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Hotel Review: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel

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Pros:

  • Spacious and well-maintained
  • Price: CAD 113/night or 7,000 SPG points/night
  • Excellent customer service
  • Green Choice Program (earn 500 points/night or $5 voucher)
  • 2 gyms, indoor and outdoor pools and sauna
  • In-store Starbucks and Tim Hortons few steps from the hotel
  • Free indoor and outdoor parking
  • Newly renovated rooms
  • Free use of laundry machines (very important for us since we stay at hotels for long periods of time)
  • Indoor food court (several Asian cuisines and one Italian)
  •  Location:

– Many food establishments near the hotel (expect 90% of them to be Asian cuisine)
– Bus stations across the hotel (convenient for tourists to reach the subway)
– Few minute drive to the movies and Walmart

  • Sheraton Club Lounge ($39/night or free for platinum members). This includes 24/7 beverages, breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.  This has been the major source of our savings.  Since my husband has already reached the platinum status, we have free access to the club lounge.  We don’t need to eat out as much since there’s free food.  We just have to contain our hunger until 5:30 PM since that’s the serving time of the hors d’oeuvres. Lol

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Cons

  • Location

– Hotel is far from Downtown Toronto
– Around 1 hr  15 min commute
– 30 min drive

  • Limited food options since mostly are Asian restaurants
  • No scenic view (you wouldn’t feel like you’re on vacation)
  • It can get very busy in the hotel esp. on Fridays and weekends.  There are many weekly events that use the conference rooms and event halls which may be chaotic for hotel guests.

 

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Sauna (smells like maple!)
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Indoor food court
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Free parking
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Indoor pool

 

Tips for saving:

  • Register for the Green Choice Program. Every point counts! Or, you can use the $5 voucher for food/drink purchases in the hotel.
  • Request for a microwave if your room doesn’t include one.  The staff is very accommodating. 🙂 This helps us a lot in saving because we can just reheat our extra food.
  • If you’re still excited to eat Asian food, there are lots of good cheap restaurants to try. Currently, our favorite is Congee Queen ($5 beef brisket noodle soup – large serving).
  • If you’re a tourist, I’d advise you to stay at hotels in Downtown itself even though the hotels might be more expensive.  It will save you time and energy.  Plus, the bus transit (YRT) in this area is different from the Downtown transit.  You’d need to pay for both if you’re going to stay downtown.




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