Staying in the heart of Toronto this summer doesn’t have to break the bank. The Chelsea Hotel offers family-friendly fun at a reasonable rate.

By Rachel Naud

TORONTO IS A GREAT FAMILY GETAWAY—especially for parents of teens who crave that cool factor in a vacation. After all, Canada’s biggest city is a mecca of culture, home to world-class theatres, concert halls, shopping, museums and more. Unfortunately, it’s also one of Canada’s most expensive cities to visit. And while most families would love to make their
holiday home downtown, the high price tag that comes along with city-central digs can be a roadblock. Until now.

The Chelsea Hotel is one of Toronto’s most family-friendly accommodations that are not only convenient but also reasonably
priced—even throughout the busy summer season. Located smack dab in downtown Toronto on Gerrard St. W, it
is steps away from the Eaton Centre, a plethora of restaurants and historic Yonge Street, which boasts some of the best people- watching in the city.

For the most affordable option, parents with only one or two kids can get away with staying in a Chelsea Room, which features two double or queen beds. The rooms, although recently updated and contemporary in style, can seem tight on space. However, the stepout private balcony that comes with the room is literally a breath of fresh air. If you just need a place to rest your weary feet after a day of exploring, it’s the best option. There are bigger rooms available for families who feel like splurging, including a family fun suite that includes a full kitchen, kids’ corner with DVD and XBOX and two bedrooms.

Want some quiet time? Send your kids off to explore the hotel. There are plenty of things to do at the Family Fun Zone—including a pool, hot tub and corkscrew waterslide. There’s also the Club 33 Teen Lounge, a hangout that has everything from old school arcade games and pool tables to foosball and Xboxes.

To save you a few bucks, The Chelsea Hotel also has a Show Your Room Key and Save Money partnership with many businesses across the city. Your room key can get you as much as 20 per cent off at restaurants, museums, breweries, spas and more!

So this summer, don’t write Toronto off as being too expensive for a family vacation. It’s possible to stay in the heart of city, making valuable memories that won’t break your bank. ■