Our Story

The Windsor Arms has been the home away from home for visiting royalty, aristocracy, stars of film and screen as well as heads of state and industry. The Windsor Arms Hotel Toronto is renowned worldwide for its excellence, intimacy and attention to the finest details.
Located in the heart of the Yorkville area of Toronto, the Windsor Arms is surrounded and embraced by world renown retail brands the likes of Tiffany, Gucci, Prada and Hermes; the cultural offerings of museums, galleries and theaters and the finest dining options that Toronto has to offer. Whether you choose to relax in your suite, enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the legendary Tea Room, be pampered in our full service Spa, including our Salt Cave and Salt Water Pool, grab a cocktail in our Bar or plan your next social or business event, the Windsor Arms team of professionals is here ready to assist every step of the way.
  • 28
    exquisite suites
  • 5:1
    staff to guest ratio
  • 320
    thread count bed linens
  • 2k
    wine bottles in our cellar

Our history

1927

The Windsor Arms Hotel building dates back to 1927 when the University of Toronto, with its neo-Gothic buildings and distinctive piers, porches, and crests were architectural marvels of the burgeoning metropolis. And that’s exactly how hotelier, William Arthur Price, envisioned the four-storey building way back in the 30s. The original idea was to create a hotel residence to blend in with the university’s signature, Victorian buildings. When completed, guests and passersby wondered whether Price had stamped the outside crest with his initials or that of the hotel. The question still remains to this day.

1966-1991

Years later, in 1966, the hotel entered Toronto’s culinary scene, opening its restaurant, Three Small Rooms. The Courtyard Cafe was launched in 1976 and that same year, Club 22 opened as part of the city’s growing nightlife.

 

By the late 80’s, years of neglect took hold and in 1991 the Windsor Arms was shutdown with no prospects of reopening, that is, until developer George Friedmann sparked a vision of resurrection.

1991-1999

After purchasing the property in 1995, Friedmann commissioned architect, Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele to maintain the original characteristics from the stained glass window facing St. Thomas Street to the stone portico and vestibule in the entrance, but otherwise to completely rebuild the hotel and add condominium homes atop. Consultants from around the world descended on the plans and the results were custom mahogany furnishings based on 1920s French styles, rooms with cozy fireplaces, and bathrooms with limestone floors and walls, all in a modern, contemporary setting.

1999

In May 1999, with 28 unique suites ranging from 500 to1,500 square feet, conference rooms, and a spa, the hotel reopened to fanfare and accolades. The city’s most luxurious condominiums with access to all hotel services were created atop the hotel. The New York Times say’s: Classic Toronto haunt stands smartly again. Rooms were outfitted with state-of-the-art entertainment systems but retained homey like crisp, buttery-soft, 320-thread count, Frette bed linens.

The tearoom, with its original 1927 fireplace, is modelled around that same mid-twentieth-century elegance. Even the spa glows with old-world serenity mixed with a contemporary feel.

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