May 30, 2014 12:03 pm

Hotel Vancouver up for sale

The Hotel Vancouver, pictured here in Vancouver.

DARRYL DYCK/Canadian Press

The city’s iconic Hotel Vancouver is now on the market.

Toronto’s historic Royal York and Fairmont Empress in Victoria have also been put up for sale by the same owners.

FRHI Hotels and Resorts, the operator of the hotels, issued the follow statement Global News, saying ownership changes are not uncommon in the lodging sector.

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“Ivanhoé Cambridge has expressed an interest in selling their ownership stake in The Fairmont Royal York and The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and we plan on ensuring that both properties receive the same level of service and support they have come to expect from the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand under the terms of our management agreements.”

The operator says it will be business as usual at the hotels.

“Guests can rest assured that changes in hotel ownership have no impact on day-to-day guest services and our customers can expect the same level of luxury accommodations, personalized service and distinctive experiences at both hotels,” says the statement.

The Hotel Vancouver opened in 1939 on the eve of the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

The hotel took 11 years to build because construction was halted for five years during the Great Depression.

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