This is definitely the kind of place you get to stay when you’re promoted. Sober and chic, this tasteful hotel is a cut above. It's a great location for a business meeting, but also steps from the best shopping and restaurants--it really covers all bases.
Rooms have faux-leopard blankets and flowered throw pillows to liven up the classic style. Some rooms have big bay windows and fireplaces, but everyone gets the free turn-down service from 5 to 7, with tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit, and snacks.
The windows have superior soundproofing to block out the city noise for light sleepers. Merci beaucoup!
Sliding louvered walls separate the bathrooms, which have their own flat-screen TV. Many rooms also have deep-soak tubs.
Classy with dark wood and a fireplace, the lobby warms you up quickly on a crisp winter day.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Just steps off the sidewalk, the lobby is quite small and rather “intimate” at the reception desk. Other people can easily overhear your business.
Oh, there’s a pool, alright! This heated outdoor pool is surrounded by heated cement walkways to maximize comfort. It isn’t strictly a lap pool, so feel free to loiter and enjoy yourself. There’s a charming footbridge over the pool to facilitate access to the beach chairs.
With soaring ceilings and glass walls, the in-house restaurant-bar, Bistro L’Aromate, has a friendly vibe. Specialties include a multigrain risotto with duck confit, asparagus, spinach and foie gras au torchon.
Steps off a bike path (be careful when you open the taxi door), on a one-way artery downtown, the hotel is handy, with taxis driving by with frequency—day and night. There are two metro stops nearby.
For something different and authentic, try Mango Bay (10-minute walk) for their celebrated oxtail and curried goat. For a night in a big, boisterous “factory”-style Italian restaurant downtown, there’s Wienstein & Gavino’s (10-minute walk). Try the calamari and the Neapolitan pizza.
Sample local microbreweries at Le Cheval Blanc (10-minute drive) or take in some live music and cocktails at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
“You have arrived”—is the phrase that comes to mind. This hotel is a winner because of its casual class and the impressive hardwood accents. Fireplaces, big windows, and big tubs make a difference. We love the location, near boutiques and metros. Although there’s no on-site spa, there is that fabulous, four-season outdoor pool. Remember, the city has excellent spas within walking distance.