‘New’ King Edward Welcomes Guests


Following a $40-million restoration spanning two years, The Omni King Edward Hotel held a grand re-launch gala this week (Sept. 9).

Known as Toronto’s first luxury hotel since 1903, the historic King Eddy has welcomed the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor, and more recently Beyonce and Drake.

“For more than 112 years the King Edward Hotel has set the standard for luxury hotels in its era,” the hotel’s general manager Christophe Le Chatton said at a ribbon cutting ceremony. “We understood that we had the responsibility to strike a delicate balance for maintaining history by preserving the beauty and elegance that makes a place like this so special, but at the same time becoming modern and delivering what discerning guests want.”

The renovations include all 301 guestrooms, meeting spaces, the lobby, restaurants and bar, while dining menus were also updated to include local, seasonal ingredients and classic cooking methods.

Pictured (top), investors join Peter Strebel (l), senior vice-president operations, OMNI Hotels & Resorts, Le Chatton (c) and Terry Mundell (r), president & CEO, Greater Toronto Hotel Association, for the official ribbon cutting.