Downtown Toronto fountain.

Fountain in downtown Toronto. Photo: Elaine J. Masters

If I’d looked into short term rentals, my visit to Toronto would’ve been so much more fun. While in Toronto for a conference, I chose a private hostel room for my stay (it was a short walk from the Convention Center.)  However if I’d shared a two-bedroom space with a travel buddy the cost would have been the same or lower. It’s hard to argue with having your own kitchen, more comfort, and plenty of privacy when you stay in a Toronto short term rental.

Here are a few Airbnb options for share rentals in Toronto:

Stay in a High-Rise, Queen Street West Apartment

Enjoy one of the coolest neighborhoods (according to Vogue magazine.) The space is sleek and minimalist with a bedroom separated from the living area. Sip a glass of wine from the balcony while you savor the view of the city skyline. Transportation is easy, with the 24-hour street car and taxis just a few feet from the front door. There’s a four-day minimum with rates starting at $99 a night.

A King Street West Loft on the Edge of the Fashion District

Urban and compact, the loft décor is hip with great views of the city. It comes with high ceilings throughout and a full gym with an outdoor pool on the property. Union Station and the airport shuttle are a short walk away. Public transportation and taxis are close, but enjoy walking when you can to really discover all the neighborhood offers. Rates start from $116 a night.

Toronto street scene.

Street scene. Photo: Elaine J. Masters

Venture into Little Italy From a Spacious Loft Apartment

Furnished with antique flair, the apartment exudes plush, old-world charm with all the amenities you’d expect. There’s one bedroom with a bathroom and powder room, plus two cots. The building houses just a handful of apartments on a quiet street. It’s just a block from the bustling College Street district. Parking is included so you can walk everywhere. Rates go from $99 a night.

Savor Lake Views From this Downtown Sky Rise

Walk to this downtown sky-rise in five minutes after taking the train to Union Station from the airport. Grocery stores, the CN Tower and great nightlife are all within walking distance. If you need more exercise, dip into the indoor pool or work out in the gym. Rates go from $112 a night.

OCAD University arts building

OCAD University arts building. Photo: Elaine J. Masters

City Hall, Queen Station and the Eaton Center Are All in the Neighborhood

When you stay in this stylish condo, you’ll stretch out in this large, bright and open apartment. Revel in luxury, decorator furniture, and a renovated bathroom. Parking lots with daily rates are nearby. Rates start at $141 a night.

While hotel rooms can run from $200 and up, a Toronto short term rental may help stretch your budget without compromising on comfort. Another plus is owners who will enthusiastically share their recommendations on their favorite eateries, bars, and sites.

Published as part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.