A Cozy Stay at Chelsea Hotel in Downtown Toronto
02 Dec 2022
Whenever I book a hotel, I always look for a few key features – nice rooms, a great restaurant, and an indoor pool. But I’m also big on location.
Chelsea Hotel is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a unique and vibrant atmosphere. From the moment you walk through the door, you feel like you’re part of something special. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, Chelsea Hotel offers everything from affordable rooms to luxurious suites, making it perfect for tourists and business travellers alike. It’s within walking distance of some of the city’s best shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife, and is right on the TTC line, so you can get around the city with ease.
Let’s take a closer look at Chelsea Hotel.
The Guest Rooms & Suites
Chelsea Rooms are the base room. They offer 275 sq ft of room that accommodates up to 4 people.
Deluxe sooms are slightly larger at 315 sq ft, and accommodate up to 4 people. Most rooms have a private balcony.
Classic rooms are also 315 sq ft, and are newly renovated with new furnishings and relaxing colours. These rooms can accommodate up to 4 people, and includes a mini fridge.
Studio Kitchenette rooms are slightly larger at 375 sq ft, and accommodate up to 4 people. The kitchenette has a full-size fridge, stove, a microwave oven, and utensils – all the conveniences of home.
One Bedroom Suite
One Bedroom Suites are the most spacious rooms that Chelsea Hotel has to offer. They are 450 sq ft, and can accommodate up to 4 guests. These rooms have neutral decor with a private balcony and separate living area, as well as a full-size fridge, stove, microwave oven, and utensils.
All rooms offer different bed configurations that include Queen, King, or 2 double beds. Room amenities include blackout drapes, air conditioning and heating, free Wi-Fi, phone, LCD flatscreen TV, in-room safe, alarm clock, desk and chair, Iron and ironing board, Coffee and tea, and an electric kettle.
The Nedlaw “Aspirated” prototype green wall in the lobby shows Chelsea Hotel’s commitment to a better guest experience. This wall of plants draw in contaminated air, and filters that air using the stack pressure of the living wall. The result is fresh outdoor air returned to the hotel lobby.
1865 Guest Recognition Program
Chelsea Hotel has a cool loyalty program called 1865. This program offers hotel-specific benefits including complimentary in-room internet access, complimentary local calls, express check-in and check-out at a separate desk, and late check-out. The 1865 Guest Recognition Program is free to join.
Bees & Honey
Chelsea Hotel hosts another type of visitor… bees. They have 4 hives on their rooftop and an in-house beekeeper. The Chelsea garden has 16 varieties of plants and colourful flowers just for the bees!
The 4 bee hives have some awesome names: Wildflower Lodge, Honey Hub, Bee Club Lounge, and The Chelsea Sweet.
This bee family produces the honey that is used in Chelsea Hotel’s restaurants and is sold in the market.
Located right in the front lobby is E-Point, a business centre with 4 computer stations and a printer. While it is super convenient to have in room Internet access, E-Point allows you to print out any documents you may need during your stay.
Meeting and Conference Rooms
The Chelsea Hotel has many meeting and conference rooms available to rent. During my stay, there was a conference happening with 300 attendees. With its downtown Toronto location, Chelsea Hotel is a great choice for conferences.
Family Fun Zone
The Chelsea Hotel offers an amazing area for families to enjoy. The Family Fun Zone has activities for the whole family!
The games room is filled with arcade games, a pool table, a couch, and a flatscreen TV with video games. There is even an arcade game where you can win prizes!
Kids Play Room
There is a fantastic kids play area with books, toys, and a large area to sit and play.
Family Indoor Heated Pool and Whirlpool
For those looking to cool off, the family indoor heated pool is a great choice. There’s also a separate whirlpool to relax in while the kids play.
And of course, the pièce de résistance, the corkscrew waterslide. This is a favourite for families that is sure to tire out the kids!
Deck 27 offers a fantastic experience for adult patrons. separate pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, saunas, and sundeck.
Adult Indoor Heated Pool and Whirlpool
The Chelsea Hotel has a separate adults-only indoor pool and whirlpool. This is fantastic for solo travellers or a couples getaway where you are looking for a more quiet pool experience. My visit was short so I didn’t bring my swimsuit, but I wish I did. After a long day, that whirlpool was calling my name!
You don’t have to skip your daily exercise when you stay at Chelsea Hotel. The Fitness Centre offers both free weights, strength training machines, and cardio equipment for a full workout.
There are also separate male and female saunas you can use for great post-workout relaxation.
Seasonal Outdoor Sundeck
If sunbathing is your thing, then Chelsea Hotel has your covered. Lots of lounge chairs available to soak in the rays on the sundeck.
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The Chelsea Hotel has some great options for dining during your stay.
Express|o Coffee & Wine Bar
Need a quick Java fix before heading out for the day? Then Express|o Coffee & Wine Bar is all you will need. They have a great selection of coffees and teas.
Looking for a casual sit down breakfast? Market Garden has you covered. They have a fantastic breakfast buffet with lots of hot and cold items. Bacon, eggs, sausages, French toast, fresh fruit, croissants, cereals, and juice. still hungry? You can go in for seconds.
Market Garden On The Go
If you are in a hurry, then Market Garden On The Go is perfect. You can grab ready-made pre-packaged sandwiches all day.
And if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, then T|bar is a great choice. They have a decent menu for breakfast through dinner, and a lounge area for cocktails.
Chelsea Hotel’s underground parking garage is located on the south side of Gerrard Street between Yonge and Bay. Rate is $39 per night plus taxes. The underground parking garage has a maximum height restriction of 5′ 6″ in certain areas. Oversize Vehicle Parking is available for $49 per night plus taxes. Both parking options give you unlimited in and out privileges.
From Union Station: Take the TTC Yonge Subway line north to Dundas station. Walk north one block to Gerrard Street West.
From Pearson International Airport: Take the UP Express to Union Station, then take the TTC Yonge Subway line north to Dundas station. Walk north one block to Gerrard Street West.
From West, North, or East of the Greater Toronto area: Take the GO Train or VIA Train to Union Station, then take the TTC Yonge Subway line north to Dundas station. Walk north one block to Gerrard Street West.
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Get Social with Chelsea Hotel
Chelsea Hotel is a Wonderful Place to Stay
My stay at the Chelsea Hotel was a great one. Due to its central location, I was able to use it as my home base while exploring an itinerary of fun attractions in Toronto. And because of its close proximity to the TTC, I was able to get around without having to use my own vehicle or worry about parking anywhere.
If you’re looking for an interesting and fun place to stay while in Toronto, the Chelsea Hotel is definitely worth considering. There are plenty of things to do in the area around the hotel, so you’ll never be bored!