Canada’s Hotel Quarantine Details: Ultimate Guide

Here is our ultimate guide to Canada’s hotel quarantine program for COVID-19, now that we’ve gathered some prices and a lot more information. It’s still pretty expensive, but most travelers will be able to pay a lot less than the $2,000-for-3-days price announced initially: it’s actually under $1,000 for some hotels. And unsurprisingly, there were major failures with this launch…

As a reminder: just quarantining at home for 14 days without putting anyone at risk is no longer be possible for travelers arriving in Canada by plane, since February 22nd.

They now have to do a “hotel stopover” (as the government calls it) and it’s actually less strict than the home quarantine, in a way: travelers are allowed to go outside (which is not allowed at all under the home quarantine rules, unless you live in a private home).

Anyway, if you do end up having to book one of these 31 expensive hotels, be sure to compensate by applying for the Marriott Bonvoy Card: the welcome bonus will give you 8 completely free nights in certain amazing destinations, like Bali, Spain, or South Africa. So at least your next trip will be a lot less costly hotel-wise (you can even get 17 free nights if your travel buddy gets one too—that’s what we did). It’s really one of the best deals for Canadian travelers!

So here are the different sections about Canada’s hotel quarantine.

 

Basics of Canada’s travel-related measures

This guide and Canada’s mandatory hotel quarantine are only for those entering Canada by plane.

Entering the country at the Canada-USA land border has always been allowed for Canadians and this hotel quarantine does not apply to those entering over land. There are different rules for them (but travel rules can change very quickly, as we’ve been telling you for months now).

You can read our post about all of Canada’s COVID-19 international travel rules.

But here is a summary of what travelers entering Canada by air now need to do:

  • provide proof of negative COVID-19 test (PCR test performed within 72 hours)
  • book and pay for an expensive 3-day quarantine hotel package (over $1,000)
  • arrive at one of 4 airports (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary)
  • take a COVID-19 test on arrival (cost included in hotel package price)
  • quarantine in one of the 14 approved hotels until getting test results (approximately 3 days)
  • complete the 14-day quarantine at home after a negative result is received
  • get tested once again on the 10th day of the quarantine (at home)

 

Canada hotel quarantine – basics

As of now, the hotel quarantine rule is set to expire on April 21st, 2021 (as is the case for many of Canada’s COVID-19 international travel rules).

Just keep in mind that those who are vaccinated, like the many Canadian snowbirds who got the jab weeks ago already in Florida, will not be allowed to bypass the hotel quarantine (as is the case for those who have been previously infected).

In short, if arriving by plane, only those who are exempt from the quarantine itself (like essential travelers for example) are exempt from the hotel quarantine.

Since we’ve been asked the question very often, travelers with a connecting flight will be required to first complete their hotel quarantine in one of the 4 cities and then take their connecting flight to other Canadian cities (airlines are apparently being flexible for flight date changes because of these new rules).

 

Canada hotel quarantine – booking process

Here a few basics about choosing the quarantine hotel. Travelers must:

  • choose only among the 31 approved quarantine hotels (prices vary; see below)
  • book a 3-night stay (the packages are all for 3 nights)
  • provide proof of the hotel booking via the ArriveCAN app

And now, let’s look at the very very efficient booking process (yes, that is sarcasm).

Travelers must absolutely:

  • book through American Express Global Business Travel
  • book by phone at 1-800-294‑8253 (toll-free) or 1-613-830-2992 (collect)
  • call between 8 am to 11 pm ET, 7 days a week
  • be patient, as wait times were very long (or even neverending)

Yes, it really has to be done over the phone like it’s 2001 (of course, governments aren’t known for their efficiency, but still: phone-only bookings for travelers who are all over the world… really?).

Despite this very archaic method, at least you won’t have to pay with a travelers’ cheque or almost-as-archaic cash… and you won’t have to wait to get a fax with your booking confirmation:

  • you will get an email confirmation from Amex Travel within 4 hours
  • you will be able to pay with your credit card to earn rewards
  • you might even earn hotel points by trying to sweet-talk the hotel staff

Even though it’s done through American Express Travel, savvy Canadian travelers who get a $200 annual Amex travel credit with their credit cards likely won’t be able to apply it to this booking 😉. I have included a section below with the many rewards implications of this hotel quarantine rule, for those of you who enjoy getting over $1,000 in travel rewards every year as we do.

Before we go into more details about the launch failures, here is the information you will need to provide to book the quarantine hotel according to the government (they added a few as the first day went along, so it’s almost like all this was haphazardly rushed, believe it or not):

  • traveller name(s)
  • date(s) of birth
  • gender (male, female, or undisclosed)
  • arrival city and date
  • confirmation of flight reservation
  • payment information
  • special requests and accessibility concerns
  • pet information
  • email address

 

Canada hotel quarantine – issues with the launch

First, the government actually added that collect-call number during the first day (it wasn’t there from the start). Oops, they forgot that travelers who need a quarantine hotel were very likely to be… not in Canada (and therefore possibly in a country where the 1-800 number doesn’t work directly). Many complained about this.

Those weren’t the only day-one adjustments. As we said, the phone lines were very busy. By mid-day, they already had to also add an automated message that wasn’t there in the morning. They are now asking to only call if you are arriving in the next 48 hours because the call volume was too high.

Many people reported never being able to get someone on the line.

Shocking, I know: who could’ve foreseen that phone-only bookings would be inefficient? Certainly not this government. If only there was a better way… 

In fact, it seems even American Express is embarrassed and doesn’t want its name to be associated with this fiasco.

This was the government website on Friday morning:

 

And now that same section by Friday evening:

 

The “American Express Global Business Travel” mention became “GB Travel Canada Inc.” in order to, I assume, distance the very valuable Amex brand from this failed process…

Many have since also come out and criticized the launch (unsurprisingly).

At first, the government suggested that those who couldn’t get anyone on the line to book their quarantine hotel (even after 20 hours of waiting) should… delay their arrival in Canada. What a great solution. Very proactive.

Now, today they’re blaming travelers for being “too foreseeing” and clogging up the phone line too early in advance. Travelers should instead do everything at the last minute, haphazardly, without doing their homework.

They should act like the government, in other words.

So travelers are to blame, how original. Here’s what they are not blaming:

  • the fact they announced this measure then didn’t give the slightest details for weeks
  • the fact they unveiled how to book hotels just 3 days before the rule took effect
  • the fact they chose a phone-only booking system (!!!)
  • the fact they did not publish any details whatsoever about pricing online to avoid people having to call just for that

But at this point… can anyone really be surprised that they muffed this too?

Opposition parties criticized the failed launch. By the way, in Friday February 19th’s Health Committee meeting, Health Canada representatives were asked whether they had any data whatsoever to support the decision to implement the hotel quarantine program. None of the 6 representatives could answer, after a long awkward silence.

It’s almost as if, like we’ve been saying for months, the government was managing this file based on quieting the irrational and emotional outrage generated in the media and not “based on the science” as they claim…

 

Canada hotel quarantine – list of hotels

There’s a separate table for prices and a lot more info for each hotel in the next section.

But first, here’s a brief one with the list of all 31 currently-approved quarantine hotels in Canada (there were 13 at the start):

CityHotel
Toronto (YYZ)Alt Hotel Pearson Airport
Comfort Inn Toronto Airport
Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport
Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
Hampton Inn and Suites Toronto Airport
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
Montréal (YUL)Aloft Montreal Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport
Comfort Inn Dorval
Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire
Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport
Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal
Vancouver (YVR)Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Days Inn by Wyndham
Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Radisson Vancouver Airport
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport
Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport
Calgary (YYC)Acclaim Hotel
Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

 

More hotels could be added; we’ll update this post accordingly (subscribe to our free newsletter to get all coronavirus updates for Canadian travelers).

In terms of hotel chains, as of today, here is the split:

  • Marriott: 9
  • Hilton: 6
  • IHG: 3
  • Choice: 3
  • Wyndham: 2
  • Others: 7

 

Canada hotel quarantine – prices

Prime Minister Trudeau announced a price of $2,000 for 3 days when this new measure was unveiled (chump change compared to his 2019 vacation which cost taxpayers $196,000 and his $215,000 vacation in 2017).

But it turns out it can be quite significantly cheaper than $2,000: the lowest seems to be $979.

That is still not cheap by any means (for that same price you can spend a full month, all expenses paid, in one of the cheapest countries to travel to, aka the 40 countries where you can get by with just C$30/day total).

But in one city, it’s $1,845 minimum. It varies.

Each extra traveler adds to the cost of course, but there is a maximum of 4 persons per room.

So the prices vary based on the:

  • specific city
  • specific hotel
  • number of travelers
  • dates (possibly; but unconfirmed)

Important: some individual hotels might possibly offer a refund for the unused nights in the event your test results come in early. That should be taken into consideration, as it could lower the cost quite a bit. We’ll try to confirm with hotels.

There’s a section below with more info on each one of Canada’s quarantine hotels, including my impressions of having stayed at 4 of them.

But here are the prices and an overview of the quarantine hotels (prices include taxes, unlike regular hotel room prices in search results of course).

AirportHotelHotels.com score (out of 10)Approx. regular nightly price (for comparison)Quarantine price (1 person)Quarantine price (2 persons)Quarantine price (3 persons)Quarantine price (4 persons)Hotel page
Toronto (YYZ)Sheraton Gateway Toronto International Airport8.4$224$1,124 $1,565 $2,006 $2,446 see more
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Center8.6$143TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport8.2$87$1,089 $1,794 $2,570 $3,345 see more
Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Airport8.4$66$979TBDTBDTBDsee more
Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport8.8$106TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport8.8$110TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Hampton Inn and Suites Toronto Airport8.6$116TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport8.2$116TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Comfort Inn Toronto Airport7.2$87TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Alt Hotel Pearson Airport9.0$139TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Montréal (YUL)Marriott In-Terminal9.2$211$1,578 $2,022 $2,466 $2,910 see more
Aloft Montreal Airport8.4$120$1,155 $1,865 $2,576 $3,287 see more
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport9.0$122TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport8.8$143TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton8.6$149TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Comfort Inn Dorval8.6$119TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire8.8$119TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport8.0$110TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport7.6$116TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport5.8$73TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Vancouver (YVR)The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport9.0$156$1,845 $2,548 $3,251 $3,954 see more
Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport8.4$107TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Days Inn Vancouver Airport7.6$73TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport9.4$349TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport8.2$129TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel7.4$129TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport7.6$245TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport7.8$139TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Vancouver Airport5.8$99TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more
Calgary (YYC)Marriott Calgary Airport9.4$202$1,310 $1,983 $2,657 $3,331 see more
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport8.8$87TBDTBDTBDTBDsee more

 

We’ve included the approximate regular nightly price for reference: if the hotel is usually the cheapest, it’s very likely that it will also have the cheapest price for the quarantine!

As you can see, we have only been able to confirm prices for the Marriott hotels. Once the call volumes will have gone down, we’ll try confirming prices for the other hotels. It seems like there are non-Marriott hotel options in each city that could be a lot cheaper than the prices shown.

A Global News article even mentions a traveler booking a Holiday Inn for just $100 per night by refusing the food, although I’m not sure if that’s something that can be arranged subtly with the hotel once you’re there… or just some fake news (or simply someone who didn’t know that booking directly with the hotels is not allowed).

If you have any information on that, or any pricing information for the other hotels, please do share in the comments below.

But with the Marriott hotels, we at least know that the price for each hotel is fixed and does not change no matter the dates (at least into April).

You can actually see the exact rates for each Marriott hotel by entering RZL as a corporate code on the official Marriott website (direct links for each hotel are in the above table; and we’ve copied the rate details for each in the last section below).

The Marriott hotels sure seem bookable online with that code (which is the same one that Amex will use), but the government rules are very clear: you are not allowed to book the hotels there—that would be wayyyyy too simple.

 

Canada hotel quarantine – inclusions and rules

The hotel quarantine prices include:

  • room
  • food (3 meals per day)
  • Wi-Fi
  • security
  • transportation
  • infection prevention and control measures
  • COVID-19 tests

Note that while transportation is included, you can take a taxi if you prefer; it’s explicitly allowed in the government rules. So much for travelers being such a huge risk to others during those 3 days. Also, travelers can use their own car if it is parked at the airport and within walking distance, as long as they don’t stop anywhere (in that case, it’s important to check with the hotels to see if parking is included).

In terms of food, it seems that you won’t be able to order from food delivery apps after all. We’re trying to clarify this point at the moment; we’ll update this post when we know more.

Hopefully, it will be better than what one traveler got during his forced quarantine in a Toronto hotel. Very reminiscent of the Fyre Festival disaster, I don’t know if that was the point…

 

I doubt that will be an issue: many of the rates at the Marriott hotels include a $125 per day food credit per person.

There won’t be any room cleaning during your stay. All the same “regular” quarantine rules apply. Or almost…

Here’s something very logical: during the 14-day quarantine at home, it’s entirely forbidden to go outside for all the many travelers who live in condos or apartments.

But with the hotel quarantine? Going outside will be allowed. Travelers are such a risk to others that you have to go spend 3 days in a hotel instead of alone at home… but they can walk downstairs, through the lobby, and go outside (which again, is not even allowed at home).

The rules allow travelers to “go outside for limited and monitored outdoor time.” But not if you do that at home. At home, that’s a big no-no. Okay then.

 

Canada hotel quarantine – motivations

As we’ve said before, this measure is in response to travel shaming in the media more than in response to any actual facts or evidence. As a reminder, 99.4% of new COVID-19 cases in January weren’t related to international travel based on the government’s own data—and it was even more than 99.4% in each of the 4 previous months.

First, this rule only really affects non-ultra-rich Canadians specifically. The ultra-rich don’t care about $2,000 and can keep traveling absolutely unencumbered.

And this is all about making travel inconvenient more than anything else. You’ll still be able to avoid the 3 days hotel quarantine if you fly to a US airport and then enter Canada overland. Just like you can avoid the Caribbean and Mexico flight suspensions if you just fly via from Canada to the US first. It’s just more complicated.

We’re not saying everyone should travel, and never have. But that is irrelevant. It’s that facts should still matter: many of the current travel-shaming arguments are just ridiculous and absolutely not based on science and data, and the topic has certainly had disproportionate coverage compared to the actual impact of travelers on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada right now. That’s what we’re saying.

All these efforts and resources wasted on 0.6% of cases could have been invested in the actual major problem, which is factually and objectively the 99.4% of COVID-19 transmissions caused by Canadians who are not traveling. Or on working hard to get vaccines quicker, instead of being a universally-mocked failure, taking vaccines from developing nations and ranking 52nd among world countries in terms of vaccination rate.

Vaccines, you know, the thing that would save the most lives. A lot more than keeping travelers from doing their quarantine at home (which is what the 99.4% if infected Canadians do, with no surveillance of their quarantine whatsoever by the way).

But sure, keep talking about the tiny portion that was infected among the tiny portion that did not follow the 14-day quarantine rule among the tiny portion of leisure travelers who entered Canada. Keep in mind that 81% of the millions who entered Canada since March were exempt from the quarantine already according to the CBSA, and the new hotel quarantine rule will obviously not apply to them.

About yesterday’s issues with the launch, PM Trudeau said “our officials are working very hard to ensure that quarantine system is in place by Monday.” Just imagine if all that work had been invested on where the data says the problems are…

 

Canada hotel quarantine – rewards implications

Those of you who are like us and love getting well over $1,000 in travel rewards every year are probably also always looking at the rewards implications of everything. That’s why we personally check the offers for the best credit cards in Canada regularly, always use online shopping portals, always stay on the lookout for promos, etc.

So here are 4 travel rewards lessons inspired by the hotel quarantine.

 

1. Card earn rates

For beginners, know that card welcome bonuses are the key to earning rewards faster. But you should also try to maximize what you earn on your purchases, thanks to cards that have category multipliers (also called accelerated earn rates or category bonuses).

So with the card every Canadian traveler should have, the Marriott Bonvoy Card, booking a Marriott quarantine hotel will earn you 5X the points (a great accelerated earn rate) because while Amex Travel makes the reservation, you’ll apparently pay at the hotel directly.

If it’s another hotel chain, you should pay for the quarantine hotel with a card with an accelerated earn rate on travel.

For example, the American Express Cobalt Card currently has by far the best welcome bonus, at least for those who spend a bit more (it’s one of the best cards in Canada, and this is its best-ever offer, worth ≈ $706). You’ll earn 2X the points on travel, which is 100% more than most cards that earn only 1X.

But most importantly, you’ll earn 5X the points on food, including groceries. A simply phenomenal earn rate. It’s my favorite card, and in fact I earn 6 points per dollar because I transfer Amex points to Marriott points for even more value, like those 17 free nights mentioned in the intro.

 

2. How category multipliers work

Let’s clear up one thing. Because a lot of people have a hard time understanding that who sells a flight or hotel is completely separate from who provides the flight or hotel. Let’s say Amex Travel billed you directly for the Marriott hotel, as some third-party sites do: you wouldn’t get the Marriott 5X category multiplier, even if you book a Marriott hotel (because it would be sold by Amex Travel, not by Marriott).

That 5X category multiplier applies when you book with Marriott, not when you stay with Marriott.

It’s the same principle with the frequently asked question about the American Express Cobalt Card: will I get the 5X earn rate on groceries if I buy groceries at Walmart? No! It’s the merchant that matters. Whoever is selling you what you are buying. How that merchant is coded.

Grocery stores are coded as groceries. So Walmart is not coded as a grocery store, even if you buy groceries there. Just like Expedia is not coded as a Marriott, even if you book a Marriott there (unless aain the payment is processed at the hotel directly).

However, here’s my pro tip: I buy a Walmart gift card at my local convenience store (I first tested it out to confirm that convenience store codes at 5X) and then use the gift card at Walmart. That way I effectively earn 5X at Walmart too! Rinse and repeat for all retailers who sell gift cards elsewhere—more details in tomorrow’s travel rewards roundup post.

 

3. Double-dip earnings

By the way, you should always double-dip when earning rewards on travel expenses: that was for the rewards you earn on your card, but the rewards programs themselves will also award you points for your stay or flight (you should download our free cheat sheet with the 5 essential rewards programs for Canadian travelers).

So another basic lesson is that unlike airlines, hotel rewards programs will not award points for stays booked with third-party sites like Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, or others. Amex Travel also counts as a third-party because it is just not the official hotel website.

However, some individual hotels have been known to award points despite having booked with a third-party, by simply asking nicely to add your membership number to the reservation. It can’t hurt to try. Your mileage may vary (YMMV) as we say in the world of travel rewards, meaning that like many other things, it’s not guaranteed to work… but it might. Worth a try.

For example, on a ≈ $1,200 quarantine hotel package at a Marriott hotel, you’d earn a bit more than 7,500 Marriott points (depending on how that special rate is structured in their system) from Marriott directly (independently from what you earn on your card). That is enough for a free night in a beautiful hotel in Bali. Not a bad return.

 

4. The value of each point currency

Finally, one last thing. Many don’t understand that each point currency is worth a different amount. It’s like Canadian dollars and Zimbabwean dollars… the word “dollar” is just a word, like the word “point”. Not the same value at all.

So for example, which card should I use to pay for the quarantine hotel if it’s not a Marriott hotel? The Marriott Bonvoy Card (2X base earn rate everywhere) or the American Express Cobalt Card (2X on travel)?

Even if they both earn 2X, they aren’t worth the same! As I said, Amex points are transferable to Marriott points at a rate of 1 to 1.2 so… the American Express Cobalt Card actually earns 2.4X compared to just 2X for the Marriott Bonvoy Card.

It’s the same thing with the brand-new BMO eclipse Visa Infinite* Card that also earns 5X on groceries. Yes, 5X sounds great. But those 5 points are worth only 3.55 Amex points, so the American Express Cobalt Card earns 41% more on groceries (!!!) even if both earn the same “5X the points.”

 

Canada hotel quarantine – details to be confirmed

So here’s what is still not 100% certain and what we’ll try to get info about to update this ultimate guide on Canada’s hotel quarantine:

  • prices for the non-Marriott hotels
  • possibility of refunds for early check-outs
  • specific food inclusions
  • details of new hotels added to the authorized list

 

Canada hotel quarantine – individual hotel details

Here are a few more details about each quarantine hotel in Canada, including a photo.

The Hotels.com score is provided because to compare hotel satisfaction more accurately between different chains, you need to compare apples to apples: that requires reviews from one same independent reservation website.

(And Hotels.com is one of our favorites thanks to its simple 10%-back rewards in the form of easy-to-use free nights).

Quarantine hotels hide

 

Toronto – Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

 

Here are the prices:

$224 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Located directly inside the terminal. The cool runway views are certainly not guaranteed. As many older Sheraton properties, it looks a bit dated sadly.

 

Toronto – Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

$87 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.2/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Another Marriott option. I actually stayed there for 1 night in 2018. It’s not bad, it’s just a very standard midscale airport hotel. Let’s just say the Four Points by Sheraton in Bali where you can get those previously-mentioned 17 free nights looks a lot better.

 

Toronto – Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

$66 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Another Marriott option. It is the cheapest option in Toronto, although for some reason it’s the only one that doesn’t have rates for more than 1 person (at least online).

 

Toronto – Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Center

 

Here are the prices:

  • $143 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown yet (should be published soon, like other Marriott hotels)

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.6/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Another full-service Sheraton that is likely more expensive than your other Marriott options.

 

Toronto – DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $106 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Known for its free warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival, DoubleTree is one of the Hilton brands I enjoy a lot. No word on whether providing cookies is too dangerous here, as one DoubleTree told us in Turkey this summer (that same city’s other DoubleTree had just given us our cookie a few days before)…

 

Toronto – Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $110 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

As its name suggests, Embassy Suites is an all-suites brand, so if you want more room, this one could be an option.

 

Toronto – Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $116 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.6/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Arguably one of Hilton’s most popular brands, the midscale Hampton is one where I’ve always had a very nice experience (albeit with a small sample size).

 

Toronto – Comfort Inn Toronto Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $87 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 7.2/10
  • Hotel chain: Choice
  • Rewards program: Choice Privileges
  • More info on the hotel: official page

This new option could very well compete with the Fairfield to be the cheapest in Toronto.

 

Toronto – Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $116 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

A theoretically more expensive, lower-rated option.

 

Toronto – Alt Hotel Pearson Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $139 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown (CBC mentions $339 per night + tax)

Here are a few facts:

I’ve never had the chance to stay at a Germain hotel (a combination of sticking to larger chains with rewarding loyalty programs and saving money by not traveling within Canada too much) but I’ve heard nothing but good things.

 

Montreal – Marriott In-Terminal Hotel Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

$211 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 9.2/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

The most expensive of the 5 options normally, as it is fairly recent and directly inside the terminal (the entrance is near the USA transborder terminal).

 

Montreal – Aloft Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

$120 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

I stayed at this very hotel in late 2019 (for free but not thanks to points; thanks to my card’s flight delay insurance) and it was great. The Aloft is the cool and hip one among Marriott’s 29 hotel brands. Not that that is any relevant given how you can leave your room.

 

Montreal – DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $122 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 9.0/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

This hotel is very recent. Known for its free warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival, DoubleTree is one of the Hilton brands I enjoy a lot. No word on whether providing cookies is too dangerous here, as one DoubleTree told us in Turkey this summer (that same city’s other DoubleTree had just safely given us our cookie a few days before)…

 

Montreal – Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $143 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

As its name suggests, Embassy Suites is an all-suites brand, so if you want more room, this one could be an option. I actually lived in this hotel for a few weeks when I was very young… but the hotel was under a different brand at the time… and it seems to have been completely remodeled recently!

 

Montreal – Hampton Inn & Suites Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $149 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.6/10
  • Hotel chain: Hilton
  • Rewards program: Hilton Honors
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Arguably one of Hilton’s most popular brands, the midscale Hampton is one where I’ve always had a very nice experience (albeit with a small sample size).

 

Montreal – Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $73 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown, but almost certainly the cheapest in Montreal

Here are a few facts:

Based on the regular price and (very) low rating, it’s almost certainly the cheapest option available. It’s the former EconoLodge that was converted to this less-known Wyndham brand. Strangely, Wyndham’s own official website has no photo of this hotel at all, despite the fact it joined the chain over 18 months ago at least…

 

Montreal – Comfort Inn Dorval

 

Here are the prices:

  • $119 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.6/10
  • Hotel chain: Choice
  • Rewards program: Choice Privileges
  • More info on the hotel: official page

One of 2 new Choice Hotels options in Montreal (the closest one).

 

Montreal – Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire

 

Here are the prices:

  • $119 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Choice
  • Rewards program: Choice Privileges
  • More info on the hotel: official page

The other one of the 2 new Choice Hotels options in Montreal.

 

Montreal – Holiday Inn Express and Suites Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $110 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

I also stayed at this hotel, but this one goes back all the way to 2009. Wow, time flies. It was pretty recent back then, it looks still pretty okay based on the pictures at least.

 

Montreal – Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $116 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

Another option with a lower rating and not necessarily cheaper. The government approved the hotel that ignored public health rules and hosted a huge wedding in the spring. They really can’t get anything right it seems…

 

Vancouver – The Westin Wall Center Vancouver Airport Hotel

 

Here are the prices:

$156 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 9.0/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

The Westin brand is one that I’ve enjoyed staying at the only time that I had the chance to do so, and this one looks like a great hotel.

 

Vancouver – Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $107 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown yet (should be published soon, like other Marriott hotels)

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

One of the new additions in Vancouver, likely much cheaper than the other Marriott option.

 

Vancouver – Days Inn Vancouver Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $73 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown yet, but should be the cheapest

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 7.6/10
  • Hotel chain: Wyndham
  • Rewards program: Wyndham Rewards
  • More info on the hotel: official page

The other new addition in Vancouver, likely to be the cheapest of all Vancouver options given how it has by far the lowest regular price.

 

Vancouver – Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Vancouver Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $99 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 5.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Wyndham
  • Rewards program: Wyndham Rewards
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Could compete with the Days Inn in terms of price, but the rating is much lower.

 

Vancouver – Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel

 

Here are the prices:

  • $129 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 7.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Coast
  • Rewards program: Coast Rewards
  • More info on the hotel: official page

This is a smaller regional chain, but I was pleasantly surprised when I stayed at their downtown Edmonton location for work in 2015.

 

Vancouver – Sandman Hotel Vancouver Hotel

 

Here are the prices:

  • $245 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

Not sure if that regular price is wrong or what… but this is another smaller chain and I can say that their airport hotel in Abbotsford (a great alternative to YVR in normal times) was very nice when we flew on Swoop’s inaugural flight in 2018.

 

Vancouver – Executive Hotel Vancouver Hotel

 

Here are the prices:

  • $139 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 7.8/10
  • Hotel chain: Executive Hotels
  • Rewards program: N/A
  • More info on the hotel: booking page

A hotel that bills itself as premium and that is part of another smaller chain.

 

Vancouver – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $349 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 9.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Accor
  • Rewards program: ALL – Accor Live Limitless
  • More info on the hotel: Booking page

Fairmont is one of the most well-known luxury hotel brands and this hotel is tied for the highest rating among all those available in Canada’s hotel quarantine program. So it’s safe to say it will probably be the most expensive option in Vancouver: it’s also located directly inside the terminal.

 

Vancouver – Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $129 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 8.2/10
  • Hotel chain: Radisson
  • Rewards program: Radisson Rewards
  • More info on the hotel: official page

Based on regular prices, this is likely to be the cheapest option among the 3 original options in Vancouver. It’s been a very long while since I stayed in a Radisson, but this one looks very nice based on the pictures.

 

Calgary – Marriott Calgary Airport Hotel

 

Here are the prices:

$202 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)

 

Here are a few facts:

  • Hotels.com rating: 9.4/10
  • Hotel chain: Marriott
  • Rewards program: Marriott Bonvoy
  • More info on the hotel: official page

A very highly-rated hotel. Looks very recent too.

 

Calgary – Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport

 

Here are the prices:

  • $87 + tax (avg. nightly rate for comparison)
  • Quarantine: unknown

Here are a few facts:

The only non-chain hotel in Calgary, and almost surely cheaper than the Marriott.

 

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Summary

Canada’s hotel quarantine rule took effect in February. Travelers are now required to do a “hotel stopover” and spend the first 3 days of their quarantine in a government-approved hotel. But only if they arrive by plane; travelers arriving at a land border are not subject to the hotel quarantine.

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Tim

    I am currently in day 2 of quarantine at the Holiday Inn close to Pearson airport in Toronto.

    Cost for three nights is CAD$ 1,159.92

    I was given no choice of hotel, but it was really easy to book the hotel on arrival at Pearson – there is a dedicated number not supplied on the government web site (although, even then I was cut off twice; once when my reservation was made but before I had a confirmation number, needed to exit the “booking” room). First night dinner was poor at best – cold and meagre – breakfast better, but still very much a “brown bag” aproach (e.g. small box of frosted flakes with mini milk but only a paper cup to eat them from rather than a bowl).

    Bottom line: it is grim, but survivable. The stupid thing is that I live alone in a house so I’m actually far safer and better separated from others at home rather than at the hotel. Obviously the intent of this is to discourage travel and, judging by my flight from the UK, it’s working. There were maybe 30 people in the whole plane.

    FYI I was travelling for my mother’s funeral in case it’s anyone’s business.

  2. Alan Pagoto

    It would be much easier if the government put the prices online. They would reduce 50% of the calls. They say to “call 48 hours in advance” but I need to prepare myself for the costs I’ll have because I’m moving from another country and this information is really important.

  3. Confused

    Thanks for this great guide — you’re doing a much better job in detailing the process than the government is 🙁

    I’m trying to work out how you continue on to your home quarantine after the 3-day hotel quarantine (e.g. if your home is on Vancouver Island, and all transportation routes from YVR involve public transport). The government website still talks about going directly without stopping to your final destination and wearing a mask, and no other restrictions are listed — which implies that this is fine — but that hasn’t been updated since the hotel quarantine stay was enforced, so it’s very unclear.

    Is there any official guidance about whether you can still fly on to your final destination? Can you still book a through-ticket with an airline? There is so little information being provided about a program that affects everyone flying into the country 🙁

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, glad we can help. So yes, once those 3 days are done, you are free to use any type of transportation to make your way back home. If you had a connecting flight booked initially, airlines are supposedly more flexible now and willing to reschedule the second leg 3 days later so yes you can still book that (check with the airlines to confirm their policies).

      1. (less) Confused

        Thanks again! I’d hoped that was the case, but that’s reassuring to hear.

        I wish there was more official guidance on this — flying in the middle of a pandemic is bad enough even when it’s clear what the rules are.

      2. Andrew D'Amours

        Glad we can help! And yes, it sure doesn’t help that there is not much that is clear and simple with this program 😛

  4. Fernanda

    Questions from travelers who carefully monitor their environment abroad (wl rent our own apartment, avoiding hotels ) :
    1. How safe is the ventilation system in these hotels ? Any risk aerosols circulate between rooms through the central ventilation system ? Can we ask them to post detailed info re air filters if any ?

    2. Is natural ventilation possible, do windows open ?

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, the air quality is surely not as good as on planes (no building can compete with airplanes) but here is what the Government’s official requirements for hotels were in terms of ventilation (no mention of windows opening though):

      Compliant with:

      -Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems (ASHRAE Standard 180, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems)
      -Indoor Air Quality Standards for optimal humidity levels (ASHRAE 62.1, Ventilation for acceptable Indoor Air Quality)

  5. AMANI

    Hi, I don t have a credit card to pay for the hotel stopover.Coming to Montreal.Is there any hotel accepting payments with debit cards?Thank you

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, I don’t think so unfortunately. Usually hotels require a credit card for the deposit. Maybe some will be making exceptions due to the quarantine rule though :S

  6. Alan

    Do you believe other hotels will be cheaper than Aloft and Marriot in Montreal?

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      It seems they could be, as they are both cheaper than the Aloft at “regular” prices. We don’t want to call to clog up the archaic phone booking system to find out, but we will once things calm down.

  7. Ana A

    Hey there,

    I would like to know where do I confirm my exemption on the hotel quarantine since I’m on medical treatment abroad, do I have to send my doctor’s note somewhere or just “show” to the immigration at landing, under the risk of them not accepting it? I cannot find this info anywhere, please help me?

  8. Guest

    “They will now have to do a “hotel stopover” (as the government calls it) and it’s actually less strict than the home quarantine, in a way: travelers will be allowed to go outside (which is not allowed at all under the home quarantine rules, unless you live in a private home).”

    Can you provide your source for this statement? This seems false. Multiple news sources are saying that leaving the hotel room for non-emergency or medical reasons is not allowed.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7650525/coronavirus-hotel-quarantine-list-canada/ (CTRL+F Quarantine Act to get to the paragraph where it says the opposite of what you’re claiming)

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, well they didn’t read the full text it seems. We did.

      To be clear, we were just as surprised as I said. But the government site is pretty clearly written.

      On the official government page titled “COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Traveller expectations during hotel stay” there is a “meals and activities” section.

      It explicitly says:

      “Going outside – Travellers who don’t have symptoms can go outside for limited and monitored outdoor time.”

      Here is the link: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers/traveller-expectations-hotel-stay.html

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