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
- 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
Spent 4 nights here. Nice big room, recently updated. Easy check in and check out. Walking distance from Waterfront, CN Tower and Eaton Centre.
Take a right out of the hotel and lots of eateries..
In hotel there is the Avenue on the floor below the reception where there is a shop , pub and various retail outlets. Continue on down the escalators, through the swing doors and you are on the underground level containing a vast number of shops, Starbucks and access to the Railway station and metro.
Huge number of rooms but lots of lifts, so no silly waiting. Felt very safe.
Great hotel, perfectly situated within a few minutes walk of the lake front. All the staff have been fantastic and the service is faultless. We had a delightful room on the 11 floor. The hotel has great amenities...highly recommended.
I stayed for three days with my family at this hotel for a conference.
The lobby and the building is historical and beautifully maintained.
We got an upgraded King Room .. a good size clean room with two baths.
The room lacked some helpful additions (Free bottled water, tooth brushes, etc) that are available at other Fairmont hotels that we stayed at.
I brought my baby with me and despite that the employees see me carry the stroller and climb stairs (there is only one far access to disabled and strollers), very few offered help.
very close to Union station, you wouldn't need a car as everything is accessible including the PU station that takes you straight to the airport.
Great hotel right in the heart of the downtown next to union station. Old Victorian charm yet modern and newly updated. Used the gym twice and was very clean and modern with all the latest machines. Best hotel for the price I paid.
We came for two nights looking for a nice hotel and a good location. Our pets were welcomed and the room was lovely .The service was great. The only very minor drawback was that the hotel is large, so it takes a while to get from a to b. That said, it never felt like you weren't getting personal attention or like you had to wait for anything .