Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Delta Chelsea balconies.jpg
The balconies of the hotel in 201 wS tben1
General information
Location 33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′31″N 79°22′59″W / 43.6585°N 79.38315°W / 43.6585; -79.38315Coordinates: 43°39′31″N 79°22′59″W / 43.6585°N 79.38315°W / 43.6585; -79.38315
Opened October 15, 1975
Owner Great Eagle Holdings, Hong Kong
Management Langham Hospitality Group
Technical details
Floor count 26
Design and construction
Architect Crang and Boake
Other information
Number of rooms 1,590
Number of restaurants 3
Website
chelseatoronto.com

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (formerly the Delta Chelsea Toronto and briefly the Eaton Chelsea) in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest hotel in Canada.[1] Located at 33 Gerrard Street West, it contains 1,590 guest rooms and suites on 26 floors, with 5 basements and 18 elevators. It originally received funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to be built as a student housing co-operative but was then planned as a residential condominium building by Toronto architectural firm Crang and Boake, but it opened as a hotel on October 15, 1975.[2] The 26 floor 83.72 metres (274.7 ft) original single-tower structure was purchased by Great Eagle Hotels in 1996.[3] It was part of the Delta Hotels chain from its opening until July 2013.

Location[edit]

The Chelsea Hotel is located within the Downtown Yonge area of downtown Toronto. It is situated between the College station and Dundas TTC subway stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line.

Ownership and management[edit]

On December 19, 2012, hotel owner Great Eagle Holdings Ltd. announced that it would end its management agreement with Delta Hotels on July 1, 2013, and place the property under the control of its own subsidiary, Langham Hospitality Group. It was reported that Great Eagle would not commit to renovations that Delta sought to upgrade the facility.

The hotel changed its name from the Delta Chelsea to the Eaton Chelsea on July 1, 2013.[4][5] Ken Greene, president and CEO of Delta Hotels, stated that "It was a tough decision to part ways", adding, "This is symbolic of the repositioning that Delta is going through. It definitely shows that we are very serious about becoming the leading four-star brand."[1] Delta had announced that it was building a new flagship hotel (the Delta Toronto Hotel) in Toronto's South Core district as part of a development led by its parent company at the time, the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.[1]

The Eaton Hotels chain also has hotels in Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Delhi. Although the Toronto hotel has a marketing partnership with the nearby Toronto Eaton Centre,[6] it has no corporate relationship to the mall, nor does the hotel chain have any historical connection to the mall's namesake, Timothy Eaton, or the defunct Eaton's department store chain that he had founded.

In early 2015, the hotel rebranded again as the Chelsea Hotel, while remaining under the control of the Langham group and retaining most other aspects of the Eaton Hotels branding. The reasons for this latest rebranding have not been publicized.

Amenities[edit]

In addition to the 1,590 guest rooms and suites and several restaurants, the hotel also has a full spa, meeting areas, conference rooms, an underground parking garage, a KidZone (as the hotel bills itself as a family-friendly destination), and an indoor swimming pool which has Toronto's only downtown, indoor water slide. A portion of the slide is visible over the Walton Street entrance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Susan Pigg (19 December 2012). "Delta Hotels to abandon management of Toronto's Chelsea hotel". Toronto Star. Thestar.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Delta Chelsea Inn". Emporis. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ Neshevich, Carol (2014-01-10). "How Delta Chelsea Became Part of the Eaton Family of Hotels". Hotelier Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Delta Hotels parts ways with Toronto's largest hotel, Delta Chelsea in July". CFTR (AM). 680news.com. The Canadian Press. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  5. ^ Rosanna Caira (16 April 2013). "Delta Chelsea to become Eaton Chelsea Toronto". Hotelier magazine.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Hotel Rate for Toronto Eaton Centre Shoppers". Toronto Eaton Centre. Retrieved 2014-05-31.