Part of the gay-friendly Fairmont luxury hotel brand, the Royal York has undergone a number of major renovations in recent years. As of this writing, many of the rooms had been upgraded - if you want to ensure that you receive one of the newer rooms, try requesting one with a flat-screen TV. Rooms come in an astonishing range of sizes and configurations, and those on the lower floors can feel a bit dark so request an upper floor for the best view.
Hotel amenities are extensive, including a slew of restaurants, the highlight being EPIC - this is considered one of the top dining venues in the city, serving first-rate contemporary food, much of it sourced locally (and with honey and herbs raised on the hotel's rooftop, which has its own apiary). There's also a full health club and spa, a well-outfitted business center, and the sort of regal lobby you'd expect of such a distinguished hotel.