Fairmont Royal York has unveiled its reimagined Fairmont Gold offering – part of an extensive multi-million dollar renovation that coincides with the hotel’s 90th anniversary.

This exclusive ‘hotel within an hotel’ experience spans the 12th through 18th floors, providing “discerning guests with the highest levels of service for a memorable and personalised stay”. 

Award-winning NYC firm, Champalimaud, has worked its magic on the intimate private lounge alongside the 106 guest rooms, studio and one bedroom suites.

“We were honoured and inspired to have the chance to work with such a historic property,” says Jon Kastl, Partner, Champalimaud. “As designers, and ‘cultural anthropologists,’ we were privileged to fuse the hotel’s past into a wonderfully majestic and elegant future with the redesign of Fairmont Gold.

“Our vision was to stay true to Fairmont Royal York’s timelessness while creating a sophisticated, metropolitan feel in a luxury residence. Every element of the design was carefully selected, with European influences woven throughout, to lend a subtle hint to Canada’s English and French heritage.”

“Every element of the design was carefully selected, with European influences woven throughout, to lend a subtle hint to Canada’s English and French heritage”

Accessed via private express elevators, the 18th floor Fairmont Gold Lounge welcomes ‘residents’ with a hand-laid mosaic stone foyer, complete with a striking custom-made cityscape mural.

The expansive lobby, with its panoramic views over the city, creates the sense of an exclusive enclave. A thoughtfully curated selection of artwork, chosen by local firm, Tatar Art Project, embodies the sophistication of Toronto and provides a visual narrative of the city.

Illuminating and reflective suspended fireplaces and an open work area with a library and curated book collection complete the design, creating a warm atmosphere that recalls the comfort of home.

The penthouse-style lobby lounge comes complete with fine culinary offerings from executive chef jW Foster. Inspired by the history of Toronto’s most authentic neighbourhoods, the all-day food and beverage experience in the lounge is complimentary and includes evening hors d’oeuvres, a premier honour bar with signature Fairmont Gold cocktails, and spreads including the hotel’s award-winning rooftop honey, and organic cold-pressed juice blends.

In terms of the accommodation, all of the guest rooms and suites feature expanded spaces. Champalimaud has integrated both classic and modern details to create a bold visual statement inspired by the hotel’s Art Deco roots. 

Through signature furniture made in Canada and reflective fixtures such as marble countertops and statement headboards, each decorative accent highlights the hotel’s elegant legacy, while representing a contemporary and residential feel.