The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto: What's the draw?

Shangri-La might translate to a remote, imaginary utopia, but this luxurious slice of heaven is the real deal. Downtown Toronto’s luxury hotel only opened its doors in 2012, but less than a decade later it already feels cemented in the city’s history as a one-of-a-kind Toronto staycation

The 66-floor building is nestled amongst some of the city’s best landmarks — the CN Tower is just a 14-minute walk away — and with 202 plush suites to choose from, you’re guaranteed a comfy spot to rest up in after a day of exploring. Or just sink into one of their cozy bathrobes and order room service. You deserve it. 

The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto: What's on the menu?

If you’re looking for a great meal during your stay, Shangri-La has a pretty suite deal. The swish hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea — constantly innovated with seasonal options — can be enjoyed in the charming Lobby Lounge downstairs. Order fancy finger foods like poached prawn sandwiches and freshly baked scones with your choice of tea or bubbles as the hotel's iconic piano tinkles in the background. 

You can also hit up the Lobby Lounge for Canadian cuisine, signature cocktails and fine wines, or head to Horizon's patio for tasty bites and cozy hangs under their heated lamps.

The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto: What else?

The full breadth of amenities at the Shangri-La would challenge the most industrious of staycationers. Start at The Health Club, a state-of-the-art gym on the fifth floor. A workout here or a session in the Shangri-La's 20-metre lap pool are both excellent ways to wipe away any duvet creases etched onto your face from a deep sleep.

If you want to delve deeper into Nirvana, book a full-body massage at the Miraj Hammam Spa to soothe pandemic aches and pains. Or, if you don't feel like leaving the luxury linens and heated marble floors of your suite, rest safe in the knowledge that a weekend confined to your room at the Shangri-La is a weekend very well spent.

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