Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont Royal York

100 Front St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1E3, Canada

The Royal York, the tallest building in the British Commonwealth when it opened in 1929, remains one of the largest hotels in the city and a favorite of both royalty and Hollywood stars. Countless movies have been filmed here, but the rooms are the main draw. The hotel has been restored, and many rooms have been renovated, featuring an updated look with hints of yellow and gray; others feature regal, if slightly fussy, early-20th-century-appropriate furnishings. On-site dining options include Reign, which serves modern Canadian fare with a traditional French touch; Clockwork, which specializes in bubbly and small plates; Toronto's only location of the Japanese eatery Benihana; and the stately Library Bar, a locally beloved hideaway that serves top-notch martinis.


  • lots of history
  • excellent health club (lap pool, whirlpool, saunas, well-appointed gym, and more)
  • steps from Union Station


  • rooms can be small
  • charge for in-room Internet access
  • expensive parking




Phones: 416-368–2511 | 866-540--4489


898 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals