There are two Holiday Inns near Toronto Pearson airport: Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport and Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East.
While on many days, the price of the two hotels is roughly the same, I went with the latter (and older) of the two during my trip to Canada since it was cheaper for the three nights that I was staying in Toronto.
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Getting to the Hotel
Since the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, it is very easy to get to from the airport. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes from both Terminal 1 (bus stop S5 on the ground level) and Terminal 3 (bus stop 41). You can find the exact schedule here.
Of course, the hotel is best used for a one-night stay before or after a flight. However, if you want to access downtown Toronto from it, it is not difficult either. You will have to take bus no. 52 from the stop across the road from the hotel and then transfer to metro line no. 1 which goes all the way to Union Station. That trip takes about 80 minutes.
Check-in, Lobby, Dining, and Other Facilities
The staff at the reception was friendly and the check-in process was smooth as there was just one person in front of me. For the times when there is a longer queue or when waiting for the shuttle bus, there is some seating in the lobby.
Other facilities that could be found on the ground floor included a small business center with a couple of computers and a printer, several vending machines, an indoor swimming pool, and a small fitness room.
As far as dining is concerned, besides room service, there was a Perkins restaurant accessible directly from the hotel’s lobby. And, there were several food joints just a couple of minutes walk away including Tim Hortons, Subway, etc.
My “standard room,” room no. 265, was located on the second floor. While it was a bit of a walk from the elevators, there was a staircase right next to the room which came in handy when going in and out of the hotel without luggage.
As for the room, it was quite spacey.
To the left of the entrance, there was a closet and a luggage rack, and to the right, there was the bathroom door.
Besides a sink and a toilet, the bathroom was equipped with a bathtub. And, plenty of towels were provided. While only soap and shampoo were provided, other amenities such as razors and toothbrushes were just a quick call to the reception away.
Going further into the room, there was a sofa chair in one corner. Along the wall on the other side of the room, a work desk, TV, as well as a tea and coffee set could be found. The room offered views of the hotel’s yard and pool building.
Finally, the far right corner of the room featured the fairly comfortable king-sized bed.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Summary
While the hotel is a bit distant from the airport, that was not a problem given the availability of a free shuttle. Combined with the fact that there are plenty of spots to have a meal at around the hotel, I can only recommend it if you need a place for a quick night around Toronto airport.
That said, next time, if I find cheaper options or if the newer Holiday Inn comes out around the same price, I would try those to see how they compare.