Thanks to the upgrade, the hotel now has 98 rooms, 31 suites, and 45 residences (formerly it had 229 rooms and suites combined). The Royal Suite is the largest hotel suite in Montreal at 4,700 square feet, which should keep the celebrity crowd, which has included the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (who celebrated their wedding here), Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and George Bush Sr. Notice that there's a kind of maturity in the names listed. Somehow we don't think Chris Brown, Minaj, or Maroon 5 are making this hotel their home when in town, but if they are, we'd like to know about it. This place seems to cater to the Classic Old School crowd. And that's OK. There's a place for that.
Maison Boulud is Chef Daniel's in-house restaurant and we sampled a number of dishes from the tasting menu ($80). A few dishes that stood out where the burata cheese salad with truffle vinaigrette, pesto and pine nut ravioli, and an upscale version of beef Wellington.
Although each room is equipped with the latest technology, we must note that some of it seemed to still have a few bugs to work out, specifically the fireplaces and remote-controlled blinds in two rooms we walked through. We're sure they’ll have it all worked out soon enough, but future guests should check it out first thing to avoid the “I already unpacked and don’t feel like moving” disappointment.
Have you stayed here since its renovation? Let us know your thoughts.
Rates start at $425 per night for a Deluxe King.