Shangri-La Hotels and
Resorts has signed an agreement with Vancouver’s Westbank and Peterson Group to manage
the 220-room five-star Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto opening 2011. The hotel
will be Shangri-La’s second property in Canada following the debut of the
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in September 2008 by the same development team.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto will be located on University Avenue at
Adelaide Street within walking distance of central downtown office
buildings, theatres, performance venues plus the vibrant Bloor Yorkville
shopping and dining area.
The hotel will occupy the first 17 floors of the C$430 million 65-storey
tower. Its guestrooms will be among the most spacious in the city and
decorated in a contemporary style with Asian highlights. Luxury condominium
residences will be located on the upper levels of the tower.
Guests entering the hotel through an elegant vaulted forecourt will be
welcomed into a spacious three-storey glass atrium lobby offering
streetscape views. The heart of the hotel will be its lobby lounge – an
“urban living room” with a sidewalk cafe nestled in the shadow of the
boulevard trees overlooking University Avenue. Breakfast, lunch and
afternoon tea service will be followed by tapas and evening entertainment
in the relaxed yet refined lounge.
The street-level club-style bar will lead to a mezzanine level feature
restaurant overlooking University Avenue, the new Opera House and Queen’s
Park. It will be open for lunch and dinner, pre and post-theatre.
CHI, The Spa – Shangri-La’s signature spa brand – will offer treatments to
in-house guests, condominium owners and local residents. Inspired by the
origins of the Shangri-La legend, the CHI concept is based on Chinese and
Himalayan healing therapies. Each of the 10 private CHI treatment rooms
and one double treatment suite will provide a “spa within a spa”
atmosphere, offering guests the luxury of time and space.
The hotel’s function rooms, on the third floor, will open onto a landscaped
terrace as well as overlook the historic Bishop’s Block to the southwest.
The ballroom will seat 150 and three smaller rooms will seat 12 to 50
persons. All function rooms will offer floor-to-ceiling windows and an
elegant pre-function foyer. A screening room/theatre seating 50 guests
will provide a venue for screenings or executive presentations that require
dramatic special effects.
Ian Gillespie, president of Westbank, added, “The Shangri-La in Vancouver
and in Toronto both have ideal locations, and each property will
undoubtedly become one of their respective city’s leading deluxe hotels
under Shangri-La’s award-winning management.”
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