After years of restoration, the Royal Hotel has reappeared in downtown Picton, with a grand opening slated for May.
“My family has been fortunate to be a part of Prince Edward County for many years. We are delighted to bring back this iconic piece of Prince Edward County history. We see it as a significant investment in our community and our province, ”said Greg Sorbara, owner, with his family, who purchased the building in very poor condition in 2013.“ Our community has shared many remarkable stories about the links personal with the Royal. We are now ready to welcome both new and old customers for years to come. “
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted construction for four to five months, but the delays were the latest in a series of restoration challenges. In 2017, the east wall of the building sagged, causing work to stop while engineers secured the wall to bedrock.
The reinvented Royal Hotel pays homage to the building’s deep roots, as evidenced by the painstaking, brick-by-brick restoration of the historically designated Main Street façade. The Sorbara family purchased the building with a mandate to return the hotel to its former destination position. The original design intention was to preserve the original property as much as possible. Unfortunately, most of the interiors were too deteriorated to be saved.
“The hotel was designed to be a welcoming place for both locals and visitors,” said Sol Korngold, Project Manager and General Manager. “So much energy, thought and consideration has gone into every square inch of this space. I can’t wait for people to walk through our doors and step into the full and immersive experience that is The Royal.
The hotel and restaurant are open year round with 28 rooms in the main building and five additional rooms in the Royal Annex, a separate building once used as a stable for the original hotel.
Several dining areas, including a bar, will accommodate more than 200 guests (once the provincial restrictions have been lifted). Executive Chef Albert Ponzo has created a menu with French and Italian influences, with an emphasis on the use of seasonal and locally available ingredients from Edwin County Farms – the Sorbara family’s organic vegetable farm – as well as many PEC producers.
Other amenities include a spa, sauna, gym, bakery, cafe, retail store and meeting room. An outdoor pool and garden oasis are to be launched as part of the grand opening next May.