A SOOTHING STAY AT WESTIN HOTEL

Posted on November 30th, 2010 by .

What a good idea! Montreal’s Westin Hotel has a massive covered driveway – perfect for arriving in a bit of snow or rain. The area is totally closed in, so the hair, the gowns and the stilettos stay perfect. You are protected by a four-storey high roof and glass closed-in indoor-outdoor ‘room’. There, valets whisk your car away as you enter Montreal’s newest hotel.

As I approached the entrance, I heard the soothing glass fountain, sending relaxing ripples as the water whirled over the sculpture. I immediately got the feel of the Westin slogan “feed the body, nourish the soul”. On entering revolving luggage-friendly doors, I found the lobby. It is huge. But there are inviting chairs, where one can read local papers, as well as the Financial Times. My room was quiet, with soft ‘nature’ sounds emanating from the sound system on which I popped my iPod.
The hotel is in the building which once housed The Montreal Gazette, our local English publication. There is a nice nod to that history with a restaurant named Gazette, and a lounge called Reporter Bar, which, by the way, serves a lovely dry martini spiked with spicey olives to prepare the taste buds for dinner.
Ah, dinner! Chef Pascal Roussel has a great cv: he hails from Montreal’s famed Ritz-Carlton, now undergoing restorations. The New York-chic menu suggest Moët & Chandon by the glass, as well as other grand champagnes by the bottle. The wine list is extensive. But no worries. Waiter David Paradis is not only knowledgeable; he suggests perfect pairings to go with the meal. I sampled the pasta – fettucine tossed with lobster, chanterelles, and the balancing flavour of arugula cresson. It was al dente perfect. Mmmm! No room for dessert, but I would have chosen the Montreal-style cheese cake, with red berry coulis. Next time!

SOME PROS

Well located in Old Montreal. Elevator needs your room key to work- good security measure. Huge convention spaces. Right opposite le Palais de Congrès. Delicious complementary Starbucks coffee in the room; comfy beds + delightful duvets.
FOR FAMILIES: have fun! The pool has tables and lounge chairs. See Old Montreal in a calèche. You are minutes from the historic Old Port.
FOR COUPLES: ditto! To note: no mini bars in any room. You can of course, order from Room Service.

WESTIN

270 Ste-Antoine West
514-380-3333

WHILE IN THE AREA

Capture your memories of this cobblestone neighbourhood. On the same street, 3 minutes away, find Simon’s Cameras. Family –owned for 80 years. Local secret: top brands at the best prices in town.

SIMONS’S CAMERA
11 Ste-Antoine West
514-861-5401
Métro: Place d’Armes

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