When planning a family vacation, the destination is everything. Luckily, Toronto is full of amazing attractions, fun restaurants, live shows and kid-friendly hotels, so between the CN tower, Ripley’s and Canada’s Wonderland, you won’t have any problem keeping your kids entertained. For many, the perfect hotel is a key factor of keeping the kids engaged and your sanity intact. With Thanksgiving coming up soon in Canada, what better way to treat your little ones than with a fun getaway in one of the country’s most vibrant cities?
Here are 5 top-rated kid-friendly hotels in Toronto for Thanksgiving Vacation:
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
60 Yorkville Ave
See Toronto in style at with a luxury getaway at Four Seasons. At fifty-five stories, this is no hotel to dismiss–offering a warm, sophisticated interior with an international flavor.
The first hotel in Canada to be awarded both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings, Four Season balances elegance with accessibility. Located in trendy Yorkville, you won’t be far from chic boutiques, charming Victorian façades and glamorous restaurants.
The hotel also goes out of its way to welcome its youngest guests, whether it’s by greeting the kids with milk and cookies at check-in, arranging a family dinner, or setting up a babysitter so you can catch that live tour. Four Season also treats kids with complimentary kid toiletries and a complimentary in-room movie with popcorn!
The skylit indoor relaxation pool also invites children of all ages with its underwater music. The ninth-floor pool even offers special Family Swim Hours during weekends and holidays, from 9am to 12pm, and from 5pm to 7pm.
Why they will love it: plush child-size robes to cuddle in
Why you will love it: heated indoor pool to melt all your stress away
Hotel Le Germain Toronto Mercer
30 Mercer St
This cozy property offers elegance coupled with a relaxed, contemporary finish. You can almost smell the attention to detail, in the flower vases, the wall art, and the complimentary cappuccino bar! Did we mention there’s a double-sided fireplace? Bring the kids up for the view on the Rooftop Terrace, or show them how to putt on the putting green.
Le Germain offers a number of suites that all come with continental breakfast, Egyptian cotton sheets, toiletries, Bose stereo system, and swing-out workstations. Each room is stocked essentials for both babies and children, a humidifier for sensitive noses and a DVD player along with a selection of DVDs. They’re also dog-friendly so you can bring along your kids’ best pal!
Located in Toronto’s entertainment district, your family won’t be very far from Ripley’s, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium with more than 16,000 marine creatures–plus the biggest shark collection in North America.
Why they will love it: children’s books they can devour
Why you will love it: a lounge-library with super-comfy sofas to sink in
Cambridge Suites Hotel
15 Richmond Street East
The comfortable Cambridge Suites is a great choice for families, with ample space for bedding and fully equipped kitchenettes so you can dine in come dinnertime. Located in downtown, it’s an easy hop to the Queen Subway Station, the underground PATH shopping network, and the Financial and Entertainment districts.
Indulge your family with spacious sleeping quarters, two-room suites and a pull-out couch. The Executive Suite boasts fluffy pillow top mattresses, double goose-down duvets, premium amenities and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. You can even order a baby cot before arrival or bring your own as there’s well enough room! Quiet hours start from 11pm so you don’t have to worry about neighbors waking the kids. Each bathroom has a tub and the living room has a microwave and fridge.
Head down to the lobby for Social Hour, daily from 4pm to 6pm, with special beverages and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. If you don’t feel like cooking, catch dinner at a nearby eatery or the onsite Portico Restaurant.
Why they will love it: a room of their own, separated from mom and dad
Why you will love it: Complimentary wifi throughout the hotel so you can download books on your Kindle
Chelsea Eaton Hotel
33 Gerrard St W
Chelsea Eaton goes all out when it comes to kids. The Family Fun Zone includes an indoor swimming pool, with a gigantic corkscrew waterslide that loops around the hotel. For the little ones, the Kids Center will keep them engaged with crafts and cute bunnies. For the teens, head down to the Club 33 Teen Lounge, complete with arcade games, flat-screen TVs, Xbox 360s, foosball and a pool table.
All rooms are family-friendly, some with kitchenettes, others with safe balconies so you can admire the city’s skyline. For a real treat, book your family in the Family Fun Suite with kid-friendly amenities, including space for 6 guests, a kitchenette and kid’s corner with DVD, LCD flat screen TV and xbox.
For food, grab a quick breakfast and lunch at the Market Garden on the Go, or dine on fancy international cuisine at the T| Bar.
Located right on the Dundas Square, Chelsea Eaton is a close walk to fun activities like the Toronto Bicycle tours, the Haunted Walk, and the Pirate Life Adventure theatre Cruise on Centre Island.
Why they will love it: the awesome pool to while away the hours!
Why you will love it: fresh, local ingredients at the Market Garden restaurant
Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square
When it comes to kids, the Westin Harbour Castle packs a huge adventure in terms of outdoor entertainment. Located on the waterfront of Lake Ontario, the hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool overlooking the lake, courts for tennis and squash, and a Westin Kids’ Club stocked with a Wii, board games and DVD player. The Westin also offers connecting rooms and babysitting services, available through the concierge.
Service is spot-on, and world-class chefs spin out delicious healthy meals daily, whether you’re enjoying a casual breakfast at Mizzen Restaurant (kids 5 and under eat free!), sitting down for an authentic Italian dinner at Toula restaurant, or grabbing a coffee to go at the newly refurbished Harbour espresso bar.
Modern and clean-cut, the Castle is also just steps away from the entertainment district and Downtown Core via PATH, as well as the family-friendly Harbourfront Centre. If the weather’s nice, hop on a ferry for some biking or canoeing action on the Toronto Islands, or cruise the harbour on the Tall Ship Kajama.
Why they will love it: an adventure-filled welcome bag for the kids at check-in
Why you will love it: The Westin’s lakefront spa to relax