With tickets to see Opera Atelier’s Persée performed at the Elgin Theatre on Yonge, just down the street and The Last Confession, staring David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) at the Royal Alex, just a short walk away, the Eaton Chelsea Hotel was a smart choice, not only for easy access to the two theatres in question but also with a Yonge St. subway stop located both north and south of the hotel; thus, our visit to Toronto on the GO train, stopping at Union Station on Front St., allowed for an easy transit connection, and it saved us money on parking that we could transfer into meals. One does not need a car in Toronto. It is one of the easiest cities to navigate by public transit.
The Eaton Chelsea is also quite close to the Eaton Centre for shopping; we walked through, had a meal at Mr. Green Jeans, an old-time favourite that’s been there for an incredible 37 years, but shopping was not on our agenda.
I was surprised to learn that the Eaton Chelsea is Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 contemporary guest rooms and suites for business travellers and tourists. These include the comfortable Chelsea Room and an apartment-style One-Bedroom Suite. Our two-bed was a quite ordinary room on the 12th floor, with free WiFi, a bit small, but nonetheless comfortable and functional. With an upgrade to Club Room, guests enjoy access to the E-Club Lounge on the 25th floor with breakfast and snacks such as evening canapés.
Eaton Chelsea offers spa and fitness opportunities with a range of amenities as well as family-friendly facilities such as “The Family Fun Zone” consisting of an indoor family pool, 130 ft “Corkscrew” waterslide, “Kid Centre” and “Club 33 Teen Lounge,” “Deck 27,” the adult-only heated indoor pool and well-equipped fitness centre, none of which we had time to use.
There is a huge, open-air casual Market Garden for meals and the more up-scale Bb 33 Bistro and Brasserie. Returning late from a play, I noticed that things were swinging in Monarchs Pub with vibrant (loud) live music and hockey playoffs on screens. T Bar is the likely venue for a quiet coffee or pre-dinner cocktail.
Our room faced Yonge Street, and I was amazed from the balcony to witness the construction amidst Ryerson University buildings with the sad thought that two-storey buildings on Yonge are surely doomed. Renovations were underway around the hotel, but our room and hall were quiet, the beds comfortable and sleep easy.
I have stayed in the old Chelsea many times before, but this was my first experience under the new name. The hotel is kid-friendly and quite popular during March break. Something clever about the Chelsea is that Harry Enchin is their Artist in Residence for 2014 with his pieces displayed in both the lobby and the E|CLUB Lounge for guests to enjoy. Now, that’s classy!
Contact information: 33 Gerrard St., West, Toronto, (416) 595 1975 F (416) 585 4375
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in the heart of downtown, steps from amazing attractions, businesses and shopping, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto offers travellers comfortable accommodations at exceptional value. Featuring 1,590 contemporary guestrooms and suites, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is Canada's largest hotel, delivering warm and reliable service and a variety of accommodation options. All rooms are equipped with technological conveniences and amenities, including basic complimentary WiFi. Whether testing your limits in the well-appointed fitness centre, lapping up the quiet comfort of the Deck 27 indoor pool, or enjoying the Family Fun Zone heated pool with the 130 ft "Corkscrew" waterslide, Kid Centre and Club 33 Teen Lounge, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto guests can choose to exercise their body, relax their mind or take advantage of the family-friendly amenities.Chelsea Hotel, Toronto offers guests a broad choice of dining venues. Experience all-day dining at Market Garden, indulge in a coffee or cocktail at the T|bar Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Delta Chelsea Toronto
- Delta Chelsea Hotel Toronto
- Delta Toronto
- Toronto Delta