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Royal York Hotel Toronto:
Heart of the City

Royal York Hotel Toronto, located near the downtown attractions, is where royalty and other celebrities stay, and have stayed, since 1929. 

This is one of Toronto's premier hotels.

Now part of the Fairmont Hotels chain, the Royal York has had its exterior stonework refurbished to add to its already magnificent 'art deco' exterior.

And like many Toronto hotels, it's been refurbished inside recently as well, to maintain its standing in the downtown hotel rivalry. 

Royal York Hotel Toronto: History and Location

Royal York Hotel Toronto entrance on Front Street.

Located on Front Street directly opposite Union Station, it's original reason-to-be, the Royal York is ideally placed for visiting the waterfront, Queen's Quay, with all its shopping and harbour cruises, the Air Canada Centre, for Maple Leafs and Raptors games, and the financial and entertainment districts.

The Royal York was once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and Empire, though it's now dwarfed by the banks and CN Tower nearby.

Royal York Hotel Toronto was once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and Empire

Union Station and the subway are just steps away, linking you to all the city's attractions.

Royal York is also connected to Toronto's underground 'PATH' walkway so you can get around the city without freezing, in winter, or melting, in summer. PATH can take you to most of the downtown shopping and attractions, such as Eaton Centre or Hockey Hall of Fame.

The hotel has a business centre for those on a working visit but those facilities are good for vacationers too; high-speed internet access etc in all the rooms.


Royal York Hotel Toronto ornamental stonework

A close-up of the hotel's stonework and, as you see, it's a fine example of the mason's art. The building has a wealth of carved stone but not so much as to be gaudy. It's restrained elegance is a credit to the architect.

Royal York has all those amenities you'd expect from such a property, such as health club with a pool, steam bath and spa, five fabulous dining rooms, meeting and conference rooms for functions and business events.

Royal York Hotel Toronto, view from Bay and Front

Even if you decide not to stay at the Royal York Hotel Toronto, the building is worth visiting for a drink in one its beautiful lounges with their hand-painted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and colourful wall hangings.

If, however, you do decide to stay, rooms come in a variety of luxury levels and are beautifully furnished and appointed, as you'd expect. They all include in-room movies, cable TV, minibar, bathrobes, and coffee/tea making equipment.

Visit our page King Edward Hotel for a similar classic hotel, or visit Intercontinental for a modern luxury hotel or visit the Royal York's pages at Fairmont Royal York. Another fine old hotel that's had a recent makeover is the Drake on Queen Street West.

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