Fairmont Royal York Debuts Transformation Ahead of 90th Anniversary

This year, Fairmont Royal York will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Since 1929, the hotel has hosted several notable events, including the G20 Summit, Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday and the Queen’s Jubilee—it’s even the most filmed location in Toronto. Now, the hotel is announcing a property-wide renovation.

The final phase of the multi-year renovation includes a transformed arrival and check-in experience, new dining venues, updated event and meeting spaces, and a redefined Fairmont Gold,a s well as renovated Legacy Suites. The renovation will be completed summer 2019, in time for the hotel’s official anniversary celebration.

Led by design firm Rockwell Group, the lobby embraces and preserves the building’s heritage, while creating a contemporary experience. Given the hotel’s connection to the railway and Toronto’s Union Station, material, form and detail cues were inspired by the aesthetics of train cars and railroads. The lobby will serve as a “living room” for the city, with a larger reception area lined with marble stairs and a ramp that guides guests to check-in stations inspired by train ticketing counters.

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Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge

An elevated food and beverage experience is also on tap, as Fairmont Royal York prepares to debut four new dining concepts. Fairmont executive chef jW Foster led the updates to the hotel’s cuisine, bringing more than 15 years of experience at Fairmont properties around the globe. He plans to honor the brand’s commitment to sustainable food by implementing a new program that works closely with Ontario farmers to provide authentically local ingredients in each new menu.

The redefined Fairmont Gold, now accepting reservations, features larger, elegantly appointed suites and a new Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge on the 18th floor, providing guests privacy and relaxation in penthouse surroundings. Service will be directed by members of Les Clefs d’Or society. Fairmont Royal York will also unveil two new Legacy Suites, described as residential-style urban retreats.  

The hotel’s meeting, event and wedding spaces will also receive a revamp. The Convention Floor ballroom spaces accommodate up to 3,000 people and can host a variety of events. It currently hosts the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards and the gala reception for Canada’s Walk of Fame.

In honor of the milestone year, the hotel will soon announce plans to celebrate with guests, clients and the community alike.

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