CNSC 2005 Hotels

The Canadian Championship will be held this year at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W., on the southeast corner of Dovercourt Rd., in the West Queen West Art & Design District. WQW is a bohemian neighbourhood, and is not especially well-known for cheap accommodation, but here are a few suggestions.

The owner of the Drake Hotel (, 1150 Queen Street West, 416-536-5042, 866-372-5386) describes it as a cultural community centre that is more than just a place to east and sleep. It was in fact under consideration as a venue for the CNSC, on the strength of its regular games nights. It is just two blocks west of the Great Hall and offers rooms that can best be described as funky starting at $159.

The Gladstone Hotel (, 1214 Queen Street W, 416-531-4635) claims to be a boutique hotel and "the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto". It's less than 0.5 km west of the event site, but despite its claim is as of April closed for renovation and due to reopen in "late May or early June".

Travelodge Downtown West (, 621 King St. W., 800-578-7878) is the closest chain hotel, about 2 km east of the event site.

The Grange Hotel (, 165 Grange Ave., 416-603-7700, 888-232-0002) is also about 2 km east of the Great Hall, and has rooms available for under $100.

I'm fairly sure that there aren't any other hotels nearby, but there are probably bed and breakfasts. There are also plenty of other downtown hotels just a little further east of the last two mentioned, any of which should be just as easy to commute from by public transit (the Queen streetcar).

In past years, we have also had a fair number of local players willing to put up out-of-towners, and I'm happy to try to match visitors up with couches and spare rooms.