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Downtown West

This area encompasses a handful of neighborhoods, most of the city's more interesting hotels, and many top attractions, such as the CN Tower, AGO, and Air Canada Centre.

Best for: A central location, plus the city's highest concentration of attractions. In a nutshell, it's all here. If you're on a shopping spree, big department stores and jewel-box boutiques are all around. If art, music, or theater is on the agenda, you'll find each at your doorstep. Ditto for great restaurants, trendy clubs, and top-drawer sports venues.

Drawbacks: With all that activity, this is a busy and often noisy part of town.

Downtown East

The east end is on the rise with an evolving strip of cutting-edge design and furniture stores, the attractive Distillery District, historic Corktown, and well-trod Little India and the Danforth.

Best for: Exploring off the beaten path.

Drawbacks: Things tend to be more spread out here, so be prepared to travel to eat, play, or sleep.

Midtown

Most of the hotels in midtown are located in or near Yorkville, with Bloor Street the southern border of this area.

Best for: High-end shopping along Mink Mile and in Yorkville. It's also a pretty area to stroll around, and it's home to a handful of fine art galleries, the ROM, and a number of good restaurants and bars.

Drawbacks: It's expensive.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.