Style & character:
The hotel was originally one of the Canadian Pacific Railway hotels, built across Canada around the same time as the railway, which linked the country from coast to coast. They are all indeed Canada’s ‘castles’. With 1,329 rooms and suites over 18 floors, the Royal York is a busy, busy place, yet still maintains an air of relative calm. The original hand-painted wood coffered ceilings and lavish ballrooms have witnessed thousands of milestone events and business conventions, and the famous Imperial Room has played host to countless entertainers, from jazz legend Duke Ellington to Jim Carrey. A large and comfortable lobby lounge with an Art Deco and railway-inspired décor theme suits both locals and guests. And the clock tower has been an iconic meeting spot since the hotel opened.
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Value for money:
Standard rooms from C$379 (£235), year-round. Fairmont Gold suites start at C$600 (£370). Breakfast not included, from C$20 (£12). Free Wi-Fi.
Small refrigerators, microwaves, cribs, and rollaway beds are available on request, as are children’s robes, slippers, and coloring packages.100 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3, Canada.