Delta Chelsea, meet Eaton Chelsea: Changes at Canada’s largest hotel

Lucia "checking in"

Lucia “checking in”

Once it was decided that Lucia and The Working Dad would join me in Toronto for TBEX, the next order of business was to book a hotel for the weekend. Our only criteria were: downtown location (close to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for me); a pool (for Lucia); and affordable. A quick online search showed the hotels that met our needs and our budget and at the top of that list was Delta Chelsea. I didn’t hesitate to book it because I was already familiar with the property; I had stayed at Delta Chelsea years before.

We arrived at Delta Chelsea to find the hotel lobby under renovation – not a big deal. We approached the front desk to check in and noticed a short staircase with colorful, brightly-painted spindles, up against the end of the desk to our right. Hanging above the staircase is a sign that reads “Kids’ Check-In”. Lucia didn’t need much encouragement to get up there and “check in”. A hotel staff member greeted Lucia, asked her name and age, and presented her with a check-in gift: a package wrapped in ribbon, consisting of a rubber duckie and an ABC book. Adorable.

The Kids’ Check-In is just one of the hotel’s features that caters to families, specifically to children. There is an entire “Family Fun Zone” that includes the Club 33 Teen Lounge (arcade -style hangout with iPod docking stations), the Kid Centre (parent-supervised arts and crafts, stroller rental, and babysitting services), and the family pool which is home to Toronto’s only indoor waterslide, “The Corkscrew” (open only when a lifeguard is on duty). Lucia didn’t have a chance to check out the Kid Centre but did visit the family pool a few times and loved it. The Working Dad and I were surprised – and impressed – to find life vests available for children to use while in the pool. The added emphasis on safety puts parents at ease and allows everyone in the family to really have an enjoyable time.

Family pool

Family pool

All that being said, this most recent stay at Delta Chelsea will be my last. “Why?” you ask, since it seems we were more than satisfied with our stay. The answer is that, as of July 1, 2013, the property will be officially re-branded as Eaton Chelsea, Toronto. See, it’s not bad news! (And it explains the renovations currently taking place.) The even better news is that with the re-branding, the property is going to maintain its focus on family-friendly amenities, including the ones mentioned above, while exhibiting clever simplicity and high design at affordable prices. All of that plus this urban resort’s prime downtown location and four on-site restaurants makes Eaton Chelsea quite appealing to the traveling family visiting Toronto.

The Eaton Chelsea is part of the Langham Hospitality Group. Comprised of a family of distinctive properties located on four continents, Langham Hospitality Group’s focus in 2013 is development in North America, where The Group plans to add more than 2,000 rooms to its portfolio.

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12 Responses to Delta Chelsea, meet Eaton Chelsea: Changes at Canada’s largest hotel

  1. Anita Mac June 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    That pool looks so inviting…can’t believe I missed it!
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      I didn’t actually get into the pool (no time!) but the little one loved it. Guess it’s all that matters!

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel) June 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Great hotel experience for families!
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Totally, Raul!

  3. lola dimarco June 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Too cute for the kiddies! “The Corkscrew” is a nice touch!
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      The Corkscrew kinda looks insane. I’m glad it was closed each time Lucia went to the pool. She would’ve wanted to go down the slide but I KNOW she would have chickened out at the last second. That only leads to drama and who has time for that?!

  4. Leah June 17, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    This is too much fun! I met with them at TBEX and I was told all about the kid-friendly hotels. Since I don’t have kids it didn’t really appeal to me, but seeing how much fun Lucia had makes it pretty cool in my book.
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Happy to hear that, Leah! I enjoyed meeting with the Eaton reps at TBEX, too, learning about the re-branding and even about the new Langham property opening in Chicago. I hope to check that out soon!

  5. Kieu ~ GQ trippin June 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I think I’ll note this for way down the kid filled future.. lol
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      There ya go, Q!

  6. Traveling Ted June 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    That is so great they have a kid check-in. How cute. Looks like a great family place and wonderful it was affordable and convenient to downtown.
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    • Francesca July 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      Absolutely, Ted. The kids’ check-in was definitely one of my favorite features!

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