Not your average airport hotel, this hip boutique hotel delivers exceptional style at an alluring flat rate: $179 for a room with a queen bed or $199 for two queen beds. Conveniently located adjacent to long-term parking and a LINK rail station, the ALT has a 24-hour gym, a cafe for ready-to-go meals and basic booze, plus a chic lobby for mingling before flights.
There’s no official check-out time, so go ahead and sleep in, my friend. Just let them know approximately when you’ll be leaving, so they can arrange housekeeping accordingly.
Compact and minimal chic, the 250-square-foot single rooms manage to pack in a lot: a comfy queen-size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and a goose down comforter, feather center “duvet” pillows, huge flat-screen televisions, clock radios, a Keurig coffee machine, a multi-plug connectivity panel, a work station with ergonomic chair and free Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW We aren’t kidding about the 250-square-foot single room size. And there are no king-sized beds. Anyone who needs to spread out will feel confined. For another $20, get the double room with two queen beds. Windows do not open, if that's an issue.
Rejoice--full-force water pressure! The ALT has spa-style showers with a showerhead generating a dense enough flow to wash off your jet lag.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only the bigger rooms with two queen-sized beds have tubs. Single rooms have showers.
Open concept and breezy, the lobby is like your coolest friend’s loft, with furniture that didn’t come from Ikea. There’s The lobby has slick but comfortable furniture—even a swing chair—as well as a cozy fireplace and handy Internet portals. Next to the self-serve check-in counters, visitors will see the gigantic ALTExpo, a mural made up of thousands of projected Instagram photos submitted by previous guests (submit yours on their website).
Located on the 14th floor, the gym is bright and well appointed with basic cardio machines and weight training gear. The rubber floor is a nice touch.
There’s a bar and a small market called Altceteria for creative popcorn, drinks, chips, chocolate, and other munchies. Some ready-to-go meals are
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is no place to bring a client for a meal, but it's a great hub for young staff at a start-up to grab a snack and keep brainstorming.
Located at the Viscount terminal at the end of the LINK light rail line, ALT has director access to the airport--near terminal one, two and three. It's a 40-minute cab ride ($60) downtown, with no traffic, if that exists. there is indoor parking for $20 per day, or outdoor parking for $15, across the street. Traffic in Toronto is relentless, so don't risk missing a flight by getting stuck downtown on a frenzied sight-seeing mission.
The Worker (5-minute drive) will impress you as a fancy Chinese restaurant with exceptional sesame chicken and crispy beef. Or go for sushi and teppanyaki at Ginko (5-minute drive).
Step into the Sheraton Gateway hotel's Mahogany Grill (5-minute drive), a 24-hour destination for thirsty travelers who want to chat. The Keg Steakhouse Bar (7-minute drive) is another reliable bet for classic cocktails and popular beer brands.
WHY WE LIKE IT
OK, OK, there are no king-sized beds and no bathtubs in the single rooms, but at their flat rate, is that such a big deal? We don’t think so. What you get instead is a highly affordable, comfortable, sleek room with no set check-out time. Oh, and there’s free, fast Wi-Fi. We also like that the building is energy efficient and features a geothermal heating and cooling system that recycles warm air. As you might’ve guessed, there’s also a Tesla and electronic car charging station.