London 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-middle price 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 accomodations, incluing the Mohawk COllege, MscMaster University, Redeemer University College (these three with summer availablilty only) and the YWCA.
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 Hamilton on business, you would want a hotel in the Downtown core. 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, 403 or the QEW, you'll need to get off the main highway for accommodation.
There are a number of the high-end resort properties (which also have convention and meeting facilities, and often a golf course) that are run by the Delta Pinestone in Halliburton, Delta Rocky Crest, Delta Sherwood Inn, and Delta Rockyview all in the Muskokas, Intrawest's Blue Mountain Resorts and the Westin Blue Mountain near Collingwood.