Street scene and front view of the Hotel Royal. Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives, 1977.006.035.

Chilliwack’s historic Royal Hotel featured in trade magazine

Hotel expertly balances charms of yesterday with modern needs of today’s travelers

One of Chilliwack’s most historic locales is in the spotlight this winter, as a feature subject in a tourism industry magazine.

The Royal Hotel has a two-page story in the latest edition of the trade publication Inn Focus. The piece, written by Joanne Sasvari and supplemented with historic photos of the hotel’s early days, focuses on how the hotel balances the charms of yesterday with the modern needs of today’s travelers.

Operating continuously since opening in May 1909, the Royal Hotel has been welcoming guests, who first arrived on horse-drawn carriages, to their three story Wellington Avenue establishment for close to 110 years.

The article highlights the changes that have occurred to the iconic hotel over the decades including the addition of the beer parlour in 1950 – when Buck Berry purchased the adjacent Royal Bank building and annexed the former bank to the hotel. In addition the article also speaks about the Berry Family’s 70 year connection to the Royal Hotel.

“We are honored to be recognized by the BC Hotel Association for the contributions Chilliwack’s Royal Hotel has made to the hotel industry in B.C. over the past 100 plus years and thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Inn Focus magazine,” notes Len Wiens, Royal Hotel’s General Manager. It’s the BC Hotel Association’s 100th anniversary this year.

The BCHA comprises approximately 600 hotel members and 200 associate members dedicated to improving and increasing the tourism and hospitality industry within British Columbia.

Just Posted

Chilliwack jury acquits man of choking, violent sexual assaults of girlfriends

Michael Sean Myers found guilty of criminal harassment and uttering threats in BC Supreme Court

Chilliwack school kids draw ‘don’t drink and drive’ messages on liquor store bags

Children from six elementary schools decorate bags as part of promotion created by local Mountie

Chilliwack soccer star Jordyn Huitema coming home for the holidays

After a crazy-good year with the Canadian national soccer program, the teenager deserves a break.

GW Graham basketball Grizzlies enjoy home court win in Showcase Tournament

The AAA senior boys powerhouse swept aside 4 opponents, beating Elphinstone for the tourney title.

Fish farm transition plan praised for its Indigenous involvement

Plan is to create a fish farm-free migration corridor to protect wild salmon

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

RCMP, civilian vehicles rammed in North Okanagan incident

Police attempt to stop truck near Enderby, thought to be tied to alleged Salmon Arm armed robbery

Watchdog called after man says Coquitlam cop shut car door on his leg

The Independent Investigations Office is probing an incident that occurred in Coquitlam last weekend

New biker gang with ties to Hells Angels crops up in Lower Mainland

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Couple caught up in B.C. Legislature bomb plot to learn their fate

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested as part of an undercover RCMP sting on Canada Day 2013

Most Read