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The entrance to the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto.
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Best Historic Hotel: The (gloved) hands-down winner is Le Royal Meridien King Edward, 37 King St. E. (tel. 800/543-4300), which was built in 1903 and is a sterling example of Edwardian architecture and opulence (thanks to a major renovation and several facelifts). The lobby, with its pink marble columns and ornate frescoes, has seen the crème de la crème of society trot through over the years. In the 1960s, the Beatles holed up in the King Eddy while 3,000 fans stormed the lobby.

Best for Business Travelers: The Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut St. (tel. 416/977-5000), is just a few minutes from the Financial District, and its amenities are competitive with those of its pricier competitors. Features include a 24-hour business center and in-room amenities such as fax/modem hookups, large work desks, and cordless two-line phones. The restaurants, Hemispheres and Lai Wah Heen, are favorite sites for business lunches.

Best Budget Hotel: Given the location and amenities, it's hard to beat the Hotel Victoria, 56 Yonge St. (tel. 800/363-8228), for price. The hotel is close to the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, and the Financial District, and its double rooms start at C$105 (US$84) per night.

Best Hotel Dining: The prize goes to Senses, 318 Wellington St. W. tel. 416/961-0055, at the Metropolitan SoHo for its divine combination of delicious fare, sensuous setting, and impeccable service. Close runners-up are the Hilton Toronto's very grand dining room, Tundra (tel. 416/860-6800); the Fairmont Royal York's new offering, Epic (tel. 416/860-6949); and the Park Hyatt's restaurant, Annona (tel. 416/924-5471).

Best Gay-Friendly Hotel: Everyone comes to the Clarion Hotel & Suites Selby, 592 Sherbourne St. (tel. 800/387-4788). In a Victorian building in a predominantly gay neighborhood, this Belle Epoque hotel draws gay, lesbian, and straight travelers.

Best for a Stylish Stay: The Hôtel Le Germain, 30 Mercer St. (tel. 866/345-9501), one of Toronto's boutique hotels, is a stunner, with its dramatic design and lots of artwork in public and private spaces alike (even the elevators).

Best for Travelers with Disabilities: The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W. (tel. 800/441-1414), pays a lot of attention to accessibility. The adaptations accommodate wheelchair users, the visually impaired, and the hearing impaired.

THE BEST SPLURGE HOTELS
Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue Rd. (tel. 800/233-1234): Talk about having it all -- the Park Hyatt boasts a beautifully renovated Art Deco building, top-notch service, and one of the best views in the city from the rooftop terrace lounge. This is a place to relax and let yourself be pampered.

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, 318 Wellington St. W. (tel. 800/668-6600): This boutique property makes the best use of technology I've ever seen at a hotel. From the comfort of your bed, you can open and close the drapes. The in-room safe will hold (and recharge) a laptop computer, and the bathroom floor heats up on command.

The Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay St. (tel. 800/268-3790): It's not printed anywhere, but this hotel's motto appears to be "Ask, and you shall receive." The high staff-to-guest ratio means that there's always someone around to do your bidding.

THE BEST MODERATELY PRICED HOTELS
Delta Chelsea, 33 Gerrard St. W. (tel. 800/243-5732): This is a longtime favorite with budget-minded families. Greatest hits include a playroom with live bunnies and fish, a video arcade, and a waterslide. It also offers children's programs, a day-care center, and kid-friendly restaurants. There are two pools -- one for tykes and one for adults -- and many rooms have refrigerators or kitchenettes.

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The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. (tel. 416/531-5042): It's somewhat out of the way, but because the Drake is in a hot neighborhood, it's hard to complain. The hotel fosters a sense of community by hosting music events, literary readings, and other festivities. If you hate feeling like a tourist, this place is for you.

Hotel Victoria, 56 Yonge St. (tel. 800/363-8228): This property offers the best value in town. Double rooms start at C$105 (US$84) per night, and for this you get excellent service; a smallish but well-appointed room; and proximity to the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, and the Financial District.

For a complete listing of Frommer's-reviewed accommodations, visit our online hotels index.

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Photos: Toronto: An urban gem

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  1. Casa Loma Garden

    The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada's foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens (open May-Oct.). (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Nathan Phillips Square

    Nathan Phillips Square is a city square that forms the front (south) entrance to Toronto City Hall or 'New City Hall', and features an ice rink/reflecting pool, a peace garden, and the 'Three-Way Piece No. 2' ('The Archer') by Henry Moore at the north end in front of City Hall. (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The Rexall Centre

    The Rexall Centre is an international tennis center built with the local community in mind. The park-like setting provides dining, shopping and interactive activities to add to the tennis experience. (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The Toronto Zoo

    Sumatran tiger cubs play in their pen at the Toronto Zoo. (Adrian Wyld / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Royal Ontario Museum

    A totem pole extends towards the skylight in the main stairwell of the Royal Ontario Museum. (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Air Canada Centre

    The Air Canada Centre, often referred to simply as The ACC, is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It is the home of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA, the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL, and the Toronto Rock of the NLL. It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the AFL during their brief existence. (Robert Laberge / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Chinatown

    Toronto has the second largest Chinatown in North America and the largest when all six Chinatowns are grouped as one. It has grown significantly over the years and has come to reflect a diverse set of Asian cultures through its shops and restaurants, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Rogers Centre

    The Rogers Centre is home to Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. While it is primarily a sports venue, Rogers Centre also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs and concerts. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Hockey Hall of Fame

    The Hockey Hall of Fame which celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup). (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Eaton Centre

    The Toronto Eaton Centre is a large shopping mall and office complex in downtown Toronto, and is a top tourist attraction. One of the most prominent sights in the shopping mall is the group of fibre glass Canada Geese hanging from the ceiling. This sculpture, named Flight Stop, is the work of artist Michael Snow. (Tourism Toronto) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Toronto skyline

    The Toronto skyline with a view of the CN Tower, at 1,815 feet, 5 inches tall, is the world's tallest freestanding structure on land. It is considered the signature icon of the city; more than two million international visitors are attracted annually to the tower. Guinness World Records has listed the CN Tower as the world's tallest 'building' for 30 years. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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