Shangri-La Toronto

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Shangri-La Toronto
Photograph: Courtesy Shangri-La

Look way up and you may find Toronto’s favorite haunt for hot-to-trot 20-somethings. Located in one of the ten tallest buildings in Toronto, the Shangri La Hotel is right out of an episode of Mad Men, channeling a time when paneling was dark wood, scotch was on the rocks and everyone was in business-casual (for real, even the hotel bar has a dress code). Designed by James K.M. Cheng, the hotel is run by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and located just west of the Financial District since 2012. It’s all posh sleekness with an Asian twist at the Shangri-la, from the in-room iPads connecting guests to room service and the concierge to the toiletries from L’Occitane. That Asian influence extends to Bosk, the hotel’s signature restaurant. But don’t get distracted on your way in: the hotel’s lobby is also home to a tea room with 68 hand-picked teas on offer (plus a five-volume book of cocktails, wine and beer… because Mad Men aren’t made with tea alone). From $500 per night

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Shangri-La Toronto is a hotel and condominium tower in downtown Toronto, Canada. It was designed by Vancouver-based architect James KM Cheng and was built by Westbank Projects Corp. This is the same team that was responsible for building the 201m Living Shangri-La, the tallest building in Vancouver as well as a number of other structures in that city. Shangri-La Toronto is 214 meters tall, and is one of the ten tallest buildings in Toronto. The hotel component is run by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and is planned to have 202 guest rooms. The condominium portion occupies the upper floors of the building and consist of 353 units. Excavation of the site started in 2008, and work on the parking garage began in early 2009.The Toronto Shangri-La is located on University Avenue and Adelaide Street, in an area just west of the Financial District that has seen rapid growth in recent years. The site was previously home to a number of smaller structures, most notable the historic Bishop's Block. The Bishop's Block was built in the 1830s by John Bishop who built a series of Georgian row houses on the site and developed it as a high end residential district.Most of the buildings were eventually torn down and replaced with a large parking lot. The one exception a structure that served as one of the city's first hotels and then as a pub for many decades. It too was abandoned for several decades, but as a heritage structure was not torn down. This building was disassembled for the construction of Shangri-La, but the developers have pledged to rebuild and restore the Bishop's Block as part of the project. Prior to excavation the site was the subject to several months of archaeological exploration, and many artifacts from the city's early history were found. Shangri-La was the second deepest excavation for a building in Canada's history at 102 ft (31 m), with only Scotia Plaza being deeper. This was done to create an 8 level below grade parking garage.
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By: Jessica Davey-Quantick


Venue name: Shangri-La Toronto
Address: 188 University Ave.
M5H 0A3
Cross street: at University Ave

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