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Looking for a hotel near Union Station

We're taking Via Rail from Vancouver to Toronto in a couple of weeks, and knowing Via is notorious for being late, anywhere from one to ten hours, we'll likely require a hotel upon arrival.
It needs to be near Union Station as we're taking the Go Train the next day down to Hamilton where a friend will pick us up.
We would like to stay under $300 for the night and the hotel should have a good restaurant for breakfast, or a suitable restaurant nearby.
I'm sure the neighbourhood around Union Station is far better than the one around the Vancouver station, but if it isn't, a quiet, somewhat secure area will have to do.
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The Royal York Hotel is directly across the street from Union Station. You don't even need to go outside as they are connected underground via the PATH system.

It is mostly business people near union station and no crack addicts like Vancouver. Winking Face

I almost forgot, across the street to the west of the Royal York is the Strathcona Hotel on York Street. I used to go to the bar in the basement. The bar used to be dive-y (but good), but it's been since renovated.
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Royal York or the Westin Harbour Castle
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Check the Renaissance Hotel in Rogers Centre.

Had family visiting Toronto who stayed there last summer and was quite surprised how little they paid (given there was even a game going on).

Don’t know how much Crown Plaza is these days but they rely heavily on the MTCC crowd.
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Novotel is right near the Union Bus Station. Across from it is Old Spaghetti Factory, Bier Markt, Keg, etc. St Lawrence Market and many other places close by.

Royal York is across from Union Station. But don't eat in the restaurants as there are lots of affordable places just outside.

Marche in Brookfield Place has nice breakfast. It's really close to both hotels.
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Wow, some costly hotels in that area.
Royal York is about $450 +taxes.
Strathcona looks more reasonable at about $290+
Westin Harbour $550
Renaissance Hotel $760+ Fearful Face
Novotel $450+

I'll give the Strathcona a try.
We're arriving on a weeknight, maybe that's why they're all so pricey. Weekends are definitely cheaper.
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poleman wrote: Wow, some costly hotels in that area.
Royal York is about $450 +taxes.
Strathcona looks more reasonable at about $290+
Westin Harbour $550
Renaissance Hotel $760+ Fearful Face
Novotel $450+

I'll give the Strathcona a try.
We're arriving on a weeknight, maybe that's why they're all so pricey. Weekends are definitely cheaper.
What dates are you looking for. I see Royal York for $216 plus tax.

Personally I think all these hotel choices are bad.

You could just get yourself a suite a 1 King West and cook your own breakfast. The hotel is connected via PATH and 1 Subway station to Union. It would be less effort than just walking to nearby hotels on Union.
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poleman wrote: Wow, some costly hotels in that area.
Royal York is about $450 +taxes.
Strathcona looks more reasonable at about $290+
Westin Harbour $550
Renaissance Hotel $760+ Fearful Face
Novotel $450+

I'll give the Strathcona a try.
We're arriving on a weeknight, maybe that's why they're all so pricey. Weekends are definitely cheaper.
Ya, welcome to TO

Although, to be fair, the cost of travel has gone up SIGNIFICANTLY in the last few years cause Accommodations EVERYWHERE, the world over ... have risen in price after being pretty much frozen (at the $ 100 to $ 150 mark for close to a decade) ... hard to find anything these days that cheap anymore. And big cities like TO, gonna pay a lot more.

In your situation, convenience has a price too (plus as noted it’s a weekday / work day ... and it’s the core of Downtown for Biz).
So anything in the $ 250 to $ 375 range IS a good deal.

I’ve stayed at most of the Hotels that others have listed ... ya can’t go wrong with any of them.
But as noted, if you want to save some cash, eat outside the hotel
Which is easy, there are lots of Restaurants in the area
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Delta Toronto is also next to Union Station.
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It almost varies night to night, especially in the summer. For example, I wasn't able to find anything below ~$600 on Tuesday downtown.

When I want to be near Union, then nothing beats the Royal York.
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BiegeToyota wrote: What dates are you looking for. I see Royal York for $216 plus tax.

Personally I think all these hotel choices are bad.

You could just get yourself a suite a 1 King West and cook your own breakfast. The hotel is connected via PATH and 1 Subway station to Union. It would be less effort than just walking to nearby hotels on Union.
Agreed. One King West is accessible through PATH via Brookfield Place from Union. You get a much better room than these other places, plus you get a kitchen.

Royal York would be the most convenient, but it is in serious need of renovation.
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MasterAvatar wrote: Agreed. One King West is accessible through PATH via Brookfield Place from Union. You get a much better room than these other places, plus you get a kitchen.

Royal York would be the most convenient, but it is in serious need of renovation.
The rooms in Royal York are actually very nice.
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poleman wrote: Wow, some costly hotels in that area.
Royal York is about $450 +taxes.
Strathcona looks more reasonable at about $290+
Westin Harbour $550
Renaissance Hotel $760+ Fearful Face
Novotel $450+

I'll give the Strathcona a try.
We're arriving on a weeknight, maybe that's why they're all so pricey. Weekends are definitely cheaper.
Union is accessible via subway. So you could broaden your search up Yonge Street (Marriott Eaton Centre / Chelsea Hotel) or University Avenue (Hilton Toronto / Sheraton Toronto) . Then just hop on the subway a few stops. Used to walk from Union to Ryerson in 15-20 minutes.

Can’t really think of anywhere that’s going to be super cheap- what about Airbnb? Tons of condos nearby. Haven’t used Airbnb personally.
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BrunetteGirl wrote: Union is accessible via subway. So you could broaden your search up Yonge Street (Marriott Eaton Centre / Chelsea Hotel) or University Avenue (Hilton Toronto / Sheraton Toronto) . Then just hop on the subway a few stops. Used to walk from Union to Ryerson in 15-20 minutes.

Can’t really think of anywhere that’s going to be super cheap- what about Airbnb? Tons of condos nearby. Haven’t used Airbnb personally.
Hilton and Chelsea hotels are not really convenient.

If you need to go that far Sheraton would be a better choice.
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BiegeToyota wrote: Hilton and Chelsea hotels are not really convenient.

If you need to go that far Sheraton would be a better choice.
Under $300 the OP may not have much choice.

Just had a meeting recently at Ruth Chris under the Hilton with a client who was staying there. It was raining that day and I walked underground using the PATH from the subway and met them in the lobby. Wasn’t bad.
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batcave wrote: The Royal York Hotel is directly across the street from Union Station. You don't even need to go outside as they are connected underground via the PATH system.

It is mostly business people near union station and no crack addicts like Vancouver. Winking Face

I almost forgot, across the street to the west of the Royal York is the Strathcona Hotel on York Street. I used to go to the bar in the basement. The bar used to be dive-y (but good), but it's been since renovated.
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The Intercontinental and Delta are both easily accessible as well. Both are also connected to PATH, but Delta is easier to get too.
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Do you have any interest in being in Toronto? If not does your train stop in Oshawa? I’d say bunk down there then proceed to Hamilton

If you have a. Free place to stay in Hamilton and miss the last go train you could taxi or uber from union as well.
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