Airport Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East

Airport Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East

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.

I booked the hotel using for about $130 per night and redeemed a free night for one of the three.

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East and the adjacent Perkins restaurant.

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.

Toronto Airport Terminal 1 Exit S
Exit S on terminal 1’s ground floor.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Shuttle Bus
Shuttle bus connecting the airport with Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East as well as the Radisson hotel next to it.

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.

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Lobby
Lobby area.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Lobby
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.

Business Center
Business center.
Vending Machine
Vending machine.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Swimming Pool
Swimming pool.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Gym (Fitness)
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.

Tim Hortons Near Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East
Tim Hortons.
Restaurants Near Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East
Restaurants near the hotel.

Guest Room

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.

Floor Plan
Floor plan.
Room 265
Entrance to room 265.

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.

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Standard Room
Room overview.
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Bathroom
Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Amenities

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.

Sofa chair.
Work desk.
Fridge and TV.
Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea set.

Finally, the far right corner of the room featured the fairly comfortable king-sized bed.

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East 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.

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