Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a variety of activities including two corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The property, which officially opened its doors on October 15, 1975, will present a cheque for C$100,000 to SickKids Foundation. The donation is part of a five-year fundraising plan with a goal of giving C$500,000 to AboutKidshealth.ca , a comprehensive child health resource that enables all families to have access to the child health information they need, whenever they need it.
The hotel has also embarked on significant social projects, such as the ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible through EarthCheck, an environmental management program for the travel and tourism industry.
More 40th anniversary activities will be announced in the coming months.
Originally designed as apartment suites and university residences, the Chelsea Hotel opened with 880 rooms. Soon afterward, the building was converted into a 1,000-room hotel—the Delta Chelsea Inn. In October 1990, the hotel unveiled a C$80 million expansion project, which brought the total room count to 1,590, making it Canada’s largest hotel.
In 2013, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto was acquired by Langham Hospitality Group as an independent property. Close to $30 million CDN has been invested in the renovation of 750 guestrooms, the lobby, three restaurants (T│Bar, Market Garden and express│o), updated meeting and banquet space, and an update to the hotel exterior (balconies).
“Celebrating 40 years of service definitely marks a key milestone in the history of the Chelsea. As an iconic landmark amongst the leading first-class hotels in Toronto, it has definitely shaped the hospitality industry as people know it,” said Rob Housez, general manager, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.