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
Rates charged were in excess of what was agreed at my prior internet booking. Yes they were higher - with no justification. Invalid access has not progressed this century - you need to go a long way around the block, and enter AGAIN a long way from reception. So any exits and returns over our stay required this trauma.
Royal York is a beautiful place to stay - the rooms are quiet, nicely looked after with attention to detail. I love the room includes wine glasses and a cork screw - perfect to relax after a long day at work before hitting the town for dinner.
The location is very convenient to via rail and TTC also close to many excellent restaurants, pubs, shopping and so much to do.
I look forward to returning soon.
The stay was very fun, love the location, the hotel is is very welcoming, right in downtown location, classy, very nice, the front desk agents was very accommodating. Will definitely recommend this hotel for family and friends. Cant wait to see the new look next time i visit
It was great. Felt really a valued customer from the get go. The reception check in was so friendly. and they made us feel important. The room was comfortable specially the pillows. Felt I need to buy some of those.
Beautiful old CP hotel with top notch staff and attention to detail. Easy access to transit and UP to airport. Pool area is lovely but gym is small for the size of the hotel. Great conference facilities