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
Excellent service and very helpful staff. Wonderful location in downtown. Beautiful building well kept. The rooms were well furnished and comfortable. Our room had a great view of the CN tower. Close to prime entertainment and eateries.
A spacious old hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto, designed in late-colonial style. When we visited during the Toronto International Film Festival, the lobbies - large as they are - were thicker with people than the railway terminus across the road. The room was generous, modern and well maintained. No complaints at all.
The breakfast, on the other hand leaves much to be desired. For C$36, the selection was limited and the service slow. You'll be better off eating out.
Very nice hotel super convenient to downtown and 10-12 minute walk to the center of TIFF activities. Very attentive service, old world elegance and very nice room. My only small complaint was some several minute waits for an elevator.