M5H 0A3 Travel Guide

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Shangri-La Toronto Celebrates 1st Birthday With New Lounge Uniforms and VAWKtails

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  Site Where: 188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 0A3
September 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who can believe the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is one year old? They grow up so fast...

The hotel is marking its big birthday by partnering with Sunny Fong of luxury women’s wear label, VAWK, to create spiffy new Lobby Lounge outfits. Celebrities have traipsed down the red carpet in VAWK designs worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Grammy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.

For the Shangri-La Toronto the designer drew inspiration for the sexy and sophisticated outfits from the “artwork in the lobby, the Ming vase tea library and the ornithological theme that is prevalent in the hotel, and the Zhang Huan ‘Rising’ sculpture.” The dress design borrows from traditional Asian design with shoulders reminiscent of the pagodas found in Chinese gardens and a sleeker silhouette of the traditional qipao with mandarin collar. The goal was to create something dramatic, almost theatrical, and holy-cremolely, he did achieve that.

And then there's the VAWKtail.

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First Look At The Shangri-La Toronto

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  Site Where: 188 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5H 0A3
November 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know you’re not in Kansas anymore as soon as you walk into the newly-opened Shangri-La Toronto. In fact, it's easy to believe you've entered the East thanks to the hotel's subtle little touches. For instance, when we checked in and handed over our Visa card, it was handed back with both hands and a slight bow of the head -- very customary in Asia. Then there are, of course, the more obvious things: decor, artwork and staff outfits.

We will try our hardest not to get too gushy, but the simple fact is--we loved this hotel, and here are seven reasons (and loads of pictures) explaining why:

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Momofuku Pork Buns Have Arrived At Shangri-La Toronto

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  Site Where: 190 university avenue , Toronto, Canada, M5H 0A3
September 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you've kept up at all with the opening of the new Shangri-La Toronto, then you already know that one of the hotel's biggest attractions is a three-story dining concept containing four separate restaurants by Momofuku founder David Chang. This is awesome news for two reasons: first, those mind-blowingly delicious pork buns. Seriously, wow.

Second, despite the wild success of Momofuku's eight New York locations, the brand has so far only expanded into Sydney, Australia. No LA, no London, no Chicago, no Miami—at least not for now. Whether the Momofuku empire will eventually spread into those other major cities remains to be seen.

But for now, it's all about Toronto.

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Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel Still Set to Open in Late August

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  Site Where: 188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 0A3
August 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shangri-La Toronto Lobby

Oooohhhh. The word is that the Shangri-La Toronto is still scheduled to open later this month. They're playing it coy, however, as we see that bookings can’t yet be made on their site.

We've managed to get a hold of some renderings of the hotel and it looks like it’s going to be a beauty: very light, spacious and open.

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