When you think of leading North America cities, you think: New York. Toronto. Chicago. Los Angeles. However, in addition to that list of leading North American gems is Montreal – the premier city of French Canada and one of the most unique cities on the continent.
Montreal isn’t the biggest or leading city in Canada (hello Toronto!), but for a mixture of beauty, culture, European flair and French zest, it’s the place to be. Mixing modern downtown and an ancient historic district with great ethnic neighbourhoods, some bohemian culture, and an impressive assortment of public entertainment spaces – Montreal is the perfect destination for a get away.
Montreal is also home to Canada’s only W property – a contemporary, design-led luxury brand that has 46 properties worldwide. W Montreal is classic and edgy aimed at the luxury modern demographic. The experience at world famous W properties is enough of a reason to visit alone.
24 Hours in Montreal
Special thanks goes out to W Montreal Insider Caroline whose role as the Insider is to make each stay unique and memorable. W has Insiders all over the globe granting exclusive access and spotlighting the best in shopping, culture, restaurants and nightlife. In Montreal, Caroline has all the access and knows the latest and the greatest the city has to offer and so we worked together to cater suggestions specifically to Affluence Avenue’s audience to make this a truly unique 24 hours in Montreal. Thanks Caroline!
There is no better way. Whatever it is you’re looking for: old or new, classic or edgy, French or English; W Montreal reveals another double take and is where work and play merge both above and below ground, day and night. Compiled of 152 guest rooms and suites that offer luxe and contemporary furnishings, Bliss bath amenities and tech throughout, including SPG Keyless entry to put you in control.
Start the day energized with a workout in FIT – the detox centre in the hotel. The hotel breathes luxury as it’s made of minor details that don’t go unnoticed (Breitling wall clock in the fitness centre anyone?). Follow your work out by delicious and protein filled room service while overlooking the city – opt in for “The Montreal” because when you’re in Montreal, you must have the Montreal style bagel.
As you take a stroll to Montreal’s shopping district, local art gallery, or head over for a meeting; make sure to stop by Cafe Tommy and enjoy this Old Montreal gem. Perfect place to catch up on emails over a fresh brew with a gorgeous interior and equally impressive menu.
Montreal is known for its abundance of art from galleries to art murals, and shines with its importance in the international art world. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d’art contemporain are world-renowned institutions. If you’re a fan of modern art and murals, you’re also in luck as the city is mixed with an awesome street art culture, making it an artistic hub. Visit Studio 16 – a street art gallery and creative print shop in Montreal that will leave you contemplating satirical art pieces.
Take a stroll to Rue Sherbrooke for luxury retailers such as Tiffany and Holt Renfrew; and head over to St Catherine street for the local and mid-level mainstream shops. If you get tired, make sure stop for a glass of champagne and a cheese platter at Bistro Le Cap Vert. Enjoy the bistro patio for some excellent people watching right off St Catherine street.
After walking around the city all day, you need some downtime at your hotel so it’s convenient that W Montreal offers the option to unwind in the exclusive Away Spa. Sit back and indulge as the professionals wow your senses and enhance your well-being. Be prepared to receive recommendations for a treatment as the W Montreal staff know best on how to elevate your experience and well being. Arrive early to enjoy a hot detox tea and play around in the “Zen Garden” – a Japanese rock sand used for meditation and relaxation.
If you’re looking for a Montreal staple, you must pay a visit to Old Montreal’s Bonaparte. A Napoleon themed fine dining establishment, the restaurant is distinguished with a live atmosphere, flawless food, sharp service, superb wine recommendations and one of the most unique and appetizing food presentations (think smoked salmon roses). The option for a-la-carte or set menu is available providing for a variety of dishes. However, the signature dish includes the very much palatable vanilla flavoured lobster stew and vanilla flavoured shrimp and scallops which is most definitely unlike anything that you ever tasted before. Opt in for the souffle dessert to get the full Bonaparte experience.
Fine cuisine and chic
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Finish off the night.
As the sun goes down, the city’s vibrant nightlife comes to life. Sip a cocktail in Bartini, Montreal’s most intimate and exclusive bar, featuring only six seats. Alternatively, head over back to W’s Wunderbar and Plateau lounge which are magnets for chic and cultured locals.
Until next time Montreal.