Say Goodbye Canada
George Stroumboulopoulos' The Hour tonight about the Fairmont chain of hotels being bought by a Saudi prince and an American developer for $4 billion. So we can say Goodbye to another Canadian icon. Many of these hotels were built in the late 1800's under the vision of W.C. Van Horne, who dreamt of building lavish rest stops alongside the newly constructed Canadian Pacific Railway. ''If we can't export the scenery, we'll import the tourists'' he was known for saying.
I've been lucky enough to stay the night at the Royal York and tour some of the famous suites: The Governor General's and The Queen's. The room we had was kinda old school (think Laura Ashley decor} but it had a great view and the eggs benny in bed (vegg style) was phenominal.