TORONTO — Two years and $40 million later, the King Edward Hotel is back in business. Owners and management of the iconic hotel unveiled the results of a massive renovation last night at a lavish party attended by more than 300 of the hotel’s loyal clientele and members of the media. The renovation, which began in the fall of 2013, targeted the hotel’s 301 guestrooms, the introduction of the Royal Club floor featuring 29 rooms and a complete redux of the Vanity Ballroom.
“For more than a century, this beloved property has held the position of one of the most famous hotels in Toronto,” said Christophe Le Chatton, general manager. “There is a delicate balance between maintaining history and keeping the beauty and elegance that makes a place like this so very special, while also becoming modern and delivering what discerning guests want and need today,” said Le Chatton. “I believe we have struck this balance with stunning results and I am proud to reintroduce The Omni King Edward in all of her splendour.”
As part of the renovation, all guestrooms and suites were renovated to blend elegance with modern amenities, including fine furnishings, custom bedding, vintage crown mouldings, high ceilings, oversized rooms and marble bathrooms.
The hotel has also introduced the exclusive Royal Club, comprising 29 stylish guestrooms and suites with special amenities including access to the VIP Royal Club Lounge, breakfast, light bites in the afternoon, evening hors d’oeuvres, and on-site guest services including a business centre and complimentary use of boardrooms and car service.
The Vanity Fair ballroom has benefited from the addition of four large teardrop crystal chandeliers as well as updates to the historic Windsor Ballroom. The 22,000-sq.-ft. of small- to mid-sized meeting spaces were also completely renovated.
On the culinary side, executive chef Daniel Schick and his team have updated the menus to include local, seasonal ingredients and classical cooking methods. The hotel’s Afternoon Tea — a longstanding tradition and favourite activity since the turn of the 20th century continues Friday through Sunday.
Over the years, the hotel has welcomed many notable guests including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Margaret Thatcher. The Beatles stayed at the hotel (room number 869) during their first visit to Toronto in 1964 and in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed in the Royal Suite a day before their bed-in for peace began.