Part of the Canadian Delta chain, the Chelsea is also Canada’s largest hotel, with 1,590 guest rooms in two towers. On busy days, the lobby can feel something like a major airport, with people coming and going at all hours. But the staff does its best to manage the hubbub, and cute features, like a children’s check-in counter, where the kids receive welcome packets, help families settle in.
The guest rooms start with the 275-square-foot standard rooms (with a king, queen, or two double beds). Slightly larger units have kitchenettes, plus a king-size bed and a queen sofabed. Rooms have been updated with white duvets and contemporary furnishings, more functional than chic, but comfortable for both family travelers and road warriors.
For a special kid-friendly treat, book one of the two-bedroom “Family Fun” suites, equipped with bunk beds, kids’ bathrobes, and play equipment.
No need to worry about bad weather days — you and the kids can get tropical at the indoor pool in the “Family Fun Zone,” which has a 130-foot Corkscrew water slide, or head for the “Kid Centre” for games, arts, and crafts.
In the summer, during school vacations, and on weekends year-round, there’s even more family entertainment, from movies to bingo. Or sign up the kids (ages 5-12) for the half- or full-day activities programs at the hotel’s Camp Chelsea.
Teens can escape to their own lounge to watch movies, play ping pong or video games, or just hang out.
The Delta Chelsea is also popular with business travelers, particularly on weekdays during the school year, when the kiddies aren’t around. If you haven’t brought the little ones (or if you just want a more peaceful workout), you can head for the top-floor adults-only fitness center and pool, where you’ll also find a hot tub and sauna.
Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and lounges. Wired internet access in the rooms is also complimentary.
The hotel is convenient to many downtown and midtown attractions, and it’s just a two-block walk to the College subway station, so you can easily explore without a car. Hotel parking is CAD$29-39 per night.
Make sure to check out the hotel’s “Show Your Room Key and Save” program, which gives you significant discounts at local attractions like the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, Fort York National Historic Site, and the super kid-friendly Ontario Science Centre.
Delta Chelsea room rates dip as low as CAD$129 in winter, with spring-summer rates starting at CAD$169, quite reasonable for a family-friendly holiday in Canada’s largest city. You can also check rates at Hotels.com.
Hotel review by Vancouver-based travel, food, and feature writer Carolyn B. Heller, author of the new travel guide, Moon Handbooks: Ontario, which features fun and funky attractions and experiences, lodgings, and places to eat across the province. Photos by Mario Madau, courtesy of the Delta Chelsea Hotel. The Delta Chelsea, in partnership with Tourism Toronto, hosted my stay for review purposes.