Torontonians have always maintained that the metropolis is a smaller version of New York. But if you’ve taken a look downtown recently, you know that it’s becoming even more like New York thanks to hotels like the Beverley. Amid the cluster of stores on Queen Street West, you’ll see the restaurant before ascending the stairs to the front desk and minuscule lobby. The trade-off for the central location is a smaller room, but if you’re okay with a snug space, a room here is your mini oasis amid downtown’s bustle. Before retiring for the night, sip a Caesar on the hotel’s rooftop to get into an empire state of mind, but in Toronto.
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Those who love to shop will be delighted that this hotel sits amid brand-name stores in the heart of Queen West. Hop on the streetcar or walk over to West Queen West for more boutiques and niche stores. A block away, snap one of the best views of the CN Tower under Will Alsop’s tabletop structure with the colorful legs before heading over to the AGO for great Canadian art exhibits. Street art can be found while wandering the alleys behind Queen West (Tour Guys can add historical and cultural context). Thrill seekers will love the Edgewalk at the CN Tower. Casual eateries include Banh Mi Boys, the Queen Mother Cafe, the Rivoli, Pai, and Khao San Road. Fancier fare can be had at Nota Bene, Montecito, or farther along Queen or King West, where the options are endless. Chinatown, Kensington Market, and the Financial District are all within walking distance.
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Rooms: 16 rooms, 2 queen suites. From $149. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available in the downstairs dining room starting at 7 a.m. You’ll get the best bang for your buck at breakfast, as robust options are included in the room rate. Choose from items like the veggie omelet, Nutella crunch French toast, or blueberry pancakes. Inventive cocktails can be found on the Miami-inspired rooftop patio. Spa and gym details: Though there’s no spa or gym, you’ll find YYoga next door, which offers both yoga and spinning classes.
Who it's for: Solo, leisure, and business travelers who don’t mind lilliputian, minimalist rooms in exchange for a prime location in the heart of downtown. Couples who want a weekend getaway will enjoy the roomier Queen suites. Our favorite rooms: Queen suites book quickly due to their Queen Street West front-facing windows; they’re the only rooms with window views. These roomier suites are also the only ones with desks for your business needs. Good to know: It’s best to take the subway and walk to the hotel instead of taking a cab, as traffic on Queen Street West is very busy. Keep your luggage to a minimum; rooms are small. Coffee, tea, and newspapers are available in the lobby free of charge.