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HYATT REGENCY MONTREAL

What came first, the Hyatt Regency or the Jazz Festival? Well, the Hyatt did in 1976 but the Jazz Festival moved right across the street shortly afterwards, designating the Hyatt as the place to be for the best shows in town. In fact, you don’t even need to be within the Jazz Festival grounds to enjoy the world-class entertainment. Simply saddle up to the bar, order a cocktail and hit the expansive wrap-around terrace with the best view of the shows happening right across the street. With a full bar and restaurant and a pool with glass sliding doors, why would you want to be anywhere else?

CHEF DANIEL BOULUD OPENING MAISON BOULUD IN MONTREAL

There isn’t a more powerful restaurateur in New York than Daniel Boulud, the French chef who owns Daniel (boasting three Michelin stars) and several other restaurants ranging from an upscale burger joint (DBGB) to a wine bar dishing out top-notch charcuteries (Bar Boulud). After launching outposts in London, Miami, Beijing and Singapore, Montreal is next on his list: Maison Boulud will open for business this winter at the famed Ritz-Carlton hotel, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations costing a reported $150 million…

BAL EN BLANC PREPARATIONS

It’s 7:00 AM and there are still 3000 people dancing. Aren’t they tired? Don’t they want to go home and take a nap? Isn’t it poutine time yet?  No, it’s Montreal’s 17th edition of Bal en Blanc and the energy is far (far) from over…

WHERE TO PROPOSE IN MONTREAL

Looking for a romantic spot to propose to your lady? (Or your man?) Montreal has so many choice locations to pop the question. Here’s a list to get you down on one knee…

TOP 5 URBAN SUGAR SHACKS IN MONTREAL

If you’ve never heard of a sugar shack or think “sugaring off” is some bizarre Québécois insult, read this post. And if you’ve heard of sugar shacks but thought they couldn’t be found within the city of Montreal, you should also keep reading…

A STELLAR VIEW AT THE DELTA CENTRE-VILLE

One of the perks of being a Montreal Insider blogger is that I get to discover all the city’s hidden secrets and overlooked treasures. The Delta Centre-Ville is one such gem. The iconic building has always stood at the crossroads of Downtown, Old Montreal and up-and-coming Griffintown, but as a Montrealer I’d somehow never checked it out before…

3 WAISTLINE-FRIENDLY MENUS IN MONTREAL

The Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile Hotel will soon be serving a low-calorie “De-Light” menu. If you’ve heard of Thalassa Sea & Spa in Europe, the new gastronomy is inspired from their philosophy, that is, balanced nutrition and no added fat, sugar or additives…

THE ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND IN MONTREAL

(Warning: Super-romantic post ahead. Gentlemen readers may want to brace for impact.) Once upon a time, a knight in shining armour called me up and said, “My Lady, allow me to show you a Valentine’s Day in Montreal you’ll never forget.” Not one to resist such chivalry, I jumped out of my slippers and PJs, threw on some red lipstick and donned my cutest LBD…

The InterContinental Montreal

The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…

HILTON MONTRÉAL BONAVENTURE

The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure was built back in the day to accommodate the wave of foreign folk who would come for the International World Fair: Montréal’s fabulous Expo 67. Some 40 years later, this 395-room hotel has certainly been around the block, and then some.