Where To Stay: ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson

by Melissa on July 16, 2013

Prior to my exciting 3-month African adventure for the summer of 2013 I had the opportunity to check out the ALT Hotel at Toronto Pearson International Airport.  I had heard many good things about the ALT Hotel, both from other bloggers – such as Alicia from My Life Untethered and Cailin from Travel Yourself – as well as during a Toronto Travel Massive event hosted by their luxury sister hotel, Le Germain Maple Leaf Square.  The ALT Hotel appeals to those who are looking for a good night’s sleep, connectivity and great service but none of the unnecessary extras.  In fact, they don’t even have a restaurant, in-room mini bar or coffee makers.  If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, close to the airport that offers everything you need – and nothing you don’t- at a reasonable price, be sure to consider the ALT Hotel.

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First Impression of the ALT Hotel

The location of the ALT Hotel couldn’t be more convenient – easily accessible by car, as well as by the airport terminal link shuttle.  The modern concrete building stands out amongst the multi-level car parks surrounding the area.  Upon entering the main lobby, you are welcomed by the friendly reception that is more than happy to help serve you better.  If you’re looking for a quick check in, and there happens to be a line – they’ve got you covered with Canada’s first self-check in/check out computer system.  When I walked in, the receptionist was beyond friendly – we even got chatting about our various travels around the world – definitely makes the experience that much more comfortable when the desk staff seem to take a genuine interest in what you have to say.

ALT Hotel’s Splash of Colour

The lobby’s focal point is the gorgeous photo wall that oozes colour.  Prior to opening, the hotel had a Facebook contest, wherein followers were encouraged to submit photos that highlighted a different colour each day.  They received over 80,000 entries, and eventually 3,500 were chosen to be highlighted on their massive focal point.  Embedded within the piece are screens that display even more photos.  Guests are even invited to participate with the art piece by using the hashtag #altexpo on their Instagram photos – those pictures using the hashtag will appear within seconds and be cycled through and added to the database of photos.
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Rooms at the ALT Hotel

The ALT Hotel offers two types of rooms – The Focus Room and The Versatile Room.
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The Focus Room has one queen-sized bed, a 42” flat screen TV, an iHome docking station and speaker.  Bathrooms are streamlined and feature a large completely glassed in shower, a water efficient toilet, and has an overall spa-like feel.  Each room also features a piece of artwork that reflects the floor’s designated colour.
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The Versatile Room is identical to the Focus room, except has enough room for a second queen size bed and rather than a shower, there is a shower/tub combination – this room is more suitable for families.
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Best Sleep EVER!

While my stay was short due to my extremely early flight, I cherished every second in the comfortable queen sized bed in my Focus Room.  The mattress is one of the best I’ve ever slept on, the pillows are the perfect amount of firm and soft, and the down duvet is so soft and comfortable – it’s like being enveloped in a cloud!

Conservation Efforts by ALT Hotel

The ALT Hotel prides itself on being one of the first hotels in Toronto to have a geothermal heating and cooling systems in place.  This means that throughout the hotel there are 18 pipes that extend 600ft into the earth and expel heat in the summer and draw in heat in the winter.

In order to activate the power in your room, you’re required to insert your key card into a slot on the wall – reducing unnecessary power usage.  Additionally, the hotel does not offer hotel-sized bathroom products, opting to have reusable bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, hand soap and lotion available to guests.  The ALT Hotel is surely to be a leader in green hotels with their eco-friendly approach – with everything from their paperless check in system, to their extensive recycling program, to their no-plastic policy.

Extra Amenities at the ALT Hotel

I made mention earlier that the ALT Hotel has removed the extra frills from their hotel experience – but this doesn’t mean that you will be left to go hungry or without a place to get a stiff drink.  They have introduced ALTcetera – a cafeteria of sorts with delicious foods made daily by a local caterer available for purchase, and microwaves, a convection oven and Panini press for you to heat up the food.  Additionally they have a fully licensed bar and café with people happy to make you a fancy coffee or pour you a cold beer on tap.
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Looking to just hang out?  Chill in the lobby’s seating area – complete with a swing chair and your choice of couches and chairs.
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Want to shoot some pool?  They’ve got you covered as well!
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If you have some spare time, why not stop by the gym on the 14th floor – complete with cardio, strength training, and yoga equipment – of course all in a colourful atmosphere full of natural light.
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They also offer two floors of meeting facilities – with rooms of various sizes to suit your individualized needs – the meeting facilities all have access to the communal area that provides buffet lunches and plenty of refreshments and coffee.


The Last Word about the ALT Hotel

I can easily recommend the ALT Hotel to anyone who is looking for accommodations close to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for a decent price – of $129/night no matter what day of the week, or what room style.  A good night’s sleep in the luxurious bed is enough to make the price worth it!  The conservation efforts are really what caught my attention and made me really respect them for considering the environment- not something a lot of hotels do.  Overall – if you’re sick of the standard airport hotels that are bland and have all the same old stuff – treat yourself to a night at the ALT Hotel at Toronto Pearson, you’ll be in for a colourful surprise!

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DISCLAIMER: While I was given a complimentary 1-night stay at the ALT Hotel, all thoughts, opinions and viewpoints expressed remain my own.