Officially re-opened on Monday, The Ritz-Carlton Montreal has debuted its new façade after an extensive $200 million restoration that was embarked upon to provide customers with the latest luxurious amenities.
"We get few such opportunities in life. We are extremely proud to reopen this emblem of the very best Montreal has to offer. Montrealers and past guests will still recognize their hotel, but we believe they'll be simply delighted by the improvements they see," said Andrew Torriani, president and general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. "The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is a showcase of modern luxury, but has not lost the discreet charm of the past or the aura of its rich history. Along with the hotel's reopening, Montreal is also welcoming two global icons of sophistication: the distinguished Maison Boulud restaurant by acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud and the legendary Tiffany & Co.'s jewellery boutique."
Transformed by Quebec architectural firm Provencher Roy + Associés, the Ritz Montreal’s restoration preserved the iconic façade while renovating public spaces and upgrading guestrooms to adhere to the utmost luxury and comfort. Offering guests 98 rooms and 31 suites, even the most elite will feel at home, especially with the 4,700 square foot Royal Suite that has become the largest hotel suite available in Montreal.
"The restoration of the hotel and its reconfiguration posed a challenge: that of adopting a contemporary design while maintaining a harmonious dialogue with the original building. We therefore integrated the principles of the celebrated Venice Charter into our concept, as well as recommendations made in the heritage study of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal under the supervision of Jean-Claude Marsan," said Claude Provencher, the project's architect.
The Ritz Montreal made an effort in restoration and renovation to continue to incorporate original 1912 decorative details, such as marble fireplaces, to create an accommodation that is a blend of old and new.
"The Ritz-Carlton has always been one of our treasured establishments. We are very pleased to know that this prestigious institution is reclaiming its place in a part of the city that is currently transforming itself for the benefit of Montrealers and visitors from around the world. It represents an important advantage for a metropolis determined to distinguish itself," said Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
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Whether in Montreal for business or pleasure, The Ritz Montreal offers amenities with both in mind including 10,000 square feet of meeting space and event planners that can accommodate up to 300 people. Visitors can also take advantage of fine dining opportunities at Maison Boulud whether in the dining room, year round green house or new terrace on Sherbrooke Street.
"Those who were familiar with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal before the transformation will find the same attentive service and stately atmosphere, along with the new high-end amenities found in contemporary luxury hotels. Those who are discovering the hotel for the first time will enjoy a unique experience featuring impeccable service in a stunning setting and outstanding comfort," concluded Mr. Torriani.
In addition to guest room accommodations, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal features 45 new Ritz-Carlton Residences. Residential living paired with the luxury of the Ritz, the residences include amenities and services such as concierge services, fine dining, a fitness centre, pool and spa access and more.