Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario Travel Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel
There are a number of considerations in selecting accommodations that can make the difference between an enjoyable stay and a major headache, whether your trip to Hamilton is for business or pleasure. You can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Hamilton marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you will like their hotel in Hamilton .
Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middleprice range. In Hamilton you'll find: Best Western, Holiday Inn, Ramada, Sheraton and several other chains. Some chains target families and budget conscious business travellers. These chains are: Howard Johnson, Super 8, Travelodge, and Comfort Inn.
The Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area has several fine hotels and motels that do not belong to a chain for example, Admiral Inns in Hamilton & Burlington.
A traveller may need to rely on a specific features in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.
The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen, to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.
Some commonly sought features are:
There is accommodation in Hamilton to suit any budget. You can stay at the local Hostel for only dollars a day, or you can stay in hotel suites that are good enough for visiting prime ministers.
Pricing is seasonal. Summer is high season in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. Area hotels are also more expensive over holidays and long weekends. Fall (September to December) and spring (April to June) are definitely the less expensive times to visit. Each hotel's dates for high, low, and shoulder seasons differ a bit so watch your timing or your hotel.
Our pricing guidelines (exclusive of taxes) are as follows:
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There are also a number of less expensive dorm/hostel style accommodations, including University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and University of Guelph (these three with summer availability only).
The desired location of the hotel depends on the purpose of your visit. We have grouped the hotels by "Area" to assist you with selecting appropriate accommodation. The Area is in most cases, the city in which a hotel is located. Inside the Hamilton , we also list the part of town.
If you are in Kitchener-Waterloo on business, you would want a hotel in the Kitchener Downtown or Waterloo Uptown. Several hotels are within walking distance (or a $4 to $8 cab ride) of downtown shopping and restaurants. There are some value-conscious hotels in the Downtown area. There are a number of hotels serving the smaller communities around Hamilton , being more convenient to the businesses and attractions in that community.
If you are travelling across Canada along or to-from Toronto on highway 401, you'll need to get off the main highway for accommodation, with Cambridge or Guelph being a good bet. Cambridge is midway between the 401 and Kitchener-Waterloo making it a handy place for starting sightseeing, but leaving you able to get a quick start on the 401 the next morning.