The Fairmont Royal York
What We Love
- Tech-savvy extras, like iPad check-in, make staying here a breeze
- The underground PATH walkway connects to 1,200 shops and services, including Union Station and the Hockey Hall of Fame
- Original details recalling the hotel’s history are still intact, including crystal chandeliers and hand-painted ceilings
- It’s a part of history: It opened in 1929, and Queen Elizabeth II has stayed here
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What To Know
- WiFi is available in public areas and some guestrooms, making it easy to stay connected
- The hotel is conveniently located just across the street from Union Station
- Valet parking is available with in-and-out privileges, but it costs extra
- Nearby roadwork is ongoing; be alert for road closures
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Some 40 million people (Queen Elizabeth II among them) have stayed at this iconic hotel since it opened in 1929, and many of the features those first guests saw are still intact, including hand-painted ceilings, crystal chandeliers and travertine pillars. The guestrooms (which start at 250 square feet) call to mind Old World elegance, with lavish curtains and brocade sofas. The amenities, on the other hand, are entirely modern: Keurig coffeemakers, high-speed WiFi and ergonomic chairs are all standard. Feast on locally produced fare at the Epic Restaurant and Lounge — think Atlantic salmon filet with braised baby fennel, cauliflower puree, sorrel shoots, smoked olive and pomegranate vinaigrette. Or grab a drink and a snack at Piper’s Gastropub and burn off the extra calories in the on-site fitness center and indoor lap pool.
In the Area
Use the underground PATH walkway to explore Toronto no matter the weather. The hotel connects directly to the network of tunnels, which link up to some 1,200 shops, restaurants and attractions, including Union Station and the Hockey Hall of Fame (the Stanley Cup lives here in the off-season). Adventurous travelers can walk to the nearby CN Tower and take the Edge Walk — the world’s highest hands-free observation deck puts visitors 1,168 feet above the ground on a five-foot-wide ledge. Timid visitors can enjoy the view from the confines of 360, the revolving restaurant.
How to Get There
From the moment you pull up, it is 5 star all the way. The doormen are very helpful and attentive. Checking-in was a breeze and every customer who was at check-in was smiling and chatting with the staff. It was flawless.
The rooms are a great size with a pretty comfy bed. For me, I loved the pillows. Like clouds. If you are a bit sensitive to noise, stay away from #17 because it is across from the ice machine.
Room service was also perfect. Can't ask for a better stay.
We stayed for four nights and our first time in Toronto. What a lovely hotel, from the friendly door man who greeted us to the reception staff who checked in a group of 8 smoothly and efficiently.
This hotel is directly across Union Station, CN Tower is walking distance as is the Waterfront. It's close to the major attractions, restaurants and shops. The hotel is beautiful with classic architecture, with free internet access. Even The Queen and Prince Philip once stayed here.
Our bed was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was a good size with a bath and shower and nice toiletries but no shower cap. Our housekeeper was a lovely lady.
After all the sightseeing, walking and shopping we did. It was lovely to relax in the hotel's Health Club to use the pool, sauna and steam room, which we all loved.
We love Fairmonts, as expected everything was excellent. Our housekeeper Nanine was probably one of the nicest and best we have ever had. She ensured we received the little extras we requested. It is the little things that help. Concierge, car valets, all went the extra mile.