I’ve had a couple friends ask me recently for an affordable hotel option for Toronto and I have been stumped about where to direct them. I recently stayed at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel – a revamp of the old Delta Chelsea and it was a pretty decent value for those looking to come to Toronto for a shopping or family weekend. The hotel is in central downtown, within walking distance to two subway stations and shopping at The Toronto Eaton Centre.
The Eaton Chelsea Hotel features 1095 rooms and recently underwent a $16 million dollar face lift. The lobby, market garden take-out restaurant, expresso bar and green wall have all been been given a bright white and modern face lift. The drabby wood-paneled decor of the 80s is now gone and it was likely about time.
Club level guests receive a complimentary continental buffet breakfast and hor’s d’oeurves (above) in the evening at the recently renovated E-Club Lounge. Free WiFi is also included in your room rate. Yes, it is a little bit more to book a club level room – but the added amenities definitely make up for it. Which is an even greater value if you’re traveling with a family of four and don’t want to think about where to have breakfast every morning.
1865 is the name of the Langham Hotel Group’s loyalty program and club level guests have access to the 1865 VIP check-in desk, avoiding a long line-up at the main desk. The program is named after the year that the first Langham hotel was opened in London. The Eaton hotel brand falls under the Langham group.
Toronto is known for some pretty fantastic Indian food. What I didn’t know is that T Bar (above), just off the main lobby – has been serving up an authentic Indian buffet for over 20 years. Its a hidden gem and has its own cult following of enthusiasts.
Make sure to check out the Caesar Bar at the hotel. I’m always craving this signature Canadian drink, as soon as I get back into the country. What’s special about the Eaton Chelsea version is that the hotel makes their very own Clamato juice with fresh ingredients. You’ll also find happy hour specials and specialty Caesar recipes on offer and after a long day of traveling, the tomato juice will be exactly what your body needs – with a shot of vodka of course.
For those traveling with children, I can see why this hotel would be a great little getaway to Toronto. An indoor 30-feet corkscrew waterslide, family fun zone, teen club and babysitting services will keep your little ones entertained for hours.
Camp Chelsea is a complimentary program for kids ages 5-12 and is even home to two little bunny rabbits and a couple of goldfish that live in the daycare full-time. There are well thought out play areas, crafts and toys to entertain for hours.
For those trying to avoid the family scene, Deck #27 (above) – is an adults-only pool located on the 27th floor of the hotel along with a full-service gym. It’s a little more quiet and offers a nice view of the city.
As for spa facilities, the hotel could practically be attached to the Elmwood Spa next door. Guests can show their key card and receive a special discount on spa services. If you’ve never been to the Elmwood, I highly recommend it. A massage treatment also buys you access into their indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and relaxation areas.
Rooms start at $189/night, however I found a discounted rate being offered on Expedia that was quite reasonable. The Eaton Chelsea is a fantastic choice for those traveling to Toronto on a budget and looking for an affordable and value-packed hotel. I do recommend springing extra for the Club Level, as those rooms are updated and have a more modern vibe. To learn more visit:
Eaton Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4, Canada
Disclaimer: My media visit was graciously hosted by the hotel, however the opinions expressed in this post remain my own.