TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2023 /CNW/ - For over 94 years, Fairmont Royal York has created iconic holiday traditions as the city's Home for the Holidays. Discover the magic of the holiday season as new The Thirsty Elf launches a new design and cocktail menu, and guests can visit Gingerbread Way and the tree in the grand hotel! The hotel's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 22nd launch the hotel's festive programming for dining and stay offers. Make-A-Wish Canada also debuted their latest campaign Believe in the Power of a Wish, where guests can donate via QR codes available on the hotel's Front Street window displays.

Over the holidays, guests can indulge in an elevated dining experience from Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme with Christmas & New Year's prix fixe selections at REIGN Restaurant, the city's dining room. Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails features Seafood Towers and Holiday Afternoon Tea, and celebrate New Year's Eve in Library Bar. Guests can enjoy new cocktail menus for the hotel's dining venues as crafted by James Grant, the hotel's award-winning Director of Mixology.



Christmas sweaters, kitschy décor and cheerful, festive cocktails - what more does one need to get into the spirit of the Festive Season! We're making spirits bright this season at Toronto's favourite annual holiday-themed pop-up, The Thirsty Elf.

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 22
Dates: November 22nd to December 22nd, Thursday through Saturday
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Menu: available here

Walk-ins only. Must be 19+. 1 hour seating time.

Rediscover the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea under the rosy glow of the clock. Delight in our stunning lobby bar for a special feature of Holiday themed confectionaries, delicate pastries, and a fragrant selection of Fairmont Lot 35 teas.

Savoury: Smoked Turkey Croissant, gruyere cheese, black grainy mustard, cranberry sauce; Sausage Roll, spiced pork, onion and sage jam, preserved apple; Beef Tourtiere, warm spices, preserved tomato; Chicken and Foie Gras Parfait, preserved cranberry, chocolate, basil, brioche soldiers; Cucumber on Rye, juniper, lime, basil, whipped fromage; Coronation Chicken, spiced mango, curried aioli, smoked chicken, apricot chutney, herbs, brioche roll

Sweet: Vanilla Panna Cotta, pistachio crumble and citrus orange; Chocolate Reindeer, truffle mousse and fudge cake; Mont Blanc, chestnut cream, dehydrated meringue; Hazelnut Tart, milk chocolate ganache, candied hazelnuts; Snow Religieuse, peppermint cream and cream cheese

Dates: November 18th – December 31st

Noon - 4:00 pm, Saturday
Noon - 5:00 pm, Sunday
Cost: $94 per person

Book: OpenTable
Menu: available here

REIGN Holiday Lunch Buffet
Gather your peers and loved ones to indulge in an extravagant feast. Our decadent buffet is served in a luxurious and refined atmosphere, creating a memorable festive experience.

Cold Items: Squash & Farro Salad, sautéed kale, artichoke hearts, parsley, pickled pearl onions, balsamic vinaigrette; Roasted Beetroot Salad, orange, Lindsay goat's cheddar, puffed quinoa, citrus vinaigrette; Arugula Waldorf Salad, mighty harvest greens, green apple, pickled celery, dried cranberries, yoghurt dressing, pecans; Smoked Atlantic Salmon, capers, lemon, pickled red onions

Hot Items: Roast Turkey, slow cooked turkey breast & thigh, turkey gravy; Maple & Mustard Salmon, black tobiko, parsley, lemon; Squash Gnocchi, vegan gnocchi, roasted squash & mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, chives

Dessert: Mince Pie, Yuzu Snowman, Manjari Truffle Cake, Christmas Linzer, White Chocolate Walnut Brownies, Oreo Cheesecake, Strawberry Panna Cotta, Traditional Christmas Log Cake (vanilla or chocolate)

Dates: November 29th to December 15th, Monday - Friday
Time: Noon – 2:00 PM 
Cost: $99 per person 

Book: OpenTable
Menu: available here

REIGN Christmas Day Brunch Buffet
Join us on Christmas Day for a festive brunch buffet in the city's dining room. Featuring a made-to-order menu and a deluxe buffet presentation by Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme and his team, that includes an array of fresh fruit, pastries, charcuterie, roasted striploin, maple and mustard glazed salmon, with an impressive dessert table. 

Dates: December 25th 
Time: Noon - 2:00 PM
Cost: $99 per person

Book: OpenTable
Menu: available here

REIGN Christmas Dinner 
Savour the flavours of Christmas with a holiday inspired 3-course prix fixe menu. Prepared by Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme and his team, featuring seasonal ingredients such as Leek & Potato Soup, to our REIGN Turkey Dinner and Seared Cauliflower Steak.

Dates: December 24th, 25th & 26th 
Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost: $99 per person

Book: OpenTable
Menu: available here

REIGN New Year's Day Brunch Buffet
Join us on New Year's Day for a celebratory brunch buffet in the city's dining room. Featuring a made to order menu and a deluxe buffet presentation by Executive Restaurant Chef Roland Torok-Ducharme and his team. A grand array of fresh fruit, pastries, charcuterie, roasted striploin, maple and mustard glazed salmon, and an impressive dessert spread awaits. 

Dates: January 1st, 2024 
Time: Noon - 3:00 PM
Cost: $99 per person

Book: OpenTable
Menu: available here

REIGN New Year's Eve Dinner
Celebrate the new year with a celebratory 4-course or 6-course prix fixe menu created with French techniques and inspired by Canada's rich bounty. Toast to the grand occasion with an added wine pairing by our expert Sommelier, Steven Karataglidis. 

Dates: December 31st 
Time: First Seating - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
          Second Seating - 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: First Seating - $109 per person (optional wine pairing $89)
           Second Seating - $179 per person (optional wine pairing $150)

Book: First Seating - OpenTable
           Second Seating - OpenTable
Menu: available here

LIBRARY BAR New Year's Eve Dinner
Delve into the world of premium spirits and tell your tale in the city's coveted cocktail den. Take your New Year's Eve experience to new heights with oysters, caviar, and a Birdbath Martini.

Date: December 31st
First Seating - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
           Second Seating - 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: First Seating - $150 per person, with glass of sparkling wine
           Second Seating - $250 per person, with a welcome cocktail and glass of sparkling wine

Book: First Seating OpenTable
            Second Seating - OpenTable
Menu: available here

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. Executive Chef Paul Shewchuk and our culinary team have prepared your entire holiday meal with all of the trimmings. Conveniently pick-up at the hotel, warm and serve! $5 from each order will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Canada. 

Order by December 1st with code EARLY20 at online check-out and enjoy $20 off your order.

Order by noon, 12:00 PM, on Thursday, December 21 (or while quantities last)

Pick-up Dates: December 24th & 25th 
Pick-up Times: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pre-order: OpenTable
Cost: Starting at $300 

The Distillery Winter Village Package

Experience holiday magic at Toronto's two iconic festive destinations! The Distillery Winter Village Package is available until January 7th, 2024. Discover @distilleryto shops and restaurants as you wander the cobblestone streets under the glimmering lights, then retreat to a luxurious overnight stay with breakfast in REIGN. 

Offer Inclusions:

Two (2) Express Entry Tickets with skip-the-line access per stay to The Distillery Winter Village (only required Friday to Sundays starting at 4:00 pm).

Two (2) Hot Chocolate Vouchers per stay (to be redeemed at The Distillery Winter Village)

Breakfast for Two (2) in REIGN Restaurant or In-room dining, daily

Complimentary WiFi

A 1-night, non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking and package must be booked at least 1 day in advance of stay.

Booking Details: Visit
Booking Dates: October 25th, 2023 to January 6th, 2024
Stay Dates: Begins November 15th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024 


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Celebrating 94 years of holiday magic at Toronto's landmark hotel! Spread holiday cheer with your loved ones at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Make-A-Wish® Canada and festive window reveal, with a surprise musical guest performance.

Date: November 22nd 
Time: 5:00 PM 
Location: Main Lobby, Fairmont Royal York
Notes: Open to the public

Make-A-Wish® Canada Believe in the Power of a Wish!
Year round, Fairmont Royal York proudly partners with Make-A-Wish® Canada. This holiday season, we're launching Believe in the Power of a Wish, supporting families by fulfilling wishes to bring hope, joy and life-changing experiences to children battling critical illnesses. Please join us to promote how the community can donate today! 

Join us for the Wishing Wall window reveal, located along the Front St entrance, Fairmont Royal York, featuring Make-A-Wish® children and their wishes waiting to be granted. New this year, a convenient Tip-Tap donation stand will be placed by Gingerbread Way. 

Date: November 22 – January 4
Location: Front Street Entrance, Fairmont Royal York 

Gingerbread Way
Last year, Chef Andrew Wilson and his team constructed a laneway lined with gingerbread in the East Lobby with over 8500 freshly baked gingerbread bricks, real icing and twelve kinds of candy. This year our Gingerbread Way returns and will be revealed November 22. 

Social Media Advent Calendar
As we countdown to our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 22nd, we have 7 days of giveaways that will surely put our guests in the festive spirit! With giveaways like dining and stay experiences at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, be sure to follow us and turn on your notifications!

Instagram: @fairmontroyalyork | @clockworktoronto | @reigntoronto | @librarybartoronto



HVS and STR are pleased to provide you with the quarterly report of the Canadian Lodging Outlook. Each report includes occupancy (Occ), average daily rate (ADR), and revenue per available room (RevPAR) for six major markets.

Source: STR

Source: STR

If you would like detailed hotel performance data for all of Canada, STR offers the Canadian Hotel Review, which is available by annual subscription. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 (615) 824-8664 ext. 3504.

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WASHINGTON 22 November 2023 – Following seasonal patterns, Canada’s hotel performance fell month over month, but continued a stretch of year-over-year growth, according to CoStar’s October 2023 data. CoStar is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the property markets.

October 2023 (percentage change from October 2022):

Occupancy: 68.1% (+2.2%)

Average daily rate (ADR): CAD196.25 (+8.8%)

Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD133.57 (+11.2%)

“Following three months of single-digit, year-over-year growth, RevPAR grew double-digits for the first time since June,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada.

“Full-service and urban hotels performed particularly well, with weekday occupancy in downtown Vancouver exceeding 2019 levels for the first time since March. There was also growth in group demand compared to the last few months, but despite improvements, the segment remains below average levels. The silver lining is group rates, which are up 26% compared to 2019, were stronger than the transient rate index for the first time.

“Higher occupancy this year has driven revenue across all departments within full-service hotels. But higher occupancy and elevated costs are eroding margins achieved last year when leaner hotel operating models were combined with strong ADR growth. This year, inflated costs are lowering margins, particularly undistributed expenses and higher wages.”

Among the provinces and territories, Nova Scotia recorded the highest October occupancy level (75.0%), which was 6.3% below 2022.

Among the major markets, Vancouver saw the highest occupancy (77.7%), which was 0.1% ahead of October 2022.

The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Prince Edward Island (56.0%), down 25.8% against 2022. At the market level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Edmonton (+10.1% to 59.5%).

“Our just-released forecast for 2023 was upgraded once again as rate growth surpassed expectations,” said Baxter. “We have also lifted ADR projections slightly for 2024, at 1.8%, while occupancy growth is forecasted to be more marginal at 0.4%. This is despite a 0.4% GDP contraction expected to occur as people continue to prioritize travel against the backdrop of muted hotel inventory growth.”

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NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2023 – Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, internationally celebrated architect, designer and founding principal/president and owner of Rottet Studio and Rottet Collection has collaborated with Swedish bed manufacturer DUXIANA.  The luxury mattress brand and the DUX Bed — known for its ergonomically sophisticated and comfortable design with customizable components — fit perfectly with Rottet Collection’s new stylish bed frames.

“United by our mutual dedication to excellence, we are thrilled to join forces with Rottet to elevate the bedroom experience. This partnership signifies a fresh chapter in bedroom decor, enriching the space with exceptional craftsmanship and groundbreaking design,” said DUX CEO Henrik Ljung.

The three bed frames – Aspen, Baldwin and Essex – expand upon Rottet Collection's portfolio of luxurious and contemporary furnishings.  Each bed is a testament to artisan techniques using the finest materials sourced from around the globe and can pair with the DUX 101 and DUX 303 frameless mattresses.

“I couldn’t be more excited about collaborating with DUXIANA and offering the DUX frameless mattresses with the beds along with our gorgeous co-branded linens,” Rottet said.

The sleek and contemporary Essex Bed (featured above) is constructed of a wooden frame with a leather, lacquer or wood headboard wrapped in metal banding.  Wooden nightstands with concealed drawers are recessed on each side, that incorporate lighting, providing a soft ambient glow.  Inspired by the Rocky Mountains, the Aspen Bed offers a cozy upholstered leather bed (additional RC upholstery options available) with wood frame and features a graceful, curved headboard.  The Baldwin Bed is comprised of a sturdy wood frame and headboard also upholstered in leather with other RC options available and trimmed in metal.  A padded headrest adds support while built-in wood and stone side tables provide a place for day or nighttime accouterment.

All designs are customizable with a variety of Rottet Collection fabric options and COM as well as wood finishes: Natural, Grey, or Black Cerused Oak, Natural Walnut and Smoke Ebony.  Metal details are offered in Polished Stainless, Polished Champagne, Polished Bronze, Dark Bronze, and Polished Graphite. The stone finishes include Carrara marble, Nero Marquina marble and Travertine. 

The Rottet Collection, including beds with DUXIANA mattresses and DUXIANA x Rottet Collection bedding, can be viewed at the Rottet Collection Showroom, 29 West 30th St., 6th Floor. For appointments or to order, call 1-866-400-4777 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This newly renovated Sheraton will BLOW. YOUR. MIND!! Located in the heart of Old Montréal, this NOT your grandparent’s timeshare; Le Centre Sheraton Montréal recently underwent a stunning renovation and has transformed into a haven of modern luxury and sophistication. 

Steps away from Place Jacques-Cartier, Marché Bonsecours and the Old Port Promenade, it’s the ultimate spot to soak in the city’s unique mix of history, culture, and modernity. More importantly, they are ????-friendly, so no more leaving your bff with your parents, bring them along!

What to expect at the new Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel:

Modern Elegance: The newly designed rooms and suites exude modern elegance, featuring stylish furnishings, plush bedding, and state-of-the-art amenities to provide the ultimate in comfort.

Culinary Delights: Indulge your palate in our newly reimagined dining options at the Stanley restaurant where a curated menu of exquisite dishes awaits. 

Lobby and Common Areas: The heart of the hotel, the lobby and common areas have been redesigned to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere.

Revamped Meeting Spaces: Whether you're planning a business conference or a social event, the renovated meeting spaces are equipped with cutting-edge technology and a refreshed aesthetic.

Would love to inspire your readers to explore the new Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel. Whether it’s a date night dinner, exciting weekend getaway, or an important business meeting, this is going to be the hottest go-to for Montréalers and visitors alike.


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