360 rue St-Antoine Ouest, Montréal, Québec H2Y 3X4, Canada
After a top-down room renovation, the InterContinental definitely got its groove back. It’s still a distinguished business hotel (note the dark wood and maroon accents), but now the décor inspires other kinds of rendezvous.
Pets are treated like family here. They receive a goody bag and a bowl at check-in (with a fee of $25/stay).
Rooms feature leather-and-suede headboards and heavy drapes that pull back to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown or Old Montréal and the waterfront. Why, yes, that’s an i-Pod alarm clock.
Bathrooms are spacious, with separate marble tubs and sexy glass showers. Once you try the Agraria body products, you can’t go back.
Bustling and friendly, the lobby has lots of places to sit and gather with friends and colleagues. It’s open concept, for optimal sight lines.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The initial approach is a bit involved. After entering the hotel’s front door on the main level—where there’s a popular Java U coffee shop—you’ll be greeted by a person who quickly ushers you to an escalator that leads to the reception area. Try to follow.
The 15-meter saltwater lap pool on the 10th floor has a landscaped outdoor patio. No goofing around, please. This is a fitness facility.
Inspired by sunny Provence, the décor at Osco! is bright and friendly, with leather banquettes or open seating. Chef Matthieu Saunier is well loved across town for his succulent lobster bouillabaisse and creamy risotto dishes. There’s a children’s menu, too, for kids under 12 years of age.
The hotel is located above the Montreal World Trade Centre between downtown and Old Montreal. The parking at the Montreal World Trade Center is available for all hotel guests for $25 (self-park) or $35 with valet service. The hotel is connected to the Square-Victoria and Place d’Armes metro stations and taxis are readily available.
Experience the delicious croissants and goodies baked by a real pastry chef at Maison Christian Faure (15-minute walk) or Olive + Gourmando (15-minute walk). At dinner time, go for a night of lively chatter and burgers at Méchant Boeuf (15-minute walk).
After dark, go for a causal beer at Pub St. Paul (15-minute walk) or sample the designer cocktails and eye candy at WunderBar (20-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
It feels like the epicenter of town, not far from anything important. The InterContinental is chic and classy, with enough zing in the décor to banish all traces of cookie-cutter corporate design. Family and their pets feel welcome, as do A-type fitness and/or business titans. The in-house restaurant and bar make it a self-contained property for people who want to buckle down to do some work or hide under the duvet.
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