Well before I get into our hotel adventure and perhaps the real reason I wanted to write this blog, is to say thank you to the incredible thousands of hydro workers who worked night and day across Ontario and Eastern Canada delivering the best Christmas present of all – heat and light. I know many workers left families to travel to help other areas affected by the ice that ravaged our cities.
I don’t know how to reach out to all of you to say thank you, when power came back on for us at 8 pm on Christmas Eve, the thanks was overwhelming that Santa would come and we would be in our home.
So our adventure started on a Saturday December 22 when the night was full of haunting crashes as our neighbourhood of old trees came crashing down. Sunday then came with no power as the house got chilly and the children got ancy. We hunkered down on Sunday night with extra blankets, candles and flashlights. For one night it was a fun, campout adventure but thinking about another night not so much, hence the search for a well priced Toronto hotel came into play. I had heard great things about the newly renovated Eaton Chelsea right in downtown Toronto by the Eaton Centre and as a bonus it came with an indoor pool. The room offered a great rate for a Toronto hotel so we booked it and the Eaton Chelsea did not disappoint. What I loved the most was that the room in the pictures matched the room we had which was clean and offered a great view of the city.
The pool had a great waterslide for the kids and free internet which helped when I needed to catch up on a little work. The staff at the hotel were super friendly even with the line of 50 deep to check in as the rest of Toronto needed refuge from their cold, powerless homes. Being one of the only hotels that allows pets, the many dogs kept my daughter mesmerized as the line quickly moved along.
My husband working downtown met up with us and we walked to the Eaton Centre for some dinner and Christmas shopping – perfect! Although after a couple glasses of wine and walking through the ‘going out of business’ final clearout shoe section of Sears I am not sure my purchases were some of the smartest, but those summer sandals will always remind me of the Ice Storm of 2013.
Thanks again to all the dedicated Hydro workers who worked so hard to bring heat and light to our homes, but in our case also saved Christmas. It is amazing how something so devastating and so dangerous days later was so beautiful. The wonders of nature never cease and the caring acts of others never more appreciated.