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Fairmont Royal York Announces Grand Transformation in Anticipation of 90th Anniversary

Celebrated Toronto landmark marks new chapter with reimagined common areas, modern meeting and event spaces, a reborn Fairmont Gold experience, innovative new dining options and more

Fairmont Royal York
Fairmont Royal York
TORONTO, Canada, February 20, 2019 – This year, Fairmont Royal York, one of Canada’s most cherished landmarks, will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Since 1929, the hotel has welcomed millions of travellers from around the globe, lit up the silver screen as the most filmed location in Toronto and played host to the city’s most unforgettable moments including the G20 Summit, Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday and the Queen’s Jubilee. Now, the world-famous hotel will mark its next historic chapter with a majestic transformation, honouring the icon’s timeless grandeur while elevating it into a new era of luxury. 

In the final and most exciting phase of a multi-year renovation, the highly-anticipated reveal will include transformed arrival and check-in experience, newly imagined dining venues, contemporary event and meeting spaces, and a completely redefined Fairmont Gold, presenting the finest luxury hotel offerings and services in the city. Bringing the vision of the hotel’s transformation to life has been carefully entrusted to a team of world-renowned architects and design partners with extensive experience modernizing some of the most iconic and treasured properties around the world. The team shares a commitment to the preservation of the historical and architectural elements of the landmark property, once the tallest building in the British Empire. The grand renovation will be completed summer 2019, 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, Fairmont Royal York. “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. A grand scale renovation that both modernizes the property and stays true to our past, this project is a reflection of our storied history and a look into our exciting future. We are certain that the changes planned for the hotel will capture Toronto’s bold new energy and we look forward to debuting our extraordinary transformation over the course of 2019.” 
Rendering of Fairmont Royal York’s new lobby & arrival experience
Led by global design firm Rockwell Group, the concept behind the lobby and arrival experience is inspired by a journey from Toronto’s past through its present. The design embraces and preserves the building’s grand character and heritage, while creating a contemporary, modern escape that feels timeless. Given the hotel’s connection to the railway and Toronto’s Union Station, material, form and detail cues were inspired by the aesthetics of train cars and railroads. Rockwell Group created what will be a true ‘living room’ for the city, with 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.

Executive Chef jW Foster
At the heart of the hotel’s metamorphosis will be an elevated food and beverage experience, as Fairmont Royal York prepares to debut four new signature dining concepts. Responsible for redefining the iconic hotel’s cuisine is renowned Fairmont executive chef, jW Foster. Chef jW brings to the hotel a wealth of knowledge and expertise from more than 15 years’ as a seasoned chef at Fairmont properties around the globe. He plans to honour the brand’s commitment to sustainable food by implementing a new program that works closely with Ontario farmers to provide authentically local ingredients in each new menu.  
“Over the next few months, we cannot wait to unveil the exceptional cuisine and share the vision behind what will be among the city’s hottest culinary destinations,” said jW Foster, executive chef, Fairmont Royal York. “Guests can expect a bold, modern and authentic essence in the new menus, capturing the next level of dining in Toronto while still honouring the hotel’s rich food history and renowned service.”

Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge
Fairmont Royal York’s new Fairmont Gold offering is inspired by the hotel’s celebrated history of luxurious accommodation and the personalized, premium services sought after by today’s elite travellers. Curated by Champalimaud, a leading global tastemaker in hospitality interiors, the redefined Fairmont Gold encapsulates the building’s timelessness and speaks to the energy of the city. Now accepting reservations, the offering features larger, elegantly appointed suites and a spectacular new Fairmont Gold Residents Lounge on the 18th floor, providing distinguished guests privacy and relaxation in the epitome of penthouse surroundings. With service directed by internationally recognized and highly trained concierge experts – members of “Les Clefs d’Or” society – the new Fairmont Gold is upscale living at its finest. ​
Left: Fairmont Gold King Room
Right: Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite
Fairmont Royal York’s crowning moment in its grand transformation will be the unveiling of two new Legacy Suites. Incorporating downtown Toronto’s cosmopolitan grandeur with sophisticated, residential-style living, the hotel transforms its two most notable signature suites into the city’s defining luxury experience. Capturing the charm of the metropolitan lifestyle with an added allure of personalized service, the suites are designed for illustrious travellers looking for the ultimate in indulgent hotel accommodation. Set to debut this summer, these definitive spaces will welcome discerning guests to the future of residential-style urban retreats. 
MEETINGS & EVENTSThe hotel’s world-renowned meeting, event and wedding spaces will also receive a revamp to reflect a more modern style and highlight the property’s exquisite historical features. The Convention Floor ballroom spaces accommodate up to 3,000 people and have been host to some of Toronto’s grandest gatherings. From dream weddings to prestigious events, the Fairmont Royal York meeting and event spaces cater to high calibre celebrations, including the internationally-recognized Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) and the gala reception for Canada’s Walk of Fame. 
Left: The Ballroom at Fairmont Royal York (Photo Credit: Mango Studios)
Right: CAFA (Photo Credit: George Pimentel)

“This is a tremendous opportunity to pay tribute to 90 years of luxury tourism and hospitality, as well as look ahead to the next chapter,” said Paul Campbell, of KingSett Capital, Fairmont Royal York ownership group. “This evolution in the Fairmont Royal York story allows this honoured landmark to open up to the city, inviting in a new generation of visitors and guests. We are proud to soon present a  revitalized Fairmont Royal York, transforming the hotel experience and ensuring it is poised for continued success as a leading luxury hotel in the market.”  
In the spirit of this milestone year, the hotel will soon announce its plans to celebrate with guests, clients and the community alike. To learn more about Fairmont Royal York’s transformation and to stay up-to-date on 90th anniversary events, please visit


For nearly 90 years, Fairmont Royal York has stood proudly as a Toronto landmark, presiding over the block opposite Union Station – a love letter in stone to the heart of the city. It began its life as The Royal York, the tallest building in the British Commonwealth, soaring nearly 400 ft. and 28 storeys above the street level. A dominant feature on the skyline, the building contained 1,048 rooms, and included a concert hall, library, extensive bakery, radio station, ballrooms, restaurants, even a hospital. Little wonder it was called a city within a city – as it still is today. Today, this essential downtown landmark is in the midst of a multi-million dollar transformation, reimagining its lobby experience, rooms, dining venues, event spaces, and Fairmont Gold – the property’s exclusive boutique luxury experience. Another stunning chapter for Toronto’s eternal, essential landmark is about to begin. See our future here.


Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises a special brand of thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.


AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and residences across 100 different countries. With an unrivaled portfolio of internationally renowned hotel brands encompassing the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle and midscale brands, AccorHotels has been providing savoir-faire and expertise for more than 50 years. 

In addition to its core hospitality business, AccorHotels has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge servicesco-workingdiningevents management and digital solutions.

Relying on its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated staff, AccorHotels is committed to fulfilling its primary mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome.  Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs - Le Club AccorHotels.   

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