By Colleen Isherwood, Editor
MONTREAL — When the new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences opens this spring in Montreal, it hopes to be “a social landmark of the Golden Square Mile” with something to do for both guests and locals any time of day.
The hotel is currently taking reservations for June 1. Exterior construction is complete and they are now working on the finishing touches, said Marlene Joubert, the new hotel's director of public relations.
The Montreal Four Seasons is the the company’s fourth property in Canada — the others are in Vancouver, Whistler and Toronto.
The all-new 169 room hotel and 18 private residences will open in the heart of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, one of the city's best shopping neighbourhoods, known for both fashion and art. There will be direct indoor access to the Holt Renfrew Ogilvy luxury department store when it opens in 2020. Old Montreal and the Place des Festivals are a five-minute drive away, and there's convenient access to both Central Station for rail and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Aiport.
The goal is to be Montreal’s hottest destination to dine, drink and connect – with an open-concept series of spaces by designers Atelier Zébulon Perron, flowing across the third-floor lobby level. The hotel will also be home to the first Canadian restaurant by Ethiopian-born, Swedish raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. MARCUS Restaurant + Terrace will take the traditional brasserie in exciting new directions, opening daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MARCUS Lounge + Bar will feature creative cocktails, local beers and light cuisine, plus regular social events and the dark, luxurious Nightbar.
“Montreal's newest luxury landmark is coming to the middle of the city,” Joubert told CLN. “It's a place for people to connect — we want local Montrealers to come into the restaurant. It's going to be accessible — not a place to go for a special dinner just once a year. We want them to come and have breakfast, have business lunches. We want to tap into the arts and fashion community and be the cool place people come. Any time of day, we have something they can do.”
There will be169
accommodations, including 19 suites – elevated on the 6th to 12th floors for abundant
natural light and views of the city. The rooms are designed in a chic, modern style
by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier, blending intelligent design with sensual, sumptuous
materials. There will be housekeeping twice daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, private bar, Nespresso coffee maker and deluxe BYREDO bath
Other amenities include a spa with eight
treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite, Kneipp hydrotherapy experiences, steam room and infrared
sauna. The skylit swimming
pool will have an upstream current generator. The 24-hour fitness
centre was designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. The spa concierge team
and expert wellness advisors will curate treatments and packages so guests and residents can de-stress and detoxify.
The hotel plans to be Montreal’s most
sophisticated modern destination for conferences, gala parties and weddings, hosting up to 400
guests. It has 1,035 m2 (11,136 sq. ft.) of function space – all with
natural light and cityscape
views – on the fifth floor to ensure privacy and exclusivity. There is a central pre-function area for cocktails, desserts or event
registration. The Palais des
Possibles Ballroom is divisible in two or three, with walls of windows at both ends and
the outdoor Belvedere Terrace. In addition, the hotel will feature two sunlit private salons, combinable into one larger venue with meticulous service from expert Four Seasons
Seasons currently manages 112 hotels and resorts, and 39 residences in 47
countries. The company is definitely in growth mode this year, planning to open nine new hotels in a wide variety of destinations, including the one in Montreal.