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Hotel 10: The revamped historic gem right on the Main

Perched on the storied corner of Saint-Laurent and Sherbrooke Street, Hotel 10 may be set in a historical building but it’s as new as can be. When the current owners took over the property, which had been an Opus hotel, they did a makeover of major proportions – everything from the interior décor palette to the shape of furniture changed. General Manager Bob Eyton-Jones presided over the entire process. We caught up with him in Montreal…

Hotel Chez Swann: Inside Montreal’s modern gothic boutique hotel

Hotel Chez Swann, a 23-room bijou of a hotel in the heart of downtown Montreal, hits a unique flavour with its interior design. It is replete with art – not only on the walls, but in the design itself, which includes elements that exceed beyond practicality to make incredible aesthetic statements that hit a modern gothic note. In certain areas if feels practically theatrical, with dramatic pops of colour contrasting with one another into an animated, lively experience, all conceived by artist and designer Mary Moegenburg. We caught up with the globetrotter on the phone from New Mexico, where she was working on her latest project.

Downtown gallery sells prints by Quebec master

How many artists can boast they sold their first work at the age of 17? Let alone to the National Gallery of Canada. That’s the type of wunderkind Alfred Pellan was – he was a boy wonder on the Canadian arts scene in the 1920s and remained a hot ticket until his death in 1988. Now, some of his most collectible works are on view – and yours to purchase – at the Galerie Lounge TD…

Germain Montreal: The Quebec hotel chain that celebrates art and design

Le Germain is a born-in-Quebec hotel chain whose luxury and high-quality service is now world-renowned. Its Montreal property, Germain Montréal, was the second in this empire-in-the-making, and it’s an example of the brand’s sleek, modern lines and impeccable attention to detail. From the desk attendants’ designer uniforms to the streamlined lobby furniture, style is everywhere. Always with its eye on local talent, the Germain group celebrated the Montreal property’s 10th anniversary by hiring local fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre to redesign its rooms. We caught up with Marie Pier Germain, a member of the Germain family and Director of Professional Construction Services, about the brand’s creative vision…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Inside Downtown Montreal’s most famous luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Montreal – the very first Ritz-Carlton in the world – was always a grand destination, but it has surpassed even its own standards since completing its redesign in 2012. Lead by Hong Kong-based designer J. Lee Rofkind, creative director of hotel specialists BUZ Design, the redecoration of the rooms and public spaces retained the property’s storied grandeur but updated it with new colours and materials. The guest experience was also enhanced with contemporary luxuries like roomier bathrooms and automatic blinds. We caught up with Rofkind about this exciting design experience…

Summer’s just starting at Montreal Fashion Week!

Thought summer was over? Naw, it’s just beginning – at least in the fashion world. Welcome to Montreal Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, where from September 3 to 6, 2013, you’ll get a taste of trends to come…

Montreal Food Tours: Bar Hopping in Old Montreal

Do you grab a drink or go on a city tour? No more dilemmas: The thoughtful folks at Montreal Food Tours have just launched a new tour that hops you to snacks and libations all around Old Montreal…

Festival Mode & Design takes over downtown Montreal

Don’t worry, you haven’t suddenly shrunk – you’re just surrounded by models! The downtown core around McGill College is transforming into a great big outdoor runway for the four-day celebration of all things beautiful, the Festival Mode & Design…

Guide to Museums in Montreal

There’s a reason Montreal feels like such a cultural town – with international caliber art programs in both English and French universities, plus rents cheap enough to need very little to live on, this is an artist’s mecca! So it’s only natural that there are practically as many museums are there are cafés…