I had booked this hotel from overseas knowing my husband and I needed a place to stay while we visited family. I was looking for a decent hotel well priced in old Montreal, so on a whim I booked this place. We arrived late Friday and was taken immediately blown away by all the post war American art on display, inside and out. At first we thought they were replicas, so we asked the reception and they informed us that the hotel contains a vast amount of Devines, Warhols, Rauschenbergs etc... to name a few. The reception gave us the key to our room which was the Norman Rockwell suite, along with original pieces.
When we entered our room we were again taken aback, the suite was HUGE with a marvelous bed, and small bathroom - which had some interesting quirks, such as the shower not staying in place and the bathroom sink was useless. Other then that the room was lovely really, not well designed function wise, but lovely and immensely spacious.
Breakfast was not great by any means, actually a little disappointing, but the art was spectacular really outstanding. Interestingly most pieces of art were purchased in 2007, so being ever so curious I looked up who owned the hotel, which happens to be George Marciano from Guess jeans. He actually lives with his young companion in the penthouse on top, along with 7 Ferrari's, we saw one parked outside one morning, probably all purchased in 2007 ;). It's a must read the history of the hotel and the owner himself, right out of Hollywood.
Great hotel if you love art and spacious rooms, however it was not designed with function in mind, however we really enjoyed our stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DARE TO BE ORIGINAL! More than just a hotel, this landmark historic renovated bank is now home to one of the most impressive private art collections in North America on permanent display both in the public spaces as well as our guest rooms and suites. Over 120 Contemporary and Pop artworks feature Litchenstein, Warhol, Miro, Chagall and Botero to name a few. Furthermore, this artful and creative experience extends well beyond the hotel thanks to our Cultural Curator. Elegant, spacious and eclectic, our 56 rooms and suites feature lofty ceilings with large windows, spacious work areas, and luxurious bathrooms and exquisite furnishings. Enjoy daily breakfast served in the privacy of your guestroom or in the Winter Garden Dining Room. Our Botero Wine Bar features private imports by the glass, specially chosen to provide unforgettable tasting experience. Sam Francis Gym, massage room, business center and conference rooms and complimentary WiFi will help make your business or leisure travels unique and memorable. Where else can you have breakfast with Warhol, drinks with Botero and sleep with Litchenstein? Yes, all of our suites and junior suites have original works by world renowned artists! The rooms are memorable but the experience is unforgettable! LHotel is located in the heart of Old Montreal, just steps from the Business District, the Montreal Convention Center, the Old Port and trendy McGill Street. Historic, Artful, Urban. We're more than just a hotel- we're LHotel Montreal...Dare to be original... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l Hotel Montreal
- Xixe Siecle Hotel
- Xixe Siecle Montreal
- Hotel Xix Siecle