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Shangri-La Toronto vs Fairmont Royal York

Both hotels are praised by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Fairmont Royal York ranks marginally better than Shangri-La Hotel Toronto. Fairmont Royal York comes in at #10 in Toronto with praise from 15 reviews including Frommer's, Travel + Leisure and Star Service.

Shangri-La Toronto
8 / 10
188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5H 0A3, Canada
From $372 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
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Fodor's
"This hotel, opened in 2012, embodies the attention to service for which the Shangri-La brand is beloved while putting an art-focused twist on its traditional East-meets-West aesthetic." Full review
Jetsetter
"Luxurious, mod-Asian hotel with a prime downtown address, exotic spa and exceptional restaurant." Full review
Star Service
"This hotel has broadened the luxury category in Toronto and has become a fabulous mainstay for locals and visitors alike." Full review
BlackBook
"Taking up just 17 floors of a 66-story tower, the guests of Canada's Shangri-La are greeted by Zhang Huan’s epic, stainless steel Rising sculpture, leading to a light-flooded lobby and lounge."
Zagat
"Located between the Financial District and trendy Queen West, this outpost of the luxury international chain has a sleek, contemporary look."
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Fairmont Royal York
8 / 10
100 Front Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5JIE3, Canada
From $94 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
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Frommer's
"Built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1929 and located across from Union Station, this massive hotel has 1,365 guest rooms and suites, and 35 meeting and banquet rooms." Full review
Concierge
"With 1,365 rooms, plus bars, restaurants, and shops, this vast Toronto landmark feels as self-contained as an ocean liner."
Fodor's
"Today, it remains one of the largest hotels in the city and a favorite of royalty—both Hollywood's and the real deal." Full review
Lonely Planet
"Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, its mock-chateau design adds character to Toronto's modern skyline." Full review
DK Eyewitness
"Across from Union Station, this large hotel has been a Toronto landmark since 1929. The magnificent lobby is a fitting backdrop for the many heads of state who have stayed here."
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