When visiting Toronto by air, there are many great hotel options that are close to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Other than arriving by car, the most common way for visitors to come to Toronto is by plane. Over 31 million passengers passed through Pearson International Airport in 2010, making it the 20th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. It is no surprise then, that there are dozens of options for accommodation in the airport area.
Toronto Pearson Airport is located 22.5 km (14 miles) northwest of Downtown Toronto, near the intersection of Highways 401 and 427. The airport consists of 2 large terminals: Terminal 1, for domestic flights and some international carriers, and Terminal 3, which services only international flights. While many downtown Toronto hotels offer shuttle services to the airport, some travelers may prefer to stay at one of the many hotels near the airport.
There are mainly large chain hotels here, which feature services geared especially towards business travelers. They generally have pools, gym facilities, a nice restaurant, and regular shuttle services to the terminals (every 5 or 10 minutes). In this area, prices generally range between $100 and $200 per night for a room.
Of course, not all visitors looking for accommodation in the airport area are planning on visiting downtown Toronto. Many of the hotels here also feature large conference centers that regularly host large meetings and industry conventions. In addition to the facilities located in these hotels, adjacent to Terminal 3 is The International Centre, one of the largest convention facilities in the city, with almost 1 million square feet of total space.
The largest concentration of hotels are located on the east side of Pearson Airport, in the area surrounding Dixon Road. Leading up to Pearson’s Terminal 1, Dixon Road turns into Airport Road as it skirts the northeast edge of the airport. Here, a forest of high-rise hotels poke out above the characteristically low buildings in the area.
Sheraton has several hotels in the area, including the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, on Dixon Road, and The Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport and The Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto, both on Airport Road. In terms of proximity to the airport, it’s difficult to beat the Sheraton Gateway, which is located directly in Terminal 3.
Right across from Terminal 1 on Airport Road you’ll find the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, while a few blocks north on Caroga Drive Hilton has another location with the newly-built Hilton Garden Inn Airport Hotel. The Hilton Garden Inn is also one of the best rated hotels in the area. Also on Caroga Drive are The Hampton Inn and Suites, and the Fairfield Inn and Suites.
Dixon Road is where the largest cluster of airport hotels are, sandwiched between Highway 427 in the west and Highway 401 in the east. Options include the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport (which features a saltwater pool), The Sandman Signature Hotel Toronto Airport (which has family suites with bunk beds and beanbag chairs), The Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport (one of the lower-priced options in the area), and The Quality Suites Toronto Airport. In addition to those, hotels from Marriott, Crown Plaza, Westin, and Radisson can be found, among others.
Hotels in the vicinity of Dixon Road also have the benefit of many restaurant and bar/lounge options, mainly of the upscale chain variety. There are several steakhouses, bar and grills, Tex-Mex restaurants, and Japanese restaurants.
South of the airport there are several well-rated hotels along Eglinton Avenue, including The Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto, The Sandalwood Suites Hotel Toronto Airport, and The Best Western Plus Travel Hotel. The draw of hotels here is that they are located across the street from Centennial Park, a large city park that also has an adjacent 27-hole executive style golf course (Centennial Park Golf Centre).
A little further our to the southwest of the airport are more options for travelers to Toronto. There is another large cluster of hotels along Dixie Road in Mississauga, centered on area where that road meets Highway 401. Holiday Inn, Delta, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn and Courtyard by Marriott all have offerings in the neighbourhood. Family-friendly options include the Stage West All-Suite Hotel, which features a large pool, waterslide, arcade, spa facilities and a “Theatre Restaurant.”