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Anonymous23 Sep 2011
I am looking for a 5 star / 4 star hotel. Contemporary style & relaxed is my preference & certainly not boutique hotels.
Although I am only staying 2 nights, I do like a pool & a steam room (ceramic seats better than plastic).
Responses gratefully received.23 Sep 2011
That’s a shame as there are some superb (and I mean really superb) boutique hotels in Montreal, such as http://www.hotelstpaul.com/en/ which I spent four very pleasant nights at a few years ago (think it’s Ian Schrager).
You’d probably best satisfy your requirements at http://www.ritzmontreal.com/ though be warned I think they have a trademark on the name (it’s the original R-C), but are no longer part of R-C Group; that will probably change after the current renovations, so beware of this before booking.
The last two times, I’ve stayed at the Hyatt; it’s centrally located and during winter (there was an ice storm the last time I went) that trumps all other considerations.
There’s one other hotel which transcends boutique and is just sublime; can’t remember the name but will seek it out and post if I remember. It’s small, but perfectly formed; if I returned for pleasure, that’s where I’d stay:
[EDIT] Pretty certain it was The Nelligan23 Sep 2011
VK .. thanks for your posting. I will check out the hotels you suggest.
Personally I find some boutique hotels full of ‘fashionistas’, and equally some 5 star hotels too ‘stiff & formal’. I guess Park Hyatt tends to be my favourite brand.
I have two nights at The Greenwich in New York which I just love.
I’ve tried the Gansevoort & hated it.23 Sep 2011
I don’t like Fairmonts, eh. I’ve stayed at a few (Bermuda, several in Canadia) and they never quite hit the mark, eh. And their loyalty scheme is more pants than Calvin Klein. eh.23 Sep 2011
Found them mixed eh? Fairmont Orchid went downhill, Playa del Carmen was Ok but loved Pierre Marques, eh? But looked to have some of what Bullfrog wanted eh? Also intrigued by their “famous Beaver Club” sic… eh?23 Sep 2011
Becky not sure about it being stuck up but know what you mean. I find Four Seasons a bit like this, eh? I am no way anti Canadian but I find them a bit strange at times, I think it is the long hours of darkness, eh?23 Sep 2011
Rich you do have a point but not all the staff are that bad at a 4seasons esp NYC, HKG.. both bliss but the stuffy ones were London and Hampshire. Fairmont turned the Plaza into tourist attraction and looks very tacky with gold everywhere with stuck up staff and the Savoy went there for drinks only and they were very stuck up! I never pay to stay in these places its all by my comp … i am a lucky girl 😉 but you have to have vip with money and flash it to get the best service otherwise they rarely bother 🙁
xx23 Sep 2011
A special experience in old Montreal. It’s the best hotel I had ever seen of my life. I am so glad to discover this historical rare gem. Totally amazing!! The service was awesome. Very unique especially with the birds. The visit was very special. When i walked in it felt like I had gone back in time! The room was fantastic! The old time feel make it so incredible! I will never forget Pierre du Calvet and I will come back soon. http://www.hotel-pierreducalvet.com/31 Jul 2013