Arriving pretty late into Toronto, I did not head out to the city since I am planning to drive out to Niagara Falls the next day. Thus I decided to have a one night stay at the Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport, which is connected to the airport. This means I do not need to wait for a shuttle bus or anything as I could just walk into the hotel. which is connected to the airport terminal 3. However as Air Canada uses Terminal 1, this meant I needed to take the train to the older Terminal 3. Fortunately the hotel entrance is just by the train station which made it convenient.
There was a short queue when I arrived in the lobby though it did not take long before I was checked in and given keys to my room. Though there was not any suite upgrade and neither did I enquire for one, I was provided with a Club King room which grants me access to the Sheraton Club lounge.
The room was a basic Sheraton room with the shower and tub combination in the bathroom and a comfortable armchair and ottoman by the window. Size-wise the room is quite spacious and seems to be more or less standard size in North America. There were 2 bottles of complimentary water in the room which I appreciated and the bathroom was also stocked with a complete range of amenities. The room was also clean and well-furnished.
As I had purchased a sandwich and some fruit bowls from the airport prior to heading to the hotel for dinner, I headed to the Club lounge for some additional snacks for dinner. Having expected more or less traditional lounge food, I was surprised the Club lounge here serves some good appetizers like wontons and samosas. This was better than many Sheraton Club lounges in North America. There was also a good selection of bite-sized desserts and tapas samplers so in terms of variety it is one of the better Club lounges. The lounge is also divided into 2 main areas, with the first area occupied by the dining and beverage counter as well as some seating space, while the back of the lounge has plenty of seats and some working computers and flat-screen TV for working or just lounging. It was a nice space to spend the evening in and since I had a long day today with the flights, I did not feel the need to head to downtown Toronto.
The next morning I had breakfast in the Club lounge again and breakfast selection was also quite good. In fact I find this Club lounge to offer much better variety in terms of food compared to the Sheraton Centre in Downtown Toronto. There was scrambled eggs, choices of sausages and bacon as well as assorted pastries in the morning with the usual fruits, yogurt and cereal selections. The hotel’s convenient location also meant it is easy to head to the terminal for some food if one desires or get a bite from the hotel’s restaurants on the lobby level.
There was also a good view of the airport and planes from my room. A good view of the planes taking off and landing is probably one of the reason of why I enjoy stays in airport hotels. Even with the proximity to the airport, I still managed a good night sleep and was undisturbed by the noise.