The Royal Hotel, Picton

The Royal Hotel


The Royal Hotel


Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
Giannone Petricone Associates (Architect)
ERA Architects Inc. (Heritage Architect)
EXP (Civil and Structural Engineer)
Structure Corp. (Project Manager)
Oriole Landscaping (Landscape Contractor)
Service Plus Aquatics (Pool Consultant)
Central Tree Care (Arborist)
BLOK (Graphic Consultant)


Completed 2022


2023 Grands Prix du Design Award, Platinum Winner, Accommodation, Restaurant & Bar / Boutique Hotel
2023 Top 20 Hotels in Eastern Canada: Readers’ Choice Awards 2023, Condé Nast Traveler
2023 Hot List – Best New Hotels in the World, Condé Nast Traveler
2023 AZ Awards, People’s Choice: Commercial & Institutional, Azure
2022 Canadian Business – Best New Hotels to Visit During the Travel Renaissance

Photography Credit: Jeff McNeill Photography, doublespace photography

Located in Prince Edward County, Picton is one of Ontario’s most popular vacation destinations. First opening its doors in 1879, The Royal Hotel was once considered the jewel of the County, the centre of social life in Picton and the larger community.

Falling into disrepair over the years, the building was purchased by Greg Sorbara in 2013, who saw the potential to restore the heritage designated property into a boutique hotel. With 28 rooms, two restaurants, a small spa, patio garden and lounge with event capacity to serve up to 150 guests, the lovingly restored Royal reflects and honours it’s rich and storied 140-year history.

JRS transformed the 6,488 square-foot rear yard of the hotel into four main ‘outdoor rooms’: an upper dining terrace connected to the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, a lounge on the lower terrace with custom fire features, the trailer bar, and a spa-pool with deck and integrated fireplace. Custom brickwork, detailed lattice walls, water jet cut metal gates, Corten steel planters, and naturalized planting inspired by native species of Prince Edward County weave throughout the rear terraces.

A destination again for tourists and locals alike, the revamped Royal Hotel is once again at the heart of The County.

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