Welcome to #SummerFridays – a stay home travel series that will show you the best and the brightest that our province has to offer.
The Shangri-La Toronto exemplified the peak of relaxation, perfect for those struggling with burnout and need some time to recharge. After spending the weekend, I couldn’t have been more rejuvenated.
From my first step into the lobby, to check-in, I felt like I had entered another world. As if I was living my dream ‘Sex in the City’ life, filled with pampering, opulence, and grandeur. From the check-in desk to the lobby lounge, I was completely disconnected from any remnants of “normal” (in the very best way possible).
We couldn’t have asked for a more incredible room – the ultimate luxury, the corner suite featured two queen beds, a glass shower, a full foyer and the best part, a marble jacuzzi tub facing the city.
There is nothing (and I mean nothing) more relaxing than filling a massive marble bathtub, having a handcrafted cocktail delivered to your room, adding a bath bomb, and flicking on the jacuzzi jets.
As someone who is sentimental to a fault, one of my favourite things that I didn’t know at the time, is that the bath products promoted through the hotel are from Bathorium, a brand created by a former and longtime hotel employee. I am so glad to hear of such a prestigious location supporting former employees in their new ventures, creating an improved guest experience simultaneously.
Everything in the room was of such high quality and attention to detail. From motorized drapes to digital ordering and vanity lighting, every detail amazed me.
Of course, the best part of any getaway is a few days of not having to cook for yourself, but the experience is enhanced when the dining is both enjoyable and classy.
The Horizon is the new patio restaurant at the Shangri-La which runs mostly along University Avenue. A unique collaboration between the hotel and Veuve Clicquot, creates a beautiful atmosphere with amazing food and beverages, of course. The glass railings are lined with the trademark Veuve orange and expansive floral arrangements, making the perfect Insta-worthy backdrop.
Another dining experience that added to our 10/10 experience was the Madame Clicquot’s Champagne Afternoon Tea, enjoyed in the room, featuring a true afternoon tea service with desserts, appetizers, and sandwiches.
The highly esteemed Momofuku Toronto is also attached to the hotel and while not completely open due to pandemic restrictions, we were able to sit on their limited-seating patio and enjoy Bao buns and Ramen – truly a must-go restaurant in the city.
A truly beautiful and serene environment, the Miraj Hammam Spa is a magnificent experience that engages all senses to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. I had a 60-minute massage and could not recommend it enough. With a completely customizable experience, the guest gets to choose everything from the music to the scent of the oils being used.
At the time, the provincial restrictions dictated that the only Personal Care Services available were RMT Massages. Now, with the onset of stage two, more services will be available through the spa.
The hotel, as I’m sure is always the case, was immaculately clean. Unlike some other hotels, the Shangri-La continues to have daily housekeeping, keeping it as safe as possible. Their brand is focused on luxury, and luxury is what they deliver on.
Upon check-in, I was prompted to perform a screening questionnaire and include my temperature reading at that point. This is something, among all of the forms I have filled out in the past year, that was unique and I had not encountered. They were very particular that guests feel comfortable and safe staying on the property.
To read more about their protocols, visit COVID-19 information guide.
For those in search of a city vacation, with restaurants, shopping and other attractions just a short walk away, the Shangri-La is a perfect place to getaway to this summer. Perhaps my favourite part of this location is the ability to walk to a local coffee shop and 20 minutes later be completely relaxed in the gorgeous bath, forgetting entirely that I am in the midst of Canada’s largest city.
Thanks for reading our second edition of #SummerFridays – see you next week for a review of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto!
Last modified: July 9, 2021