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Luxury Living at the World’s First Ritz-Carlton in Montreal


The Ritz-Carlton Montreal has been the most elegant address in Quebec’s cultural capital since its opening in 1912. The enchanting luxury hotel’s claim to fame? It was the first Ritz-Carlton property to ever open its doors, offering history buffs an opportunity to step into the past when high society gathered here to keep pretty and posh.

More than 100 years since it’s opening, the Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street still sets the standard for luxury hotels in Montreal, blending historic charms with a contemporary design.

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal recently completed a $200 million restoration that transformed the iconic hotel both inside and out. The building’s facade was preserved and restored, public spaces were renovated and enhanced, and rooms were redesigned with the needs of a modern day traveller in mind.

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal features 96 guest rooms and 33 suites, all elegant accommodations that capture the essence of Montreal’s sophisticated urban metropolis.

Each guest room features high-tech amenities that intuitively remember a guests temperature preferences upon check-in, an motion-sensors that activate lights to guide guests in a darkened room. The Deluxe King features tech savvy work station, luxurious bath amenities by Asprey, plush bath robe, relaxing soaker tub, rain shower, Japanese toilet and petite reading nook.

Spa St. James at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal offers 5,500 sq ft of contemporary, elegant space, including 12 treatment rooms, a manicure-pedicure suite, and full service hair salon. Be sure to book yourself one of the spa’s Quebecois-themed treatments that feature local specialties. Indulge in the two hour Maple Sugar Massage and you’ll enjoy comprehensive body work via hot stone treatment utilizing maple syrup spiked cream by Les Soins Corporels l’Herbier.

If looking to plunge head up to the hotel’s rooftop saltwater pool which is heated with reclaimed energy from the hotel’s kitchen. Whether you’re treading water in the pool or basking in the sun on the outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Montreal skyline.

The hotel’s best kept secret is it’s secret garden, hidden from view from pedestrians on the street, the al fresco terrace features a waterfall, petite river and pool, lush gardens and art exhibit. The natural space offers a quiet connection between Maison Boulud’s patio and the elegantly appointed Oval Room. One can imagine a postcard-perfect wedding where guests burst open the doors and spill out into a garden with champagne flutes in hand as white swans paddle to and fro.

Each morning hungry guests wake up to the world at Maison Boulud. The hotel’s signature restaurant offers a mouthwatering brunch buffet as well as a la carte menu featuring French faves. Highlights include Eggs Benedict with smoked ham, spinach, and hollandaise, and Pain Perdu, traditional thick French Toast served with pear compote, salted caramel butter, and maple syrup.

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s most iconic space is the fairy tale Palm Court which offers a warm welcome to every guest who spins through its front doors. Exclusive to the hotel is the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar, offering a selection of carefully crafted refreshments for guests relaxing under the elegant chandeliers that illuminate the petite Palm Court. Highlights include Bourbon Pumpkin-ade (butternut squash puree, nutmeg and cinnamon simple syrup, bourbon, egg white), On Sherbrooke St (vodka, aperol, basilique, lime, white cranberry), and Tropical Ritz (strawberry gin, cointreau, angostura, mint, lime, sprite).

Famed French Chef Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud offers the perfect place to tuck in to a fine feast. With a noted affinity for local and artisanal Quebecois products, Maison Boulud enchants its diners with imaginative French dishes and attentive service in a romantic dining room overlooking the hotel’s magical garden.

Executive Chef Riccardo Bertolino shares his flare for his home sweet home by brilliantly marrying classic French flavours with Italian traditions. Highlights from his menu include celery and caper accented Veal Tonnato, lobster and maitake mushroom topped Potato Gnocchi, and succulent Roasted Guinea Fowl sitting perched over bean fricassee and adorned with crunchy fried kale.

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