TORONTO — As Toronto’s oldest hotel, the King Edward has seen its share of changes, and, yesterday, the latest evolution took place when Omni Hotels & Resorts announced it will become the long-term operator of the hotel, effective Aug. 1. The historic property will become The Omni King Edward Hotel.
“The King Edward Hotel is a very unique property with a rich history from more than a century of hosting guests, as well as being a great source of pride for the city of Toronto,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Omni is committed to making this incredible hotel the place to stay in Toronto, whether travelling for business or leisure.”
As part of the partnership, the 301-room hotel will undergo an approximate $40-million transformation. The renovation will combine modern comfort with the hotel’s original old-world charm and elegance, with new guestrooms, modernized bathrooms, a new fitness centre and an update of the grand meeting spaces. What’s more, the hotel’s iconic rooftop Crystal Ballroom, which has been closed since the 1970s, will be restored to its former glory.
Opened 110 years ago as Toronto’s largest luxury hotel, The King Edward has hosted dignitaries from around the world, including King Edward VIII (after whom it is named), President Theodore Roosevelt as well as Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain.
The King Edward Hotel will be Omni’s second property in Canada, along with the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, located in Montreal.