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Review: Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport
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By the time I got through immigration in Toronto it was around 1AM, and my flight the next day was scheduled to depart at around 1PM. So I decided to book the only hotel connected directly to the airport, which is the Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport.
The price for the one night stay was 230CAD (~175USD), which isn’t cheap, but seemed worth it for the convenience. As a point of reference this is a Category 4 SPG property, meaning that a free night costs 10,000 Starpoints. Since I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, paying cash was the better option.
I was arriving on Air Canada and departing on EgyptAir, and they both operate out of Terminal 1. Meanwhile the Sheraton is connected to Terminal 3, which is the terminal used by most non-Star Alliance airlines.
So upon arrival I followed the signage towards trains and hotels, which required a fair bit of walking.
Then I had to take the train between terminals. Since it was around 1AM, the wait between trains was about 10 minutes.
Once at the Terminal 3 station, I took the escalator down a level, and then at the bottom and on the right was the entrance to the Sheraton.
When I arrived at the hotel at around 1:15AM there was quite a line to check-in. There were four people ahead of me, and several people behind me as well. Most people seemed to be on airline vouchers (I guess because their flight was canceled or they misconnected), which makes the check-in process more complicated.
Eventually I was assisted by a friendly associate, who had me on my way to my room in less than a minute.
The hotel’s lobby area is pretty nice, with an escalator in the center of it, and then a lobby bar on the far left side.
I was upgraded to a room on the eighth floor, which is the club level. Upon exiting the elevator I turned left and walked down the hallway, where my room was located at the end and on the left.
I was assigned room 850, which was a club king room.
The room was almost strangely large, in the sense that it felt like it was about 100 square feet bigger than it was supposed to be, based on how it was furnished. There was an entryway with a closet on the right and the bathroom on the left.
That led into the rest of the room. First there was a big open space, which just had a bench, mirror, and coat rack.
Then the room featured a bed, desk, and sitting area.
The bed was comfortable, as I’ve come to expect from Sheraton brand beds.
Across from the bed and next to the TV was a single-cup coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee.
Also next to that was a welcome amenity, consisting of a bottle of sparkling water and a cheese plate.
In the far corner of the room was a sitting area with two chairs, one of which had an ottoman.
Then across from that was a desk with a lamp. I appreciated that the desk had a built-in power outlet, so you could easily plug things in.
The bathroom was back near the entrance, and featured a sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo.
Toiletries were the typical Sheraton ones, which I don’t mind, but also don’t love.
As an aviation geek, I loved the fact that my room had a direct view of the gate area and runway in the distance. Unfortunately it was so foggy and rainy for much of the morning that I couldn’t even see the planes, though finally at around 10AM it cleared up a bit.
Overall I thought that the room was spacious and the bed comfortable. I didn’t love the decor of the room, as it felt about a decade past its prime (i.e., the vertical striped wallpaper in the bathroom), but that’s a minor point for a well located airport hotel.
As a Platinum member I had access to the club lounge, which was also located on the eighth floor, right across from the elevators.
I appreciated that the lounge was open 24 hours per day, so you could grab a drink at any hour. Otherwise breakfast is served from 5:30AM until 9:30AM (6AM until 10AM on weekends), and the evening service is from 5:30PM until 8:30PM.
The lounge is a pretty nice space from which to work, and it has both dining tables and couches.
In the back corner of the lounge was a small business center with a computer and printer.
Just inside the entrance and to the right was the buffet.
I visited the lounge for breakfast the next morning. The espresso machine seemed to be broken, so there were a few canisters with drip coffee (which I prefer anyway) and hot water.
In terms of cold options, the breakfast selection consisted of croissants, pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, cereal, and granola bars.
Then there were scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, and waffles.
Overall I thought that was a very solid breakfast spread for a Sheraton, especially when you consider that those with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express get access to the lounge as well.
One thing I found a bit tacky is that there were slips in the lounge where you were asked to sign your name and room number, which also had a place to add a tip for the attendant. Is Canada as out of control with tipping as the U.S. is? In fairness, the attendant was very friendly.
Back on the lobby level of the hotel was the gym, which had a good selection of modern equipment.
Next to it were a pool and hot tub, though I didn’t have the chance to use them.
I got a good night of sleep, had breakfast, worked for a bit, and then at around 11AM headed back to Terminal 1. So after check-out I got back on the train, and 10 minutes later found myself at EgyptAir check-in.
Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport bottom line
The Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport is incredibly convenient, given that it’s connected directly to the airport. Ultimately it’s a bit more convenient if you’re flying out of Terminal 3 than Terminal 1, but I’d still rather take a short train ride than have to wait for an airport shuttle.
The room I had was spacious and had great views. The club lounge was a nice space with a good breakfast selection. For a quick overnight, that’s all I could ask for. So I’d definitely return under similar circumstances.