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Sixty Hotels to Take Their New Brand to Montreal in 2016

Where: Montreal, Canada
January 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | ()

Last week, we showed you all around the revamped Gordon Bar at the reinvented Sixty Soho, formerly 60 Thompson. We hope you took a good long look at that stuff because you'll be seeing more of Sixty Hotels in the very near future.

The brand, created by the Thompson Hotels founders, is about to open Nautilus South Beach this spring, followed by the newly announced Sixty Hotel Montreal, opening in late 2016. This will be the sixth property for the new-old brand. How fitting.

Here's a press statement from hotelier Jason Pomeranc on the decision to open in Montreal on René Lévesque Boulevard in the Central Business District:

“The cultural and creative sensibility of the city along with its jet-set style makes Montreal an ideal location to open the next SIXTY Hotel” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of SIXTY Hotels. “Montreal is filled with eclectic and inspiring neighborhoods and offers fantastic global appeal. Our plan is to build a hotel that takes its inspiration from the local architecture and character of the city, while injecting SIXTY’s flair for hospitality to create a very chic and sophisticated destination hotel.”

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Montreal Says 'Bienvenue' to a New ALT Hotel

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  Site Where: 120 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 4B8
February 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

Groupe Germain Hospitalité is opening its fifth ALT Hotel at the end of March: the ALT Hotel Montréal Griffintown. Along with Hôtel Le Germain Montréal and ALT Hotel Brossard Quartier DIX30, this will be the company’s third hotel in and around the city. It will also be the first hotel (try to keep with all of these stats!) to open in cool-sounding Griffintown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods now home to Montréal’s Fashion Week and its own bespoke beer, Griffintown Blonde Ale from Brasseur de Montréal. (You know you’ve made it when your name’s on a beer, are we right?)

The hotel will continue to fulfill the ALT Hotels mandate of offering a “no-frills-chic hotel concept combining modern design and eco-friendly features at an affordable rate.”

See more renderings below!

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Starwood Hotels Really Wants You To Spend Winter In Canada

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  Site Where: Various Hotels, Canada
February 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM | by | ()

Yes, it’s winter and yes, Canada can be cold. But that also means fluffy snow and chestnuts still roasting by an open fire. Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants to entice you to visit the country with some “winterful” packages (yeah, yeah, we know!).

1) “Two Nights are Never Enough in Canada: Two for the Price of One” package –- This sweet deal lets you book a long weekend of your choosing at over 50 Starwood Hotels across the country so that you can cuddle up during those cold, dark nights of winter. You pay for two nights and they’ve got the third one covered. Rates in a Deluxe King at the Westin Calgary, for instance, will only set you back $179, but you need to arrive between Thursday and Saturday.

2) It’s Hockey Night in Canada –- With the “Hockey Night Special” package at the newly-reno’ed Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, you get a special rate of $139 for a Traditional King on home game nights. Montreal’s Bell Centre is across from the hotel, so if you have that beer swagger going on after the game, you’re nice and close.

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Famous Swedish Hotel's Guests Can Get Busy On Ice

January 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM | by | ()

Raise your hand if you've had sex on the beach.

Congrats, you're one of a million. You got sand in your shorts (or worse). You positioned yourself in the corner of the small lifeguard stand. We're awfully proud. Did you watch the sunset and brush her hair behind her ear, too? Yawn.

Now, a show of hands, who's melted a forearm into a bed before? No? That's what we thought!

But, seriously, our headline is meant to be taken literally, kids. Ice hotels can be hella romantic, and the novelty of the experience will knock your socks off. Though keepin' 'em on is a special kind of sexy we can't imagine.

We're fresh off a stay at Sweden's Ice Hotel, and we can tell you firsthand the stories of individuals breaking a sweat in the heat of the night are totally true. Can you get sticky in your sleeping bag? Youbetcha!

So instead of moaning about the plummeting temps outside, we'll show you how it can get steamy, even in the Arctic.

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InterContinental Montreal Stay Gets You Free Night At Ice Hotel

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  Site Where: 360 Rue Saint Antoine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2Y 3X4
January 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Not that you want to hear about cold weather and snow during what seems like the coldest week ever (Ed note: don't be too sure!), there's something cool (pun intended) happening north of the border: Today marks the official opening of Montreal's Snow Village!

Built in the city's Parc Jean Drapeau, the Snow Village is North America's first and only entire village made of snow and ice. Now going on its second year, the architects and sculptors used the Big Apple as inspiration for this year's layout and design behind the attached Ice Hotel. It's like Montreal's very-own (snowy) version of Central Park and we're not above making snow angels.

As the official partner, InterContinental Montreal launched several packages that include one night with breakfast and transportation to the hotel and one night at the Ice Hotel in Snow Village.

Guess we'll need to explain that Ice Hotel if you've not heard us talk about it before.

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Stay In Yoko and Lennon's Bed-In Room At The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

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  Site Where: 900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W , Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3B 4A5
December 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

Each year on December 8th, the day Lennon was murdered, roses are left anonymously by the door of suite 1742 at Montreal's Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

This room was the location of John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace back in 1969.

It was the second of two sit-ins the newlywed couple held as a non-violent way of protesting war, hoping to create awareness and inspire others to promote peace.

After the first Sit-In in Amsterdam, the plan was to originally hold the second in New York City, but John was denied a US visa because of a previous conviction for marijuana possession. They changed plans and headed to the Bahamas, but apparently John couldn’t find a big enough fan and he wasn't one to get sweaty between the sheets, so the couple left abruptly for Montreal after John found the island too hot to stay in bed for a week.

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We've Fallen in Love With These Autumn-Themed Cocktails

November 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM | by | ()

If you can resist this pumpkin-pie loaded shake--there's something wrong with you. Period.

Yes, some parts of the country have experienced their first bouts of snowfall, it’s still considered autumn per the calendar, and many hotel restaurant bars have a host of seasonal drinks created just for this time of year.

And damn, with all that's happened in the last few weeks (natural disasters, elections, secrets, lies, and...Donald Trump causing a stir) don’t you feel like--well, you could USE a drink? And a good, creative one at that?

We want to pay homage to the mixologists, or whatever the like to call themselves these days that have put in work to present some serious dranks (yep, we said it right, fact checkers) for the fall season. Thanksgiving is next week (AY!), today starts the unofficial weekend...let's toast it up !

Holsteins Shakes and Buns at the Cosmpolitan Las Vegas: This throwback restaurant gets major props for its Pumpkin Pie Bamboozled Shake, an alcohol-infused treat made with Sapling liquor, pumpkin pie filling, graham crumble, cinnamon syrup and pepita brittle. You can handle the Thanksgiving trip sipping a few of these.

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A Look Inside the Newly-Renovated Ritz-Carlton Montreal

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  Site Where: 1228 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G1H6
October 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal recently underwent a $200 million facelift , reopening at the end of May with refurbished rooms and adding new 3-Michelin-star Chef Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud restaurant to the mix. These "modest moves" earned them a Five Diamond rating this month. The recognition makes them one of four to earn the honors in Canada and the first and only in the province of Quebec.

Between the stars and the diamonds, that's a lot of accolades, so this hotel should need to be quite impressive as we're not ones to fall over awards that seem to be given out as frequently as free samples for sugarless gum.

But it turns out the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal ain't half bad and we'll tell you why.

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The Great Canadian Hotel Bar Hop: Plateau Lounge at the W Montréal

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  Site Where: 901 Square Victoria, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2Z 1R1
September 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.

Well, it had to happen. Autumn is peeking just around the corner. In certain parts of Canada, the leaves are already starting to turn. For those of you who really embrace the whole crispness-in-the-air thing, you’ll love Montreal in the fall and the W Montreal's Plateau Lounge in particular.

When you enter Plateau Lounge you feel like you’ve walked into an autumnal forest, all cozy with orange and brown hues and trunk-like wooden tables. The bar itself has red and ochre leaves pressed into its illuminated top.

To get into the fall spirit if you’re not quite there yet, try the “Milton’s Muse” cocktail made with gin, Apfelkorn, house-made lime cordial and apple juice, or the “Saraswatini” consisting of Poire William, Amaretto, pear juice and, yes, apple juice.

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3 Under-the-Radar Hotels

July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM | by | ()

Sure we love big name hotels with glam names and cache behind them—they’re crazy exciting. But there’s something about those hidden places. They don't get a lot of fanfare, but are worthy of being celebrated. And while we hesitate to reveal them for fear they'll blow up and start smelling themselves (aka get big heads), we think you should check them out the next time you're in their neck of the woods.

1. Villas Sur Mer, Negril, Jamaica
While everyone exclaims about the big three resorts in Negril's West End (namely Rockhouse, The Caves, and Tensing Pen) the Villas Sur Mer is an 18-room hideaway that's one-to-watch as the others have started to rest on their laurels. Each villa here is made up of huge one-to-three bedroom units with kitchenettes, sitting rooms, free WiFi (and free calls to the U.S. and Canada!) and even patios with cute wooden porch swings made from rich greenheart wood. There's a deep sense of privacy here thanks to the jungle-like thicket of palm and ackee trees surrounding the property. Plus, each home is spread apart, none more than the stand-alone six-bedroom seaside villa, popular with families and wedding guests.

This is the West End, so there's no beach. But the hotel's lagoon-like pool and oversized hot tub is quite nice and Seven-Mile Beach is just 10 minutes away. Two of the coolest things about VSM is the onsite underground tunnel to Negril's famous cliffs and a ladder that leads right into the Caribbean sea for amazing snorkeling.
Rates begin at $200 per night with a 3-night minimum

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The Ritz-Carlton Montréal to Reopen Its Ritzy Doors on June 1

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  Site Where: 1228 Sherbrooke St. W., Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1H6
May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM | by | ()

The super-luxurious Ritz-Carlton Montréal is opening its doors once again on June 1 after an extensive renovation that saw it revamp its public areas as well as all of its rooms and suites.

This Grande Dame of a hotel has kept its belle époque style intact in its lofty lobby, Palm Court and Oval Room with coffered ceilings, much marble, and gold flourishes, but they’ve added a contemporary elegance by bringing in lots of whites, greys and textured woods.

The rooms and suites, too, are ritzy (sorry – we just couldn’t resist) with white, grey and yellow in abundance, modern lighting, and luxe decor. They’re a thing of beauty.

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Don't Lick the Ice Sculptures and Other Tips for Staying at Montreal's Snow Village

January 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we told you about Montreal’s new Snow Village, the first North American outpost of the chain with structures in Finland and Norway. Today, we're about to tell you what it's like on the inside. Yes, despite arched eyebrows from our pals, we spent the night in the "ice hotel". We’re troopers like that. Or so we thought.

First thing—we were prepared for things to be a bit wonky the first few nights as this is new territory for Montreal. It’s not like Quebec City’s Ice Hotel—a well run operation in effect for years. But, things did go a bit haywire during our visit.

The registration process in the welcome center involved a seemingly normal contract—no smoking, lock your valuables, we’re not responsible if you slip—until the last paragraph, advising guests “not to lick any of the ice structures.” Visions of Flick’s tongue sticking to the pole in “A Christmas Story” danced in our head.

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