Funky boutique hotels in Toronto

Amongst Toronto’s bustling downtown streets you’ll find a number of charming boutique hotels just waiting to be discovered. Next time you’re visiting the 416, forget the big-name hotel chains and check in at one of these unique neighbourhood gems.

Drake Hotel

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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

This self-described cultural hotbed has earned quite a reputation ever since it opened its doors in 2004 and ushered in a wave of gentrification along the West Queen West strip. The trendy hotel offers a diverse variety of rooms — from cozy crash pads to spacious suites — outfitted with contemporary furnishings and original artwork. Guests can also enjoy the many common spaces throughout the building for drinking, dining and partying (be sure to visit to the vintage photo booth). Light sleepers take note, as one of Toronto’s favourite nightlife destinations this boutique hotel can get pretty rowdy at times.

Gladstone Hotel

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1215 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

Thanks to a dramatic restoration in the early 2000s, this once-seedy rooming house is now one of Toronto’s funkiest destinations. The 19th-century Victorian hotel houses three gallery spaces, a hand-operated elevator and 37 unique artist-designed rooms. No two rooms are the same and each offers its own distinct aesthetic: the vibrant Red Room features rich patterned textiles and red lacquer furnishings while the aptly named Chinoiserie Room is enveloped in whimsical wallpaper designs. Visit during the Come Up to My Room exhibition when local artists and designers take over the hotel with elaborate installation pieces.

Baldwin Village Inn

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9 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1

This urban bed and breakfast is close to the action of Chinatown, Kensington Market and Queen West but tranquil enough to feel like a real escape. Originally built in 1880, the European-style inn has been upgraded in recent years with contemporary design details and modern comforts. If you can pry yourself away from the charming backyard patio, take a stroll through Baldwin Village; the tree-lined ‘hood is home to numerous critically acclaimed eateries and independent shops.

Ocho

4
195 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2C5

This Fashion District boutique hotel is aptly situated in a former textile factory from the early 1900s. The hotel is a popular spot for weddings and parties thanks to its chic-industrial decor: the main bar and lounge area features plenty of raw wood, exposed brick and exposed ceiling pipes throughout. In keeping with the hotel’s creative locale, the walls are adorned with colourful works from local artists. The 12 guest rooms are comfortable and spacious and outfitted with modern Dutch-inspired designs.

The Beverly Hotel

5
335 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A4

Location, location, location! Situated along the busy Queen West strip, this boutique gem is just a short walk to the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and other attractions. The small modern rooms are adorned with with oversized photographic wall murals and feature technological conveniences throughout like iPhone docking stations and descending flat screen televisions. You might be in a prime spot to get out and explore, but make sure you set aside some time to enjoy a drink or dinner on site. In the warmer months the hotel’s Miami-inspired rooftop patio is a great locale to sample a handcrafted cocktail.

The Ivy at Verity

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111D Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2

You’ll find a well-healed clientele and elegant furnishings at this four-room hotel located within Toronto’s prestigious members-only Verity Club. There is a distinct European-influence evident throughout the space; each of the well-appointed rooms are kitted out with a world-famous handcrafted Hästens bed, marble soaker tub, Italian linens and a private balcony overlooking the courtyard. The hospitable concierge staff members are happy to help with everything from dinner reservations to theatre tickets to in-room massages. Guests are also encouraged to make use of the Verity Club’s amenities and dine at the award winning George restaurant.

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