Ideal: bang on Queen Street West, a few feet from Bay and Yonge, the streetcar and subway network are outside the door, and connected to all 16 miles of underground PATH network stores and entertainment. Wednesday lunchtimes in summer, I like sauntering across Queen and snacking from the international food stands in Nathan Phillips Square. In winter, the splash pool becomes a busy skating rink.
Renovated in 2008, pretty much every room I’ve seen here has a great city view. They get more dramatic the further up you go up the 43-floor tower. I’m a big fan of the Sweet Sleeper beds that every room now has. Rooms are always utterly clean.
There’s an enormous lobby with a forest of chairs, sofas, decent workspaces and greenery. More than once, I’ve completely failed to find the person I’ve been here to meet, only to call and find they’ve here but obscured by foliage.
Eating and drinking
A breakfast/lunch favourite Bistro, Traders bar and grill, family-friendly Shopsy’s Deli, Quinn’s steakhouse and the businesslike Link Café beside the business centre.
An irresistible indoor-outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre and acclaimed spa.
Can feel like something of a cattle mart. I’ve found staff to be a little short and stressed when the hotel is full. Be prepared for lines checking in and out at busy times.
Who stays there
An international mélange of businesspeople, tourists.
There are plenty of city parking lots nearby at half the $45 Sheraton price and plenty of Starbucks and other coffeehouses with free WiFi — the Sheraton racks up charges for that, too. Another charge you can add is if you want a mini-fridge in-room.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Perfect downtown location
- Indoor/outdoor pool
- Disinterested service
- Queues to check in/out