Ou Est Les Beautiful People? At Opus Hotel Montreal
How’s this for priorities? Opus Hotel Montreal chose its location because of proximity to the city’s party zone – the Plateau and club-crammed Boulevard St-Laurent. If you’ve come to Montreal for some bilingual flirting, this is the place.
The Opus is also a prime example of a hotel trend that shows no signs of abating: Nightlife that rivals the rooms. Here, it’s the model-magnet lounge, Koko Bar, which has the whiff of a Miami pool party: Gauzy white curtains, servers in short sleeves, and the kind of designer oddities meant to convey "personality" – in this case, a lime-green runway and...frog statues. And seating is on banquettes (of course it is).
We checked in recently to see if Koko’s popularity had fizzled, and no--not at all. In fact: A recent guest? Lady Gaga.
Montreal really shows off its joie de vivre in the summer: Check out the Jazz Festival--the largest in North America, and this year featuring a performance by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn--and then hit the after-parties at Koko.
As for drinks: Koko’s cocktails are potent and creative. We like getting juiced on the "Wilde Childe," sparkling wine laced with candied Hibiscus, and we recommend that you do too. Chin chin!
[Photos: AnneLise Sorensen for HotelChatter]