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Hôtel Le St-James
- Hotel Review

A Study in Opulence

by Alain Gayot

A suite at Hotel Le St-James

Brimming with antiques, objets d'art, French tapestries and fine art, Hôtel Le St-James is an exercise in opulence. The 1870 Second Empire period structure of this former bank building in historic Old Montréal also enjoys a superb location, within walking distance of the Old Town area, the city's downtown and excellent restaurants, shops, museums and night clubs.

Add to that attentive, detailed service and you have a world-class hotel whose plush elegance appeals to both dignitaries and rock legends like the Rolling Stones.

Such luxury comes at a cost—about $350 for a standard guest room to about $3,000 for the Royal Suite—but the hotel is unapologetic in its catering to the elite. After all, not everybody recognizes a Ming vase or a Louis XVI chest as such. And first-rate things have always been reserved for those who need to feel a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Here, the privileged few will enjoy lavish rooms decorated with handsome baroque furnishings and enhanced with cotton piqué sheets from Frette, Molton Brown bath amenities, plasma screen TVs and a library of rare books. Chocolate truffle treats before bed are always a nice touch.

One of the guest rooms at Hotel Le St-James
Le Spa at the Hotel Le St-James
One of the hotel's guest rooms
Le Spa

The hotel’s newly renovated XO Restaurant (located in what was formerly known as the Grand Salon and originally known as Bankers Hall), offers fine dining tasting menus under the helm of executive chef Michele Mercuri. Salon XO, a bar-lounge space, features an à-la-carte menu that includes caviar and cocktails. Or you may simply want to relax at Le Spa, more of a spa suite than a full-service spa—but what a suite it is, converted from a vintage bank vault into an atmospheric space with an original brick ceiling, stone walls and a lighted onyx floor that's also heated. Overall, Le St-James counts 61 rooms and suites and extensive business meeting space. It also promises a singular stay, very much like that of a private club for those with a pedigree.

Hôtel Le St-James
355 St Jacques St.
Montréal, Québec H2Y1N9

(Updated: 10/30/09 SG)

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