Brimming with an elegant, international flavour, the warm and welcoming Shangri-La embodies total luxury.
Its renowned lobby, luring both locals and travellers, is really an urban living room in the heart of the city, featuring live music every day of the week.
Bookended by the Soho House Toronto and the upscale Momofuku Noodle Bar and Milk Bar Toronto, the Shangri-La is a hub for the hip.
It’s a 10-minute walk to Saks Fifth Avenue, the Eaton Centre, the shops of Queen Street West and the financial district, and a three-minute walk to the subway.
Orchestra) are both four minutes away.
The Shangri-La Toronto is a magnet for the wealthy and the interesting – especially so if you happen to be both. Guests are an eclectic blend of people from the worlds of fashion, arts and culture, business and finance. High style reigns supreme.
And though the Shangri-La brand has a worldwide décor blueprint – Asian elegance, rich wood, silk walls, bold patterns, museum-worthy artefacts – each property is unique. Unlike other downtown Toronto hotels, the leisure crowd isn’t relegated to the weekend.
The entire lobby of the Toronto version is a vibrant and busy lounge, which, despite being cavernous, is actually quite cosy.
Warm tones, screen partitions, a long black marble fireplace and copper accents provide a homey touch. The hotel’s rotating exhibits of couture dresses anchor the room.
Service is charming, discreet and reserved. On the third floor, almost 15,000 square feet of event and meeting space is set across four areas and includes two large ballrooms—one with a garden terrace (complete with apiary) and the other a two-storey glass box overlooking University Avenue set with 13 Italian crystal chandeliers.
A sumptuous 42-seat screening room can be booked for films, junkets and events. A dedicated business coordinator is available during the weekdays.
On the fifth floor, the 24-hour fitness centre is better than most brand-name gyms, with an adjacent yoga studio. Spin classes and personal trainers are also at your disposal. Luxurious changing rooms are equipped with large steam rooms.
The pool area is a little world all its own, with cascading water columns, a solarium seating area, a huge whirlpool, private terry-lined cabanas with built-in televisions, and an infrared sauna. Miraj Hammam by Caudalie, Paris, also on the fifth floor, offers an intriguing mix of Middle Eastern hammam and French vinotherapy, spread over 12 treatment rooms and two hammams.
The 202 rooms spread over 17 floors are dripping with Sapele veneer, Asian-inspired geometric patterns and muted earth tones. The look is conservative, but glamorised with refined touches, from the patterned glassware to the soft nightlights under the bedside tables.
Both the drapes and the sheers are motorised. iPads put you in touch with room service, housekeeping, bell service and the 24-hour concierge. Minibars are filled with 200ml bottles – so you can pour a proper drink – and closets come equipped with yoga mats. Large bathrooms clad in floor-to-ceiling white Italian marble feature a jet tub, and televisions embedded in the mirror.
Hand-blown green and amber Bocci glass and pale oak lattices welcome guests from the lobby into the lounge that fronts Bosk, the hotel’s forest-themed restaurant. With a private dining space and a seasonal terrace, Bosk is busy breakfast, lunch and dinner, proffering Asian-inspired
red seasonal cuisine, regional and genuinely Canadian: dinner mains include Nova Scotia scallops, Atlantic halibut, and Beverly Creek lamb with crispy sweetbreads. Signature breakfast items include a wide selection of egg dishes plus Chinese dim sum (CAD 26/£15).
There are 68 different kinds of tea served every day during traditional afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, which features live entertainment every afternoon.
Standard rooms from CAD 650 (£365) in low season; and from CAD 750 (£425) in high season. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast from CAD 18 (£10).
Yes, with cribs and cots available at no charge. Families tend to book the larger suites. The concierge comes through with amenities for children. Pets are welcome, too.