Fairmont Hotel Royal York: Toronto

Mimi ON Nov 02, 2011 AT 1:00 pm

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

In 1929, construction of The Fairmont Hotel Royal York made this hotel the tallest building in the British Empire. The grand hotel began with 28 floors, 1,048 rooms, a 12,000-book library, and 10-elevators, but within a year, 152 rooms were added due to guest demand. To this day  The Fairmont Hotel Royal York boasts the largest hotel kitchen in Canada with 110 chefs, and with over 1,200 employees able to speak a combined 53 languages, The Fairmont Royal Park remains one of the most sophisticated and luxurious hotels in Canada.

They are the only hotel I’ve ever come across that offer you a gym kit and bespoke play list in your room on arrival, this has to be one of the best ideas ever. Tell them your shoe and gym kit size and a fresh set of Addidas kit will be in your room every day, well that’s if you ever use it and get it dirty!

The Spa

The Spa

I loved that for a newcomer to Toronto I could see my hotel from anywhere, it was my Art Deco beacon I could follow to guide me back to my luxury base. Entering the lobby of the Fairmont you feel like you are in a bustling terminal in a movie, this is the place to people watch, so many interesting people passing through those revolving doors. The staff throughout, from the doorman to concierge and the waiting staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly, I felt very settled and at home here instantly.

Countless celebrities have stayed at this magnificent hotel along with three generations of the Royal Family and the Queen, but there are also some unexpected (but equally important) guests that frequent The Fairmont Hotel Royal York. Taking their residence on the roof of the hotel are six Queen bees and their thousands of fellow bees. These busy buzzers produce over 480 lbs of honey that the hotel uses each season, and because they are so important to The Fairmont Hotel Royal York, the hotel has allowed them stay in “The Honey Moon Suite,” “The V.I.Bee Suite,” the “Bee+Bee Suite,” and the “Stayin-a-Hive” suite. Some other unexpected guests that hotel-goers keep an eye out for are the residential ghosts that have been spotted roaming the hotel’s corridors and rooms.

But don’t let these ghosts keep you away! The Fairmont Hotel Royal York has earned the Four Green Key rating by the Hotel Association of Canada, which is the second-highest honor a hotel can receive. The hotel is also the official host of the International Indian Film Academy Awards, and several Hollywood movies such as “R.E.D” (starring Helen Mirren), “Chloe” (starring Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried), and “Cinderella Man” (starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger), have chosen The Fairmont Hotel Royal York as one of their filming destinations. They make a substantial amount of revenue from the film industry, as does the rest of the city, so be on the look out for places you recognise, like the lift scene in” Serendipity“, the movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. I got a kick out of calling my lift every time, know John Cusack had been there too.

 

One of the rooms at The Fairmont Royal York

One of the rooms at The Fairmont Royal York

 

With its imposing and prime location on Front Street, overlooking Lake Ontario, The Fairmont Hotel Royal York is the ultimate destination for elegance and luxury, and a maybe a chance walk-on part in a movie (but don’t tell them I told you so!).

Kuoni (01306 747008/www.kuoni.co.uk) offers 3 nights at The Fairmont Hotel Royal York, Toronto in a Fairmont room on a room only basis, including flights with Air Canada from Heathrow. Prices for 2012 from £910 per person based on two sharing. For more information on Toronto visit: www.seetorontonow.com

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