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Montréal’s best hotel restaurants

With thousands of options, getting a taste of Montreal’s restaurant scene can take some precise logistical planning. Luckily if you’re visiting Montreal, your gastronomic journey’s starting point can start closer than you realize. Some of Montreal’s great chefs helm the kitchens of the city’s finest luxury and boutique hotels. These restaurants highlight some of city’s creative culinary teams and are  frequented and appreciated by visitors and locals alike. E.A.T (Être Avec Toi) Located in the trendy W Hotel (also home to Plateau Lounge and Wunderbar) E.A.T is amalgamation of restaurant and art gallery. Edgy murals and commissioned canvas pieces by local artists adorn the walls of the space. Headed by Executive Chef Sébastien Giannini, the menu is heavy on seafood that features, multi-tiered seafood towers, shellfish on ice, catch of the day specialties as well as local and seasonal dishes. W Hotel – 901 Square-Victoria (514 395-3180) Laurie Raphaël Discover the wonders of Quebec terroir cuisine at Laurie Raphaël brought to you by Chef Daniel Vézina. Chef Vézina (radio and television host, author, and philanthropist) and team executes his contemporary style of cuisine characterized by an emphasis on local products and regional flavours. Hotel Le Germain – 2050 Mansfield Street… / Read More →

Family-friendly hotels in Montréal

Summer is just around the corner, school will soon be out and you and your brood need a vacation. With its wall-to-wall festivals, countless attractions, parks, sports, and general good times going on, Montréal makes the perfect family getaway. To help you figure out where you and your crew can camp out—whether you’re on a budget or will be splurging—we’ve put together a list of family-friendly hotels in the city. Old Montréal History, architecture and culture are just some of what Montréal’s old city has going for it. What about a zip line, street performers, the Montréal Science Centre, an IMAX theatre, rappelling, remote-controlled sailboats, cruises… hey, there’s not enough room to write it all in! But most important, here’s where you can stay while getting in on the action: Le Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites: Let everyone enjoy a little ooh-la-la in the luxury establishment. Get 50% off a second room when you book a room or suite and enjoy breakfast with room rate. Other perks include a welcome gift for kids, in-room movies and popcorn, tuck-in service with milk and cookies, free extra cot or crib, mini-fridges in rooms, WiFi, on site restaurant and babysitting services. Liking it,… / Read More →

Why you should spend American Thanksgiving in Montréal

It’s American Thanksgiving on November 26, and while we understand that many of our neighbours south of the border will be celebrating traditional-style, we also know that the idea of basting a Butterball and getting stuffed on stuffing might not grab everyone. Thankfully, Montréal offers some fun options for a weekend getaway – especially with the current advantageous exchange rates and the fact that we are a short drive away from the New England states. It’s the perfect time to discover our city’s amazing cultural options, great food, crazy good shopping and effervescent nightlife. Plus, everything will be OPEN. So now that we’ve talked turkey, let’s help you make plans to enjoy our fall bounty. Getting here Air Canada offers a lot of direct flights from US destinations, which means you can easily jet here for all our Montréal excitement. With gas prices still low, you might want to make it a road trip: don’t forget that we’re just an hour from the U.S.–Canada border. Where to stay We’ve got a pretty awesome Fall Sweet Deal worth checking out that gives you 50% off the second night at participating hotels, plus a coupon booklet worth $455 CDN on major activities… / Read More →

Infographic: 24 Hours In @Montreal

What adventures will 24 hours in Montreal bring? Check out our #MTLMOMENTS infographic to find out what our little twitter friend @LadyTweetFiend got up to during her weekend trip to the city! 

Montreal’s Best Hotel Terrasses

Terrasse lovers, Montreal is your town. With the winters we get, it’s no wonder summer makes us want to hang out outside all the live-long day. There are terrasses of every ilk here, from bars to restaurants to rooftop to street-side, but my hands-down favourites are hotel terrasses. Like hotel bars, there’s a sense of adventure built into the experience…

Raise Your Hands! It’s Spring

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping… and by golly, we’re finally getting ready to wear open-toed shoes. Get in the mood for the upcoming pedicure season with an indulgent manicure. (Groomed fingers = instant poise.) Montreal has got a plethora of top shelf nail bars, so the choice was difficult… but here are our favourites. SHELlAC ATTACK Rouge Bar has three locations around the city, and it’s always a singularly convivial place to get your extremities groomed. Their signature trait are the big TVs that animate their spaces with a constant stream of rom-coms featuring Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Julia Roberts. Catch up on the latest chick flicks while getting a long-lasting shellac mani for a very reasonable $45. MANI-PEDI? STEADY Rock the boat at BOTA BOTA, where all treatments come with a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence and the Old Port. They offer a handy express treatment that will have you looking neat and polished within your lunch break, but we recommend the Spa treatments: the $115 mani-pedi combo takes two hours and involves a peeling as well as a massage. Perk: the salon uses vegan products by Spa Ritual. A CUT(ICLE) ABOVE Reach the pinnacle… / Read More →

Where to Stay for Cheap in Montreal

A traveler or tourist doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to be in the heart of all the Montreal action. Many budget friendly hotels, hostels, lofts and bed and breakfasts in Montreal are centrally located downtown with easy access to the metro system; so exploring all corners of the city is super easy. So for individuals, couples and families who would rather spend their dollars eating, shopping, and doing activities in our beautiful city, then consider the following places to stay…

Hotel Gault: A four-star getaway in Old Montreal

Hotel Gault, in the heart of Old Montreal, is one of the city’s most unique luxury stays. Set in a fully restructured historic building, reinforced against earthquakes with injected concrete, its aesthetic is less ancient than other Old Montreal hotels. By the time Montreal design firm YH2 began work on the project, the original structure had already been transformed through time – it was used as offices and storage space, and few of the original elements were recoverable. The result is a historic exterior and a spacious, gorgeous interior oasis of peace and tranquillity whose aesthetic is mostly contemporary. We spoke to YH2 designer Marie-Claude Hamelin…

Intercontinental Montréal: A luxe niche right downtown

When the lavish Intercontinental Montréal changed hands in 2009, the new owners ordered a complete redesign. In came California-based firm Zebrowsky Design Group, who had a mandate to do everything from redecorate the furnishings to completely transform the lobby’s layout. Montreal and its European heritage was a big part of Tim Zebrowky’s inspiration for all those decisions, from minute to mighty; we caught up with him to discuss his ideas…