Since I arrived late at night and I have an evening departure out of Toronto, I reserved a room close to the airport. I have stayed at the Sheraton Gateway Airport Hotel which was a good airport hotel in Toronto Pearson as it is attached to the Terminal 3. However arriving on LOT Polish and departing on Air Canada from Terminal 1, the Sheraton is a train stop away and that means it negates the convenience as compared to a hotel shuttle bus.
It took me about 15 minutes before a shuttle bus bound for the Westin Bristol Place arrived and the ride was a short 10 minute. There was another couple onboard the shuttle with me and it was not too crowded when we were dropped off by the front porch.
After being promptly assisted by an available front desk agent, the check-in process was quick and efficient. While there was no upgrade to a suite, and neither is there an Executive Club, I figured it was not necessary for an overnight stay in an airport property.
Room No: 826 Category: Premium Deluxe Guest Room
Having set my preferred room to be close to the elevators, my wishes were granted and I have a room beside the elevator foyer making it convenient to just crash into the room as soon as possible. These rooms are slightly larger than the standard room as they are wider.
A foyer greets guests on entry where there is a console table with the closet located across it. The console table adds extra storage for that wallet or key so that it is close by the door and guests do not forget to bring them. A door in the foyer leads to a standard sized bathroom with a shower and bathtub combination.
The bathtub did have a nice rainshower and the standard Westin bath amenities. In fact I think Westin has the nicest scent amongst standard bath amenities, making me a fan of the Westin hotels.
Inside the bedroom, it is spacious with a long TV console and desk lined by the wall. At the end of the room, there is a triangular shaped alcove with room for a 3-seater sofa bed, a coffee table and an armchair.
The room is also furnished with a King-sized Westin Heavenly bed and this made for a great night sleep. In front of the bed there is also a large size bench that made it easy to place my luggage on.
From the room there is a generous view of the airport and the Holiday Inn beside it. I figured this side of the view is much better than the other side as I get a glimpse of the downtown skyline as well.
Facilities wise, there is a well equipped fitness centre that was quite empty on a weekend afternoon. There is an indoor swimming pool that makes it usable even in the winter and spring time. What was great about the indoor pool was the glass roof that allows natural light into the compound.
There is also an on-site restaurant on the mezzanine floor where breakfast is served. This makes it convenient for hotel guests looking to get dinner in the hotel as well.
Outside the restaurant there is a Starbucks coffee setup where guests could easily get a cup of coffee or tea. The coffee is available all day long even in the afternoon when I checked out of the hotel. The service in the hotel was standard for a Westin and is up to par but the wait for the shuttle bus was quite long. I had to wait a while for the shuttle bus to bring me to the airport even as I waited outside and the other shuttle bus have arrived back at the hotel. One of the most important things I liked in an airport hotel is frequent shuttles and in this regard, the hotel failed to provide that.
To conclude, I might consider other Starwood properties around Toronto Airport in the future or even just choose the Sheraton Gateway or the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel in the future if the price difference is not a lot as the Sheraton has a club lounge for Platinum members which grants breakfast and evening snacks.