Every city has one grand hotel so well-known and so highly regarded that it's synonymous with fine lodgings in that destination. In Toronto, that landmark hotel is the Fairmont Royal York. Over the years, it has been a magnet for everyone from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Queen Latifah.
As with many things in life, being first in a location reaps the greatest rewards. The Fairmont Royal York chose the ideal central location in downtown Toronto to build, and opened adjacent to Union Station in 1929.
Surrounded now by tall buildings, this stately hotel is within walking distance to shops, markets, restaurants, the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre (Toronto's domed stadium), and the Lake Ontario harbor.
Whether traveling into the city by train, or around it by subway, guests at the Fairmont Royal York need not even walk outside to make connections. Stations are connected by underground passageways. And in a city like Toronto, where winters can be harsh, that's a strong advantage.