A few days after the Ritz-Carlton reopened I popped in for a look. The front desk staff are so (justifiably) proud of the renovations they gave a tour of the ground floor rooms. Came back the next week for lunch with a friend and we were again proudly shown the changes, with interesting historical construction trivia thrown in. (We then did an unauthorized tour of the reception rooms on the second floor. Beautiful and in keeping with the tradition of the old hotel.
Although I lament the disappearance of the old Ritz Cafe, lunch in the new restaurant was excellent.. Returned for dinner for six and again impressed with the food. And the service - AAAAHH!!! The bar is not as intimate as the former basement Maritime Bar, but has a well executed modern design. And my son's observations indicate the bar is a good place for young professionals to mix.
Last month I took a Toronto friend to the 'garden' for brunch. Again, good food, service and room design. In the 60's and 70's I lived near the Ritz and Sunday's indulgence was buying the NY Times at the Ritz news stand and taking it to breakfast with the ducks. Was initially against the conversion of part of the garden to a solarium off the restaurant - until we ate there in March. Will be back this month with my husband and hope the ducks are too.
Hopefully, the news stand will be reinstated. It connected the hotel to the neighborhood.
Sherbrooke Street lost much of its vibrancy during the closing of the Ritz. The sight of it looking like an abandoned queen with garbage in its urns and the occasional doorway sleeper and construction debris in front saddened all of us who had loved her. The long-awaited reopening restores life to Sherbrooke.
Congratulations and welcome back, Ritz-Carlton!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When it opened its doors in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal set a new standard for luxury. Today, more than 100 years later, the Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street blends its historic splendor with contemporary design, offering an unparalleled hotel experience in the heart of downtown. The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is the only Quebec hotel to hold the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Montreal Hotel Montreal
- Montreal Ritz Carlton
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