In Montreal, my hotel of choice is Le Meridien Versailles, located on Rue Sherbrooke, just a few blocks from Rue Sainte-Catherine, one of the main commercial streets in the city. It has easily become my home away from home with most of the credit clearly belonging to the hotel staff, from those who work at the front desk, to housekeeping, to the valet, Robert. The hotel's location is ideal as it's a few short blocks from one of the 747 Bus' predetermined stops, although please note, the walk from that stop is uphill. As you travel southeast from the hotel's entrance, you will find yourself in a charming residential area, perfect for an early morning stroll; northeast along Sherbrooke, you will discover Ô Plaisirs Gourmands, the ideal place for coffee and pastries. Beyond that is the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal and the entrance to McGill University. One of Guy Concordia's metro station's two entrances is right around the corner from Le Meridien on Rue Saint Mathieu.
During the month of November, the hotel was in the final stages of a major renovation project on its guest rooms, not a small task as the effort involved more than simply replacing fabrics and furniture. In some rooms in fact, depending on the tier, they completely reconfigured the space. It is an effort which has paid off handsomely. Contemporary carpeting, furniture, fabrics, lighting fixtures and wallpaper, along with a muted but sophisticated color palette, have given the hotel's guest rooms a brand new look.
One of the room's features I appreciated the most was the extra-large desk which nearly took up an entire wall. It had plenty of surface area for a laptop, multiple electrical outlets, and ample drawer and storage space. Although the work space featured ambient light from the adjacent large windows, it also had an LED desk lamp. Ridiculously slim, it gave off excellent but cool light. The accompanying chair was unbelievably comfortable and whoever decided to mount the flat screen television directly above the desk clearly knew what they were doing. I liked the fact I could work and have the TV on right in front of me.
As you would expect from Le Meridien's parent, Starwood, which also owns the Loft, Westin and W imprints, the new bed and bath linens are excellent. And the designers behind this renovation struck the perfect but careful balance between the needs of the business traveler and those traveling on holiday while also ensuring just the right amount of the cool factor was present. On the bathroom mirror, for example, the flight schedule of Air France's Paris-to-Montreal route ingeniously appears in vertical fashion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our boutique Montreal hotel is set amidst historical magnificence and contemporary architecture and offers easy access to the finest things to do in Montreal including attractions, museums, art galleries, and antique shops in the dazzling Golden Square Mile. Located on elegant Sherbrooke Street West in the heart of the historic Golden Square Mile, Le Meridien Versailles is just a few steps from trendy Montreal boutiques, art galleries and eminent museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Versailles Hotel Montreal
- Le Meridien Hotel Montreal
- Le Meridien Montreal
- Montreal Le Meridien