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While in Quebec City last week, we had the chance to stay at the infamous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and discovered it'll undergo a multi-million dollar renovation project to celebrate its 120th year. Don't worry, though, retaining the historic charm that's been the hotel's backbone since day one is part of the construction plan.
The renovations will include the guestrooms, main lobby, banquet areas, health club and restaurants. The various projects will be carried out in different phases between May 2013 and early 2014. The hotel will remain open during it all and says "special care and extra efforts will be devoted in order to minimize the inconvenience, visual impact and noise-related nuisance for clients during the renovations." We believe them, considering we toured a room right next to one that was being overhauled and we didn't hear a peep.
Fairmont has dedicated a website to the renovations where you can follow along with the progress being made. The photos in this post show the layout, design, and decor of two prototype rooms, though the hotel said the final product could differ slightly. We found the changes to be most welcome, especially in the bathroom. What say you? Are you liking the new look?
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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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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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Recent snowfall in Colorado and Utah have kicked off an early ski season sparking a storm of deals and packages from resorts across the country. It's not uncommon to see early-bird discounts this time of year, but it appears there's an extra bit of excitement after last year's flop of a season.
It seems every mountain resort imaginable is offering some sort of bargain, whether it's ski and stay discounts, kids ski free, or complimentary hotel nights, so check around before checking in.
Here’s a sampling of some of the best deals from major areas in the US and a few from afar:
Winter Park, Colorado: This local favorite owned by the city of Denver rewards guests who book a five-night stay ($169/night) at the Vintage Hotel before December 12th with a free season pass. The resort puts icing on the cake with a snow guarantee - previously booked nights can be rescheduled if snow conditions are not up to your liking.
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.
Quebec’s Hôtel La Ferme, has officially opened its doors after a soft summer trial. French for “The Farm Hotel”, the modest property just 43 miles east of Québec City is part of the up-and-coming Le Massif de Charlevoix complex, developed by Daniel Gauthier, a former Cirque du Soleil executive, who has attempted to bring that sense of awe here.
Many equate the Charlevoix region with a skiing and snowboarding scene, but it’s becoming a year-round destination due in part to this new project that spans 70 miles from Petite-Rivière Saint-François to La Malbaie. Fall brings colorful foliage and bountiful farmer’s markets in the public square that showcase produce, cheeses, foie gras, wines, and beers. Spring and summer uses the gondola for access to hiking and biking trails.
The hotel itself has 145-rooms spread out across five pavilions. Utilitarian in color and style on the exterior and green in practice—geothermal heating and cooling systems are used as well as a water and rainwater collection program—the inside appears more visually interesting.
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.
Even Canadians say that visiting Québec City is like visiting a quaint European metropolis, minus the long flight involved. Old Québec may be a fortified city with UNESCO World Heritage status, but the TRYP Québec Hotel PUR is most definitely of a modern vintage.
The hotel is located in the newly-hip district of Saint-Roch, formerly a warehouse-type neighborhood now filled with trendy shops, excellent cafes and restaurants, artists and artisans, students, and the professional IT crowd.
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ALT Hotels, the ALTernative brand from Groupe Germain Hospitalité, has recently opened up their first hotel outside of Québec at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
As we first mentioned in April, ALT Hotels are aiming for, maybe not world domination, but certainly Canadian domination, as they actively expand their ALT hotels across Canada. Current locations include Québec City, Montréal’s Quartier Dix30 and now Toronto. Plans to open ten ALT Hotels across Canada by the end of 2016 are underway, with three new properties already in development at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport, in Montréal’s District Griffin and in Winnipeg’s Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED).
A no-frills-but-still-oh-so-chic group of properties, ALT Hotels are pared down versions of Groupe Germain’s Le Germain boutique hotels, which are found in Québec City, Montréal, Calgary and two in Toronto. And while Le Germain hotels are the full-meal deal, ALT hotels have cut down on some the high-end perks of a hotel stay.
After giving you more Thompson Hotel Toronto than you ever thought you could want, we decided to expand our Canadian horizons, and found a dose of stylish design up in Quebec City. Hotel Pur opened last year and is now introducing its new restaurant, Table.
Like the rest of the hotel, Table is designed to look at home in the pages of design-porn magazines like Dwell and Wallpaper, and will be serving small plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The stunning, cliffside Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is turning 110 years old and to celebrate, the hotel is offering rates for--you guessed it--$110 a night. While the stays are good through December 22, you must book between October 12 to 31. The rate is also open based on availability. The hotel suggests you call in person at 1-888-403-9199 to book. Normally, rooms are about $170CAD a night.
So what do you get for $110 a night? Well, nothing really besides a room which is non-refundable and full pre-payment is required.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven KatieK fantasizes aboot Canada. Enjoy.
Oh, Canada. Land where yaks run free (right?), maple syrup falls like the Dow, and disenchanted liberal and conservative Americans alike can find a common escape route. And who needs to wait until Nov. 4th to determine who's heading north? Hell, I'm ready now. (From my outpost in Washington, D.C., I'm as fed-up with the election as anyone--except maybe Joe the Plumber from last night's debate.)
That's why this cubicle dreamer is setting her sights on Quebec City's Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. While the rest of you schmucks wait out America's return to the proverbial City on a Hill, I'll be sleeping pretty in a dreamy storybook castle, lofted high on a St. Lawrence River bluff.