Omni Hotels & Resorts will become the long term operator of The King Edward Hotel, the first luxury hotel in Toronto, on August 1, 2013. The property will be flagged The Omni King Edward Hotel.
The venture with current owners King Edward Realty Inc. continues Omni’s strategic plan to own, operate and/or manage distinctive luxury hotels and resorts throughout North America, with a focus on major convention centers, leisure destinations and city centers.
As part of the partnership, the hotel is currently undergoing an approximately $40 million renovation that includes all new guest rooms, modernized bathrooms, a new fitness center and an update of the grand meeting spaces. Most notably, the hotel’s rooftop Crystal Ballroom—closed since the 1970s—will be restored to its original grandeur as a spectacular party hall. Located on the 17th floor, the ballroom features 20-ft. ceilings and views of the city’s skyline in all four directions.
“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 traveling for business or leisure. As an extension of our city center portfolio, The King Edward Hotel is a marquee property that allows us to offer our award-winning personalized service to our guests who visit Toronto, Canada.”
Opened 110 years ago as Toronto’s first and largest luxury hotel, The King Edward has played host to scores of dignitaries from around the world, from King Edward VIII (after whom it is named) and President Theodore Roosevelt to Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. The hotel boasts 301 rooms and suites—some of the largest in Toronto—that will feature classical décor with contemporary accents; 30,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space and 12 meeting rooms including three grand ballrooms; two on-site dining options; and afternoon tea, which has become a Toronto social ritual.
The King Edward Hotel will be Omni’s second property in Canada, along with the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, located in the heart of downtown Montreal.