Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a fresh interior look. On June 11, 2019, Mayor John Tory joined hotel leadership and staff to cut the ribbon on a newly renovated lobby and several added features.
“Owning and overseeing the repositioning of the Fairmont Royal York, one of Canada’s most iconic and enduring properties is a responsibility we have treated with care, dedication, and great respect,” said Paul Campbell, Royal York project lead at KingSett Capital, Fairmont Royal York ownership group. “This is much more than just a hotel – it represents much of the history and soul of our great city.”
The historic venue’s transformation includes the installation of the REIGN bar, which will soon be joined by a restaurant and bakery to complete the hotel’s REIGN Restaurant + Bar + Bakery signature dining experience. It also includes a new lobby lounge, CLOCKWORK Champagne & Cocktails, which was created to mark the Fairmont Royal York’s rich Toronto history.
“A pivotal part of the Fairmont Royal York, CLOCKWORK will honour our legacy with a new statement timepiece,” said Edwin Frizzell, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Royal York. “Our ’90th Anniversary Clock’ is dedicated to the people of the city of Toronto, as well as the past, present, and future colleagues of Fairmont Royal York who have, for 90 years, been the beating ‘heart’ of our hotel.”
The hotel has launched several initiatives to celebrate its milestone anniversary. Highlights include a floral installation, The Celebration Cake, from Frank Rea of Forget Me Not Flowers; as well as a self-guided tour of the hotel created by author and historian Dr. Carolyn Harris. Additionally, the hotel has sponsored a Toronto of the Future exhibition and donated 90 of its rooms to Heritage Toronto.
Looking ahead, Fairmont Royal York plans to unveil large-scale renovations to its meetings and events space, and pull the curtain on its new Legacy Suites later this summer.