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Fast Facts


Opening Date
31 August 2012

General Manager
Jens Moesker

Total Number of Rooms

202 rooms consisting of: 

  • 153 Guestrooms 
  • 49 Suites 


James Cheng

Interior Designer
CHIL- Guestrooms and Health Club
McFarlane and Biggar - Hotel Lobby and BOSK
The Design Agency - Momofuku

Landscape Designer / Architect

History of the Building / Milestones
5 May 2012: Unveiling of 'Rising'

Art and architecture of the Hotel
  • The Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto was designed by internationally renowned, Vancouver-based architect James Cheng, who also created Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver for developers Westbank and The Petersen Group.
  • A double-sided fireplace is bordered on one side by travertine columns, which showcase four large-scale paintings by Shanghainese artist Wang Xu Yuan. 
  • In guestrooms throughout the hotel are 480 different lithographic works, also by Wang Xu Yuan, each representing a Chinese character. Wang, a noted professor of art and culture in China, is also an award-winning ceramics master. His vases and framed ceramic works are found on the events floor. 
  • A Fazioli piano, handcrafted in Italy specifically for Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ example of master craft, finished in white oak. The first verse of Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell’s ‘My Old Man’ is engraved under its lid, where a custom, elongated stick ensures that the verse can be easily read by passers-by. 
  • Hanging above The Bar, an intimate 30-seat destination, are 180 hand-blown glass fixtures in varying shades of green with occasional amber glass orbs, all made in Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast at the Bocci glass-blowing atelier. 
  • Upon entry, an oak wall by Beaubois Limitee, Canadian woodworkers from Quebec, carves out the name Bosk and its definition- a small wooded area. 
  • In all guest hallways, design accents include raw-silk walls, Asian credenzas and replica Chinese Emperor chairs. Under foot, carpet in vibrant colours of aubergine, chocolate and taupe with touches of burnt-orange create bold imagery of mountain ranges and bamboo motifs. Glass cases with Asian objets d’art punctuate corridors. 


Situated on the west side of the prestigious University Avenue, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto is ideally located in the centre of the city’s financial and entertainment districts and is an easy walk to major downtown office buildings. 

The stylish Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, and popular theatres and performance venues are also easily accessible.