The King Edward Hotel: Through The Years

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Most of you are already well aware that our neighbourhood is filled with some of the city’s most amazing and notable historical buildings. We love highlighting them on our blog to pay respect to their greatness as well as inform Torontonians just how important they are to the history of our city.

We’ve already taken you on a journey through the history of the St. Lawrence Hall, Union Station, and the city’s first post office, and now it’s time to take a look at the famous King Edward Hotel.


Photo via City of Toronto Archives

This historic, luxurious hotel has been around since 1903. The original building consisted of 400 rooms and took pride in being “absolutely fireproof.” Located at 37 King Street East, on the corner of King Street and Victoria Street, the hotel was developed by George Gooderham’s Toronto Hotel Company in the early 20th century for $6 million. In 1922, an 18-storey tower was added to the original 8-storey building, which gave the hotel an additional 530 rooms to work with. At the time, this addition made it one of the tallest buildings in the city – can you believe it?!

Amongst the many amazing events that have been held at the King Edward Hotel, there have been a ton of notable people who have passed through and stayed at the hotel during their stay in Toronto: Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Ernest Hemingway, The Beatles, and even Britney Spears.


Photo via City of Toronto Archives

Today, the hotel is still fully operational under the Omni Hotel empire and continues to take pride in the fact that it was the first luxury hotel in Toronto.

Cover photo via omnihotels.com

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