Almost 40 years after its closure, and restored to its former grandeur, the admired ballroom opened its doors with a lively celebration
Restored to its former splendor, The Omni King Edward Hotel’s elegant Crystal Ballroom was revealed at its recent grand re-launch event. After a $6.5 million renovation, the anticipated space is set to revive the glitz and glamour of Toronto’s thriving social scene. Home to the city’s most prestigious functions from the 1920s through the 1970s, the Crystal Ballroom unveiled its new look, almost 100 years after its initial debut in 1922.
Located in the heart of Toronto and within the city’s first luxury hotel, the Crystal Ballroom opened its doors to great public acclaim, standing high above the skyline on the 17th floor. The venue quickly became the most sought-after destination for high-profile galas and elegant events.
“This project centered around restoring a significant space in Toronto’s history; a space which played an integral part in bolstering its colourful social life,” said Christophe Le Chatton, general manager of The Omni King Edward Hotel. “We are looking forward to the positive impact this wonderful, revived space will have on the city and the momentous occasions it will once again be a part of.”
Similar to the newly renovated hotel property that underwent a $40 million transformation in 2015, the Crystal Ballroom’s restoration has been heavily influenced by its original interior featuring old-world charm, enhanced by modern style and luxury. The venue’s ornate and spectacular mouldings, eight-metre high coffered ceilings and magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer panoramic views of the lake and the city, remain central features in the Crystal Ballroom.
Additional highlights include a pre-function space, finished in mosaic tile, and a new permanent bar reflecting the timeless details of the original era. The updated carpet is reminiscent of designs from the early 1920s and surrounding chandeliers and wall sconces are embellished with ornate crystal elements. The 5,000 square foot Crystal Ballroom can accommodate up to 300 people.
When The King Edward initially opened in 1903, it set the standard for luxury hotels in Canada and was Toronto’s first hotel of its kind. Designed by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and Toronto architect E.J. Lennox for developer George Gooderham’s Toronto Hotel Company at a cost of $6 million, it quickly became the first choice for the city’s elite, as well as convention-goers, political figures and business travelers. ERA Architects, Moncur Design Associates Inc. and Omni Hotels & Resorts are responsible for the new look and design of The Omni King Edward Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.
For event bookings, parties can contact The Omni King Edward Hotel at omnihotels.com or by phone at 416-863-9700 to arrange a personal consultation.