The Fairmont Royal York Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Financial District, Toronto, Ontario

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Pros

  • Great location, blocks from shopping on Yonge Street and connected underground to many tourist attractions
  • Friendly, attentive service
  • On-site spa with indoor lap pool, whirlpool, children's wading pool, saunas, and steam rooms
  • A fine dining restaurant with local ingredients, a Benihana Steakhouse, and a gastropub
  • The cozy Library Bar, with afternoon tea service
  • Elegant, old-world meeting spaces (ballroom, concert hall, Imperial Room)

Cons

  • Room size varies drastically -- some are very small
  • Doors are thin and noises from the hallways carry

Bottom Line

The glamorous Fairmont Royal York is one of Toronto's grand dames, with hand-painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers that harken back to the hotel's opening as the Royal York in 1929. Some rooms are on the small side (not uncommon in a historic hotel), and the beds and furniture look a little generic for a luxury property. But the location is as good as it gets: The hotel is connected by underground PATH walkways to Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Eaton Centre, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, and is blocks from shopping on Yonge Street.

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 Location

Across the street from Union Station, and connected to the Eaton Centre by an underground walkway

Located in Toronto's Financial District, and blocks away from the Distillery District and Entertainment District, The Fairmont Royal York sits across the street from Union Station and is connected to the station, Air Canada Centre, a sports arena, Eaton Centre, a large shopping mall, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, by underground PATH walkways.

Once an industrial park, Toronto's Entertainment District is now a bustling home to nightclubs, theaters, such as Roy Thomson Hall where the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs, and Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays' stadium. The nearby Financial District is composed of skyscrapers housing law firms, corporate headquarters, and offices and the Distillery District is one of Toronto's historic gems. The district got it's name from the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, formerly in operation in the area as the largest distillery in the world. Claiming the largest sample of Victorian-era architecture in North America, the Distillery District recently came out of a redevelopment which included the institution of numerous shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

  • 3-minute walk to Air Canada Centre
  • 8-minute walk to Roy Thomson Hall
  • 10-minute walk to Yonge St.
  • 10-minute walk to Rogers Centre
  • 12-minute walk to CN Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, with an observation deck overlooking the city
  • 15-minute walk to Eaton Centre, a huge shopping mall that's one of Toronto's most popular attractions
  • 7-minute drive to the Royal Ontario Museum or 12 minutes via public transportation
  • 7-minute drive to Bloor Street, lined with shops, historic sites, and theaters, or 15 minutes via public transportation
  • 8-minute drive to the Distillery District or 15 minutes via public transportation
  • 12-minute drive to Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style mansion and museum, or 23 minutes via public transportation
  • 30-minute trip to Centre Island via driving and a ferry ride
  • 25-minute drive to Pearson International Airport

 Bottom Line

The glamorous Fairmont Royal York is one of Toronto's grand dames, with hand-painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers that harken back to the hotel's opening as the Royal York in 1929. Some rooms are on the small side (not uncommon in a historic hotel), and the beds and furniture look a little generic for a luxury property. But the location is as good as it gets: The hotel is connected by underground PATH walkways to Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Eaton Centre, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, and is blocks from shopping on Yonge Street.

Things You Should Know About The Fairmont Royal York

Address

  • 100 Front Street W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3, Canada

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Fairmont Gold Guest Room
  • Fairmont Gold Junior Suite
  • Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite
  • Fairmont Room
  • Fairmont View Room
  • Governor General Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Prime Minister's Suite
  • Royal Suite
  • Signature Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 1365
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Financial District, Toronto
Address: 100 Front Street W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3, Canada
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