The Royal York Hotel

The Royal York Hotel is located at 100 Front Street Toronto, Ontario. This grand hotel was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and designed by Ross and Macdonald architects. The site that they selected was the former Queen’s Hotel, which was located directly across the street from Union Station.

The idea of a hotel acting as a “city within a city” was brought to fruition with the Royal York’s grand opening on June 11, 1929. This Hotel was at the forefront of modern times with passenger elevators being installed to carry guests to their room floor and also having bathtubs in the room was something new and impressive to the Hotel’s guests. This 1100 room, 28 storey hotel instantly became a new Toronto landmark as it dominated the skyline.

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+ Jack Brickenden. “Hotels: Toronto Landmark Still a Dazzler: Called a Poem in Stone at Its 1929 Opening, the Royal York Has Retained Its Grandeur.” Globe and Mail[Toronto] 11 Nov. 2000. Canadian Periodicals. Web. 9 Oct. 2010.
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Royal York Hotel. Canadian Pacific Railway, 1930. Print.
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