CN Tower, located in Toronto’s downtown core, is steps away from several lodging options that provide an alternative to run-of-the-mill hotels. The properties range from a fashionable boutique hotel featuring a nightclub and rooftop lounge to a sprawling property with guest rooms that overlook the inside of Rogers Centre stadium. The hotels are also within walking distance of shopping malls, boutiques, cultural sites and Toronto Transit Commission subway stations.
The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel is an intimate, art-inspired boutique hotel within a five-minute drive of CN Tower. The property is located along the city’s eclectic Queen Street, which is teeming with hip boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. The property originally served as a railway hostel until an extensive renovation transformed it into one of the city’s trendiest lodging choices. Guest accommodations consist of bohemian-inspired rooms featuring exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, original art work and glass showers. Amenities include in-room spa services; Drake Dining Room, a fashionable restaurant offering sushi, oysters, steaks and bottle service; a rooftop patio lounge; and “the Underground” nightclub, which also offers live performances.
Pantages Suites Hotel and Spa
The Pantages Suites Hotel and Spa is an upscale all-suite lodging within a five-minute drive of CN Tower and a short walk from the Eaton Centre mall. The CN Tower can also be accessed via the Young-University-Spadina subway station, which is steps away from the hotel. Guest accommodations consist of condo-style suites with fully equipped European kitchens, marble baths and Egyptian linens. Suites are also available, featuring whirlpool tubs and hardwood floors. Amenities include a Zen-inspired, full-service spa offering massages and body wraps; a fully equipped fitness center; and bike rentals. On-site dining is highlighted by Pantages Martini Bar, a chic watering hole offering mini burgers, cocktails, live music and a fireplace.
SoHo Metropolitan Hotel and Residences
The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel and Residences is mixed-use facility in the city’s historic district. The property is within walking distance of CN Tower, the Roger’s Centre Sports Complex; St. Andrews’ subway station and the Princess of Wales Theatre. Guest rooms feature remote-controlled lights, motorized drapes, electronic doorbells and marble baths with heated floors and deep-soaking tubs. The property’s four gourmet dining venues are highlighted by Lai Wah Heen, which offers contemporary Chinese cuisine, and Senses Restaurant, serving up charred Australian lamb chops, rib eye steaks, wines, artisan cheeses and crème brûlée.
Renaissance Toronto Hotel Downtown
The Renaissance Toronto Hotel Downtown is located within the Rogers Centre Sports Complex, which sits at the base of CN Tower. The property is steps away from the theater district, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Harbourfront Centre, which is home to an outdoor skating rink, visual arts exhibits and the concert venue Sirius Satellite Radio Stage. Accommodations range from city view rooms with vibrant decors to bi-level suites with whirlpool tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the inside of Rogers Centre stadium. Amenities include the Arriba Restaurant and Lounge, which serves Mediterranean cuisine; an indoor pool; whirlpool; and sports courts.
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