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EXCLUSIVE | Toronto: Where to Stay Part Two

EXCLUSIVE | Toronto: Where to Stay Part Two

Best for Convenience
The Ramada Hotel and Suites (300 Jarvis St; 800-567-2233 or 416-977-4823, fax 416-977-4830; C$89+) offers good facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and sauna. It's located in a high-rise building on a busy street near the Gay Village.

The Selby Hotel (592 Sherbourne St; 416-921-3142, fax 416-923-3177; C$80+) is an 82-room Clarion property on the outskirts of the Village and a popular choice of accommodation for gay travelers to the city. Also near the Village is the Primrose Hotel Best Western (111 Carlton St; 416-977-8000 or 800-268-8082, C$109+).

In the same neighborhood, but a bit more affordable, is The Four Seasons (21 Avenue Rd; 800-819-5053 or 416-964-0411, fax 416-964-2301; C$275+). We love the indoor/outdoor pool especially during the winter.

Best for Style
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West; 416-531-5042 or 866-372-5386; C$179+) in the middle of the trendy "Queer West" neighborhood, incorporates a retro/hi tech look by 3rd UNCLE design. It's also a local indie cultural community center, with Artists in Residence, a permanent collection, live music and innovative DJs.

Nearby, the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West; 416-531-4635; C$175+) is another artsy revival of a historic hotel that takes the concept a little farther with rooms designed by individual artists. Choose between Room 305 Teen Queen, 401 Sugarbush, 309 The Puzzle Room and many more. Locals also enjoy the exhibition space, live music and weekly queer night, "Hump Day Bump."

Best for Value
The Neill-Wycik Summer Hotel (96 Gerrard Street East; 416-977-2320 or 800-268-4358; C$35+) offers college residence rooms between May and August in a location close to the Gay Village. In each apartment-style section, 4 or 5 private bedrooms share kitchen and bathrooms with other guests.

Part One | Part Two

Related Articles:
Toronto: Introduction
Toronto: Where to Eat
Toronto: Where to Play/Meet
Toronto: What to See and Do
Toronto: Where to Shop
Toronto: Resources

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