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ALT Hotel Toronto Dominates Mid-Priced Airport Options

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  Site Where: 6080 Viscount Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L4V 0A1
December 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

We had the chance to stay at the new ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson, owned by Canadian boutique hoteliers, Groupe Germain and, we gotta tell ya, this hotel-in-a-box is stylin’!

Back in April we reported Groupe Germain planned to open several ALT Hotels across Canada, and Toronto is the first up. The ALT Hotel business model is to maximize style while keeping costs down by minimizing superfluous services and prefabricating the hotel rooms – sort of like how cruise ships are built (ergo, hotel-in-a-box!). What this means is that you can get a hotel room for a very reasonable price, that is always the same, no matter what day of the week or what time of the year.

Knowing all of this, we were still pleasantly surprised that the 153-room hotel is so well-designed. When you enter, you'll first notice the eye-catching video wall. Made up of photos and LCD screens, this ever-changing mural is comprised of photos submitted via Instagram.

You'll also notice the bright and cheery food bar. One of the ways the hotel has kept costs down is to ditch the full-service restaurant and have a self-serve commissary. But ALTcetera is not filled with stale tuna sandwiches; this is gourmet grab-and-go. After we checked in and went downstairs to explore, we picked up an olive oil panini with a grilled chicken breast and peppers, goat cheese and lemon emulsion. You can even get a passionfruit panna cotta at 3 a.m. if you want, because it's open 24/7.

Our room was surprisingly big with absolutely no evidence that it was built off-site. The bed was comfy with a snuggly duvet, there were plenty of nooks to store your stuff, a bee-yoo-ti-ful Italian ‘Calla’ chair, a big glass shower with Canadian brand Fruits & Passion toiletries in big bottles –- so no pilfering -- and a rainfall showerhead (there’s even a faucet at foot-level so that you can check the temperature of the water with your tootsies before you commit).

Other niceties? An entire wall of windows; an airline arrival and departure marquee in the lobby; multiple seating areas in the common area that make it feel cozy with different areas for different moods including one lounging space with a fireplace; and, although there’s not a pool in the hotel, there IS a pool table.

As we promised, the hotel is big in style and low in price: Rates anytime are $149, whether single or double or one bed or two.

Is that a great ALTernative or what?

[Photos: Janice Tober/HotelChatter]

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