I want to tell you guys about the awesome stay we had at the Delta Chelsea in Downtown Toronto. Rather then heading straight home on the train after the P&G Mom event, my husband drove into Toronto to meet me and we stayed on for a couples getaway at the Delta Chelsea. We try to find a way to do this a few times a year, just enjoy time together as a couple and rest, relax and reconnect. (And yes, I know how darn lucky I am to have a grandma on hand who is happy to watch the kids for the weekend.)
I love every Delta Hotel I’ve ever stayed at. It’s our favourite chain, and we stay with them frequently. We had last stayed at the Delta Chelsea on our honeymoon, some seven years ago. At that time what I most remember was how impressed my husband was when at check-in we received an unexpected free room upgrade, merely for being part of their free Delta Privilege rewards program. I also remember that the location was fantastic!
All of which still holds true. The right downtown smack dab in the middle of everything location of the Delta Chelsea simply can’t be beat. We left the car parked for the entire two day stay. Everything we wanted was within easy walking distance. My favorite part of this trip was spending time just walking up and down Yonge Street, doing a bit of shopping, eating at a couple of nice spots, and really just enjoying the bustling vibe.
The Delta Privilege rewards program still rocks, and still offers my favorite perk ever — free late check out. The Delta Chelsea even has a separate check-in desk for Privilege members. Over to one side is the regular check-in area, with a line up and several clerks waiting to help people. And off to the other side is the smaller Privilege check-in, with zero line up. Which frankly confused the heck out of me. Because I can’t figure out why anyone staying at a Delta Hotel wouldn’t have signed up for the free rewards program, which offers perks like free local phone calls and late check out, regardless of how few stays you’ve had.
Our room had a balcony, and a fantastic view of Yonge Street. However, I have decided that perhaps balconies shouldn’t exist 20 stories up, and couldn’t get over my terror vertigo long enough to get any great photos.
At one point we were sitting in our room, just relaxing for a bit before heading out for dinner, and we heard this faint haunting noise coming from outside that sounded a bit like singing. I told my husband I thought maybe it was the sound of emergency police or ambulance sirens from far off, but I was wrong. What we were hearing was the faint echoes of French Opera coming from the square at Dundas and Yonge. When a little bit later we headed down Yonge in search of diner we happened upon a beautiful but strange scene. Elaborately dressed actors on stilts performing opera in the square. If we had been staying somewhere else, and driving from spot to spot, we would have missed moments of surprise and wonder like these.
We also received a delightful surprise delivery to our room of complimentary wine and a cheese plate. It was the perfect romantic treat, something I would definitely consider splurging on during a future stay. Just the excuse we needed to enjoy lounging around in our hotel room just a little longer.
Our room itself was perfect. As always, I slept well on the pillowtop Delta “Sanctuary Bed. I loved the new June Jacobs Blue Ginger line (well new to me, I’m pretty sure the collection changed since my last Delta stay). Hubby loved the shower with the “never running out” perfectly hot water, and the shower head that actually delivered a decent pressure flow.
The Delta Chelsea is Canada’s largest hotel, it has 1,591 rooms, yet at no point did I feel like I was staying at some big faceless chain. It just didn’t feel like a giant hotel, it felt much more intimate than that. Every staff person I interacted with was pleasant, courteous and knew what they were doing. And this had nothing to do with that fact that I was staying there as a blogger who was going to be writing up a review, because I’m certain the delightful lady I dealt with in the Market Garden restaurant had no idea who I was, nor did the cheerful cleaning people in the hall who made a point of greeting us each time we went by.
Overall, we loved our stay at the Delta Chelsea. I can not emphasis enough how much fun I had simply walking around and exploring downtown Toronto, and the Delta Chelsea was the perfect launching point. This particular Delta location is one we will definitely be returning to sometime soon.
If you’re considering a stay at the Delta Chelsea now is the time! They have a FANTASTIC deal on right now that makes me wish I could squeeze in another out of town trip. It’s called the Shop & Stay package, and it includes the lowest room rates of the year (starting at only $109) and you get a $20 Old Navy Gift Card and if you do go shopping while in Toronto you can flash your Delta room key for discounts at bunches of places. Only catch is you need to stay by Dec.30th. Let me know if you go!
Cool Contest Alert
Delta Chelsea also has a contest on their Facebook page right now where you can enter to win a Shop & Stay package. And that’s just one of seven awesome contests they are hosting right now. Check out the Delta Chelsea Facebook page for more details (and to enter!).
Disclosure: I received a free nights stay at the Delta Chelsea, as well as a discounted media rate, and a lovely cheese & wine platter. As always my words and opinions are my own.