Basketball in the Six

It’s hard to pin point exactly why Toronto was selected to host the 2016 NBA All-Star weekend. Perhaps it was the Raptors making the playoffs over the last two years or the popular #WeTheNorth social media campaign or maybe it was having one of Toronto’s top cultural icons, Drake, as the team’s official ambassador. Whatever it was, on Sunday, February 14, the world will gather for the basketball event of the year at the Air Canada Centre.

In celebration of the game,, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, with over 21 million bookable rooms and 30 different property types worldwide, is excited to share its slam dunk recommendations for fans travelling to Toronto.

Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square 

Steps from the Air Canada Centre, this property is in the heart of Toronto’s sport and entertainment districts. With large screens playing every major game in the lobby bar, to continental breakfast served in the MVP Zone and Lacoste sports gear on loan for the fitness room, this property oozes sports. You can be sure to wake up hyped for the big game as each room is outfitted with a large black and white image of real-life professional athlete some are even NBA players in training.

SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

This 72-room boutique hotel offers its guests unparalleled service from beginning to end. With complimentary rides available in the hotel’s official car, a LEXUS LS460i, you’ll be rolling up to the game in style. Thinking of hitting the gym? The world-class health and fitness centre complete with a lap pool, steam room and trainer will have you feeling like a pro athlete. You won’t have to go far for a delicious meal. At the base of this hotel you’ll find LUCKEE, a restaurant by non-other than Chef Susur Lee, one of Drake’s closest buds.

Lakeside Luxury Furnished Apartment

Train like an NBA player at this two bedroom fully furnished apartment. Test out your three point shots at the full-length basketball court, strengthen your endurance at the fitness centre, cool off with a quick dip in the pool and finally, relax in either the hot tub or sauna. The panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows of Toronto’s skyline will have you wishing this apartment was your very own.

The Drake Hotel

While this property shares a name with the former Degrassi star and Raptor’s hype man, it’s the Queen West location, trendy suites and lively entertainment venue that attracts Toronto’s young and beautiful. Don’t be surprised if you catch an NBA player or two in the crowd as this property is often frequented by A-listers.

Templar Hotel

For those looking for ultimate privacy, this 27 guest room luxury boutique hotel has been dubbed “Toronto's Secret Hotel" - a gem in the heart of the city’s entertainment and fashion districts. After an intense battle on the court, escape to your own private oasis complete with a Japanese-inspired platform bed, organic mattress, and natural linens. Unwind and relax in the over-sized soaker tub equipped with a double shower head. Tucked inside this intimate accommodation, you can enjoy a quite dinner at PARCAE, the hotel’s meat-centric Mediterranean restaurant serving creative signature dishes.