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
The hotel was under renovation and noisy. It was like a maze to get around the construction going on. Our room with a King size bed was cramped and bathroom was very small. The old world charm did not shine through on this property. Not sure this is a what a Fairmont property should be like but definitely...Disappointed!
Stayed two nights on a business trip
Hotel is large
Room was spacious but not enormous
Service is great and the bell boys are very helpful
Hotel lobby is not built for business meetings so beware
For the price I paid it was a good stay
I would state that the only thing I would like to see in the future and it is only a minor detail is a little more room in the weight/fitness room and maybe a bench press as it is one of the most common exercises
Definitely not a fairmont standard!!
Hotel in renovation...breakfast buffet do not reflet a breakfast in a Fairmont hotel and was too much expensive!!
I wonder why you accept a salsa convention during 3 days and NIGHT!! So much noise in the hotel!!
Music until 3h00 AM!!!
My family was not able to sleep during 2 nights until they accept to move us on another floor :( :(
After staying in a few Fairmont hotels (San Francisco, St Andrews) I had high hopes for the one in Toronto even though it’s just a 4* hotel.
The stay was alright I’d say. As far as I’m concerned we didn’t get an upgrade for the room despite being Accor Platinum members, and having had this at all other hotels before. That might be down to availability and the hotel seemed almost completely booked as there was some dancing competition/convention going on.
The room itself is nice. They were recently refurbished and are in a great condition. The bed is very comfortable and the view was good too. The bathroom however was really really small. Two people brushing their teeth at the same time gets quite cosy. What I liked was the space around the sink to unpack makeup etc.
Wifi was fast and stable.
One major thing though are the walls.
They’re very thin and we could hear everything that was happening on the corridor. Even worse our neighbours had a little party in their room the first night and it felt like we were unwillingly part of it.we didn’t expect these kind of inconsiderate kind of guests to stay in a Fairmont either. On top of that we were woken up by drilling noises in the morning which wasn’t a pleasant experience either.
It was also surprising how long the lifts would take given there are 10 of them in the main area.
The gym was alright. Some of the equipment was a bit older it seemed. Also, when I came in at 9:00 on one day they had not restocked some of equipment with water bottles or towels.
Overall an okay stay but we definitely had better experiences at other Fairmont hotels.