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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).
Do any of these characters sound like you?
They range from Manolo-wearing fashionista "Susan", to Euro-chic "Pierre", a Parisian designer. Rounding out the roster is "Mike", a hard-working and hard-playing New York doctor; Londoner and party-boy musician "Billy"; and "Dede", the resident method-actress diva.
If your answer is yes, then you're the kind of guest who will find a happy home in the soon-to-be-transformed Opus Hotel Montreal. (To us, this sounds a lot like some other people we know--Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, etc.)
The re-design of the old Hotel Godin has a pretty unique concept: these five fictional characters are the five "muses" who will inspire the design and vision for the Opus Hotel of the future.
Of course, while the Opus Hotel is hoping that their five character design method is going to appeal to a whole lot of customers, they're also frank enough to admit that it might not appeal to everyone. This whole not-keeping-everybody-happy theme seems to be drifting around a lot these days: think Stephen Brandman's comments on bloggers not being their customers.
While we aren't sure if we are more Euro-chic like Pierre or method-actress like Dede, we'd like to think we could fit into the Opus, but begrudgingly like the fact that they won't try to bow to absolutely everyone's desires and become a standard hotel that just anybody could check in to.
The planned transformation at the Opus will last about six months, culminating perhaps with the opening of the Opus Bar and Vodka Bar--possibly in April 2008. The five characters will apparently be inspiring the vivid color schemes and individual fabric touches in the different kinds of rooms, as well as providing the basis and inspiration for a collection of black and white photography.
Let's wait and see if decorating your hotel based on the personalities of five people who don't even exist works out.
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