TORONTO — The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto has completed a $12-million guestroom refurbishment that includes five room types — Chelsea guestrooms, one- and two-bedroom suites, kitchenette suites and accessible guestrooms. The transformation coincides with the hotel’s 40th anniversary.
The investment — the most extensive since 2006 — includes 750 guestrooms and suites. As Canada’s largest hotel, this translates into approximately half of the hotel’s room product. With a total investment of close to $30 million, additional refurbishments since 2013 include the lobby; three restaurants (T Bar, Market Garden and Expresso); updated meeting and banquet space; and an update to the hotel exterior (balconies).
During the refurbishment period, the hotel continued to keep sustainability top of mind. All of the hotel’s guestrooms include low-flow shower heads and toilets as well as the installation of energy-efficient light bulbs. This initiative coincides with the hotel’s recent Bronze certification from EarthCheck — an environmental management program for the travel and tourism industry. EarthCheck benchmarking provides companies with a platform for sustainability reporting and is based on the premise of continual improvement. “This renovation is another very exciting phase in the life of the Chelsea and it couldn’t come at a better time with our 40th Anniversary,” says Josef Ebner, regional VP, Canada and managing director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.
The Chelsea Hotel celebrates its 40th anniversary on Oct. 15.