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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What about that view you ask? Just look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Overall Experience AKA Fabulousness7