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Review: Sheraton St. John’s Newfoundland
After our incredible stay at the Fogo Island Inn, we decided to spend a few nights in St. John’s, the biggest city in Newfoundland. We checked out of the Fogo Island Inn mid-morning, took the ferry, and then drove to Gander. From there we flew to St. John’s, which was a roughly 30 minute flight on a cute little Beechcraft 1900 (though in retrospect we could have driven that as well).
Since I’m a Starwood loyalist, we decided to stay at the Sheraton St. John’s for our two night stay. Our rate at the Sheraton was 140CAD per night, or roughly 100USD. This is a Category 4 SPG property, so a free night redemption would have cost 10,000 Starpoints. In this case, paying cash was definitely the better value.
We took a taxi from the airport to the Sheraton, a ride that took about 15 minutes. The Sheraton is rather outdated looking from the outside.
However, from the inside it’s a different story, and looks like… well, just about any other Sheraton. Just inside the lobby was the reception area to the left.
The lobby also had several comfortable lounging areas.
Also off the lobby was a business center.
The check-in process was efficient, and within a few minutes we had keys to our room on the club floor.
We were assigned room 642, located at the very end of the hallway on the right. There was an entry door leading to the doors to both rooms 642 an 644, which was a bit odd, since you could easily hear when the person next to you entered the room.
The room had a long entryway with the bathroom on the right.
As usual, the hotel had the signature Sheraton bed, which is extremely comfortable.
The room had an unusual shape, and at the other end of it was a desk and a TV console.
The desk area had conveniently placed outlets, which I appreciated.
Next to the TV were two bottles of complimentary water, and an ice bucket, along with a Sunbeam single-cup coffee machine.
There was also a comfortable chair with a side table.
The bathroom had a sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo.
Toiletries were the brand standard Sheraton ones, which are… fine.
The highlight of the room, however, were the views. Our room had views of St. John’s Harbour. The afternoon we arrived it was snowing, so visibility was limited.
However, when we woke up the next morning we pulled back the curtains and had an amazing view. Wow!!!
So overall I’d say the room was typical of the brand, with the added benefit of one of the nicest views I’ve ever had from a Sheraton. The in-room wifi was fast and free, which I appreciated.
The executive lounge was located just down the hall from us, and could be accessed using a key card. In addition to SPG Platinum members, keep in mind that those with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express also receive lounge access at Sheraton properties worldwide.
Here are the hours for the club lounge:
The club lounge wasn’t very big at all, though also never seemed to be full. This hotel probably doesn’t get as many SPG Platinum members as most other properties. The club lounge had a variety of seating options, including booths, high-top tables, etc.
There was also a computer with a printer in the corner of the lounge.
Throughout the day there were soft drinks, water, granola bars, and whole fruit available.
There was also coffee & tea available all day.
Then in the evenings from 5PM until 7PM there was an evening spread, which wasn’t impressive. Sheratons in North America seem to have the most underwhelming lounge spreads out there, and this hotel was no exception.
There were plates of cheese, fresh fruit, veggies, crackers, chips, and brownies.
And then there were two hot options, including chicken quesadillas and meatballs, neither of which were especially appetizing.
Breakfast was served from 7AM until 9:30AM, and was basic, but more than sufficient. There was coffee, tea, and juice.
There was cereal, fresh fruit, cheese, salmon, cold cuts, pastries, bagels, etc.
Then there were two hot options — oatmeal and super cheesy eggs.
Overall the lounge was pretty average for a Sheraton in North America. The breakfast was sufficient, as I usually just like coffee, fruit, and cereal for breakfast (I didn’t touch the eggs). Then throughout the day I appreciated having access to coffee, water, and granola bars. However, we didn’t touch the evening spread.
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there was a gym on the ground level. The equipment looked decent enough, but two of the treadmills didn’t work properly, so it didn’t seem like the upkeep of the equipment was all that great.
I was impressed by the size of the gym, though, including a repurposed squash court.
Next to the gym was a pool. I imagine this is probably somewhat of a novelty in Newfoundland, though it goes without saying that we didn’t use it. 😉
The hotel also had a large “open” space with a glass roof. I’m not sure if this served a purpose or was considered to be modern architecture at some point, or what…
All the staff at the hotel we interacted with were friendly, and the hotel has a good location in St. John’s. It’s towards the end of the “walkable” area, so we spent our days walking around the town, working from coffee shops, going to good restaurants, etc. St. John’s was a cute city. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it specifically, but if you’re exploring the rest of Newfoundland (which seems worth doing), then a stop in St. John’s for a couple of days could be fun.
Sheraton Newfoundland bottom line
The Sheraton was a great base from which to explore St. John’s. This was a pretty standard Sheraton property, so the hotel itself didn’t have much charm, though the bed was comfortable, the club lounge was a good place from which to work, and the wifi was fast. Perhaps the highlight of the hotel was the incredible views.
If you’re an SPG loyalist then I’d by all means recommend staying here if in St. John’s. Just expect it to be an average North American Sheraton property…