These Ontario hotels are part of the Michelin Guide hotel selection. Each of the 6000+ hotels in the selection has been chosen by our experts for its extraordinary style, service, and personality — and each can be booked on the Michelin Guide website and app.
The June Motel Picton
The motel-to-boutique pipeline continues to deliver strong, independent lodgings, this one in the wine country of Prince Edward County, Ontario, a couple of hours’ drive from Toronto. The June Motel stands just outside the town of Picton, with views over a protected bay, and its 16 rooms are stylish and photogenic in a playful mod-bohemian way.
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The Drake in Toronto is a longtime favorite, and we’re betting its country cousin will become one as well. Two hours to the east, in the Prince Edward County town of Wellington on the shores of Lake Ontario, Drake Devonshire is full of personality: a 19th-century foundry transformed into a 21st-century farmhouse hotel, full of contemporary artworks and inspired modern design.
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The Hazelton Hotel Toronto
Possibly the most luxe of Toronto’s new crop of luxury boutiques, the Hazelton is a sign of the times: both high-design, with interiors by the ubiquitous Canadian firm Yabu Pushelberg, and unashamedly high-end, with suites averaging six hundred square feet and outfitted with all the latest luxury trimmings, from iPod docking stations to heated bathroom floors and flush mirror-mounted television screens.
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It’s a case of good things coming to those who wait. This gorgeous red brick Victorian hotel had its heyday during the era of the trans-Canada railway, and while it fell into disuse for a while, the rebirth of Queen Street West means this site is suddenly in great demand. Fortunately it fell into the hands of owners with a firm grasp on what this neighborhood’s about — the renovated Gladstone is an artists’ hotel par excellence.
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Windsor Arms Hotel
Don’t be put off by the name; behind the 1927 neo-Gothic facade of the Windsor Arms is a delightfully modern hotel, completely redesigned in a sort of luxe-minimalist style, yet with an emphasis on old-world service that today’s fashion-first boutiques would do well to study.
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1 Hotel Toronto
The same 1 Hotels group responsible for eco-friendly, high-design luxury boutique offerings in New York and Miami have arrived in the upscale neighborhood of King West Village. 1 Hotel Toronto features cutting-edge sustainability measures, ultra-stylish interiors, and a handful of popular restaurants and bars, from the farm-to-table 1 Kitchen to the self-explanatory Harriet’s Rooftop bar.
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The Drake Hotel
A cult classic in Toronto’s vibrant West Queen West since 2004, The Drake Hotel is now twice the hotel it used to be. The original hotel, with its 19 stylish, art-filled bedrooms, is now the Classic Wing, and it’s joined by a new Modern Wing: more of the same, which is a good thing, this time housed in an ultra-contemporary structure by a dream team of architects and designers.
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The Ace Hotel Toronto
Ace’s first hotel in Canada is set in Toronto’s Garment District, close to the downtown core and innumerable local attractions. It’s a new build, but one with plenty of vintage inspiration, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and Atelier Ace. The curvaceous brick, concrete, and wooden forms feel retro-futuristic, and the lobby’s floor, if you look carefully, seems to hover in the air, suspended from the ceiling’s concrete arches by judiciously placed metal rods.
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There are few hotels that are more clearly a labor of love than Stratford, Ontario’s seven&nine. That is, if it’s even a hotel. Set a scant minute’s walk from the Avon Theatre, one of the anchors of the annual Shakespeare festival, it was built as a private house, and an extraordinary one at that. Architects Shim/Sutcliffe were inspired by the kind of raw-concrete modernism that recalls figures like Tadao Ando and Alvar Aalto, and the house is decorated with modernist classic furnishings and contemporary artworks to match.
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