Belle Époque touches in Montr▲al’s modern downtown.
Two and a half blocks from Montréal’s fine-arts museum in one direction, the Bell Center in another and just off of vibrant St. Catherine Street is one of Montréal’s finest old-world hotels. Don’t be fooled by the rather bland exterior, the interior of the hotel lobby is a sight to behold. Two lion statues stand guard between a doorman known to make bilingual small talk. In the lobby, things really come alive. Six-foot elephant statues loom at either end of the check-in desk. A nude, gold-colored female figure with stained-glass wings resides atop a fountain in the center of the room, and a glittering chandelier hangs above. Beside the lobby, a cabaret lounge act plays live music and opens up to Thursday’s, the hotel's bar/restaurant/nightclub. There’s plenty of space to lounge around on leather couches and take the lobby in, even when the hotel is at its busiest. After the tone set downstairs it’s hard not to expect exotic African game mounted on the room walls, but, in fact, accommodations are quite subdued, contemporary and well priced. Bathrooms feature wall-to-wall marble and free wireless Internet runs throughout. Up on the roof is the Magnetic Terrace, a space for swimming, light meals and colorful cocktails.