We stayed at the Delta Chelsea in downtown Toronto from February 12 -13, 2005. I guess when they rated this hotel a four-star it must have been absolutely empty of people, because if you like waiting in a line-up for check-in, waiting to get into a crammed elevator, waiting to get down to the garage, and then waiting an hour-and-half in a car line-up to get out of the parking garage--this is for you! Fancy pools or not, screw this place!
The rooms were small and average for a hotel--good towels, (one) bathrobe, etc., but as a whole not excessively clean and the furniture is a little worn. Nice view of Yonge Street from the 22nd floor.
The pop machine was empty our whole stay--over two days. The only pop left that we were able to get out of it was "Mellow Yellow". All the hallways on our floor smelled of reefer the whole night. (And they promote this as a great place for kids to stay?)
The adult pool area on the 27th floor was the only redeeming quality to this hotel--not very deep but clean and well kept. The sauna was also fine and hot, but the jacuzzi wasn't very powerful. The pool and front desk staff were both very friendly, no complaints there.
The cheapest room service breakfast is a coffee, juice, and croissant for $13... a little steep if you ask me.
It can take up to 20 minutes just to get down to the lobby because the elevator is always so packed, people getting on at all the floors, and pushing the wrong button. (They always push "2" instead of "Lobby.") There are way too many people in too small a space--if a fire ever broke out here everybody would be trampled to death.
Don't waste your time--there has to be a better hotel in Toronto's core with a pool. (And believe me, you'll be wasting lots, and lots, and lots of time.)
Unique Quality: 130-foot heated indoor waterslide. Kids pool, adult pool (on a different floor).
Directions: Gerrard at Younge St.
During my June, 2004 visit, the meeting was set up for the Delta Chelsea. This is a rather non-descript hotel from the outside, but I rather liked its interior lobby area with its decor and attached Bar, Pub and Restaurant areas. My room on the 23rd floor was standard stuff and it was very comfortable and quiet. When I called room service for an item that I needed, they responded in no time at all, faster than I have experienced in most other situations like that (same thing for their check-in/out services). The going rate for my room was C$139 plus another $21 in taxes, etc. for a nightly cost of C$160 (US$120). They also charged $1.50 everytime you used the telephone, even if it was using a calling card or toll-free number.
This place is great. They have programs to keep kids entertained and busy.
Unique Quality: They have an adults only pool up on the 26th floor (25, 26, 27?). Its nice to go up there and relax from all the noise and kids in the family pool. Beautiful city view from adult pool.
There are lots of hotels in Toronto: Royal York, Sheraton, Hilton, Delta Chelsea, Holiday Inn, and the Four Seasons. Don't stay in any of these. They are VERY expensive. Toronto has a lot of motels that are very nice and clean, and not too expensive. ***UPDATE: Most Toronto hotels offer lower rates if you stay for a more than a couple of days. Contact the hotel in advance for discount rates.
Unique Quality: Their Signature Club rooms are worth the relatively small additional amount per night. You have a private lounge with breakfast included, evening snacks, and a dedicated concierge.
Accomodation right downtown isn't cheap. On the very cheap end there is the Backpacker's hostel on King St. West at Spadina (which is in a great location in the heart of the city), but Toronto really doesn't have any mid-range hotels right downtown that I'm aware of. All big name hotels are represented here - the Sheraton, Delta Chelsea, Hyatt, etc...and all are nice and conveniently located if you ask for the downtown locations (some chains have 3 or 4 hotels in Toronto). If you are going all out, Toronto's Royal York Hotel is our oldest and most glamourous hotel. Its very well situated at Front Street in between Bay and University. And The Four Seasons in ultra expensive and ultra posh Yorkdale (about 40 minutes walk north of the Eaton's centre just north of Bloor St between Univeristy and Yonge St) is where all of Hollywood's most famous celebrities stay when they are in town.
These are the more expensive hotels in Toronto that I've stayed in: The Marriott and the Delta Chelsea.
It's about $250 Canadian per night for both places depending on the type of suite you get.
Unique Quality: You've got everything there. It's a 4 star afterall! Bring your swim suits...jacuzzi...da works! The Delta Chelsea is Canada's largest hotel.
Directions: Marriott is byYonge and Dundas right by the Eaton Centre (525 Bay St.), Delta Chelsea is by Gerrard and Yonge (33 Gerrard St. West). They are both 4 star hotels.
Delta Chelsea - good location, and not too expensive
Picture: one of the old neighhourhoods of Toronto
HEY GUYS HAVE ANY OF YOU STAYED AT THE MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN, DOWNTOWN TORONTO, RECENTLY. I WOULD LOVE YOUR REVIEWS IF YOU HAVE. I WAS RECOMMENDED THE DELTA CHELSEA FOR LOCATION BUT THE REVIEWS ARE REALLY BAD. OPTION ON THE RESIDENCE INN BUT BEFORE I BOOK I WOULD LOVE YOUR COMMENTS.
It is pretty good. Have a look at One King West also www.onekingwest.com
I stayed there in Feb 08 on business and really liked it. If that's recent enough for you, see my page for details and pictures.
I stayed at Delta Chelsea this summer and got one of our rooms upgrade, nothing to complain for the price I paid.
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Address: 33 Gerrard Street W., Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z4, Canada