From giant swimming pools to a prime location overlooking the Royal Ontario Museum, these five family friendly hotels are your best choices for a memorable Toronto getaway.
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel
Travelling en famille doesn’t mean you can’t glam it up. Draped in twinkly lights and surrounded by Yorkville’s art galleries, designer boutiques, and swanky restaurants, the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville offers a luxurious stay close to enticing attractions. Take your budding paleontologist across the street and let them school you on T-Rex, stegosaurus, and the many other specimens at the the Royal Ontario Museum. Later, see the concierge, who’ll help you to score hard-to-get theatre tickets and arrange a babysitter for a worry-free night out. Still not convinced? The gleaming atrium penthouse pool will seal the deal. Plus, as a Mastercard cardholder, you’ll enjoy a complimentary room upgrade.
When it comes to making a splash, you can’t beat the Chelsea Eaton Hotel. Canada’s largest hotel is the headquarters of a Family Fun Zone complete with an indoor swimming pool where kids hollering “Marco Polo” is not only allowed but encouraged. Watch them go wild on the aquatic centre’s giant corkscrew waterslide: a four-story adventure that actually loops outside the hotel for that extra wow factor. The hotel’s Kids Centre is loaded with craft supplies, and even your more jaded adolescent will enjoy the Foosball and arcade games in the Club 33 Teen Lounge. If you can manage to tear your offspring away from this oasis of splash-soaked fun, you’re just steps from the shopping and entertainment of Dundas Square.
Cambridge Suites Hotel
If this is your first time visiting downtown Toronto, Cambridge Suites Hotel is a great choice. CN Tower is a 25-minute walk away, which is a lovely stroll when the weather’s nice. But if it’s a bit chilly for your liking, you can always take the PATH—28 kilometres of underground walkway, shopping, and more. It’s like a whole other little city down there. After a day of taking in the sights and sales, you can put the kids to bed and snuggle up in front of the TV in the SEPARATE living area—maybe even with a glass of wine.
Westin Harbour Castle
For outdoor entertainment, the Westin Harbour Castle packs a big punch. Set on a prime slice of Lake Ontario waterfront, this place starts earning smiles at check-in, with an adventure-filled welcome bag for your little buddies. Hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands for some biking or canoeing, or cruise the harbour on the Tall Ship Kajama and party under the stars at Harbourfront Centre. If it rains? No need to fret: There’s an indoor swimming pool, plus the Westin Kids Club is stocked with a Wii, board games, and a DVD player. There’s plenty of fun for you, too. The Westin’s lakefront spa, nightly turndown service, and deluxe bath amenities will keep you extra happy.
Get your game on at this super-convenient location near the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre. Cheer on the Leafs or the Blue Jays, or jump in the water with some stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium. With all this activity, the kids are bound to work up an appetite, and when they do, your little ones eat free at the hotel restaurants—and your older kids can order from the regular menu for half price. And if you didn’t have room to pack the playpen or high chair, the folks at Delta will be happy to loan you one. Delta is one of those rare family friendly hotels that actually understands what a family needs.