Get Comfortable While You Enjoy New Art At Le Centre Sheraton Montreal
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal has acquired the rights to 40 archival photographs from the city's nearby McCord Museum, and the photos are to be displayed exclusively in the hotel's meeting rooms. A recent $40 million renovation enabled the artsy purchase, as well as the addition of some swanky new banquet chairs.
Designed with fidgety, conference-bound business travelers in mind, these aerodynamically-configured chairs provide laptop storage space underneath the seat and a hook on the back of the chair (for backpacks, umbrellas, fruit cornucopias). In short, the hotel is doing away with beds completely, and now asking frazzled business travelers to get cozy in their banquet chairs for the duration of their stay.
We're just kidding, of course: Le Centre has also outfitted all the guest rooms with Sweet Sleeper hotel beds, and done a thorough job of replacing all the carpeting, furniture, light and sound systems throughout the property. The art will mainly be on view in the business center, but it is fascinating to see which parts of a hotel get fixed when millions of dollars in renovation money suddenly become available.
As for the art, images depict historic scenes from downtown Montreal as it was in the late 1800s. The above photograph, Market Day, Jacques Cartier Square, was taken in 1890 of the square on (duh) market days.
Many of these beautiful black-and-white images now grace the hotel. Have you been to take a look at them? Let us know your thoughts below!
[Photo: McCord Museum, Hotel Diva]