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Toronto, a city known for its diversity, energy, and cultural richness, offers an array of housing options. One intriguing choice gaining popularity is the hotel/condo lifestyle. Blending the comforts of a hotel with the conveniences of a condo, this unique living arrangement comes with both advantages and challenges. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons and take a closer look at what living in a hotel/condo is all about!

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Amenities Galore:

  • Luxurious Facilities: Hotel/condo living often provides access to upscale amenities such as fitness centers, spa services, concierge services, and sometimes even housekeeping. The spas are a big perk for us, as many hotel/condos have some of the best in the city!
  • Restaurants and Bars: Some developments feature on-site restaurants and bars, offering residents the convenience of dining options right in their building

Convenience and Services:

  • Concierge Assistance: The presence of a concierge can simplify daily tasks, from handling packages to making reservations or arranging for maintenance.
  • Housekeeping Services: Depending on the arrangement, residents may have the option to avail themselves of housekeeping services, reducing the burden of chores (at an extra cost)

Central Location:

  • Prime Locations: In Toronto – Hotel/condo developments are situated in prime, downtown locations within the city, offering easy access to entertainment, business districts, and cultural attractions.


  • 24/7 Security: Enhanced security measures, including 24/7 concierge and surveillance, provide residents with a sense of safety and peace of mind.
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  • Higher Price Tag: The luxurious amenities and central location come at a cost. Living in a hotel/condo can be more expensive compared to traditional apartment living in Toronto. Plus, all the added services typically result in higher maintenance fees
  • Financing: Banks often treat hotel/condos as a higher risk, and as a result require higher downpayment compared to condos without a hotel component.

Limited Personalization:

  • Decor Restrictions: Residents may face restrictions on personalizing their living spaces due to furnished units or condominium rules, limiting the ability to make the space truly their own.

Potentially Transient Environment:

  • Changing Neighbors: The nature of short-term leases and the transient nature of hotel/condo living may result in a constantly changing community, potentially affecting the sense of neighborhood and community. Remember, you’re in a hotel so naturally there will be higher amount of turnover.

Noise and Crowds:

  • Busy Common Areas: Shared amenities and common areas, while convenient, can sometimes be busy and noisy, especially during peak hours or events hosted within the building. For most hotel/condos in the city, residents have their own private access.
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Living in a hotel/condo in Toronto is an enticing option that combines luxury, convenience, and a central location. The decision to embrace this lifestyle depends on individual preferences, budget considerations, and the desire for a unique living experience.

Whether you prioritize the amenities, services, and central location or value the personalization and stability of a traditional home, carefully weighing the pros and cons will help you determine if hotel/condo living aligns with your lifestyle in the vibrant city of Toronto.

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    Joey Virgilio

    Joey Virgilio is a Real Estate Agent with the Toronto Livings Team at Sage Real Estate. Born and raised as a GTA native, his knowledge of the geography and market mixed with exceptional real estate services will leave you feeling nothing but confidence with your decision to hire him and the Toronto Livings Team.