If you’re in Toronto to see the main sights, you will probably want to stay at a downtown hotel, especially if you don’t have a vehicle. If you are planning on wheeling or TTC’g it, look for a hotel between roughly Front (in the south) and Bloor Streets (in the north), from the Yonge Street area (from the east) over to about University Avenue/Avenue Road (in the west). Reportedly a number of hotels have at least one or two accessible rooms, some with roll-in showers.
All of the hotels listed below should have shopping and dining options in the vicinity – some accessible, some not. Please do your research to fully determine whether your selected hotel meets your special needs. More hotels options here.
Downtown hotels that should have roll-in showers:
- The Hilton on Richmond St West, is close to the Entertainment District. They say their “accessible rooms comply with all current ADA regulations. Partially accessible rooms have safety bars, raised vanities and toilets. Transfer benches are available upon request. Fully accessible rooms feature furniture, doorways, and electrical outlets specially configured for accessibility, with bathrooms containing safety bars, raised vanities and toilets, roll-in showers or tubs with handheld sprays.” The Hilton is connected to the PATH but you will need to ask if the route is accessible. They have a great view of University Avenue from one of their glass elevators. The Hilton is near accessible Osgoode Subway.
- Cambridge Suites on Richmond St. East indicates it is connected to the PATH but I’m not sure whether the PATH route is accessible. The closest accessible subway is Queen.
- The Sheraton Centre on Queen St. West is attached to the PATH via an accessible route, and has a great location near many live entertainment venues, shopping at the Eaton Centre and The Bay, and City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square which sometimes holds free events. The hotel is about half way between the accessible Queen and Osgoode subway stations – about two blocks either way.
- Further north, the Eaton Chelsea on Gerrard St. claims to have 19 fully accessible rooms with roll-in showers and 21 partially accessible rooms with bathtubs. It is about 3½ blocks from the accessible Dundas subway station and 1½ blocks from shopping at College Park. The Chelsea is not connected to the PATH which ends just above Dundas.
- Still further north, the Holiday Inn on Carleton has shops and grocery stores in the neighbourhood, but the closest subway, College is inaccessible. It is also further from many of the entertainment venues than the other hotel options, and the PATH doesn’t come up to College Street.
- The Park Hyatt is further north (on Bloor St. West), not far from the St. George subway. The PATH does not reach the Bloor Street area.