What We Love
- Those top-of-the-line Toto Neorest toilets (they warm, wash and dry)
- Toasty bathrooms, with towel warmers and heated floors, are very welcome in the winter
- The desk comes with office supplies, including a stapler, scissors, highlighter and Post-Its
- The whimsical incorporation of maple sugar and syrup into spa treatments
What To Know
- The breakfast buffet is pricey, though there’s an à la carte menu
- Rooms have motion-activated lights that make a nighttime trip to the bathroom much more graceful
- This was the first-ever Ritz-Carlton
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Golden Square Mile, as this part of Montreal is known, has the lion’s share of the city’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions, so using the Ritz-Carlton as your base means fast access to everything. The property itself was renovated in recent years and has all the amenities you’d expect, including one of the city’s best spas and 24-hour room service. Nespresso machines, pillow menus, and 24” televisions in the bathrooms bring a luxurious touch to the rooms, which are modern and have good-sized desks. The hotel also houses its own art gallery, a small saltwater pool, and a greenhouse that’s part of the Maison Boulud restaurant, helmed by Daniel Boulud, who has three Michelin stars to his name (and counting). The elegant hotel lobby, known as the Palm Court, is home to the extremely tempting Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar—but you can opt for the traditional high tea instead.
In the Area
The Ritz-Carlton is walking distance from much of the best Montreal has to offer, starting with Mont-Royal Park, where you can run, walk, or hike. (Check out the cross-country skiers, ice skaters, and snow-shoers in the winter!) The tens of thousands of artworks that make up the spectacular collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are just two minutes down Sherbrooke Street—allow a minimum of two or three hours to explore. Some of the city’s top beans, from 49th Parallel Roasters, are turned into top-notch espressos and cappuccinos at Café Myriade, four blocks from the hotel. Stop in the lively Biermarkt for a sampling of over 150 different beers, including seasonal Quebec-brewed ales and ciders on tap, before dinner at Taverne Dominion, a chic bistro with classic French dishes, an extensive wine list, and professionally made cocktails.
How to Get There
This review is long overdue, which I feel bad about since the team at this property deserves nothing but the highest praise, and I should have delivered it much sooner!
My husband had never been to Montreal, so we decided to do a quick two-night stay here en route home from Prince Edward Island to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and his birthday. Mathilde was absolutely incredible and essential in ensuring a highly memorable experience that just blew his mind. She arranged to have two dozen balloons in his favorite colors in the room upon our arrival; he was amazed! And I suspect she had something to with the amazing display we returned to after dinner on our last night -- rose petals strewn artfully on the bed and all over the room, including the bathroom, which was just such a special way to celebrate our first year as husband and wife.
Special recognition to Alfredo at the front desk, who worked hard to get our weary selves into a room early after arriving from a 6a flight, and bellman Ryan, who was so helpful and kind. And the property itself is just beautiful. Our room was spotless, and we really appreciated modern features like blinds and lights you can control from bed.
We will definitely be back. Thank you to the team for making our special trip so amazing!
Stayed there for 6 nights. Love the breakfast and their friendly helpful staff. I like the huge room and the huge comfortable bed. Nice clean toilet. Walking distance to the metro station and to the old town of Montreal.
Overall excellence in hospitality, service, room, bathroom, room service, staff, everything is great. However there are areas that could be improved such as the quality of turn down service which was staff dependent, only valet parking was available, inconveniences with works on the facade with scaffolding and workers. Little details, but for being best world class every details matters.