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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…

Come to Montreal and save with the amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package

There’s no doubting, in many if not most instances, that food tastes that much tastier, entertainment is more entertaining, and relaxation is perceptibly more relaxing when you feel like you’re getting the best bang for your shiny plastic Canadian bucks. Life, in fact, feels sweeter when you’re getting a deal, and Montreal continues to outdo itself when it comes to the offer of Sweet Deals for lodging, gastronomic adventuring, stimulating activities and cultural exploration of all kinds…

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…

Raise a glass to the Sheraton Social Hour

What the Anglophone world calls after-work drinks or happy hour, Quebec calls the “5 à 7″. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It acknowledges the necessary transition time between our stressful workaday lives and the downtime we need in the evening. Plus, it implies that a good tipple should take at least two hours. Glad to oblige…

MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE RETURNS WITH NEW YORK THEME

Sure, Montreal in the summer is hot, sunny and jam-packed with festival fun. But the winter is when the city really takes on its unique flavour. Where else can people revel in the streets – nay, in a whole Snow Village! – in a minus 20 degree winter wonderland?

QUEER OF THE YEAR: HOTEL LE GERMAIN

Watch Mikala get everything wrong about the official Queer of the Year hotel. Luckily, she’s got Montreal Buzz insider Alexander Dunphy to school her on the real story behind Hôtel Le Germain. Here’s the story for you…

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL WOWS CULINARY CONTEST WINNERS

Sometimes the job of writing about food for Montreal Buzz seems less like a job and more like a lucky break – and this was certainly the case one sunny Saturday this summer when I joined six other lucky people who had won a Facebook contest put on by Montreal’s InterContinental Hotel…

CHEF DANIEL BOULUD BRINGS MAISON BOULUD TO MONTREAL

Blame it on Daniel Boulud’s star power. The New York-based chef’s spanking-new Maison Boulud, at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel, has been buzzing from the moment it opened its doors. The menu is a blend of Boulud hits and dishes that feature some of the Québec ingredients discovered by the chef on recent trips to the province, like excellent suckling pig from the Laurentians and arctic char from the Gaspésie region…

IN-ROOM PAMPERING FROM MONTREAL’S MOBILE SPA

Jetlag or business travel got the better of you? Have you shopped and dropped? If you’re in dire need of a massage and there’s no spa at your hotel, no worries. Here comes Appia Nomadic Spa Community to the rescue…

MONTREAL’S BEST TEAS

Whether you’re looking for a place to learn about tea practices and tea culture while sipping on a rare blend from a remote region in China, or you just want to don some white gloves and have some good old fashioned afternoon tea, these top 5 tea connoisseurs in Montreal will have you covered…