Millennials are just a bunch of travel junkies.
And it’s great.
But sometimes we’re so busy trying to whisk ourselves away to far flung destinations, we can forget what’s right under our noses.
In fact, we’re constantly being reminded that we should stop and smell the roses in our own backyard.
We know that choosing the right neighbourhood to stay in can have a huge impact on the kind of trip we have, but at times it can feel overwhelming – so we’re here to help.
Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a local looking to mix things up with a stay-cation in the city, here are some of the best Toronto Airbnb options by neighbourhood that you’ll find.
Watched so much Downtown Abbey that you now insist on staying in a mansion? Well, for a short term stay you can live like royalty at this beautiful Annex location, just a bow and curtsy away from Casa Loma. The Victorian mansion getaway, built in 1895 by Toronto architect Frederick Henry Herbert, sleeps up to 2 guests. And while you may not have the full building, guests can enjoy access to both the second and third floors.
Price per night: $90
If you’re looking for a place to crash that has more than a little character, this sunny one bedroom apartment is a great place to rest weary travellers’ heads. On the third floor of a brown brick heritage home, this quirky Parkdale spot combines modern design with slanted ceilings and huge windows that look out onto a very roomy balcony. There’s a 2 night minimum stay and no extra charge for additional people staying – the L-shaped couch converts into two single beds.
Price per night: $104
Minutes away from the Ossington subway, this Little Italy spot is tucked away on a leafy suburban street. Not only is this a spacious apartment with minimalist furniture and a roomy kitchen, it has a truly envy-inducing backyard with patio, seating area, and lounger for enjoying the sun (unless you’re planning on booking in the next couple of months). The host will be there to greet you but thanks to a private entrance you can enjoy some privacy during your stay.
Price per night: $85
Contemporary furnishings and bright white fittings make this Airbnb seem part accommodation, part art studio as its floor-to-ceiling windows look out across the downtown Toronto skyline. But if that’s not enough for you and any fellow guests, go ahead and make yourselves comfortable in the second floor party room; one of the many perks of staying at this delightful Leslieville condo.
Price per night: $139
The bachelor pad to end all bachelor pads, this apartment is like a behind a scenes tour of a GQ cover shoot, with its stone walls, blackout curtains and chalkboards. The one bedroom (of course) plus den-style loft borders the St. Lawrence Market and Distillery district, making it conveniently placed and within walking distance to most points of interest.
Price per night: $149
With exposed brickwork, a kitchen island, and a freestanding wood fire oven in the corner of the living room, you could be forgiven for wondering how exactly this spacious loft in the Junction is such a steal. But why not shut up instead and get booking this Junction district apartment. The cozy, modern space is the perfect place to enjoy the cold nights as they draw in.
Price per night: $65
If you’re planning on doing a lot of shopping and want to have some money left over after you pay for your accommodation, this warm one bedroom spot in the Financial district is the perfect pick. Up to four guests can stay at a time and enjoy all the gym and spa amenities at the Pantages Hotel Tower. Oh, we forgot to mention it’s a two minute walk to the Eaton Centre – so you can literally shop until you drop.
Price per night: $105
This beautiful two bedroom house won’t just give you fond vacation memories – it’ll inspire your Etsy ambitions once you get back home. It’s a short stroll to a ton of great restaurants and grocery stores, and a short drive to the beach. And if you don’t like getting sand in your sandwiches, there’s a pretty epic (and not just by Toronto standards) backyard with wooden deck and hammock, ideal for al fresco dining.
Price per night: $115
If you want to have your finger on the pulse, this heritage townhouse is a great option for those visiting the big smoke. With gorgeous south facing views of the CN Tower and the Toronto skyline you’ll always know you’re right in the heart of things. But the studio apartment also overlooks beautiful Clarence Square park, and is tucked away from traffic. Plus it’s located above Neuf Café – so that’s breakfast sorted.
Price per night: $109
This home away from home offers you a roomy stay near the Jane Subway station that can sleep up to four people. The apartment is full of private features with no shared spaces to negotiate, as guests have access to both levels as well as a deck, backyard, and pretty sweet barbecue.
Price per night: $103
Half a block from the beach, this bright one bedroom condo is a perfect getaway retreat. With minimalist furnishing, high ceilings, and a private terrace, it’s completely set up to maximise ease of use for guests. There’s a floor to ceiling marble fireplace, independent reading lights over each side of the bed, and tons of storage if you decide you want to stay a little longer than anticipated.
Price per night: $154 (Yes, it’s $4 over, but isn’t everything in The Beaches $4 more expensive?)
This Queen West Victorian garden flat is a dedicated lodging space and not the host’s own home, giving the space an open feel, free from clutter and perfect for travellers passing through. The stained glass window, slate tiles, and hardwood floors combined with the vintage style of décor make the accommodation feel like a boutique hotel, complete with a backyard.
Price per night: $104
This restored coach house in Cabbagetown is perfection. Plus if you book for February 13 and 14 you’ll get a complimentary bottle of French crémant/Champagne from the Loire Valley from the host. The “Designer’s gem” is across two floors, and there’s a stunning outdoor area that will make you feel like you’re dining in the Mediterranean. P.S You’ll be greeted with a bottle of wine and pastries from nearby caterers, Daniel et Daniel.
Price per night: $142
If you like a bit of history with your Airbnb, plan a trip to the historic Ice House apartment in Riverdale. Formerly a site that sold blocks of ice –before modern day appliances existed – the building has been transformed into a modern space, with stainless steel, reclaimed wood, and Canadian art and photography (complete with modern art staple, the fire hydrant). Pretty ‘cool’, eh?
Price per night: $89
This bright one bedroom on the top floor, right on Ossington, may inspire the neat-freak in you. With its clean lines, white brick walls, and completely white tiled-bathroom, you won’t want you spoil the décor by leaving your towels lying on the floor. Nestled in the heart of Trinity Bellwoods, it’s just steps away from bars, restaurants and cafes – and you can watch it all happening from your rooftop terrace.
Price per night: $120