Fodor's Expert Review Sandman Signature Toronto Airport
55 Reading Ct., Mississauga, Ontario, M9W 7K7, Canada See on Map
Don't overthink it--take the free airport shuttle to the Sandman. Reasonable prices and quiet, modern rooms are the advantages of this property just down the road from Pearson International Airport. While the rooms need a refresh, they're conveniently equipped with microwaves and fridges. Family suites are available, with kitchenettes for budget-conscious parents. The hotel has a Moxie's—a casual grill restaurant—and a swimming pool. To kill time between flights and spend your last Canadian dollars, there are 320 shops next door in the Square One Shopping Centre.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Make sure you get on the right shuttle bus. There are two Sandman Signature hotels in the GTA, each with their own free transit service. You're looking for the Toronto Airport shuttle, not the Mississauga location on Dixie Road. It's an easy mistake to make.
Two things happen in these rather drab but well-appointed guest rooms: ardor cools and people look forward to get to their final destination. That's fine. It's clean. You're just waiting to catch an early flight, right? While staying at the Sandman, make due with the pillow-top beds, ergonomic work chairs, dark wood accents and crisp white bedding.
All guest rooms are equipped with microwaves and fridges, plus free Wi-Fi.
Basic. The bathrooms have everything you need to freshen up, but don't expect a luxury experience. Any decent designer could give these water closets an easy redux.
How novel--the indoor, heated saltwater pool is L-shaped. There's an adjacent whirlpool, too.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don't expect much in terms of poolside decor or amenities. This isn't a place to lounge and read a magazine. Do your aquabics and get back to the room.
Big and bright, the gym is a delight. The treadmills and cardio machines face the windows, while free weights, benches and exercise balls fill in the centre space. The gym isn't 24-hours; it closes at 11 p.m.
People can't hide the surprise in their voices when they report that Moxie’s Grill & Bar is a decent place to enjoy a meal. This chain restaurant has snazzy blue booths, a lovely terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows. Moxie's also does breakfast, starting at 6 a.m., and room service.
Nobody accuses Moxie's of treating their alcohol like an afterthought. They have an expansive cocktail list, lots of booze and beer on tap and in bottles. Conversation between strangers also flows freely at the comfy bar area.
Ask about the Park and Fly packages, if you want to leave your car at the hotel during your vacation. Otherwise, it's $12 plus tax per day for the outdoor lot. Free shuttles take you to the airport. If driving downtown, give yourself 30 to 45 minutes, each way.
Canyon Creek Chophouse (7-minute walk) in the Square One Shopping Centre makes you forget you're eating a steak in a mall. Well played. The Arizona Grill Lounge (20-minute walk) is more straightforward--a nearby casual place for Tex-Mex dining and lively conversation.
Montana’s BBQ & Bar (8-minute walk) has live music and much beer on tap. The decor is rustic with stacks of firewood and cottage accents for conversation starters. A big friendly chain restaurant, Jack Astor's Bar and Grill (7-minutes by foot )is proud of their enormous new fishbowl cocktails, served with lots of fruit, herbs and other curious garnishes.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Oh, how our pocketbooks love the Sandman! It's highly affordable (well under $200) and offers Park and Fly packages to store your car. The rooms are basic, with mini fridges and microwaves. The Moxy's Grill and Bar is perfectly fine for breakfast and dinner--but if you want something else (anything else), the hotel is near the enormous Square One Shopping Centre. Think 320 shops, plus dozens of restaurants. The hotel's complimentary airport shuttle service is private, so you don't have to stop at other hotels to pick up passengers.