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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Infused with French influences, Montreal is a Canadian city alive with festivals, arts, and gastronomy. Blending the Old City with historic streets and charming architecture with the cosmopolitan chic of downtown, the city offers a mix of experiences for travelers. Originally founded as a fur-trapping town in the 17th century, Montreal has been the vibrant heart of the province of Quebec for more than 400 years.

Shaped by anglophone and francophone residents, today the city of Montreal is home to many immigrant communities from around the globe, which has added to the city's multicultural energy and culinary specialties. 

To discover Montreal's energy, Context Travel offers private and small group tours designed for travelers that love to learn. The "Savoring Montreal Food Tour: Exploring the Marche Jean Talon" is a 2.5 hour private tour with a Québécois food expert in one of North America's largest open air markets. While the "Introduction to Montreal Tour: From Fur Trade to Today" is a small group or private tour option to get acquainted with the "City of Saints".

Visit the Context Travel Website to explore Montreal Tour Options

Here are 5 Top Montreal Luxury Hotels with Exclusive Perks:

5. Loews Hotel Vogue

Loews Hotel Vogue

Providing travelers with a private pied-à-terre between two of Canada's largest shopping streets, Sherbrooke and Ste-Caterine, Loews Hotel Vogue is ideal for exploring the Golden Square Mile of Montreal. Steps from boutiques, department stores, and trendy eateries, the property offers a European flair. For dining, Flavor by Loews Hotel Vogue provides an authentically local experience, and La Societe Bistro blends Parisian flavors with American contemporary style.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive Continental breakfast for two daily at La Societe Bistro (also available with room service), a $50 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid at La Societe Bistro, not applicable to room rate), one welcome glass of beer or wine, per person at Lux Lounge, once per stay.

Book a stay at Loews Hotel Vogue

4. Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Next to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and McGill University, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile provides a convenient location in the heart of the city. At the foot of Mount Royal Park, the hotel features a blend of minimalist design paired with Victorian accents from the estate of railroad pioneer William Cornelius Van Horne. Accommodations have Sofitel's SoBed sleep systems, Le Renoir serves gourmet French cuisine infused with international flavors, and the Clefs d'Or Concierge team can assist guests with personalized recommendations.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include Continental breakfast for each guest daily at Renoir (also available through room service), a $75 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, complimentary Internet access, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability.

Book a stay at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal

Since opening in 1912, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is recognized as the Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street. After recently undergoing a $200 million dollar transformation, the iconic location mixes historic elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests of the hotel can visit the Spa St. James for treatments or to relax in the steam room, hammam, or sauna, enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court, dine on refined contemporary cuisine at Maison Boulud, or go for a swim in the rooftop pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a hot and cold buffet breakfast for two daily at Maison Boulud and a $100 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room and taxes and the spa).

Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal

2. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Steps from shopping, sporting, and cultural venues, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is an iconic hotel close to the attractions in Old Montreal. Linked to the central train station, the full-service property recently underwent a massive transformation. Today, guests can enjoy a gastronomic experience at Roselys where fresh ingredients and ambiance blend to pay tribute to Montreal, visit Marche Artisans with an urban market concept for lunch, wine, snacks, or grab-and-go options, or have a cocktail in the sensual atmosphere of Nacarat. This year, the hotel will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Bed-in for Peace.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily in Rosélys, a CAD$100 food and beverage credit per stay, and a welcome amenity.

Book a stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

1. Le Mount Stephen 

Le Mount Stephen

In the heart of Montreal's Golden Mile, Le Mount Stephen is a luxury boutique hotel set within an opulent mansion dating back to 1880. Guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, exclusive Harlequin divine beds with custom pillows, and Nespresso coffee machines, while bathrooms have Cura chromotherapy rainfall showerheads. MBIOSPA Prestige provides an array of spa treatments and sensory escapes, and Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant with a contemporary take on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily English breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

Book a stay at Le Mount Stephen

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| By: Rachael Weir

Today is Canada Day! In celebration, we've gathered five of the top Canadian hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Whether you seek time by the sea in Victoria, fancy a cosmopolitan stay in Toronto, or like to mix history with contemporary style, there's a Canadian property on this list to suit your style. 

1. Fairmont Empress | Victoria, British Columbia

Lobby at the Fairmont Empress

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress is a landmark hotel. Opened in 1908, the grand turn-of-the-century hotel recently underwent a major renovation, restoring the property to the elegance of a bygone era, while infusing the hotel with the latest amenities for luxury travelers. The property serves an elegant afternoon tea (reservations recommended), there's a Willow Stream Spa, and dining, plus the hotel is an ideal base for visiting the Butchart Gardens, wine touring, and whale watching excursions. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily, $100 CDN hotel credit per room/per stay (no cash value), a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

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2. The Douglas | Vancouver, British Columbia

The Douglas

Set along the False Creek waterfront of downtown, The Douglas is a luxury boutique hotel designed for the modern traveler. The Victor serves a seasonally-inspired Pacific Northwest menu overlooking the property's sixth-level Rooftop Park. There is an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with city skyline views, and guests have direct access to Parq Vancouver with world-class gaming and eight restaurants and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a Classic Breakfast for two daily through in-dining, a $100 CAD spa treatment credit, per room/per stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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3. Shangri-La Hotel Toronto | Toronto, Ontario

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Offering some of the largest rooms in all of Canada, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto has guest rooms and suites designed to enhance the sleep experience, Asian-inspired decor, and large bathrooms. Culinary experiences can be found throughout the hotel including at the signature restaurant Bosk with Asian-inspired cuisine, Soho House, and Chef David Chang's famed Momofuku, while the Lobby Lounge offering daily live music is an ideal spot for light refreshments or a glass of wine. The Wellness Floor has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, class studio, and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Bosk Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 CAD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value).

Check rates at Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

4. Le Mount Stephen | Montreal, Quebec

Guest room at Le Mount Stephen

Carefully restored to protect the building's historic heritage, Le Mount Stephen is a boutique hotel in the midst of Montreal's Golden Square Mile. Nestled within an opulent mansion, accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with chromotherapy rainfall showerheads and heated floors. Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant serving chef-created contemporary takes on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily continental breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

Check rates at Le Mount Stephen

5. Auberge Saint-Antoine | Quebec City, Quebec

Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Auberge Saint-Antoine is a contemporary boutique hotel in the city's historic Old Port. This Relais & Châteaux property was built on a major archaeological site, and features displays of artifacts unearthed during the excavatio for the building from the French and British colonial regimes. Guest rooms and suites have contemporary decor infused with historical elements, as well as Bose stereos, Nespresso coffee machines, and bathrooms with heated floors, no-fog mirrors, and soaking tubs. For dining, Chez Muffy restaurant serves classic French dishes with a modern approach amidst a historic warehouse building with stone walls and exposed wooden beams. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily in Chez Muffy Restaurant, a 100 CAD spa credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along Rue Saint Sulpice in Montreal's historic quarter, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal offers an all-suite setting tucked behind Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Adjacent to the Sulpician Gardens and a quiet religious community, the hotel was built around historic stone walls that can be seen in some of the hallways, event spaces (photo below), and select suites. Recently, Five Star Alliance had the opportunity to stay at the property. Continue reading about the experience below.

Event Space at Le Saint-Sulpice

From the moment guests step inside from the cobblestoned streets of Old Montreal, the hotel encourages visitors to "Indulge Your Imagination" through cinema, art, and literature. This theme is infused throughout the hotel within artwork and music. The "Body and Soul" exhibit turns the boutique hotel into an art gallery with an immersive experience where using a mobile phone or tablet, guests can listen to music by Quebec Composer François Dompierre and violinist Angèle Dubeau while discovering portraits created by Quebec designer Jean-Claude Poitras, spread throughout five floors. Read more below the photo of one of the art installations.

Art installation at Le Saint-Sulpice

Within the suites, guests are invited to watch "La Valise" a short film produced by the hotel, and to read "Suite Stories, The Book" featuring a collection of short stories created by 14 authors who wrote the stories while staying at the hotel. The book is also available for purchase. 

The spacious accommodations have kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, minifridges, microwaves, and sinks. There's also a full range of dishes, making it an ideal setting for travelers seeking to prepare simple in-room meals, or travelers planning longer stays. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite Kitchenette at Le Saint-Sulpice

There are sitting areas with couches and coffee tables, large work desks, and French style windows that fully open to allow fresh breezes into the suites.

Suite Living Room at Le Saint-Sulpice

Bathrooms (which are set to be renovated throughout 2017) offer dual sinks, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and L'Occitane bath products. 

Suite Bathroom at Le Saint-Sulpice

Editor's Note: For a truly unique setting, the Presidential Suite offers an exceptional space with a large living room, fireplace, and a spacious terrace with views of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Read more after the photo.

Presidential Suite Terrace at Le Saint-Sulpice

Le Saint-Sulpice Montreal has the Sinclair Restaurant with chef-prepared contemporary cuisine, as well as an outdoor terrace ideal for enjoying dinner or a weekend brunch during the warmer months. There's a lobby lounge for cocktails, and in-room dining is also available. Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, and historic sites, the property is an ideal setting for exploring Old Montreal. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The heated rooftop hot tub at Hotel le Crystal is open year-round and features:

- Certified lifeguard on duty
- Wooden terrace
- Stunning views of downtown Montreal

Hotel le Crystal

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Nelligan's lobby includes a four-story atrium that wafts high above. This aptly-named "Art-trium" is surrounded by beautiful stone walls adorned by the romantic verses of Emile Nelligan (one of Quebec’s most celebrated poets and the hotel’s namesake). The regal scenery provides the perfect respite for gourmet coffee or delicious cocktails.

Hotel Nelligan

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Le Crystal is the flagship skyscraper kitty-corner to the Bell Center in the heart of Montreal's financial district. Within walking distance is historic St. Catherine, haute couture shopping, fine dining, bars and lively cafes.

Hotel Le Crystal 

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| 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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| 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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| 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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| 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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