of hockey heroes. Another unmissable sight is the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest galleries on the continent. It houses some 80,000 works of art from around the globe and across recorded art history. Shopping is also on the large side in Downtown Toronto, especially at the Eaton Centre, which shows off its 330 stores in a series of cathedral-like glass atriums.

Good for arts lovers

Downtown Toronto is a neighborhood that offers a little something for everyone. Besides being home to Ontario's (and Canada's) prime business district, it also plays host to theaters, museums, and galleries for your cultural enrichment. The harbor front offers a wealth of distraction and family entertainment with its aquariums, sports stadiums and waterfront trails. And as dusk falls the nightlife district of “Clubland” comes to life, its clubs, restaurants, and bars becoming a magnet for the party crowd. And don't forget there are hotels in Downtown Toronto of every size, shape and sort, so you're bound to find accommodation perfect for your stay.

How to get to Downtown Toronto

If you're in the northeast U.S., then getting to Downtown Toronto by car is possible from several US cities—Buffalo is only 90 minutes away and Detroit around 3 and a half hours. Either way you'll take the Queen Elizabeth Way into town, exiting onto the Gardiner Expressway to arrive at the harbor front. Billy Bishop airport is nearest to Downtown for those flying in, but only takes short-haul flights. Long-haul flights arrive at Toronto Pearson airport. Hire a car here and you can travel to Downtown Toronto in 20 minutes. There is also a UP express train service to Union Station that takes 35 minutes.

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