Royal Hotel Chilliwack
the historic royal hotel
Mr. Dundas’ much anticipated Royal Hotel was conceived in 1908 and construction began that fall. Once completed in May 1909 the three-story hotel held the distinction of being one of Chilliwack’s tallest buildings. Today it remains a landmark in the downtown core. Since then the hotel has experienced the advent of technology; from electricity and telephones to motorized vehicles and concrete sidewalks; the Royal was there to witness these changes.
The Berry Era
In 1926 Tom Berry Sr. purchased the Royal Hotel and began the Berry family’s tenure at the hotel that spanned nearly seven decades. No stranger to the hotel business, Tom had experience running other properties including the Empress Hotel in Chilliwack as well as hotels in Vancouver, White Rock and Duncan. After his untimely death in 1941, the Berry family continued to operate the hotel.
August 30, 1950 was a big day in the history of the Royal Hotel when owner Buck Berry and staff celebrated the opening of the Royal Hotel beer parlour. Located in the c.1906 Royal Bank building at the corner of Wellington and Main streets (Buck purchased the building when the Royal Bank changed locations) the newly expanded space could accommodate 350 thirsty patrons.
Due to the laws of the day, a partition was required to separate the men from women inside the bar; as well as requiring separate entrances for each gender. Men visiting the Royal Hotel’s beer parlour entered on Main Street while the entrance on Wellington was reserved for ladies and their “escorts”.
Changes at the Royal
In 1995 the Royal Hotel changed ownership and underwent a massive restoration that included the lobby, guest rooms and corridors. Work included refinishing the original Douglas fir flooring, trim and doors; rebuilding the beautiful staircase and adding bathrooms to each guest room. In select guest rooms, claw-foot tubs were also added. A fire suppression system was also installed during the renovation to ensure the safety and security of guests. And although the heating and a/c was updated; the original cast iron radiators were kept in place; adding to the charm.
Keeping our History Alive
The Royal Hotel’s roots are deeply woven into the fabric, culture and rich history of B.C.’s Fraser Valley. Through our hotel blog we continue to tell the story of not only the Royal Hotel but of Chilliwack’s founding families and the events that have shaped our community; authentic stories that aim to capture the attention of visitors to our website and entice them to stay at our hotel. Authentic stories together with the sense of history our hotel offers provides our guests an amazing way to experience Chilliwack’s past and true sense of place while helping us stand out.
We welcome guests to create their own memories while experiencing the warm hospitality and historic ambiance of Chilliwack’s historic Royal Hotel.
45886 Wellington Avenue