MONTREAL — A 15-month, multi-million-dollar renovation at the Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Downtown has thoroughly updated the extended-stay property’s suites and public spaces and added 20 suites, bringing the room count to 210.
“Our property caters to a more savvy customer looking for convenience and accessibility,” general manager Marco Carelli told CLN. That transformation to a younger, urban look begins with the exterior, which the renovation updated by removing the cement block and replacing with stainless-steel sheathing. A modernized colour palette favours grey and black.
Inside, the refreshed lobby features new LED lighting, wall treatments and ceramic tiles; a dual fireplace; big-screen TV; a new accessibility ramp; and the lobby market, displaying drinks and convenience foods. Chic colours run to two-tone greys, a design accent repeated throughout the refreshed hotel.
The project reconfigured the mezzanine level, which now offers a 100-plus seat dining area, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Peel Street; 538-square-foot boardroom with new carpet, ceiling lights and updated AV; gym, including new cardio machines, free weights and recumbent bikes; and self-serve laundromat. Placing all of those amenities on the same floor rather than on the 23rd and 24th floors has greatly enhanced guest convenience, according to Carelli.
Hotel corridors, too, were gussied up with new wallpaper (in grey and beige-grey) and carpet (grey streaked with bold red) and new LED pot lights. Elevators were refreshed cosmetically (updated cabs) and mechanically.
Guestrooms now feature ceramic tile (in the washroom and kitchen) and carpet (in the bed area). There are new beds and mattresses, and oversized headboards complementing accent walls redesigned in teal. One-bedroom suites offer a double hide-a-bed, while studio suites have a sofa/chair. Suites are now outfitted with piano-style work desks and ergonomic chairs.
All bathrooms were revamped, and the vast majority now feature walk-in showers (with the exception of two to three suites per floor, which feature soaking tubs, and two redesigned handicapped rooms that offer roll-in showers, said Carelli).
In addition, Residence Inn guests will find kitchens outfitted with new brand-name appliances; ceramic cooktops twinned with convection microwaves; new refrigerators and dishwashers; and updated sinks and faucets. A layer of drywall, added between each suite, will help insulate against noise from adjoining rooms, said Carelli.
On the tech side, suites offer 42-inch flat-screen high-definition TVs, and free wired and wireless Wi-Fi. Guests also have the option of paying a “small fee” to receive wider broadband, said Carelli.