Family Friendly Eaton Chelsea in Downtown Toronto

I have been to Toronto many times over the years. Often I go alone or with friends for blog events and conferences. So taking the kids was a bit different, a good different. At first I was a bit nervous as i was unsure how my children would like the big city, would there be anything for them to even do?

All I can say is I wish we had had more time. They had a blast and loved every minute of their stay in Toronto at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel. It was March Break so there were way more activities for kids than normal and it was busy, but it was fun. If you are looking for a place to stay close enough to walk and bus to attractions, I highly recommend staying there.

We arrived just before check in and parked underground. It was well lit and marked so we made our way quickly to the lobby. The line was a bit long, but the hotel anticipated this. They had entertainment for the kids to keep busy while they waited. Face painting, a talking robot and even kids only check in where they receive a special gift for themselves. My six year old loved this! She had a smile from year to year the entire time we were there.

check in for kids

Kids check in

Our room was clean and spacious with a balcony that had an amazing view of the streets below and neighbouring buildings. The feeling of being so high looking down on such a busy city was exciting for this self proclaimed people watcher. All rooms are equipped with technological conveniences and amenities, including basic complimentary Wireless Internet.


Fun for all

The hotel was perfect for kids of all ages! A family pool with waterslide equipped with floating toys and life jackets if needed as well there was a hot tub. There are change rooms and towels located at the pool for your convenience. The family fun zone also included a kid centre for slower paced activities and crafts. As well as a lounge for teens full of games, a pool table and video games.

Measuring 130 ft, the four-storey ‘Corkscrew’ takes guests on a twisty adventure that loops around outside the hotel walls before splashing back to the pool below.

For those traveling without children or wanting a few minutes child free, there is an additional pool and an adult only gym located in the hotel. Babysitting service is provided on site for a fee as well.

We were very fortunate to be there during March Break. Eaton Chelsea planned on the place being full of kids and they has a mad Scientist on site one day and an exotic petting zoo another. My daughter was thrilled to have the once in a life time experience of feeding and petting a full grown Kangaroo.

feeding a kangaroo

3 year old kangaroo

Hands on Exotics brought in a huge assortment of animals. A fully grown Kangaroo,  a Boa, and a Cockatoo were just a few that the crowd of happy children were allowed to pet, feed and interact with. The handlers taught the children all about each animal and were great at controlling the excited little guests.

Dining options

There is a pub and a couple of restaurants on site. We ate breakfast the one morning at T Bar which was lovely. A smaller restaurant with an amazing menu and super friendly staff. Every single item was picture perfect and my daughter thought it was so fancy!

My breakfast at T Bar

My breakfast at T Bar

This impressive new modern and vibrant lobby lounge is the latest addition to the Chelsea Hotel Hotel. It features a scrumptious and varied à-la-carte menu prepared from local ingredients.

We also ate at the Market Garden and espresso coffee bar. This self serve option is the most affordable and family friendly option in the hotel. It offers everything you can image from hot meals made while you wait to fruits and other snacks you can grab on the go. Cafeteria style with a buffet option. While we were there they were partnering with the new Pirate attraction and offering a special pirate themed buffet. We even had a special dinner with pirate entertainment.

pirate buffet

pirate buffet

Pirate Life is a brand new family attraction that caters to the imagination and sense of adventure in young children. It is suitable for all members of the family, we anticipate that the majority of our audience will be parents with children between the ages of 3 to 9. Families take part in a pirate role playing adventure/theatre on a one hour boat ride complete with costumes, face paint and pirate nicknames.

Our pirate was full of energy and very entertaining

Our pirate was full of energy and very entertaining

When it came time to check out the sites we were in the perfect spot. It took 25 minutes to walk to the CN Tower and Aquarium, less than 10 minutes to walk to Dundas Square, and 2 minutes to the YSL condos (

If you are heading to Toronto with the family check out Eaton Chelsea yourself. Start planning your getaway today!

You will be glad you did! Great location, great hospitality and fun for all!


  1. Super fun! Over the years I have heard many families positive comments about the Eaton Chelsea. I have not yet stayed there. Maybe one day. We have family in Toronto and I often stay at their house but this would be another great idea for us when we visit.
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  2. IT looks like you guys had a great time! I love when a hotel prepares and is ready for line ups with activities to keep the kids, and thus the parents, happy!!! It looks like they went all out! 🙂

  3. It looks like you had a blast. My daughter would be thrilled to pet Kangaroo. I love that they have a pool with slides.
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  4. That looks like such a fun trip! How great to get to pet a kangaroo.
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  5. I totally need to check this hotel out. It would be perfect for a local staycation with the family this summer. It is FUN to go into Toronto while I am on maternity leave, rather then commuting in for work 🙂

  6. What a great experience! My son would go wild for a kangaroo – how awesome!

  7. awe that looks like such a great time! never heard of it before. love the pirate life part

  8. Looks like amazing , fun place for everyone, I would love to go there, thanks for sharing 😀

  9. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That sounds like such a great place! I was thinking about taking a trip to Toronto this summer if I can make it work.

  10. How fun! I live in Toronto but haven’t ever been to the Eaton Chelsea! Looks like a great place to stay!

  11. I need to go back to Toronto. This all sounds so fun. I had a great time the last time we visited!

  12. A pirate buffet? Now that sounds like a cool experience. What fun.

  13. I would love to feed a kangaroo! Then I'd love feeding myself at the buffet. 🙂
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  14. Wow, that breakfast looks great. What a nice looking place to stay.
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  15. What a nice place and super kid friendly too! That would be very important to me!
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  16. That sounds like a great trip and the Eaton Chelsea seemed to really come through with the food and entertainment. Looks like a great place to stay.

  17. Looks like a good family friendly place to go.
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  18. Melissa Smith says

    I've never been to Toronto, but if i ever get the chance I know just where to stay. Especially since I give bonus points for that awesome kid's check-in!!!

  19. Toronto is near the top of my travel bucket list. I'll definitely keep this in mind.

  20. I would love to go to Toronto. I’ve never been to Canada. This hotel seems like the perfect location to stay.

  21. Wow they really setup some cool activities for kids! Well adults too because I would seriously enjoy most of it too, especially petting the kangaroo! I love places that really care about guests enjoying their stay!

  22. A kangaroo? Are you kidding me? That's amazing, actually. I'd love to visit here too!

  23. Ashley Gill says

    This looks so fun!! I've never been to Toronto and hope to visit someday. I think I'll make a note of this place to go if we make it there!

  24. Chrissy Mazzocchi says

    This looks like such a fun time! I'd love to go to Toronto some day!

  25. This venue looks like it is really family friendly. I love all the vibrant colors and inviting stations.
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  26. I have never been to Toronto, but if I ever plan a trip there, I will definitely check out Eaton Chelsea. It sound like a wonderful place.

  27. Looks like a really fun place! I love the "kids checkin" idea, too cute. I think Canada/Toronto might have to work its way up our vacation bucket list!

  28. I've only been downtown Toronto once. I'll have to tell my brother the next time we're in Canada to take me here.
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