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LIVING IT LARGE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL

As a Montrealer, it’s rare that I get to experience the city’s high profile hotels. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ranks amongst our downtown’s top addresses for a deluxe stay near some of Montreal’s major attractions, including Sainte-Catherine Street’s shopping strip, the Underground city, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Bell Center, home of the Canadien hockey team. I was lucky enough to see for myself if the hotel is up to its high-class reputation and I can assure you it is. Known for its modern charm and flawless service, the hotel’s motto echoes what makes Montreal unique in the eyes of locals and visitors alike: “Where Joie de Vivre Comes to Life”. Here are ten facts you need to know about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, should you decide to enjoy one of its 1,037 guest rooms and suites while visiting Montreal.

BOUTIQUE HOTELS : WHERE TO STAY FOR YOUR GIRLS GETAWAY

Montreal is known for her sassy collection of boutique hotels. And I’m often asked, “Which one should I book?” Since each one has a distinctive personality, it’s an important question, because where you check in can set the tone and pace of your ladies’ night out. Here’s a little cheat sheet to guide you in the right direction.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA: OCTOBER 13 TO 24

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) exists to highlight the most original and innovative achievements in film and new media. After 38 years of stellar programming, the 2010 festival is guaranteed to be visually amazing, while offering fascinating stories from around the globe.

10 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR MONTREAL GETAWAY

Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact. We’ve got ten ideas for you to make your Montréal trip greener. From an award winning hotel to an organic spa to a couple of delicious dining options, these suggestions will help you travel in style and on budget, while limiting your ecological impact.

LHOTEL : POP ART LIVING!

Old Montreal’s former Hôtel XIXe Siècle got a very exciting face-lift last April. Not only did its new owner, Georges Marciano (yes yes, Marciano of Guess!Jeans fame), replaced the furniture and linens to upgrade the room’s comfort, but he made the bold decision to make the elegant «Second Empire » building the permanent host of his personal Pop Art art collection.

MARRIOTT: LUXURY AT THE AIRPORT

Travellers arriving, or leaving, from Montreal’s international Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport can enjoy a sophisticated stay at the new Marriott Montréal Airport.  You don’t even have to go outside to get there.  It is right above the U.S. Departures.  Superbly designed  – I love the Wallpaper*/ international style! -  the hotel is bathed in light.

MONTREAL GRAND PRIX 101

Great news guys! As you may already know, 2010 marks the return of the official Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal – and with it, three days of incredible nightlife and outdoor activities taking place from June 10 to June 13. The annual stopover in Canada is the most prestigious automotive event in North America and now is your chance to witness the incredible atmosphere that takes over Montreal during F1 weekend. When Grand Prix rolls to town, thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers take over the streets, making Montreal one of the most popular F1 cities in the world. I’ve already offered you some precious hotel recommendations last week, now here is some general Montreal Grand Prix knowledge that you’ll need during your Montreal trip.

FIVE MONTREAL HOTELS FOR GRAND PRIX WEEKEND

Koko is one of Montreal’s hottest drinking, eating and socializing spaces. Last week, the restaurant-bar (which is part of Opus Hotel) threw a fantastic party to celebrate the opening of their popular patio. As jet-setters, photographers and fashionistas flocked in, I was instantly reminded that Grand Prix Weekend was just around the corner. Here are some hotel recommendations to help you plan a memorable Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal!

PAUL MULDOON TALKS POETRY, TRAVEL AND MONTREAL

In a world of Paris-Hilton-twitter-literacy, Paul Muldoon is a true poetic gem. I sat down with this Pulitzer Prize winning poet to chat about how he writes a poem, the link between poetry & travel and his favorite hotel in Montréal.

GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…