Royal York Hotel Toronto retains history dating back to the mid-1840s when a lake boat captain named Thomas Dick first erected Ontario Terrace, a composite of four red-brick row houses. Knox Theological College took the property on soon after, running the school for nearly a decade. In 1853, another of the early Toronto hotels took the place of the college after a massive refurbishment. Keeping in step with early Fairmont Royal York Toronto history, the hotel was yet again taken over by new owners and renamed, yet again, the Revere Hotel.
Experiencing more prosperous times, Thomas Dick was able to re-purchase the now-revamped building in 1862, which had taken on the name of the Queen’s Hotel and was seemingly destined to change hands ad nauseam. Several years after, the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) announced plans to construct the biggest hotel ever in the British Commonwealth, and so the Queen’s Hotel was subsequently demolished. The Royal York Hotel Toronto officially opened on June 11 of 1929 as the tallest of all buildings in the British Commonwealth. It set the standard for hospitality then, and it still sets the standard today.
If first impressions mean anything, the Royal York offers a lasting one throughout the entire hotel experience. Even from afar, the neon hotel lights sit discernibly perched high atop the building’s peak, casting a luminescent glow over nearby buildings. Plush furniture, magnificent bouquets, antiques, gold accents, and marble floors define the lobby of the Fairmont Royal York Toronto. The name lends images of royalty while the experience is truly fit for the distinction. Considered one of the more welcoming luxury hotels in the city, the Royal York has a reputation known country-wide. Friendly staff offer abounding services and a smile to boot.
The Royal York Hotel Toronto is a legendary establishment the city has literally grown up around. It is surrounded by a combination of attractions and things to do, but perhaps the most appealing of all are the offerings inside. Guest rooms, suites, and specialty suites are all available, offering a tier of luxurious amenities. There are almost 1,400 rooms in total at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto, each with endowed with lavish decor and elegant appointments. In-suite films, high-speed Internet, and plenty of services for business travelers illustrates this historic hotel is laced with modern amenities.
The Fairmont Gold Floor completely bypasses the standard of all luxury hotels like the King Edward, Four Seasons, and even The Ritz. The Gold Floor is for gold-star service, amenities, and a superior atmosphere. Forget hotel rooms. Gold Floor status offers large suites with separate sleeping, living, and eating quarters, access to private board rooms, city and area tours, and premium tickets to sporting events and sold out events throughout the city.
Dining is nothing less than first-class at the Royal York Hotel Toronto, from simple and quick bites to world-class epicurean delights. Five outstanding restaurants and four sleek lounges touch on all dining and entertaining needs. The spa and health club takes it to the next level, with marble floors, an indoor lap pool, change rooms, saunas, steam rooms, a fitness center, and complimentary towels and robes. Massage therapy is offered through Swedish and aromatherapy approaches in private spa quarters.
Guests that manage to tear themselves away from the royal treatment at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto will be pleased with the many entertaining options surrounding it. Casa Loma, the CN Tower, and the Air Canada Centre are just the beginning. Cruises and ferries at the Harbourfront, excellent museums, great shopping and amusement parks like Ontario Place are all around. Due west is Toronto’s Entertainment District and within easy reach is Old Town Toronto, a hub of markets, great shopping, and countless other attractions that leave visitors feeling as captivated as after a night at the Royal York Hotel.