Chelsea Toronto celebrates 40th anniversary

TORONTO — Chelsea Hotel, Toronto celebrated its 40th anniversary with an Oct. 15 event, held in the lobby, that included cake and a sizeable donation to a local charity.

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto's director of public relations Tracy Ford (fourth from left) presents a $100,000 cheque to SickKids Foundation.

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto's director of public relations Tracy Ford (fourth from left) presents a $100,000 cheque to SickKids Foundation.

TORONTO — Chelsea Hotel, Toronto celebrated its 40th anniversary with an Oct. 15 event, held in the lobby, that included cake and a sizeable donation to a local charity.

As part of the Chelsea’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, the hotel presented a cheque for $100,000 to SickKids Foundation, part of a five-year fundraising plan with a goal of $500,000 to support AboutKidsHealth.ca providing one of Canada’s most comprehensive child health resources. Presenting the cheque was Tracy Ford, the hotel’s director of public relations.

Officially opening its doors on Oct. 15, 1975, the building consisted of 808 guestrooms and was originally designed as apartment suites and university residences. Soon afterward, the building was converted into a 1,000-room hotel, the Delta Chelsea Inn. In October 1990, the property unveiled an $80 million expansion project that brought the total room count to 1,590, making it Canada’s largest hotel.

In 2013, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto became part of the Langham Hospitality Group as an independent property and since that time, has invested close to $30 million in renovations and improvements.