King Edward Hotel (Toronto)

King Edward Hotel (Toronto)

King Edward Hotel (Toronto)

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The King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada is part of the Le Méridien chain of hotels. Officially known as the Le Méridien King Edward Hotel, it is also colloquially called the King Eddy.

Location

The hotel is located on the south side of King Street East west of Church Street and occupies the entire second block east of Yonge Street.

History

The 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. It opened in 1903.

After a number of years of decline, the hotel was restored in 1981 by Stanford Downey Architects Inc. At the top of the hotel is the rarely-used Crystal Ballroom, that was added onto the hotel in 1921 and used until the late 1950s. The Ballroom, once the most fashionable in the city, was not restored in the 1980s with the rest of the hotel.

Notable dignitaries and luminaries housed in the hotel have been Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Margaret Thatcher, Britney Spears, and Ernest Hemingway who had lived in the hotel for a period. The Beatles stayed at the hotel's royal suite during their first visit to Toronto, in 1964, and caused the hotel's biggest commotion to date, when 3,000 fans packed the streets and flooded the lobby. In...
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