The Omni King Edward Hotel

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The Omni King Edward Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy The Omni King Edward Hotel

In its heyday, the King Edward was the hottest spot in town—originally opened in 1903, Everyone from Mark Twain to Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Earnest Hemingway and Britney Spears has slid beneath its very fluffy sheets. Back in 1964, 3,000 screaming fans caused a riot after discovering that The Beatles were staying in the royal suite. That same year, rioters were back at it, this time causing a ruckus after finding out that Liz Taylor and Richard Burton shared a suite with each other instead of their respective spouses. The Eddie is gearing up for another riot this year, following the announcement that that legendary Crystal Ballroom will reopen I early 2017 after a $6.5 million renovation (on top of the $40 million renovation that the hotel’s 301 oversized rooms have undergone). If you’re seeking true, celebrity-like Toronto elegance, this is the place for you. From $279 per night

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The Omni King Edward Hotel says
The Omni King Edward Hotel is a historic luxury hotel in the downtown business district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.LocationThe hotel is located at 37 King Street East, and occupies the entire block bounded by King Street on the north, Victoria Street on the east, Colborne Street on the south and Leader Lane on the west.HistoryThe King Edward Hotel was designed by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and Toronto architect E.J. Lennox for developer George Gooderham's Toronto Hotel Company, and was granted its name by namesake King Edward VII. The structure opened in 1903 with 400 rooms and 300 baths and claimed to be entirely fireproof.In 1922, an 18-storey tower with 530 additional rooms was added to the east of the original eight-storey structure. On the two top floors of the tower is the Crystal Ballroom, that until the late 1950s was the most fashionable in the city. The room was closed in the late 1950s due to stricter fire codes and was not restored during the 1979-81 renovation. When the Omni Hotel chain invested in the hotel in 2013, restoring the ballroom was one of its announced goals.Throughout the years, the hotel passed through the hands of a number of owners. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company became owners in 1933 when it foreclosed on the mortgage. Between 1941 and 1950, the hotel passed between C. A. Ripley and Vernon Cardy. Cardy's Hotel chain also owned the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, the Royal Connaught Hotel in Hamilton, Ontario, the General Brock Hotel in Niagara Falls, the Prince Edward Hotel in Windsor, Ontario and the Alpine Inn in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec. In 1950, Sheraton purchased Cardy's hotels and assumed management of the property, renaming it The King Edward Sheraton.
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By: Jessica Davey-Quantick


Venue name: The Omni King Edward Hotel
Address: 37 King St E
M5C 1E9
Cross street: between Victoria and Church Sts

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