Toronto’s Top Hotels: Historic Accommodations

As Canada’s financial and business centre as well as a North American cultural capital, Toronto welcomes millions of visitors every year. Many visitors stay at one of the city’s multitude of fine hotels, and a select group of those overnighting in Toronto find accommodation at one of the city’s premiere luxury hotels. Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services frequently operates out of these hotels, transferring clients to and from the airport to these downtown hospitality facilities, as well as to meetings, conferences, public appearances, shows, sporting events, and anywhere else our clients need to go. Please consider contacting us for chauffeured services should you be staying at a Toronto-area hotel. A few of the city’s most exclusive hotels will be detailed for prospective visitors, with a focus today on Toronto’s most venerable and historic hotels.

Fairmont Royal York

A Toronto landmark since opening in 1929, the Fairmont Royal York’s iconic bulk towers 400 feet above Front Street West across from Toronto Union Station. Its proximity to the royalyorkmetropolis’ central railway hub betrays the hotel’s heritage as a railroad hotel, having been built in the 1920s by Canadian Pacific Railway. With 1,365 rooms spread over 28 floors, the Royal York boasts the capacity, comfort, luxury, and convenience of world-class accommodations in the busy city’s pulsating heart. The Fairmont Royal York also has full conference facilities and five restaurants and bars (including the exclusive Benihana Japanese Steakhouse).

The Omni King Edward Hotel

Located on King Street East just east of Victoria Street, the Omni King Edward is another of Toronto’s most venerable hotels. Dating to 1903, the “King Eddy” has played host to important personages from Mark Twain to Margaret Thatcher, from Britney Spears to the Beatles. With 298 rooms spread over 18 floors, the Omni King Edward Hotel may not be able to match some of the city’s larger hotels in capacity but gives up nothing in terms of prestige. The British Imperial feel of the whole premises can be experienced in its cozy yet luxurious lobby, its fine dining room, or in the elegant, aristocratic feel of its bar.

Windsor Arms Hotel

Built in 1927, the neo-Gothic Windsor Arms in the Yorkville neighbourhood was envisioned windsorarms5staras an architectural counterpart to the nearby colleges and brick edifices of the University of Toronto. Emerging in the 1990s after decades of neglect with a handsome remodelling, the Windsor Arms is now one of Toronto’s elite small suite hotels. Four stories high, the Windsor Arms includes 28 suites, full spa facilities and pool, 24-hour butler service, a restaurant, tea room, and meeting facilities.

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