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Historical Traveler Reviews The King Edward Hotel Toronto
The King Edward is a hotel with charm & character, if a little faded in places. As with many hotels built in the early 1900's the standard rooms are very small. Unless this suits you, reserve at least a deluxe king size room if you are 2 people. The decor is English mahogany & chintz in these rooms. Increased lighting, and the provision of coffee and tea makers would be appreciated improvements. The lobby provides a sense of grandeur, which does not continue to the room corridors, which are uninspired. The Consort Bar overlooking King Street, is "clubby", and friendly staff serve a good light lunch. However, daylight makes one aware of the worn upholstery, some of which is long overdue for replacement. The Café Victoria is a splendid Edwardian room, and is a most genteel venue for a a pre-theatre dinner, especially prior to a performance at the Canon Theatre, which is only a ten minute walk away. On numerous occasions, whether we have been staying at the King Edward or not, we have booked a table for 6pm, specifying the requirement for a pre-theatre dinner, and we have enjoyed an appealing menu and wine list, excellent yet unhurried service, allowing us to leave about 7:40 pm. The King Edward has made investments in new art & tech rooms, and hopefully efforts will be made to upgrade other areas to bring this grand old hotel up to the higher standard it deserves.
like a lot of peoplecoming from southern ont. the two places to stay are the royal york and the king edward. the royal was big disappiontment.the rooms are tiny.for big bucks. the king eddy was great.just had pre -xmas weekend there love every ,but no ice in the rooms. called several times to bar no help given.need some work there.other then that everything was good. for the hotel.com price
Dark Dismal and Overrated
A gross disappointment. The beauty of the lobby of this "grande dame" hotel is not reflected in the rooms. There is almost no difference between a deluxe or standard room - both are poorly lit, poorly furnished and dismally decorated. The windows have views of brick walls. Among the worst hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. There is much better accomodation available in this price range. Once you have walked through the lobby or had a drink in the bar of the King Eddy you have seen all there is worth seeing.
Not a luxury hotel
Staying at the King Edward was a disappointment--it certainly was not a deluxe hotel. The room had poor lighting; there was only 1 comfortable chair making it impossible for my wife and I to enjoy coffee in the morning; the sheets and bedding were of poor quality; the towels were small; the toiletries, especially the soaps were poor; and the shower had inadequate pressure. Moreover, if someone talked in the hallway or closed their door, we could hear it in our room. On 2 occassions we asked for evening maid service and once they failed to come and on the other, they did just half the job. All in all, if you are accustomed to luxury hotels, go elsewhere.
The first impression I got when I saw the hotel was "wow, the building looks nice". Actually, I saw it in pictures already, but to see it in real life is different. Anyway, it's not that amazing, but I like the architecture :-) The hall was really nice, you will be impressed I'm sure. The service we got from a Filipino guy, the chief of the service was really good! He was very polite and all. Only mistake he made was saying, after checking his computer: "Welcome, Mr and Mrs XXX" and we're not married... hehe. Now, to the room. It was smaller than I thought (room with queen size bed) but the rest looked okay. The bathroom was in marble and there was plenty of towels. What else... the price was really great too. Got a good deal for $140CAN... otherwise, I don't know if I would have reserved it. The thing we like the most about this hotel was the service. Everyone was nice. When we asked for a restaurant suggestion, they all tried to help us. Once we ended up using all the towels and it took less than 5 minutes to get new ones.
Nice hotel but the bed is somethin.else
Their beds are too hard and uncomfortable.and I had to move to another hotel.
I had always wanted to visit The King Eward Hotel and finally got my chance recently when rooms became available for a special promotion for the price of only $99.00 CDN. On arrival the lobby is magnificent, marble, pillars, etc. you have to see it to believe it!!! The check in was friendly and fast. The hallways were double the width of a normal hotel and oh , the crystal chandeliers and mirrors!!! The room was HUGE, there was a very tastefully decorated bedroom with antique style furnitue, draperies and bedcover. The bathroom was big and done w ith granite and marble beautiful soaps, shampoos oversized monogramed towels. They have fine dining in the hotel or close to restaurants. It was a wonderful experience.
Marvelous Value, Great Hotel
Due to SARS nonsense, ended up paying just 85.00 US (plus taxes) to stay in this Grand Hotel. In what was obviously their lowest tier room, was pleased to find great looking decor, every amenity including Frette robes, full mini bar, comfortable club chair and all the bells and whistles. Service was superb including Front Desk bringing ice to room in the middle of the night (don't ask)...would gladly have stayed longer.
Took my Wife to Toronto as part of her 40th birthday treats. Stayed 4 nights at The King Edward and had a great time. Room was really big, all the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. Great location close to all the attractions. Used a taxi and the metro once but were able to just walk the rest of the time. Made use of the 24 hour gym at 5.30 a.m. one day while suffering from jet-lag. If I'm lucky enough to retirn to Toronto I know where I'll be staying !
King Edward = Top notch.
The King Edward was not an easy hotel to find in my opinion but with valet service getting in was easy once we found it. We drove around 3 times to finally zero in on it (on foot).
Hotel staff was excellent, as was the room service, concierge etc. Prices on food etc were high, but expected. Location was outstanding relative to the metro and other points of interest. The lobby was very nice, but not quite up to say the Palmer house in Chicago. The hotel rooms were not large, but they were well decorated and refined. My wife and I went up for her birthday and overall we felt quite pampered. I would recommend it and would stay there again. Incidently, we booked for a four star hotel on Priceline and ended up at the Kind Edward, paying only $70 a night (May, 2002).