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Shangri-La Toronto

Posted by Libby Roach / Posted on August 9, 2014

shangrila torontoThe Shangri-La Hotel Toronto has been open on University near Adelaide since September 2012, instantly reshaping Toronto's soaring skyline with a prominent 702 foot stretch, making it one of the top 10 tallest buildings in Toronto. Like pretty much all the other new swanky hotels the top floors, consisting of 353 units, are all residential condos.

The lower floors serve as the hotel portion, with a mere 202 rooms and suites dedicated to TIFF wannabes, tourists and adults like me looking to escape their kids for a night of peace.

Equally prominent is the striking sculpture by Zhang Huan, called Rising, which features a beast surrounded by a flock of pigeons greeting guests from the University Avenue entrance. Inside, the plush interior is properly posh.

shangrila torontoThe lobby doubles as the hotel's popular tea room, featuring a fancy Fazioli piano with rotating crooners serenading the room for a distinctly mature atmosphere. Although we arrived about an hour after the usual check-in time, we were still instructed to wait in hotel purgatory - the lobby bar. Tea is the real deal here, with 68 hand-picked teas, or more alluring, the nifty library-like five-volume book of cocktails, wine and beer.

shangrila torontoAsian inspired influences prove not so subtle here, with artwork pretty much stuffed into every nook and cranny, including the glass encased display boxes in the hallways leading to hotel rooms.

shangrila torontoFeng shui aside, the rooms, which are dubbed 'among the largest in the downtown core' feel pretty claustrophobic. The foyer opens to a closet, bathroom and 'bar' area, which are almost spacious compared to the bedroom area that feels slightly crammed with a desk, TV console, king size bed and twin nightstands. A charged up and waiting iPad is your key to room service and concierge services but sadly no Fruit Ninja.

shangrila torontoThe bathroom is like something out of a Brian Gluckstein wet dream; Carrara marble covers almost every inch and a glitzy gold framed mirror and a handsome vanity flank the sink. The deep soaker tub clinches the room as my favourite part of the room. Toiletries from L'Occitane enhance the spa like spirit.

shangrila torontoSmall amentities improve the morning routine, like the Nespresso Zenius Coffee Machine, which shoots out java juice with a mash of the button and the automated window coverings letting you know the sun is up and it's time to get out.

shangrila torontoOn site is the massive Miraj Hammam Spa, as well as a 9,000 square foot gym that I didn't set one foot in. I did venture down in jammies to the Milk bar to grab cookies at next door Momofuku, which has a few stairs going up, and back down - so that counts, right?

shangrila torontoRooms start at $400 a night, which is on pretty much on par with the other luxury hotels dotted around downtown. Unfortunately, also on par are the incidents of falling glass. Four incidents in almost two years ranks them pretty high among the competition - somewhere, a smug Donald Trump is tenting his fingers a la Mr Burns...excellent.

Photos via the Shangri-La web site

Discussion

10 Comments

linden / August 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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it is worth mentioning of the recent following glass
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/07/17/falling_glass_closes_university_ave.html
jonah / August 10, 2014 at 12:21 am
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If those photos are correct, in what universe is that hotel room cramped and if so, where the heck have you been staying before?
Angie / August 10, 2014 at 11:01 am
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Agreed w Jonah - that room looks massive. If you're going to review a hotel please at least take your own photos to illustrate your points!
chris / August 11, 2014 at 09:22 am
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Despite your description of the place, the interiors look incredibly boring.
TJ / August 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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I've heard its not doing as well as they anticipated or were expecting in terms of vacancy rates. They should have occasional promotions like x rooms per night during Mon-Thurs where the rooms are $200 as opposed to $400. That way, it lets more people experience their hotel and maybe recommend to others.
Maxwell / August 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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Personally, the Shangri La #hotel in #Toronto is not on par with other hotels that cost the same per night. The decor throughout feels cheap, and at time childish, and dated! At $400/night it is a stretch to see why it is worth it. Also four incidents of falling glass in two years shows that the workmanship is just not there. Location is the only thing it's got going for it.
tommy / August 11, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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I have never felt so out-of-place than in the Shangri La lobby.
彩繪藝術 / August 13, 2014 at 04:55 am
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也太豪華了吧~~
2 story papillion / August 16, 2014 at 12:52 am
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We all love peas and only a few oof us ennoy cucumbers so I plant more peas and only
a couple of cucumbers. Typically, the wording of homeowner association covenants that govern the do's and dont's of
residential communities do not specifically reference solar panels.

It iis associated with The Arbor Day Farms, and it is not only a
nice romantic spot for a weekend getaway, but a socially
conscious location.
Isabelle Stratton / August 20, 2014 at 03:32 am
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Really according to all photographs Shangri-La Hotel is so nice. All accommodation are too good. I am so excited to visit spend some memorable time here. Thanks for sharing the details of this hotel....

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