Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Le Crystal
1100 rue de la Montagne, Montréal, Québec H3G 0A1, Canada See on Map
It's no wonder A-list performers stay here, considering Le Crystal's dramatic style and luxury suites, which pamper travelers with spa-style bathrooms and separate soaking tubs. The downtown location is a big perk.
The floor-to-ceiling windows make every suite feel grand. Chocolate-brown accents, warm wood, and beige leather tub chairs set the mood. Everyone loves the kitchenettes, the ergonomic work stations, the dining room table, and the Nespresso machine.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Compared to the dramatic lobby, the standard Queen suites are surprisingly drab--lots of beige everywhere. Yawn. There is much more style in the executive suites and various penthouses.
Nice and roomy, the bathrooms have glass showers, rain spouts, plush robes, soaker tubs, white "bowl" sinks on marble counters and crisp white towels.
Soaring ceiling, high drama. The lobby is a showpiece. It has enormous "snowball" chandeliers, contemporary seating, impressive columns, and a branded waterfall wall. There is a business center in the lobby with touch screen computers and an on-site Starbucks.
Turquoise mosaic tiles make this indoor pool special. It's large enough to exercise and canoodle.
The Chrystal went above and beyond with this saltwater pool, as well as their outdoor hot tub and Swedish sauna. There's also a 9,000 square-foot fitness facility.
The hotel's bistro, La Coupole, has a series of white plates of the blackboard wall, signed by celebrities. The bistro serves traditional, family cuisine using products from local artisans from southern Québec regions. On the second floor, there is also a lively terrace, not to mention one of the three different sections of the hotel's Bar & Lounge.
Located in the downtown core, near the Bell Centre and museum district, Le Chrystal is on a major east-west axis. That makes it easy to find and easy to get around. Everything is a $10 taxi ride away, or a 10-minute walk. The nearest metro stop, Lucien L'Allier, can be dodgy at night, so spring for a cab.
Restaurant Kazu (10-minute walk) is a tiny, noisy Japanese eatery with an open kitchen, no reservations and a fiercely loyal following. For a leisurely night in a clubby steak house, make a reservation at Queue de Cheval (5-minute walk). They also prepare seafood dishes.
Upstairs Jazz Bar and Gill (5-minute walk) features celebrated professors from McGill and Concordia Univeristy, as well as excellent classic cocktails. Or, try Bier Markt Montreal (2-minute walk) can be relied upon for an energetic crowd, interesting architectural decor and lots of beer on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The ample selection of five different types of penthouse suites makes this hotel attractive for high rollers and celebrities who need space and style for their entourage. We love the expansive views of the city--especially from the 9,000 square-foot fitness facility and outdoor hot tub. There's free Wi-Fi everywhere and a new business center in the lobby with touch-screen computers, for all of your business needs. Animal owners are pleased by the Crystal Pet Kit (included in $75/stay pet fee). The kit provides a water bowl, food bowl, and treats.
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