Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opened its second hotel in North America, the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, in September. The design of the hotel, located on 17 floors of a new 66-story tower in Toronto’s downtown, puts an emphasis on art and architecture, from a hand-hewn stainless steel sculpture, “Rising,” by Chinese artist Zhang Huan, that reaches from the street up the glass tower and into the hotel’s two-story lobby to a naturally lit 90-seat lobby lounge. It also has The Bar, an intimate 30-seat destination that fronts Bosk, the hotel’s signature restaurant. The 80-seat restaurant can seat up to 30 in a private dining enclave, and offers a seasonal outdoor terrace that wraps around the corner of the building.  

The hotel’s 202 guest rooms and suites, ranging in size from 490 square feet to 2,200 square feet,  include desktop plugs, oversized bathrooms with LCD televisions embedded in the mirrors, and entertainment centers with a 47-inch flat-screen LED television and iPads for in-room use. Included in the 49 suites are five specialty suites ranging in area from 630 square feet to the premier Owner’s Suite at 1,100 square feet and Shangri-La Suite at 2,200 square feet. The hotel also features a 9,000-square-foot health club and an independently operated spa, Miraj Hamman Spa by Caudalie, Paris.

The third floor offers nine meeting rooms. Encompassing 14,626 square feet in four distinct areas, the spaces are easily connected via two central corridors. The event rooms, named after prominent Toronto destinations, include a 42-seat screening room with oversized leather chairs and a two-story glass room set with 13 crystal chandeliers, hanging at varying heights. The largest space, Queen’s Park, offers 3,670 square feet of open space, which can be divided by an airwall that descends from the ceiling.  Overhead are 39 crystal chandeliers. Center pivot doors open to reveal a glass wall and an outdoor garden terrace overlooking University Avenue.