Eaton Chelsea

chel1Toronto is host to a staggering number of wonderful things to do and see, places to eat and drink and of course, places to stay. Out of all the major hotels, only one can claim to be the largest in Canada and that’s the Eaton Chelsea, an impressively welcoming hotel in downtown Toronto.

Recently rebranded (formerly the Delta Chelsea) and well on its way with a new image and some beautiful renovations, the Eaton Chelsea welcomes guests (including myself) from around the world to stay in one of it’s over 1500 rooms. There are a variety of accomodations and the rooms are cozy, clean and have just about everything you need for a great stay. If you can’t find it in your room, you may just find it in the fabulous lobby.

Though the rooms are comfortable, staying in might be a problem since the hotel is located within walking distance from the theatre district, the financial district and the ever immense shopping district at Dundas Square. For someone who likes to get out on foot and discover their surroundings, the hotel’s location is a fantastic selling point. I was lucky enough to be staying during the Busker Festival which was happening right outside my door. Day after day, during the whole weekend, street performers and musicians strutted their stuff for roaring crowds and all I had to do was step out onto my balcony for a taste.

Eaton Chelsea features a lot more than just great rooms. The remodeled and renovated lobby is simply stunning. With entrances around the building, you walk into this space and it feels bright, open and inviting. There’s a beautiful vertical garden hanging just past the front desk where people were waiting with a smile for me to come up to them. It was refreshing.

The lobby isn’t the only feature of the hotel to have already gotten a little work done. The T Bar and the Market Garden have also both undergone astounding transformations and they are both respectively great places to start your day or your evening. I had brunch a couple of times at Market Garden and the food was wonderful (they serve Starbucks coffee, I was sold). I had a lovely chat at the T Bar with the bartender who may have been the ‘peopliest’ people person I’ve ever seen behind a bar. I was recommended to try one of their signature Caesars I couldn’t get up my nerve to do it. As I’m still not on the best of terms with oysters, I chose a Grey Goose martini instead. It was delicious. During my stay, I also managed to sqeeze in a delicious meal at the Monarch Pub located in the hotel where almost every night they have variously themed live music.

The sprawling hotel also features an adult-only health club which includes a gym, a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. There’s also a lot to keep the family occupied including areas for teens, kids and a family pool! I liked the hotel so I asked a lot of questions.

ChelI was welcomed warmly with respect and a very helpful staff. I’m looking forward to heading back to the Eaton Chelsea again soon to see how it becomes transformed.

This wonderful hotel is a lovely place to stay if you’re headed to Toronto and if you’d like to learn more click here!







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