The Gateway Sheraton at the Toronto International Airport is a fantastic airport hotel. Actually, it’s the location that is fantastic – the hotel itself is so-so. My first stay here was way back in 2001, and based on that experience, I didn’t pause (not even for a second) to book it again for a recent trip.
A full review of my 6 hour stay at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel (at YYZ)
My incoming flight from Lisbon arrived in Toronto at 10 PM, but my connecting flight out of San Diego wouldn’t be departing until 8:30 AM the next morning. A hotel room was necessary (I’m too old to be sleeping in airports), so I thought it would be fun to get reacquainted with the same Gateway Sheraton I enjoyed so much way back in 2001.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t have time to sit in front of the windows for hours watching and photographing airplanes this time. My only objective for this stay was to sleep.
Either my memory is pathetic or they’ve completely redesigned the lobby since the last time I was here, because right away it didn’t look familiar to me at all. There was definitely a strong “Sheraton” vibe going on though, complete with dark and moody lighting with muted warm colors slathered over everything.
Frequent business travelers will know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s something about the drab Sheraton decor that carries over from property to property and it’s hard to mistake it for anything else. This isn’t a compliment by the way – as a matter fact, I wish they would change things up a bit and add some local flair the way Hilton usually does.
Getting to my room
If you’ve stayed at one airport Sheraton, you’ve basically stayed at them all. Although the walk to my room was less extravagant than it was at the CDG Airport Sheraton, the vibe was largely the same.
The first thing I did upon entering the room was rush to the windows to check out that view. Yep. Pretty much the exact same view that I had on my last stay here, which wasn’t a bad thing at all. I wish I could have spent hours oogling over the scenery below, but it wasn’t meant to be this time. I had a lot of sleep to catch up on, which was going to be severely hampered by a painfully early wake up call.
Thinking back on it, there was absolutely no reason for me to pay the inflated price for staying at this hotel other than the fact that it was conveniently attached to the airport itself. I certainly didn’t need the view this time, and there was really no point in paying the premium for the Sheraton name (if you can consider Sheraton being a premium brand).
I went to bed dead tired, and I woke up very early the next morning feeling the exact same way. I probably should have just slept in a quiet corner inside the airport and saved myself a ton of money.
That said, I can still highly recommend this hotel to anyone needing a convenient place to stay between flights. The Gateway Sheraton is the most convenient hotel option at YYZ, hands down. It is far from being the most luxurious though, so if that’s your highest priority I would strongly recommend looking elsewhere.
ScottScott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.
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