TORONTO — Following its $40 million dollar renovation less than a year ago, Toronto’s historic Omni King Edward Hotel is restoring its Crystal Ballroom at a cost of $6.5 million. The project will start in August with an official grand opening for the Crystal Ballroom slated for early 2017.
The 5,000-sq.-ft. Crystal Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 300 people, first opened its doors in 1922 on the 17th floor of Toronto’s first luxury hotel. The venue quickly became the most sought-after destination for high-profile galas and elegant events. “This is a significant historical space that was at one time the epicenter of Toronto’s colourful social scene,” says Christophe Le Chatton, GM, The Omni King Edward Hotel. “We are looking forward to recreating it into a venue that brings back its former glory while reaffirming the Crystal Ballroom’s position as the premiere social function venue in the city.”
The restoration will be heavily influenced by its original interior, featuring old-world charm enhanced by modern style and luxury. The venue’s ornate mouldings, 12-metre-high coffered ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering panoramic views of the city, will remain central features in the Crystal Ballroom. The floor of the pre-function space will be finished in mosaic tile and a new permanent bar will be introduced.