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Want a last-minute hotel during TIFF? It’ll cost you

It seems any impulsive TIFF-goer hoping to snag a last-minute hotel room on the cheap in the downtown core during opening weekend is living in La La Land.

Still, for the sake of movie lovers with a spontaneous streak, the Star examined Friday night’s cinematic sleepover options using a popular travel-booking website.


Just a few blocks from Roy Thomson Hall, Strathcona Hotel had a 130-square foot “smart king” room available for $ 344, while those wanting to be based nearer the Ryerson Theatre could sprawl out across 285 square feet at the Chelsea Hotel for a reasonable $ 359.


To lay your head down near the stars at most Toronto hotels, it’ll cost between $ 400 and $ 600. A superior suite at the Pantages Hotel could be had for $ 489, the Fairmont Royal York — always bustling during TIFF — offered rooms from $ 577, and the Westin Harbour Castle boasted tempting views of Lake Ontario for $ 619.


If you’re a mover-and-shaker — or determined to look like one — why not drop four figures on a few hours of sleep? Rooms at the Ritz Carlton were going fast, with only deluxe city-view units left at $ 1,350 per night. The Four Seasons also offered rooms starting from $ 1,395 — though a real hotshot might spring for the hotel’s 1,399-square-foot Cumberland Suite, which ran for $ 5,100.


Airbnb had a variety of options of course, and anyone willing to share some portion of their lodgings with others could scoop up a deal somewhere on the subway line. Anti-social Airbnbers would still have to shell out, however. Entire apartment/home rentals in the downtown core were averaging around $ 525 for the festival’s first Friday.


Want to visit the city in style while risking a potentially contentious political statement? The Trump International Hotel and Tower’s superior room ran for $ 649 — a five-star bargain, comparatively speaking. Surprisingly, the swanky in-hotel America Restaurant was still taking reservations for pretty much all hours on Friday, an evening when most other hot spots were booked up. Perhaps Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has the potential to clear out both Americas?