10 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec H2X 4C9, Canada
After a major renovation of its rooms, the former Hotel Opus reclaimed its place in a center of cool, right across the street from hot spots on The Main. The proof lies in the lobby's smattering of models, actors, game developers, and musicians, who are milling around, checking their email via the free Wi-Fi.
Your big, lovable dog is welcome! Also, there’s a $50 cleaning fee per stay for that.
Tastefully decorated in somber shades of gray, the rooms have contrasting abstract art and snazzy throw pillows. There are executive writing desks and 40-inch LCD televisions.
The rooms are perfectly fine, but it’s worth the jump up to a bright and dazzling suite. The ceilings are higher, the bathrooms are spacious and you get more décor accents in faux fur and plush fabrics.
In line with the hotel’s devotion to style, the bathrooms are suitably chic with understated tiles and white tubs. Body products are by H2O, a local Montreal brand.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The entry-level king rooms don’t have tubs, just glass-wall showers. Deep soaker tubs are in the suites.
Is it a lobby or is it a lounge? You decide, because it's kind of both. The signature half-moon couches get people talking, as does the polished marble wall at reception. People mill about reading iPads and watching the action on Sherbrooke Street through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
Start your night at the elegant in-house wine bar, Bar20 Bistro, and explore the dinner menu of classics like shrimp, steak, and salmon.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bar20 Bistro is only open until 11 p.m. on the weekend, and 9 p.m. during the week--bummer.
Hotel 10 has a free luxury car service to ferry guests within a three-mile radius, which is quite far in Montreal. It’s a drop-off service only, not a two-way delivery, so bring taxi fare to get home. Alternately, there’s an Avis rental kiosk tucked discretely into the side of the lower lobby.
There are two iconic Jewish eateries just up the street: Schwartz’s Deli (10-minute walk) and Moishe’s steak house (20-minute walk).
For a classy wine bar, there’s Pullman (15- minute walk), with 450 labels on the list and 50 to order by the glass. Or, peruse the selection of Czech beer and local ciders at Bily Kun (25-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Outside, the hotel's exterior is striking: one half is an art nouveau classic from 1914; the other is a brick-and-concrete contemporary. We love how the two sections were retrofitted with an ultra-modern hotel under one cantilevered roof. Hotel 10 has one of the city’s most sought-after penthouse suites, spread over two floors, with wrap-around glass walls.
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