Sleeping In The Clouds At Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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As I type I’m 43 floors above the sidewalks of Toronto. Where am I? I’m on the Club Floor of the Sheraton Centre Toronto as it nears the end of its $90 million renovation. With over 1300 rooms available it is one of the largest if not the largest downtown Toronto hotel. Unlike my home city of Vancouver, the skies above Toronto are not crammed tower to tower so from from my seat on the 43rd floor I have panoramic views of the city. It almost feels like I’m sleeping in the clouds.

View while working from the Club Floor of the Sheraton Centre Toronto

View while working from the Club Floor of the Sheraton Centre Toronto

The Sheraton Centre is located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District at 123 Queen St. West. A short walk to Union Station, Toronto City Hall and hundreds of corporate head offices, it is in the centre of the Canadian business district.

Map location of the Sheraton Centre Toronto

Map location of the Sheraton Centre Toronto

To get to the hotel from Pearson Airport required a 40 minute airport limo ride (cost $60). Come the end of Spring there will be an alternative train service called UP (Union Pearson Express) taking visitors from Pearson to downtown Union Station for only $27. I can’t wait for that to open. Apparently it will only take 25 minutes for the entire trip. No more stuck in Gardiner Expressway gridlock.

Driving from Pearson to Toronto on the Gardiner Expressway

Driving from Pearson to Toronto on the Gardiner Expressway

It’s a Saturday when I arrive at the Sheraton Centre but it’s hopping busy. The entrance is full of cars with guests checking in just like me and the lobby is alive with people about to go out for the night. The lobby is also filled with guests and their laptops on the communal table. I’m not sure if they are working or checking in on their Facebook but it’s a pretty popular hotel lobby.

Car entrance to the Sheraton Centre Toronto

Car entrance to the Sheraton Centre Toronto

Lobby of the Sheraton Centre with space for people to meet and work

Lobby of the Sheraton Centre with space for people to meet and work

To the left of the lobby is Check In and Registration. I’m a Starwood Preferred Guest so all my info is on file which makes check in super quick and easy. With a few more stays I may hit Gold status which gives me access to a dedicated check in desk. It’s one of the perks of frequent travelers. With registration taken care of it’s time to see my room. Straight up to the 42nd floor.

Newly renovated room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Club Level

Newly renovated room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Club Level

My room is very nice. A gorgeous King sized bed, part of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper benefits, a 50″ flat screen TV and my favourite part – a desk with a view of Toronto. Best part of the desk aside from the view is that it is fully set up for all my technology. I can plug in my laptop, Smartphone and back up batteries all at the desk, I don’t need to go searching for a plug.

Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Queen Bed

Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Queen Bed

Work desk in my room at the Sheraton Centre

Work desk in my room at the Sheraton Centre

What about that view you ask? Just look.

View from my room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

View from my room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

As for the bathroom it’s a nice size, clean and has a gorgeous shower with multiple shower heads. Perfect for washing off the grime of a 5 hour flight from Vancouver.

Bathroom at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

Bathroom at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

With my room comes a few other perks. It’s part of the Club Level which means that I can access the 43rd floor Lounge which has a private bar, daily complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. It’s all included with my room so why not take advantage of it. I had a quick coffee and pastry in the morning and for the early evening as I type this I’m enjoying a glass of wine and some light nibbles.

View of the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

View of the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Hard at work at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Hard at work at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Continental Breakfast is complimentary every morning at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Continental Breakfast is complimentary every morning at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Juice Bar at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Juice Bar at the Sheraton Centre Club Lounge

Pastries!

Pastries!

Another amenity available but one I didn’t use is access to a 24 hour gym at the hotel which includes Terrace patios, Hot Tubs and a Sauna. Why didn’t I take advantage of these perks you wonder? Well it’s simple, I’ve just arrived in Toronto and I want to explore. There is time enough for the gym in a few days.

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Sheraton Centre Toronto

One thing I look for when I stay at a new hotel for the first time is actually what I listen for. How quiet is my room? Do I hear noise from other guests and from the hallway? I’m happy to report that at the Sheraton Centre Toronto all I heard was my own breathing and the tunes I played from Spotify while I was getting ready each morning. It’s my first time here at the Sheraton Centre but it won’t be my last.

 

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Newly Renovated

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The Sheraton Centre has a lot to offer visitors to Toronto. It's almost completed renovation (late Spring 2015) offers everything I expect from a major hotel plus the option of the Club Lounge with it's daily continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuves and private bar make it an ideal place to work and relax.

  • Value for $
    7
  • Service
    8
  • Atmosphere/Decor/Cleanliness
    7.5
  • Overall Experience AKA Fabulousness
    7
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Disclosure: Review

My stay at the Sheraton Centre was hosted by the hotel. My views are my own and I stand behind every word I wrote.


About Author

Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

4 Comments

  1. Seeing as I’ll be making a similar commute in a couple weeks time, what do you recommend I take from Pearson to Downtown Toronto? While celebrating “funemployment” has its perks, money isn’t one of them and I obviously want to keep in mind where my dollars are going so not sure if the Limo life is for me.

  2. I’ve been to the Sheraton Toronto before and it truly is a wonderful experience. The recent renovations have certainly added to that as well. Glad you enjoyed it!

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