Canada’s most Instagrammed attraction and home to the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, Scotiabank Arena (formerly The Air Canada Centre) is one of the city’s most important entertainment destinations. Spurred by the NBA’s expansion into Canada in 1995, construction of the arena was an immediate boost to the city’s economy and led to a revitalization of the area. The result is a world-class modern downtown neighbourhood that continues to draw in visitors from around the globe. If you’re in town for a game or show, here are some of the top hotels near Scotiabank Arena.
The Strathcona Hotel
The Strathcona Hotel is a piece of Toronto history. It landed in its current location (just five minutes by foot from the arena) in 1933, and its unique offerings, like a fruit shop and a saloon style bar, have made it a part of the community for decades. If you’re in town for a game at the Scotiabank Arena, the Rogers Centre or BMO Field, take advantage of the Game Day Package — not only will you get a great room rate, you can also enjoy a pitcher of cold domestic beer and two pounds of mouthwatering wings before heading out to cheer on your team. You’ll also get a special offer with the Special Events Package if you’re coming to Toronto for a concert, the theatre or another sports event — get 10% off your room rate, a 10% discount at the Strath Pub, plus a welcome bag when you arrive.
If you’re looking for style, Hotel Victoria has it in spades. The 56-room boutique hotel on Yonge Street is just 600 metres from the arena, so you can enjoy all that downtown Toronto has to offer and still walk back. The historic building is an architectural gem that stands out among the glass skyscrapers of the Financial District, reminding us of a simpler time. From here, you can easily explore Old Toronto and the St. Lawrence Market (the World’s Best Food Market according to National Geographic).
The Pantages Hotel is in a postmodern building with beautifully designed suites in the heart of one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Elegance and sophistication are apparent in every detail, from the comfortable lounge areas with sweeping city views to the artfully presented dishes at the in-house restaurant, Stages Restaurant and Lounge. A special event rate applies if you’re in town for one, and it comes with a late check-out so you can get a good rest after your big night. The Ed Mirvish Theatre and Massey Hall are steps away, and the hotel is also near the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Rogers Centre and other amazing Toronto venues.
The Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront allows guests to enjoy a mix of city and zen, being conveniently close to Downtown Toronto as well as right on the waterfront of Lake Ontario. Until March 2020, they’re offering 15% off when you book a stay during Leafs and Raptors home games, just use promo code GAME when booking.
All of the listed hotels have convenient nearby access to public parking facilities.
Still looking for reasons to visit? The events lineup at Scotiabank Arena is action-packed all winter long, with something for the whole family. Some of the upcoming highlights include Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs on January 12; Disney on Ice from Jan 24 to 26; and Post Malone on February 14th. Book early to avoid disappointment!