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Fodor's Expert Review W Montréal

901 Square Victoria, Montréal, Québec H2Z 1R1, Canada See on Map

A proper showcase for your Prada luggage! Attuned to international design, the W is a place with brand appeal where people like to see and be seen.

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room

The bright, airy rooms were redecorated recently with faux fox pelts and murals of the Old Port, while more attention went into making the rooms comfortable for entertaining visitors in the guests’ rooms.

Celebrities reserve the penthouse suites because of their wraparound terraces and 12-feet ceilings—super fancy.

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bathroom

The open-concept bathroom—with large double sink and deep soaker tub—is on view for all to see from the bed and sitting area.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The glassed-in showers are also visible from the room, offering no privacy for the modest. You have been warned.

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lobby

Check out the centerpiece installation—sometimes water, sometimes flowers or rocks. It changes, but it’s always dramatic—signaling what’s to come. The reception desk is discretely off to the left-hand side.

Some guests don’t notice the Plateau Lounge because it’s a half-story up, on the mezzanine level. It’s private and the site of much intrigue.

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dining

The SoHo art gallery concept makes E.A.T Restaurant a visually interesting spot for hipsters to eat the house tartare and seafood.

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LOCATION

Getting Around

W has a great valet service, but try not to rent a car if you don’t have to. There’s very little parking in Old Montreal, where the streets are narrow and confusing. Also, the Square Victoria metro is literally across the street from the hotel.

Restaurants

Just a few feet down the street, there’s the celebrated French brasserie Holder (5-minute walk), or go for the sensational five-course tasting menu at Les 400 Coups (5-minute drive).

Bars

WunderBar, in the lobby, offers groovy music and celebrity sightings. However, jet-setters looking for an absinthe bar can sample the "green fairy" at Sarah B. Or, savor some bubbly at La Champagnerie (10-minute walk). You can indulge by the glass or the bottle and the selection changes monthly.

WHY WE LIKE IT

There's a cache to staying at the W. The hotel's name recognition is off the charts and nobody needs directions. This landmark property announced to the world that Montreal was worthy. Then it renovated the rooms and restaurant to stay fresh. We love the slinky lobby, with a built-in couch running the entire width. It's excellent for people watching.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 514-395–3100

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