by Whitney Rife
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto has many amenities geared toward families and kids. Kids under age 18 stay for free at this hotel. Upon arrival, children up to age 7 receive a “Kids’ Essentials” kit and parents are given information on best family attractions in Toronto. The hotel’s 270 rooms have recently undergone extensive renovations. They feature modern decor, luxurious bedding, coffeemakers, work desks and small sitting areas. Select rooms also offer balcony access. Guests can also buy Internet for a daily fee. Families with longer stays may want to stay in a unit with a separate kitchenette and a pullout sofa. The best accommodations are the Family Fun Suites, complete with a living room and a number of kid-friendly amenities like small bathrobes, kid chairs, cookie jars, alphabet refrigerator magnets, DVDs, video games, gifts and bunk beds. Your kids won’t want to go home!
Children under age 7 also eat for free, and kids between age 7 and 12 eat at a half-price discount. Children’s menus are available. Market Garden Restaurant has also benefited from the renovations, acquiring a new look that gives it a more modern feel. A casual family-friendly atmosphere is coupled with laidback buffet-style dining. Different buffet areas offer a variety of items, including gourmet pizzas, soups and sandwiches. A Coffee & Tea Emporium is within the buffet. Bb33 Bistro and Brasserie is the hotel’s signature restaurant, serving regional Canadian specialties for dinner and lavish breakfast buffets. Their Sunday Brunch is also very popular. In-room dining is also available.
The hotel houses a Family Fun Zone that contains a Kids Center, Club 33 Teen Lounge and a 130-foot, four-story waterslide (the only indoor waterslide in the city!). At Camp Chelsea, activities are planned on daily basis for children ages 5 to 12. Childcare is also available for kids ages 3 to 12, so mom and dad can have a romantic dinner on the town. The toddler playroom offers indoor playground equipment and an arts and crafts station. Teens can hang out and play ping-pong, air hockey or video games in the lounge.
An adults-only health club offers a nice environment for parents who want to work out while gazing at the Toronto skyline. Elmwood Spa has been recognized as one of the top five spas in the city, providing stone therapy and couples massage. An indoor pool and whirlpool are also reserved for guests over age 18.
Pets are also welcome at this hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- Family Fun Zone with a four-story waterslide
- Camp Chelsea daily activities and babysitting
- Family Suites with alphabet magnets on kitchenette refrigerators
The Chelsea Hotel is a major hub in Toronto, it stays very busy with conferences and such. Huge hotel with ample parking in the garage (pricey for hotel guests), several places to get food, pool, gym and spa are nice amenities. Good customer service, beautiful lobby, rooms are small and dated. Bed and pillows were comfortable. Close to everything.
Once again the Chelsea lived up to my expectations. Our conference room rate was the best offered among several others. I arrived on Halloween and despite being very busy checking in was smooth. Jack o lanterns in the lobby were festive (an employee contest of which they were very proud). Being from a rural area, I found the city noise intrusive but the bed was very comfortable.