Whether you’re looking for a stress‑free pre‑departure or need a place to land on a long layover, airport hotels are convenient, comfortable and, though we may be a little biased, offer some of the coolest views around. Here are our picks for the top Canadian in‑terminal or airport‑adjacent properties to check in to on your next trip.
Step up your airplane‑watching game at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, where all 386 of the spacious, soundproof rooms have floor‑to‑ceiling windows overlooking YVR’s runways, set against a backdrop of the North Shore Mountains. Jet‑lagged? Hit the state‑of‑the‑art fitness area, resistance pool, whirlpool and saunas. Feeling revitalized? Stop in at Jetside Bar for nightly live music or experience the flavours of the Pacific Northwest at the Globe@YVR restaurant (try the Salt Spring Island mussels or miso marinated sablefish).
Conveniently located right next to international departures, this 303‑room, 15‑suite hotel is also just a 20‑minute drive from downtown Calgary and close to attractions like the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark Science Centre. Unwind after a long day of travel in the heated pool, at the 24‑hour fitness centre, with a treatment at the OraOxygen Wellness Spa or simply by watching airplanes come and go from your tarmac‑view room. Later, sit down for a meal at Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar and enjoy a menu of locally inspired cuisine, such as Alberta prairie corn and bacon chowder or smoked Alberta brisket sliders, alongside a Mount Crushmore pilsner from nearby brewery Banded Peak.
Whether you just need some shut‑eye, or you have a day to spend in YEG before your flight, the 208‑room Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel makes a great home base. Check out attractions, like the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, the Edmonton River Valley or one of the many golf courses in the area, or simply take it easy in your room, cocooned in your down comforter with an in‑room meal from Halo Bar and Bistro (in‑bed French fries, anyone?).
The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel has your work and personal needs covered: Both the Tarmac Boardroom and Runway 36 Lounge meeting spaces offer views of the airport campus, while the 101 rooms and suites have Starbucks coffee pods, iPads to access daily news and Netflix, and spa‑like bathrooms. Don’t check out before sitting down to a meal at The Blue Marble, where they grow fresh garnishes in‑house and cook with local ingredients, like fresh pickerel for the fish ’n’ chips.
The Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 3 reopened its doors in November, following a 30‑million‑dollar transformation. Check in to experience light‑filled, soundproof rooms (there are 467 of them, plus 17 suites) with warm wood accents and smart features, like tables that transform into standing desks with the touch of a button. While it’s easy to hop on the Union Pearson Express train for downtown Toronto, with an indoor heated pool, 24/7 Peloton studio (coming soon) and Sheraton Club Lounge with complimentary refreshments, you may not want to leave. End your day at the &More restaurant to sample the diversity of Toronto’s food culture through dishes such as poke bowls and jerk‑glazed chicken.
Experience one of the Fairfield Inn’s 132 rooms or 100 suites, all equipped with minifridges and wet bars, on your next trip to the nation’s capital. Take advantage of the 24‑hour on‑site fitness centre and indoor pool, as well as the hotel’s proximity to sports and outdoor activities like hiking, golfing or kayaking, all under 10 kilometres away. Don’t forget to fuel up before your active day with the complimentary hot breakfast that includes eggs, sausage, oatmeal and fresh fruit.
With 279 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, as well as 20 meeting rooms, this hotel located within the U.S. departures terminal at the Montreal airport is an ideal business destination. After a day of meetings, head into the city in 30 minutes or less to see sights like Old Montreal and Saint Joseph’s Oratory, or stay put to unwind with a facial or body scrub at AltiSpa and dine at Bijou Resto Bar with views over the tarmac.
Directly connected to the airport, the Alt is the perfect place to re‑energize on or before your next trip. Each room features a Nespresso coffee machine, HD television and Egyptian cotton linens, plus rainfall showers and Bella Pella bath products. Bonus: check‑out times are flexible, so you can enjoy a little extra shut‑eye if need be. Visit the 24‑hour gym or the indoor heated plunge pool and enjoy views of the airport through the property’s many floor‑to‑ceiling windows. Cap off the day at the Altcetera Café for a bite and a game of pool, or a drink by the fireplace.
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