The Ritz Carlton is an institution in Montreal. The building was erected in 1912 and has stayed in continuous operation until two years ago when renovations turned sour and asbestos was found in the walls. The renovations are bringing the hotel up to date with new plumbing and even a 40 foot pool above the ballroom, of course the high standards and opulent touches so well known of the Ritz Carlton brand will remain. One year behind schedule the grand reopening is postponed until 2011. No final date was set just in case any other problems rear their ugly heads.
Obviously you now need an alternative to your fancy Ritz Carlton vacation. Don’t fret; there are plenty of luxury hotels in Montreal to fill all your pampering needs. One standout is the luxury boutique hotel Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Suites. Three historical buildings were merged behind their facades to create the hotel in 2000. Boasting the restaurant, Aix Cuisine du Terroir, focused on regional cuisine and a swanky bar, Suite 701 Lounge, the clientele range from seasoned high -end travelers to hip young professionals. Their spa, RainSpa, is not a typical soak-steam-massage-repeat spot (though they offer those services as well). You can literally soak away your troubles in their traditional Hammam a Middle Eastern style aromatic bath.
Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Suites is just one of the luxurious digs waiting to cater to your every whim for your next trip to Montreal. Your champagne wishes and caviar dreams can still be fulfilled!
Photos Courtesy of Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Spa