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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Dining al Fresco: Le Saint Sulpice

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Saint Sulpice



Le Saint Sulpice
 
has a prime location the very heart of Old Montreal.  Adjacent to the Notre-Dame Basilica, steps away from the Old Port, this oasis of comfort and peace offers elegance and great service of a 4 Star-4 Diamond hotel. 

At the hotel's restaurant, The Sinclair, At Sinclair, the modern chic decor consists primarily of dark colors mixed with golden touches, illuminated by glimmering lights. It sets just the tone for a gourmet adventure in an elegant yet casual setting.

Consistently named one of Old Montreal's most beautiful and unique terrace restaurants, the Sinclair terrace has long been one of the locals’ closely guarded secrets - a true "secret garden" in the heart of the city, facing the Sulpicians’ gardens (the oldest in North America).  Open from May through October, the (retractable) covered and heated terrace serves the full restaurant menu. The terrace can also be booked for private functions.

The contemporary French cuisine by the Chef offers modern flavours with a selection of market quality fresh ingredients, which pay tribute to local and international produce.


Current night rates at Le Saint-Sulpice start at $132 per night >>

 

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Image of the Day: Hotel 10 Montreal

June 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Presidential Room at Hotel 10 Montreal boasts an amazing view of the city. 

Hotel 10 Montreal

 

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Ritz-Carlton Montreal Debuts Maison Boulud

March 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 


A few months ago, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal's re-opened its doors and unveiled their new $150 million renovated hotel. Part of the multi-million dollar renovations was the much anticipated reveal of the award-winning French Chef Daniel Boulud's new restaurant: Maison Boulud. The combination of the renowned, three star Michelin award-winning chef located in one of the most well-known names in the hotel industry has created a lot of hype amongst local foodies and hotel-guests. Living up to its hype, it has all of Montreal buzzing about its new hot spot eatery. Daniel Boulud has embraced the Montreal culture into his own food philosophy by focusing the restaurant's menu to serve the best "fresh local ingredients and artisanal Québécois products," according to the restaurant’s web site.

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch; Maison Boulud has become Montreal's new go-to spot for special occasions and foodie connoisseurs. The experience is a great one, for those who want to experiment in fine dining in French cuisine. The ambiance, food and service are all top-notch and reflect Daniel Boulud's signature je ne sais quoi elegance embedded in part of his restaurant. If you are in the Montreal area and looking to enjoy the best of what this city has to offer, definitely stop by Maison Boulud for an outstanding gastronomic experience!

 

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See What's New at Ritz-Carlton Montreal

January 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ritz-Carlton Montreal has recently undergone an extensive $200 million dollar restoration. The result is a hotel that offers its guests the perfect mixture of old and new.  The building’s facade was preserved and restored, public spaces were renovated and redecorated, and rooms were redesigned with the utmost in luxury and comfort in mind.

Here are just a few details of the restoration:

 

-Part of the historic building was expanded and converted to accommodate a new residential wing, the Ritz-Carlton Residences. If you've always wanted to live at the Ritz, now you can! These 45 exclusive residences provide the opportunity to live at a renowned Montreal address while enjoying the comforts and services of a luxury hotel.
 

-Guests can shop without leaving the building. Renowned and revered jeweler Tiffany & Co. opened a  2000 sq. ft. boutique just below the Ritz-Carlton Residences.


-Corporate clients were a top priority in the restoration. The hotel’s 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space are incredibly flexible, able to  host formal board meetings for 12 people, larger meetings for 35 to 75 or a gala dinner for up to 350. Perhaps the grandest space at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, the Oval Room meeting space was restored by artisans who hand painted the finishes.
 

-The 98 guest rooms and 31 suites include the Royal Suite, which at 4,700 sq. ft is the largest hotel suite in Montreal. The guest rooms feature high-tech amenities, such as intuitively remembering a guest’s temperature preferences upon check-in, and motion sensors that activate lights to guide guests in a darkened room. The marble fireplaces in many suites are original to the 1912 hotel, while the luxurious and modern finishes were added during the recent restoration.


 

-The rooftop saltwater pool is heated with reclaimed energy from the hotel’s kitchen. Stunning views of the Montreal skyline can be seen from inside or on the terrace and guests can also relax inside the sauna.



-During the restoration of the hotel, enormous energy and resources went into creating the most advanced, HACCP-certified kitchen in the city. The new kitchen, which prepares meals for in-room dining as well as banquets, is able to feed 1,000 diners at a time, and includes the first dedicated fully-kosher kitchen in a large hotel in Montreal.
 
 

-As with all of famed Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurants around the world, Maison Boulud, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is unique to its setting. Traditional French culinary roots meet high standards of hospitality to reflect the culture, tastes and lifestyle of the city, with a particular focus on local produce and artisanal Quebecois products. An outdoor dining area overlooks the garden in the summer months, and a 46-seat glass greenhouse is open off of the main dining room during the winter. Maison Boulud welcome diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Sundays.

 

-Ritz-Carlton Montreal, just four months after re-opening, has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award®, recognizing its status as one of North America's most luxurious hotels. The property joins just three other Five Diamond-rated hotels in Canada, and is the only one in Quebec.
 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Le Saint-Sulpice

December 30, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Le Saint-Suplice:

-At this all-suite boutique hotel you can choose between a spacious loft-style or a one-bedroom suite or an Executive Suite. French style windows open on the courtyard or the historic streets of Vieux-Montreal. All suites feature a luxurious bathroom, an additional sofa-bed, and an equipped bar-type kitchen.

-The hotel's Sinclair restaurant features contemporary French cuisine by chef Stelio Perombelon. Chef offers modern flavours with a selection of market quality fresh ingredients, which pay tribute to local and international produce.

-As a mid-size boutique hotel, Le Saint-Sulpice excels at treating guests to all the small attentions that make all the difference.

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Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type at Hotel Le Crystal for 3 Adults

September 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We would like to stay at Hotel Le Crystal in Montreal and would like to know what is the least expensive room option that can accommodate 3 adults?

Answer: The Superior Suite at Hotel Le Crystal in Montreal, Canada has 1 queen bed and 1 pullout sofabed and can accommodate 3 adults. There would be an extra person charge of 30 Canadian dollars per night. To view the rate and make a reservation for this room, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please fill in the Special Requests field stating ' 3 adults' so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type at Hotel Nelligan for Family of 4

August 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We would like to stay at the Hotel Nelligan in Montreal. There will be 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 5. What room type would be able to accommodate the 4 of us?

Answer: The Petite Suite with 1 king bed would be able to have a rollaway bed added to the room for an additional 35 Canadian dollars per night, and this room type could accommodate your family of 4. If you would prefer, you could request to have 2 rollaway beds added at an additional cost of 70 Canadian dollars per night. To make a reservation for this room, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating 'traveling with 2 kids ages 11 and 5, request 1 or 2 rollaway beds added.'

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Montreal for 4 Adults

July 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We’re traveling to Montreal from August 31st – September 3rd, 2012. We have 4 adults in our group and we’d like to stay in a suite that can accommodate all 4 of us. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Place d’Armes Hotel has a Penthouse Suite with a separate bedroom with 1 king bed, living room with a full size sofabed, and a fireplace. This room can accommodate 4 adults with a $20 extra person charge per night for each person after double occupancy, so $40 per night for 2 extra people. To make a reservation at this hotel, click on the hotel name link, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that there will be 4 people staying in that room so that the hotel can prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #7 Hotel Le St. James

December 25, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #7 spot we have the Hotel Le St. James in Montreal, Canada.

Quick facts about the Hotel Le St. James:

- This historic building is ideally situated in lively Old Montreal with easy access to shopping areas, restaurants, and the financial center.

- Located less than a mile from Central Station and just 12 miles from Dorval International Airport.

- Each room and suite has its own character and personal charm.

- The hotel’s restaurant, XO Le, is Montreal’s highest rated restaurant in 2009 by the Gazette.

- Le Spa, the hotels luxurious spa served as the Merchant’s Bank vault in the late 1800s.

- Pet friendly, allowing pets less than 30 lbs.

- Mobil Travel’s highest rated property in Quebec since 2003.

- The hotel’s original architecture dates back to 1870, with design features that have remained intact over the centuries.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Hotel Le St. James.


Luxury Hotels near the Montreal Convention Center

December 2, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Montreal Convention Center is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than a ten minute walk away from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located a one minute walk away to hotels a nine minute walk away from the Convention Center.

The InterContinental Montreal

Hotel Le Saint James

LHotel Montreal

W Montreal

Hotel Gault

Place d’Armes Hotel

Le Saint-Sulpice

Three four star hotels near the Convention Center are Le Westin Montreal, which is a one minute walk away, the Hotel St. Paul, which is located 8 minutes away, and the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, which is located 9 minutes away.