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
My partner and I stayed in the Royal York for 5 days after we had been visiting friends. It’s location is perfectly situated to allow you to visit all those tourist attractions that you need to see when in Toronto, for instance only a 7 minute walk to the CN tower using the PATH skywalk. The hotel is having a little restoration work, but it doesn’t interfere. From the moment we arrived all the staff we met were so helpful and friendly, they even went out of their way to give us a room with a view! All the staff we encountered, receptionists, concierge, housekeeping, bar and lounge, especially in the EPIC lounge, were brilliant and it made our holiday so much better. The room was lovely and kept clean, housekeeper even ensured we only got the sachets of black tea that we liked!
I would definitely stay here again if/when I visit Toronto in the future. Thank you Royal York.
great hotel in a good location close to the station staff are really friendly and helpful. rooms are clean and modern overall a really great hotel with plenty of choices for somewhere to eat or to have a nice quiet drink in one of bars
Our stay set us up for a wonderful holiday in Canada. The accommodation, food in the restaurants, service and facilities, could not be faulted. The location is also perfect for exploring the city either on foot overground or using the underground walkways. An amazing experience.
We stayed four nights. My husband blew his knee out and the staff and management were great. They changed our room so we were closer to the elevator, offered to call a doctor and to top it off-the manager sent a thoughtful and kind note with a bottle of wine and cheese tray. The housekeepers were so gracious and sweet. The hospitality is something you would find in a small boutique hotel. I can’t imagine staying at a better hotel in Toronto!
A landmark property in a great location in one of the most confusing cities in the world....where everything happens undergound.
Helpful attentive staff, great restaurants and superb position. We can forgive the maintenance as good to see the investment in the property.
Rooms are OK, nothing wow, most have no real view but are comfortable .