Fairmont Royal York Hotel Turns 90, Unveils New Lobby That Harkens Back to the Golden Age of Train Travel

By Paul Riegler on 13 June 2019
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IMG_4993 (1)Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced the celebration of the Fairmont Royal York’s 90th anniversary and the opening of a redesigned lobby and new lobby bar.

The anniversary was celebrated with a ceremony that included a performance by the Big Smoke Brass Brand, and remarks by Toronto’s mayor, John Tory.

“The hotel is truly an icon here in the city of Toronto, and I am excited for it to continue welcoming guests from all over the world to the city for another 90 years,” he said.

The Fairmont Royal York opened on June 11, 1929 as the Royal York. It was designed by Ross and Macdonald and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. At the time of its opening, it was the tallest building in Canada. The hotel has an underground walkway to Union Station, a major transportation hub.

The lobby’s updated look maintains its grandeur with furnishings inspired by train travel, given the hotel’s connection to railroad history.

As part of the celebration, the hotel dedicated a 90th anniversary clock and opened its new lobby lounge, Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails as well as the separate Reign bar.

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