Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York gets a makeover for 90th anniversary

Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York gets a makeover for 90th anniversary

TORONTO — A cherished Canadian landmark is turning 90 this year, and will be celebrating with some major new upgrades.

Fairmont Royal York, first opened in Toronto in 1929, is in its final phase of a multi-year renovation that includes a transformed arrival and check-in experience, newly imagined dining venues, contemporary event and meeting spaces, and a completely redefined Fairmont Gold. The grand renovation is expected to be completed this summer, just in time for the hotel’s official anniversary celebration.

“Fairmont Royal York has always been a defining feature of the Toronto skyline and we are excited to announce the next stage in its time honoured history, “said Edwin Frizzell, regional vice president and general manager. “As we celebrate 90 years of outstanding service, incredible people and history-making moments, it is with great pride that we prepare to unveil the most significant transformation this building has ever seen.”

Here is an overview of new enhancements:

  • Lobby & Arrival Experience: Design firm Rockwell Group created what will be a true “living room” for the city, featuring a larger, more generous reception area lined with marble stairs and a sweeping ramp that guides guests to check-in stations inspired by train ticketing counters.
  • Food & Beverage: At the heart of the hotel’s transformation will be an elevated food and beverage experience. There will be four new signature dining concepts headed by Fairmont executive chef, jW Foster.
  • Fairmont Gold: The new Fairmont Gold offering is inspired by the hotel’s celebrated history of luxurious accommodation. Now accepting reservations, the offering features larger, elegantly appointed suites and a new Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge on the 18th
  • Legacy Suites: The hotel’s crowning moment in its grand transformation will be the unveiling of two new Legacy Suites. Set to debut this summer, these definitive spaces will welcome discerning guests to the future of residential-style urban retreats.
  • Meetings & Events: The hotel’s meeting, event and wedding spaces will also receive a revamp to reflect a more modern style.

Since its grand opening, Fairmont Royal York has welcomed millions of travellers from around the world, and has been featured on the silver screen as the most filmed location in Toronto. It’s also played host to the city’s most unforgettable moments, including the G20 Summit, Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday and the Queen’s Jubilee.

To learn more about the transformation and special anniversary events, go to

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