Le Centre Sheraton
1201 boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, Québec H3B 2L7, Canada
This hotel is a magnet for conventioneers, hockey fans, families, and businesspeople alike. The lobby bar draws boisterous guests for drinks and networking, and the morning crowd shares newspapers at the in-house Starbucks café.
YOU SHOULD KNOW At first sight, the lobby can seem overwhelming busy--and not especially brimming with pizzazz.
Rooms feature leather headboards, connectivity panels, white duvets, and huge mirrors. Because the rooms start on the seventh floor, everyone has a decent view. White-on-white leaf design duvets sit atop the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds, which also feature crisp white 300-thread-count sheets, down blankets, and allergen-free inserts.
The secret is to spring for the Sheraton Club rooms, which can cost between $20 and $80 more, depending on season and availability. It’s worth it for the upgraded décor, amenities, and access to the Club Lounge on the top floor of the hotel, where you get free breakfast, business services, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and executive networking.
In the bathroom, a smooth vanity and a frosted glass door create a spacious feel. Features include the Kohler "water efficient" showerhead, the exclusive Shine for Sheraton bath amenities, and a plush bathrobe.
Busy and friendly, the lobby has a new Sheraton Link digital hub that impresses teens and tech heads who respect the connectivity, gadgets, and the enormous screen.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby can be cavernous and marred by convention signs during the week.
A jewel in the crown of the Sheraton, there’s a salt-water pool on the sixth floor, right next to the fitness facility. It’s 18 meters long, with a maximum depth of five feet. There’s an outdoor deck with views of the hotel’s tree garden.
There’s a more casual eating space with Starbucks coffee, but most people in town talk about the Bistro Le Boulevard. It has red leatherette chairs and booths, rich carpeting, bookshelves, and a floor-to-ceiling wooden wine rack. Chef Martin’s specialty is the grilled flank steak with red wine and French shallot reduction.
The Sheraton, like most downtown hotels, is 12 miles or 20 minutes from Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). Taxis, limousines, and buses are readily available upon. Once at the hotel, taxis abound. Buses and the Montreal metro system are also both within walking distance, while the city's public bike system, BIXI, provides the most ecological way to get around. Just don’t rent a car. Between the construction and the obscure parking signs, it’s not worth it.
Take a cab to Hvor (10-minute drive) in Griffintown and have the tasting menu of locally-grown, organic produce. Or, tuck into a perfectly cooked steak at the famous Queue de Cheval (15-minute walk).
Grumpy’s (10-minute walk) is where local media personalities drink whiskey and gripe about city corruption. Brutopia (15-minute walk) is where you’ll find an array of local craft beer on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love that the Sheraton accommodates every budget and every level of need—from economy getaways for concerts and hockey games at the Bell Centre to higher-end occasions that require a deluxe suite and a private lounge. The pool and fitness center, with expansive views of the city, is a bonus, as is the digital hub in the lobby. However, not everyone will warm to the convention atmosphere at the reception area. If you don’t mind that vibe, you’ll be fine. This is an ideally positioned hotel for sightseeing and shopping.
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