SheBlogs and Omni King Edward Hotel
When I was in Toronto recently for a blog conference, I had the opportunity to stay at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto. Built in 1903 much of the buildings architectural details and furniture is reminiscent of its original state.
This is what my hotel room looked like. It was elegant and formal, and the beds were oh so comfy. Not having kids in there with me might have had something to do with it as well. The hotel is in the process of renovating their rooms and the 5th floor was available for use to peek into. The rooms were modern and elegant while still fitting in to the historic atmosphere of the building.
The Crystal Ballroom
In 1921 an addition was added to the hotel, making it the tallest building in Toronto. The Crystal Ballroom, named for its impressive chandeliers, is located on the 17th and 18th story. In 1977 the Crystal Ballroom was closed because the elevators failed to pass fire safety codes. Right now the Crystal Ballroom is in the process of being renovated and is still in the design phase. I was lucky enough to be able to walk through the space in its current state of glory. I can’t wait to see this ballroom in all its reinstated glory.
The first 4 stories are upscale condos, owned individually. The units vary in size and layout, but owners get to use the King Edward Hotel facilities as well.
The hotel lobby is opulent and ornate. Every technical term from my historical design classes came out of my mouth as I walked through the space.
The Ballroom that held our conference was amazing as well. Apparently the ceiling was made of original tiffany glass but was recovered in plaster as it was too bright
I have practiced yoga in many an amazing space, but this was my first time under a chandelier.
Have you ever stayed in a hotel that was ornate and opulent? Were the rooms shockingly updated? Ever perform yoga under a chandelier?
Photos Courtesy: King Edward Hotel, King Edward Condo, and Brooklyn Berry.