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Royal York

"When in Toronto, it would be a crime to miss The Royal York. The thriving modern metropolis has grown up around this landmark hotel."

How the Stage was Set


In 1843 a building on the area today occupied by The Royal York was built.

1929: Opening year of The Royal York, which became the fourth hotel on the site.

1993: After a major investment project prepared the hotel for the 21st century.


1843: Captain Thomas Dick, a respected lake-boat captain, built Ontario Terrace, which consisted of four brick houses. The humble row project was soon thereafter occupied by Knox Theological College. 1853: The building was refurbished and renamed the Sword's Hotel, and then, following a change of ownership, renamed the Revere Hotel.

1862: Captain Dick bought back the property and renovated it yet again. The stately Queen's Hotel, as it was then called, became an integral part of the boomtown. It was even rumoured to be the site of Sir John A. Macdonald's meeting with American Civil War sympathizers who plotted retaliation.

1920s: The Canadian Pacific Railway announced it would build the largest hotel in the British Commonwealth on the site of Queen’s Hotel. Citizens were shocked by the demolition of their beloved Queen's Hotel; nevertheless, construction began in 1927, immediately across from Union Station and Canadian Pacific Railway.

1929: 11 June: The hotel officially opened as The Royal York. It was designed by Ross and Macdonald (with Sproatt and Rolph) and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway across the street from Union Station. With 28 floors, the Château-style building was the tallest building in Toronto at that time, and the tallest building in the British Empire until the construction of Toronto’s Canadian Bank of Commerce tower on King Street one year later. The hotel boasted 1,048 rooms, each with radios, private showers and bathtubs. The 1.5 acres of public rooms included a 12-bed hospital, 12,000-book library and ten ornate passenger elevators. The Concert Hall featured a full stage and mammoth pipe organ weighing 50 tons, which surpassed anything else in Canada with 300 miles of copper wire. There was a glass-enclosed roof garden, the largest hotel kitchen in Canada with a bakery that could produce over 15,000 French rolls a day, a 66 foot long switchboard manned by 35 telephone operators, its own bank and golf course.

1959: The hotel was enlarged with the addition of the east wing to a total of 1,600 rooms and was the largest hotel in the Commonwealth for many years. 1988-93: a $100 million project refurbished guestrooms, public spaces, a health club, sky-lit lap pool and the first-ever American Express Travel Service Centre. 1999: Canadian Pacific spun-off Canadian Pacific Hotels, along with all its properties. The new company was renamed Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in an effort to reflect its growing global presence and ambitions

From the World of Politics Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Managed by: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
1151/287 Rooms

Air-conditioning with individual climate control Alarm clock-radio Bathrobes Cable television, pay movies and express check-out Coffee/Tea maker Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Mini-bar Windows that open to the outside Computer data port with Internet access and patch cables Telephone with voice-mail

Royal Suite, favoured by the Queen.

EPIC Restaurant & Lounge ---------------------- Benihana Japanese Steakhouse ---------------------- York's Kitchen ---------------------- York's Deli ---------------------- Piper's ---------------------- Library Bar --------------------- York Station - the smallest bar in Toronto

This is a hotel for city slickers with a taste for history. Hit the shops, go to the theatre, take in a sports game or stroll through the streets of the financial district, just down the road. If that's too modern for you, relax in the contours of a grand old hotel that has stood at the forefront of Toronto life for generations.

Health Club & Spa ---------------------- Elizabeth Milan Hotel Day Spa Health Club just down the road ---------------------- Further afield: horse riding, skating and golf.

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Royal York
Country: Canada
City: Toronto
Opening date: 1929, June 11

Note from the Host

General Manager

Ian Wilson


100 Front Street West
Ontario M5J 1E3 Canada, Toronto

Tel: +1-416-368 2511
Fax: +1-416-368 2884

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