CheckOut: Chelsea Hotel Toronto

By @ 11/12/18 in CheckOut, Gay travel, Toronto

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineToronto’s tastefully-decorated Chelsea Hotel Toronto has three big things going for it. First, it is located close to Yonge Street (33 Gerrard Street) in the heart of downtown Toronto. This puts the Chelsea Hotel Toronto close to everything that’s going on. Second, with a whopping 1,590 rooms and suites to choose from, the Chelsea is Canada’s largest hotel — and has been since it opened in 1975. Third, even though the Chelsea has been recently renovated and offers a full range of guest amenities – including restaurants and a pool whose ‘Corkscrew’ enclosed water slide goes briefly outside the building – it is very reasonably priced compared to the nearby competition.

Rates

Without taxes and fees, the Chelsea’s rates vary from US$140 per night for 275 sq. ft. “Chelsea Room’, to US$331 per night for the 600 sq. ft ‘Family Fun Suite’ with two bedrooms. Then the sales kick in. At the time this was written, the Chelsea was offering 20% off its best daily rate during its Fall in Love With Toronto sale, and 25% off its best daily rate during its 4-Day Cyber Sale. Now both these sales were time-limited, but that’s the point: This hotel is willing to discount its room to make sales, which is why checking current deals at www.chelseatoronto.com is worthwhile,

The Chelsea will knock 15% off its best daily rate for customers who pay upfront online, under the hotel’s ongoing Pay Now & Save 15% Sale. (Be aware that once booked, this rate is not refundable.) Just because the Chelsea offers such good prices, doesn’t detract from the quality of this hotel. It is modern, well-appointed, and very pleasant to stay at. (When you have 1,m590 rooms to fill, you’d better be prepared to make a few deals!)

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLocation

The Chelsea is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, with easy access to everything that matters. This includes access to Toronto International Airport, because the train from the airport in Toronto’s west end goes straight to Union Station on Yonge Street; just a few subway stops south of the Chelsea. (Ride the TTC north to College Station; walk south on Yonge Street to Gerrard and then turn west/right to reach the hotel.)

Granted, Gerrard Street itself is slightly more sketchy than major cross streets further south or north off Yonge Street, so it is wise to keep your wits about you when walking outdoors late at night. But anyone who is comfortable moving around New York City will find this area to be a breeze. And thanks to taxis and Uber, you can go straight from the hotel to wherever you’re headed and back, with no hassle any time of the day or night.

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineRoom/Bathroom

The Chelsea’s rooms are modern, well-appointed, and comfortable. Many of them have balconies with views of the downtown Toronto skyline. Guests can rent everything from a standard Chelsea Room to a larger Deluxe Room with two double/queen/king beds; a Club Room with nightly rundown service and access to the Chelsea’s private 27th floor E|CLUB Lounge; kitchenette-equipped studios, one bedroom suites, and two-bedroom ‘Family Fun Suites’. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi and wired high speed internet access. The 16th floor Chelsea Room this writer slept in was low-key, comfortable, and clean.

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAmenities

The separate adults-only health club includes cardio and weight-training equipment, a heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. The indoor pool with the Corkscrew slide is part of a family complex that includes the Club 33 Teen Lounge and the Kid Centre. So if you’re an adventurous adult, the Chelsea is right for you. But the same is true if you’re a family man.

The Chelsea’s restaurants include the Market Garden (grab-and-go), express|o coffee and wine bar (sitdown), and T|bar (a varied a la carte menu featuring local ingredients; sitdown). All menus are optimized for people with vision impairment and Dyslexia. Add ballrooms and salons, indoor underground parking, and laundry/dry-cleaning services, and the Chelsea Hotel is a very complete place to stay. The hotel’s “Show Your Key & Save” program also gets guests price breaks at many Toronto attractions.

Gay Factor

The Chelsea’s downtown location makes it close to all the action in Toronto that’s worth taking part in. You can walk, taxi/Uber, or transit to the Gay Village at Church and Wellesley, the Air Canada Centre (home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team), the Theatre District, the business core, and lots of shopping. Worth checking out: El Convento Rico with its mix of Latin and Top 40 dancing, and eye-catching drag shows. You’ll find them at 750 College Street; one street north of the Chelsea at Gerrard, and then just over two miles west on College. To plan for your visit, check out www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca/copy-of-events-1 .

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