Top Places to Stay in Toronto

Trying to decide where to stay during the 2014 EAC conference? We’ve narrowed down the sea of downtown Toronto hotels to our top five picks—with something to suit every budget.

Our top pick is the Pantages Hotel, and not just because it’s the official hotel of the conference! Located opposite the conference venue, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, the Pantages gets full marks for convenience. As it’s an all-suites hotel, you can also expect plenty of space and luxurious amenities, like European-style kitchens and a full-size desk for those editors who want to bring their work with them. Rates start from $219 a night for a deluxe queen room, but you can get a better deal by calling the Pantages Hotel and quoting room code “Editors’ Association of Canada” by May 6, 2014.

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Another all-around winner is the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Toronto. This centrally located chain hotel aims to please, with its comfortable rooms featuring satellite TV, a work desk, and bedding arrangements to suit everyone, from solo travellers to families. Complimentary Wi-Fi access, newspaper, and buffet breakfast add to the already excellent value, from $140 per night.

If you like hotels with personality, you’ll adore the 105-year-old Hotel Victoria. Its 56 rooms have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, but have maintained their historic charm. We also love the central location on Yonge Street and the free Wi-Fi access. Rates during the conference weekend range from $134 to $179 per night.

On a budget of under $100 per night, you can’t go wrong with the Comfy Guest House. About a 20-minute walk from the conference venue, this friendly spot offers all the comforts of home, including free Wi-Fi access and a guest kitchen. The “Luxury Suite,” with a private deck to enjoy the summery weather, is a steal, at $95 per night. Or, if you don’t mind sharing washroom facilities, a smaller room is $43.

With great prices and a social atmosphere, HI-Toronto Hostel will appeal to more than just backpackers. Relive your youth with a night in the modern, air-conditioned dorm, starting from a bargain $27 per night, or book a private room from $109. If you’re planning to stay a few nights, it’s worth investing in a Hostelling International membership, which will knock off $20/night for a private room or $5/night for a dorm room. The location is a 10-minute walk to the conference venue or even quicker if you make use of the hostel’s bicycle rentals.Last but not least, you can always stay with a friendly fellow editor through the “Beds for Eds” billeting program. Stay tuned to the conference website for details on how to sign up!

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