Every Fairmont hotel I have visited has had a different personality and feel. The Fairmont Royal York is perhaps the best known hotel in Toronto. Centrally located in the business downtown district and towering high, it is difficult to miss. It is nearby to many of the cities most popular attractions and connects underground to Union Station, which is just 20 minutes direct to the airport. So within an hour of stepping off our flight we were settling into our luxury bedroom.
The Royal York dates back to 1929 when it officially opened, boasting 28 floors and 1,048 rooms. Recently the hotel underwent a substantial renovation which took 5 years and cost millions of dollars. As well as the redesigned rooms, the update included renovations to the pool and spa and modernisation of the guest services.
When I visited just before Christmas, the hotel lobby was sparkling with Christmas decorations and lights. We were staying in a standard room on the fifth floor, small but well designed.
The lavish bed dominated our room, with a neatly arranged desk and armchair tucked into the remaining floor space. I was thankful for a large window overlooking the front of the hotel that provided some natural daylight, even though the weather was gloomy.
I was excited to find one of my favourite toiletry brands in the bathroom. Le Labo is a lovely French brand which I find does wonders for my hair and skin. I was impressed to see such a large hotel stocking it in all their rooms.
Breakfast can be enjoyed downstairs in the Epic Restaurant or ordered to the room. Choose from an array of cooked dishes, fresh fruit and baked treats. Guests who wish to dine in the hotel can sample a range of international cuisines, including Japanese delicacies at Benihana or informal Canadian food at Piper’s Pub.
There are also numerous facilities to satisfy the needs of business guests, and special rooms for weddings and celebratory occasions. For visitors in need of some rest and relaxation, a large spa is available for use complete with sauna, steam room, pool and gym.
For a quick stopover visit in Toronto, Fairmont Royal York was the perfect hotel… brilliant location, efficient service and comfortable bedrooms.
More information and book a room at Fairmont Royal York here.