With the impending "ice storm of doom" that was looming on the Greater Toronto Area over the past 2 days I decided that it would make my life alot easier if I just stayed in the Toronto area to avoid commuting back and forth through crazy winter traffic when I had a morning appointment in the city. Before booking this hotel I had the Hampton Inn Brampton booked for $119/night and declared that was far too much to spend on a last minute Hampton. So, I decided to "Name My Own Price" on Priceline and see what I could get. I had never used Priceline before so I thought it would be a great time to try it out and since I knew the area I needed to be in that it wouldn't be so bad. I picked a 4* in YYZ East, bid $69 and was awarded with the Marriott Toronto Airport, at 67% off the rack rate. (Plus the $18/night parking fee.)
As many other reviewers have said the hotel looks old and tired from the outside but it has gone through a renovation project recently throughout the property. While the lobby is nicely appointed, spacious, and has a nice bar/sitting area the elevators look tired like the outside as well (and have buttons on the left hand side, which I found odd..)
Priceline booked me into a room with two beds, but since it was only myself I asked at the front desk if there was a king bed available, which it turned out there was. High atop the hotel on the 9th floor I had a great view of Toronto to the south and the lead-up to the active runway at YYZ. Unfortunately, this runway caused me some inconvenience during my stay and made for a difficult night sleeping. While the hotel claims to have upgraded sound-proof windows they clearly aren't doing their job well. All night you could hear planes taking off. At one point I started to realize when the larger planes took off because it was thunderous. The last flight of the night was at 1:40am which is when I finally got to sleep. I stayed at the Hotel Indigo multiple times down the street and was facing the same runway during take-off and their rooms without a doubt have sound-proofing down to a science. I'm sure it's because of my location and view out the window that I got the brunt of the sound and it would be much better in other parts of the hotel. My last point to note is that I like my rooms cold and while the thermostat on the wall said that it had reached my requested 65º you could feel it clearly hadn't.
The room was nicely appointed with a king bed, LCD TV, spacious work area, and lounge chair. Everything in the room looked very nice (see attached pictures) and was clearly recently renovated. The bathroom, however, did look a bit tired. No problem though, because you only spend 10 minutes in there a day. The hot water for the shower was great at night but in the morning at 7:15-7:30 it was turned up to the maximum and was barely hot enough, a common problem for any hotel but worth noting.
All in all, besides the sleep quality I enjoyed my stay here! If given a choice whether to return here or the Indigo or Hampton Corporate Center I would jump on either of those before returning here. If Priceline set me up here again, I wouldn't be too mad about it.. if the price was right!
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