Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

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Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
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The Westin Harbour Castle
General information
Location 1 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5J 1A6
Coordinates 43°38′26″N 79°22′33″W / 43.640641°N 79.375716°W / 43.640641; -79.375716Coordinates: 43°38′26″N 79°22′33″W / 43.640641°N 79.375716°W / 43.640641; -79.375716
Opened 1975
Owner Marriott International
Technical details
Floor count 33
Design and construction
Architect Campeau Corporation
Other information
Number of rooms 977
Website
Official website

The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel is a large, modern hotel located on 1 Harbour Square, next to the waterfront of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Westin Hotels chain within the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group, owned by Marriott International.

The hotel is located along the Yonge Street slip and shares space with the semi-retired island ferry Trillium and is adjacent to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.

History[edit]

The hotel was originally built in 1975 as the Harbour Castle Hilton by the Campeau Corporation. The hotel was part of the first wave of revitalizing Harbourfront from industrial to residential and commercial district. It was the first Hilton hotel to locate in the city. The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel has also been used for several ceremonies, including the presenting of the 32nd Genie Awards.[1]

Changing banners[edit]

As part of a property swap in 1987, Hilton Hotels exchanged the property for the Westin Hotel on University Avenue. The Harbour Castle became a part of the Westin Hotels chain, and the old Westin became the Hilton Toronto.[citation needed]

Westin Hotels required that the owner Li Ka-Shing renovate the hotel. A major renovation was embarked upon in 1989 by the owner.

The twin-towered 34-storey building sits along Toronto Harbour and now offers 977 rooms after a renovation in 2007. The hotel features three restaurants, including Mizzen, Toula and Savoury, and a coffee bar. Toula, a rooftop restaurant located on the southeast tower, once revolved, but this ceased in 2001.[2] The restaurant offers a view of the lake and can see Rochester, New York on a good day.[2]

A convention centre building is attached to the hotel on the north side of Queens Quay and is accessible via an elevated glass walkway. The convention centre offers 31 rooms, including the 2,300 square feet (210 m2) Grand Metro Ballroom. The hotel is also connected to Harbour Square condos with a glass walkway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - Academy". genieawards.ca. 
  2. ^ a b "The air up there". National Post. June 19, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 

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