Last Monday marked the official reopening of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, following an extensive $200 million restoration, where no expense was spared in combining the latest amenities with the splendour of the past and the distinction of a leading hotel. The Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street is back—in all her glory.
“We are extremely proud to reopen this emblem of the very best Montreal has to offer. Montrealers and past guests will still recognize their hotel, and they’ll be simply delighted by what they see,” said Andrew Torriani, president and general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. “The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is a showcase of modern luxury, but it has not lost the discreet charm of the past or the patina of history. Along with the hotel’s reopening, Montreal will also be welcoming two global icons of sophistication: the acclaimed Maison Boulud restaurant and the legendary Tiffany & Co. jewellery boutique.”
For Montreal’s mayor, Gérald Tremblay, “the Ritz-Carlton has always been one of our treasured establishments. We are very pleased to know that this prestigious institution is reclaiming its place in a part of the city that is currently transforming itself for the benefit of Montrealers and visitors from around the world. It represents an important advantage for a metropolis determined to distinguish itself.”
Under the direction of Quebec architectural firm Provencher Roy + Associés, the iconic Montreal hotel underwent an exhaustive transformation. The building’s facade was preserved and restored, public spaces were renovated and upgraded, and the guestrooms were redesigned to feature the very best in luxury and comfort. The Ritz-Carlton Montreal now has 98 rooms and 31 suites. The 4,700-square-foot Royal Suite is the largest hotel suite in Montreal.
The building’s façade was preserved and restored, as were the Lobby, the Palm Court, the Oval Room and the hotel’s famed garden. Many decorative details from 1912, such as marble fireplaces in some of the suites, reflect this masterful blend of old and new.
Guests can dine at acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, Maison Boulud, in the 130-seat dining room, the 46-seat year-round greenhouse, or on the new terrace on Sherbrooke Street. They can enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel’s impeccable gardens, work out at the gym or take a dip in the new indoor salt-water pool.
“Those who were familiar with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal before the transformation will find the same attentive service and stately atmosphere, along with the new high-end amenities found in contemporary luxury hotels. Those who are discovering the hotel for the first time will enjoy a unique experience featuring impeccable service in a stunning setting and outstanding comfort,” concluded Mr. Torriani.
Inaugurated in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, home to Montreal’s elite in the early twentieth century. A symbol of refinement and elegance, the hotel has welcomed some of the world’s best-known heads of state, artists and business magnates. Several of the 20th century’s leading figures have stayed there, including the Queen Mother, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Richard Nixon, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, George Bush Sr., as well as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who celebrated their first marriage at the hotel.
1228, Sherbrooke Street West