The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is an iconic hotel where we had the chance to stay at for our 10th wedding anniversary. Here's our review.
In our couple, it’s easy: we like the same things.
For our 10th wedding anniversary, we wanted to mark the occasion with a trip. It’s a miss because of COVID-19, however, Jean-Maximilien surprised me to book us a beautiful suite at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, an emblematic hotel of the city that exists since 1912 (and is the oldest operating Ritz-Carlton hotel around the world)!
And what’s more, we enjoyed a great diner at the renowned Maison Boulud Restaurant. Luckily we have an adorable nanny who agreed to babysit our children for a whole night at our home!
Booking at Ritz-Carlton Montreal
Jean-Maximilien has planned things several weeks ahead to be able, not without challenge, to get us a stunning Executive Suite of 93 m2 at the Ritz Carlton Montreal. Of course, thanks to its Titanium Elite status, but also due to its negotiating skills! Most of the customers will not be able to get that. Several talks had to be necessary, and the status is not sufficient in itself.
We benefited from a 4 p.m late departure, enough to enjoy it fully, with the kids who have joined us!
Given COVID-19, it was much more worthwhile to pay in cash than to use 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (with a rate of $290).
Plus, thanks to one of our U.S. credit cards, we had a great American Express offer: Spend US$200 and get US$50.
A word about the Ritz-Carlton Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton brand is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s luxury properties.
The hotel has received numerous awards. The latest is the Travel and Leisure Awards’ “Best City Hotel in Canada in 2019.”
Location of Ritz-Carlton Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is located on Sherbrooke Street in the city center, a short walk from St. Catherine Street and the nearest subway station is Peel Station.
Finally, it will take you about 20 minutes to get there from Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.
Around the Ritz-Carlton Montreal Hotel
I love this neighbourhood. It is always buzzing, with activities, lovely storefronts, museums with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the McCord Museum.
On the food aspect, the offer is also impressive and very broad that can range from an expensive experience to an affordable one. Here are my favourite addresses:
- Restaurant La Maison Boulud offers fine cuisine by Chef Daniel Boulud, perfect for celebrating a special occasion. It is accessible from inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal or from Sherbrooke Street. The outdoor terrace is lovely and romantic.
- Another tested and approved place: the stylish Bar George with tasty cuisine for a romantic dinner.
- The Bar-Restaurant La Cour des Palmiers located inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is perfect for a chic break, and why not try the tea experience: a good souvenir with my friends!
- For a personalized drinking experience, the Cloakroom Bar will serve you a custom-made cocktail, I love it.
- And a lovely patisserie? La Maison Christian Faure is always a success for my taste buds.
- For vegans, LOV Restaurant offers a healthy and delicious menu.
- For a relaxed atmosphere and a craving for burgers, head to the Deville Dinerbar.
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal Lobby
A butler greets us as soon as we arrive and offers to take care of our luggage. I was expecting a larger lobby than that. The place is still remarkable with an imposing reception desk.
In this period of Covid-19, the hotel has set up two ways of traffic for check-in and check-out. The automatic roundabout door has been deactivated. The Bar-Restaurant La Cour des Palmiers faces the entrance, and the room is splendid with its palm-decorated ceiling and flashy bar.
The only regret: the Bar-Restaurant seems less warm and cozy than before. The comfy chairs and sofas have been replaced by modern furniture, which I imagine easier to clean with the current situation. The room is still very nice.
Two elevators are available facing the reception. Once our key in hand, we head there to join our Suite on the 10th floor.
Our Executive Suite
The living room
Our Executive Suite is located on the 10th floor and is the largest one on the floor: about 1,000 square feet. There is a second one on the 9th floor.
The suite makes the corner of the building. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of Downtown Montreal and the charming garden of the hotel.
The living room is vast and beautifully decorated. It is composed of several spaces.
First of all, a pleasant workspace with a desk and chair and a bench at the corner. A safe is hidden inside the desktop.
Then, a dining area with a glass round table, three chairs and a charming chandelier.
A buffet to prepare coffee and tea. You’ll find a Nespresso coffee machine in the right cabinet with packaged cups and glasses, and a fridge in the center cabinet.
Coffee capsules and tea bags are each in a box sealed with a “disinfected” sticker.
Finally, a warm lounge furnished mainly with a three-seater sofa and its pouf, a glass coffee table, a large bench in baroque style seems to me.
The whole thing is complemented by a beautiful marble gas fireplace. A flat-screen television is suspended above the golden frame.
A very nice surprise was waiting for us on the coffee table, to celebrate our ten years of marriage! Thank you, Veronica!
Other details to mention: you’ll find two electric blinds at each window, and you can get personalized lighting with the lights hidden under the false ceiling. You can easily control the lights of all rooms with a smart switch.
The bedroom is luxuriously furnished in shades of purple and silver. In the center of the bedroom, you’ll find the King bed with a velvet bench in front of it. And, on each side, a nightstand and then a wooden valet on the right.
Note the exquisite attention: the concierge has placed two stuffed lions at each side of the bed, with the names of our kids.
A relaxing and comfortable chair, with its footrest and a bench, are placed close to the window.
Finally, two dressers, an old and a modern one, as well as a television on the wall (with a gold frame), complete the whole room.
The dressing room
From the bedroom, we enter the dressing room through a sliding door.
The room is large and includes a make-up/hairdresser corner with a table and a mirror (the latter is unfortunately placed far too high for you to see your face when seated).
Mr and Mrs each have their well-lit and functional space to place their clothes on the hangers.
A dresser is also available. Besides, you’ll find additional cushions if those of the bed were not suitable. We won’t make use of it, the cushions and bedding were of high quality: we slept superbly well.
As shown in one of the previous photos, access to the bathroom is via the dressing room through a sliding door again, equipped with a full-footed mirror inside.
The bathroom is sublime and bright, tiled in marble from floor to ceiling and has floor heating.
In the center, a furniture-lab with two basins and two large mirrors. Underneath the furniture, hand towels, a stool and a scale.
On the right, the glass walls conceal a modern rain shower with a mosaic floor at the Ritz-Carlton image. Next door, you’ll find a high-tech toilet with a built-in bidet, with a heated seat and an automatic detector.
On the left, a (very) deep bathtub and bath accessories, accompanied by a 24″ flat screen television and, facing, a towel warmer.
Some interesting details that I noted for this bathroom were a dental floss dispenser on the wall under the backlit magnifying mirror (the first time I saw this). Some cozy bathrobes and slippers, a toilet control, a towel for make-up removal, an exfoliating glove and other care accessories or practical hooks all over the room.
Another nod to our wedding anniversary: 2 yellow honeymooners ducks were waiting for us on the edge of the bathtub.
Ritz-Carlton Montreal Services
As we didn’t have the kids and we were in the COVID period, the night before, we ordered for a late-room breakfast (it’s not every day that you can afford a sleep in – or at least a gentle awakening without a cry from your kids).
The service has been on time, all arranged elegantly on the dining room table. Anecdotally, Jean-Maximilien will have the unpleasant surprise of having an empty coffee thermos at time to serve himself. The staff has quickly repaired the mistake, and we had a good laugh about it.
We shared a French breakfast that included croissant and chocolate bread.
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal Pool
The swimming pool is located on the 12th floor. It did not open on Sundays until noon. Jean-Maximilien picked up the children at our home so that they could enjoy the pool. The person at the counter offered us a bathrobe, a towel and a bottle of water. And each of our kids received a Ritz-Carlton Montreal bathrobe!
There are no limits on the number of people. At the time of my arrival, two people were already present. We had enough room not to interfere with each other. However, if there are more than eight people, I do not see how you can keep social distancing in the water, given the narrowness of the pool.
There are two stairs to the pool. An open shower is also available.
The beautiful benefit of this space is its open terrace overlooking Downtown Montreal. Luckily, we had mild weather and good weather.
We had a great time with our family to finish our stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.
N.B.: The pool toilets/vestiary were closed with the current situation. It is, therefore, better to arrive in a swimsuit beforehand.
The hotel offers the services of the ST. SPA. James for a relaxing moment (open daily from 10am to 6pm) except Mondays. On the same floor is the gym. It was closed during our stay but offers a wide range of strength and cardio equipment.
Our general impression of the hotel
We definitely enjoyed our experience at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Thank you to the staff for giving us this beautiful Executive Suite.
We will remember from our stay: the great comfort of our King bed, our incredible evening at the Maison Boulud restaurant, where the staff gave a lot to please us, and the delicate attentions found in our room, whether for ourselves or our children. They were happy the next day between the balloons, the puppies and the ducks!