Shangri-La opens in Toronto, second Canadian property
With an unrivalled location on University Avenue, in the heart of Toronto, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto resides within the first 17 floors of a new 66-story landmark tower. The 202-room luxury hotel is within a five-block radius of the performance center for Canada’s opera and ballet companies, the headquarters for the country’s five major banks, consulates, leading research hospitals, sports venues, the city’s live theater district and the TIFF headquarters.
Guestrooms are subtle in design but rich in textures and decor touches. Saple veneer, a dark wood from the mahogany family, covers the walls and provides a contrasting background for the muted earth-tone furniture and accessories, while floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with natural light. Furniture, finishings and amenities are residential in feel and functional in design, including desk-top plugs that put the IT world within easy reach. The bedroom has been designed with a custom, pillow-top mattress, black-out curtains, and fabrics in soft, soothing champagne tones.
Oversized bathrooms in a black-veined white marble, average 14 square meters (150 square feet). The walk-in shower, with rain shower head, stands apart from a jet tub. Bathroom mirrors, embedded with LCD televisions, are framed above a marble-topped vanity reminiscent of an Asian table.
Each room features an entertainment center with a 47-inch flat-screen LED television and iPad for in-room use, featuring ICE technology that puts the hotel, literally, in the guest’s hands to access in-room dining, housekeeping, bell service and 24-hour concierge. Nine guest rooms feature private, appointed outdoor terraces and one quarter of the guest accommodation is devoted to generous suites, among the largest available in Toronto’s downtown core.
Included in the 49 suites are five specialty suites ranging from 59 square metres (630 square feet) to the premier Owner’s Suite at 102 square meters (1,100 square feet) and Shangri-La Suite at 205 square meters (2,200 square feet). The Owner’s Suite is dark and dramatic with a wood paneled, library-like entrance while the Shangri-La Suite is open and airy, making use of Japanese lattice screens, oak wood molding and pewter marble. The Shangri-La Suite also offers a pantry with private butler’s entrance.
An independently operated spa, Miraj Hamman Spa by Caudalie, Paris, also located on the fifth floor, offers nine treatment suites including two couple suites and two Hammam rooms. Located on level five is the 828 square meter (9,000 square foot) health club, which has a private enclosed studio and an open concept room, framed with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer natural light and city views.