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Sofitel Montreal: A Fabulous Transformation
 
A vivid stained glass mural greets visitors

The two-story lobby is filled with light

The modern lobby is a stylish place to lounge
Elegant and refined – a table at Renoir
Canadian Down Comforters, original art and rich appointments in the guestrooms

Story by Felix von Marck
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

Very few hotels have captured contemporary style and design like the Sofitel Montreal. This bold 16-story glass and steel tower, originally an office building built in the 1970s, is an inviting gentle giant of crisp minimalist architecture on the outside. The colorful lobby, graced with dramatically high ceilings, wonderful works of art, interesting furnishings, and appealing sitting areas feels more like an exclusive club or gallery. The lobby is a delightfully bright place to rest and admire the attention to detail that makes the Sofitel Montreal so unique. For a dramatic entrance, a luminous stained-glass art piece created by the Montreal artists Isaac Alt and Titu Dragotesco adorns the bi-level wall of the lobby. More color awaits guest where a large Fernand Léger-styled hand-woven rug complements the modern furnishings.

Located, invitingly enough, directly off the lobby is the Provençal inspired restaurant Renoir and the warm, yet modern Le Bar. Chef Eric Fraudeau captures the spirit of Provence in his cuisine at Renoir mixing fresh flavors, fine ingredients, and the aromas of the French region that has been an inspiration to artists and culinary connoisseurs alike. The Sofitel Montreal is located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile and museum, gallery patrons, and shoppers on historic Sherbrooke Street have made Le Bar a required respite. With its 18-foot high ceilings and a fabulous outdoor terrace Le Bar attracts a who’s whose of jet setters and society who stop in for a perfect cosmopolitan and to enjoy the sophisticated ambience.

At the Sofitel Montreal the airy and open guestrooms are stylish, luxurious, and modern in both aesthetics and attitude. Warm tones, beautiful woods, and soft lighting create restful rooms - each designed with a distinct area for relaxation, work, and sleeping. Large windows fill the rooms with natural light and provide views of Mount Royal or downtown. Black and white photography and an original painting by a local artist bring art into the discreetly, yet luxuriously appointed guestrooms. Canadian goose down duvets, woods from South America, Roger & Gallet bath products, marble and granite bathrooms, and interactive TV are a few of the luxuries that await guests. The luxury of refined soft tones complement and contrasted by vivid art works, forward design, and a warm luxury abounds at this great hotel.

The prime location of the Sofitel Montreal is a near perfect base for a luxurious and cultural visit to Montreal. Fine dining, exclusive shopping, and world-class museums are all nearby. Even if you do not have the chance to stay at the Sofitel Montreal plan a visit to Le Bar for cocktails and to view the smart design and intriguing art work at the hotel. For more information about Sofitel Montreal and other Sofitel hotels and resorts, visit Sofitel online. For more information about planning a perfect adventure in Montreal, visit the official Tourisme Montreal web site.

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