The Shangri-La Toronto: Gracious without a Hint of Stuffiness

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Shangri La Toronto
Shangri La Toronto

The 202-room Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is only the second of its brand in North America. The overall design melds Asian decor with a 1960s classic elegance—perfect for entertainment, media and tech groups. Like all of the luxury hotels in Toronto, the service is decidedly gracious without even a hint of stuffiness.

In the lobby, a glass walkway with Koi fish swimming underneath leads to a huge living room-style lobby lounge. Two electric fireplaces and large Asian paintings welcome people to sit and enjoy tea from Toronto’s largest tea menu.

Shangri-La’s trademark sent of cherry blossoms permeate guest rooms, which start at 550 sf. Each has a 46-inch TV, Ipod docking station, personal Ipad and high canopy bed. The hotel boasts eight naturally lit meeting rooms totaling 14,600 sf, and an outdoor garden terrace with views of University Avenue. A 42-seat screening room with over-sized chairs is another highlight.

The Bosk restaurant offers American and Asian cuisines. It is the only hotel in Toronto where you can eat dumplings or chicken congee for breakfast and wash it down with Hong Kong lemonade. The 80-seat restaurant is designed to be a small wooden box, or “bosk,” in translation, including a 30-seat private dining area. The hotel is adjacent to the famous momofuko toronto four-in-one restaurant multiplex.

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