Moving back to an old, unfinished trip report for a moment. On my 2020 journey to Manchester to try British Airways’ Club Suite, I spent one night in Toronto before heading to the UK. With a post-midnight arrival from Fort Myers, I wanted something as close to the airport as possible. Though I usually prefer Hilton, the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport provided the best price for my stay. I paid CAD 119.65 (about $90) cash for a standard room at the AAA Rate, which included breakfast. Four Points isn’t glamorous by any means, but this one’s OK at the price point.
Note: this post is part of my trip report series about my quick trip to Manchester in February, 2020. Click here for the trip report index and introductory post.
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
- 6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario
- Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yyzpa-four-points-by-sheraton-toronto-airport/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0
- Amenities: airport shuttle, on-site restaurant, fitness center, indoor pool, meeting rooms, guest laundry
The Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport is walkable from Terminals 1 and 3 at Pearson. It’s a shorter walk from Terminal 3, though. From Terminal 3, first go to the arrivals level downstairs. Then head out the doors, and turn left along the access road. Walk along the sidewalk past the end of the terminal, and bear left through an employee parking lot. You’ll then come to an access road that leads to a traffic light at Airport Road (Highway 7). Cross the intersection at the light, head left, and the hotel is immediately on the right, next to the Element. The walk takes about 10 minutes.
If coming from Terminal 1, you first need to use the “Terminal Link” shuttle train to Terminal 3. Or if you prefer not to walk, the hotel offers a shuttle serving both terminals every 30 minutes.
If you want to take the Union Pearson Express to the city, you’ll either need to walk to Terminal 3 and then take the Terminal Link back to Terminal 1, or take the shuttle to Terminal 1. As for other stuff in the immediate area, if you’re in the mood for Indian food, there is a sizeable Indian neighborhood about 2 kilometers west on Airport Road. There’s a bus stop (number 7) in front of the hotel heading that direction if you don’t want to walk. I didn’t have time to look around much more than that.
Check-In and Common Areas
It was well past midnight by the time I arrived, but luckily I found no line to check in. If you need a snack or drink, a small selection is for sale next to the front desk.
The lobby area is…spacious and functional but unfortunately oozes cold, cookie-cutter minimalism.
There are several seating areas, including a dining-type table, some couches, and high-backed chairs.
There’s also a large-screen TV, though it’s oddly far removed from any seating.
The hotel does offer a business center in the lobby, albeit a small one. It includes two computers and a printer, helpful if you forgot to print your boarding pass.
In addition to the business center, there is a fitness center and indoor pool. The fitness center includes a few treadmills, stair steppers, and weights.
Meanwhile, the indoor pool is decent sized and includes a whirlpool tub.
I received a room on the first floor, which meant only a short walk to the room. The corridors are likewise nondescript, and pretty typical for a mid-range hotel. Everything was clean and well-maintained, though.
Beware that if you bring a vehicle, parking isn’t free. The hotel charges CAD 28 daily. As with many airport hotels, they do offer “stay & fly” packages including a set number of days of parking at a discounted rate.
A friendly front desk agent stored my bags as I headed to the city, and was nice enough to ask if I needed a shuttle upon my return.
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport – Guest Rooms
Guest rooms are a little on the small side, but overall I found it clean and comfortable. And most importantly, since it was about 15 degrees outside, the heat worked well. This hotel keeps the choices simple; there is only one room type, with 1 king or 2 queen beds. The room I received included 2 queen beds. A blackout screen on the window worked well, and noise wasn’t a problem despite proximity to the airfield.
As mentioned, these rooms are pretty small, with the bedding taking up most of the space. The mattress was comfortable, though, and there’s plenty of pillows provided. While there isn’t room for a separate sitting area, there is a desk directly in front of the beds.
If you like watching TV from the bed, it is well-placed in the center of the wall, easily viewable from either bed. On the other hand, it’s an awkward angle while sitting at the desk.
One big plus of these rooms – there’s no shortage of plugs. First, 0n the desk is an outlet with four 110v sockets and four USB outlets.
Next, the nightstand features an alarm clock with two additional built-in 110V and USB outlets each.
Needless to say, I think it’s physically impossible to run out of outlets to plug in your stuff.
Meanwhile, towards the bathroom is a coffee/tea set, a safe, and a small refrigerator. Waiting in this area were two complimentary bottles of water for my Bonvoy Silver status.
Across the way is a (very small) closet, but somehow, they managed to get an ironing board and a couple of robes in here.
The bathroom is likewise small, but makes fairly efficient use of the space. It includes a shower-tub combo and a surprisingly spacious sink area.
Four Points uses “Activ Body Care” toiletries in bulk dispensers at this property. This is a brand specific to Four Points, but there’s a secondary market on eBay if you’re so inclined. I didn’t find the toiletries particularly noteworthy one way or another. They were fine, and at least the bulk dispensers actually worked.
WiFi is free and pretty fast. I took full advantage of it the next morning figuring out a fix to my severely delayed London – Manchester flight.
Overall, though the room is small, and the decor unexciting, it did the job for what I needed. It was clean, well maintained, and the bed was comfy.
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport – Food & Beverage
The Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport features Moments Restaurant for on-site dining. I’ve seen several comments that the restaurant is closed for lunch, though the hotel lists hours as 6 am – 10:30 pm. I ventured into Toronto for lunch, so I only ate breakfast here. The hotel offers breakfast for two inclusive rates at a modest upcharge (CAD 10) on AAA rates. Thus, I decided to book the rate with breakfast.
The included offering is a buffet, with an OK selection of items. Cold items include yogurt, cold cuts, fresh fruit, and cereal. There are also a few hot items, including oatmeal, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, turkey sausage, and baked beans & tomatoes. It’s nothing special, but fine for the price point. (If we’re being honest, it’s a bargain if you’re paying CAD 10 for breakfast for two.)
I did find the bread and juice selection disappointing, though. By 8:30 am, the bread selection was largely picked clean, with only a few pieces remaining. Juices, meanwhile, are canned and not very good at all. You get what you pay for, I suppose. There is a waffle maker if you’re in the mood for waffles, though.
The restaurant itself has two seating areas, one up front with the breakfast buffet, and a secondary area behind. As with all Four Points properties, the restaurant offers its “Best Brews” craft beer selection in the evenings.
Don’t get me wrong, a Four Points isn’t something I’d go out of my way to recommend. But for an airport hotel at this price point, it’s an acceptable choice. It’s convenient to the terminals, the rooms are quiet and comfortable, and the service was friendly. You could do worse if you need a short stay at YYZ.