The Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto easily has one of the best locations in the city - at the crossroads of the financial and entertainment district and just a quick walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre. The restaurants on Queen and King Street are a streetcar ride away. It's also next to a subway station, making it easy to get to the shopping and museums in Yorkville. It's an excellent home base if you're not planning on renting a car in Toronto for your getaway. You definitely don't need it if everything on your agenda is happening around the downtown core.
Shangri-La is an Asian luxury hotel brand with lots of influences from the Far East. The lobby features large-scale Chinese calligraphy paintings, subtle Asian decor touches and a long glowing fireplace. Don’t miss Zhang Huan’s stainless steel sculpture, Rising – climbing up the side of the building on University Avenue.
The hotel consists of 153 stylishly appointed guestrooms and 49 suites, all featuring oversized bathrooms with heated floors. I was blown away by the floor-to-ceiling marble and the modern soaking tub with super powerful jets. L'Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and slippers made it pretty easy to get relaxed.
WiFi is complimentary and a personal iPad was made available in my suite for the duration of my stay. I also love not having to fiddle around with the light switches and curtains. All the lighting fixtures are labelled and turn on at the push of a button. The same goes for the sheers and curatains - both are automated.
My one bedroom suite featured clean lines, plush furniture and dark mahogony wood. There were lots of thoughtful coffee table books to browse through and a cashmere throw to curl up into while catching a movie on the huge TV in the living room. This would be a perfect suite for a girls night out, a fancy bachelorette party or if you plan on entertaining guests during your visit. Especially when you consider the location in the heart of the Entertainment District. A second powder room with a full shower could easily accomodate additional guests.
One really unique feature was being able to order room service from my personal iPad. All the menus and ordering software are pre-loaded in. The process is incredibly smooth and even gives you a pretty accurate estimate of when your food would be ready.
After a long week of running around Toronto and catching up with friends and family, room service was most definitely the answer. I was also thrilled to finally be able to sample the food from Bosk, the on-site restaurant at Shangri-La Toronto who fulfills the room service orders.
For breakfast the next morning, I ordered the The Classic Eggs Benedict ($21) from the in-room dining menu with perfectly roasted potatoes and a side of sauteed spinach. You can order coffee, but each room is equipped with a fancy Nespresso machine.
The health and fitness club are open 24-hours and are located on the hotel's fifth floor. A 64-foot lap pool, private cabanas and teak chaise loungers make it the perfect place to relax. To learn more visit:
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5H 0A3, Canada
Tel: (647) 788 8888
Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women and where this article first appeared.
Disclaimer: My stay was graciously hosted by the hotel, however the opinions expressed in this post remain my own.