Beautiful luxury property near Mont Royal Park, McGill University, and upscale shops
Luxe rooms with Bose alarm clocks, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges
Airy, creatively decorated common areas
Fine dining French restaurant on-site
Event space for business meetings and private events
Small fitness center and sauna
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Outdated fitness equipment
Shaky Wi-Fi signal
No pool or spa on-site
The Sofitel Montreal is a 258-room luxury property on posh Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal, a few blocks from Mont Royal Park. The hotel is a good choice for business travelers seeking artsy sophistication, and for those visiting McGill University, which is next door. Guest rooms are luxe, with such creative decor touches as Impressionist-style paintings and black-and-white framed photographs, and come equipped with goose-feather bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel has an upscale restaurant that serves seasonal French cuisine, and an elegant event space. The fitness center, however, is tiny with outdated equipment. Guests might want to compare rates at the nearby Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, which has a somewhat larger fitness center and a pool.
Artsy and sophisticated interiors at a luxury chain property in a posh neighborhood
Sofitel is a luxury brand of hotels, and the Sofitel Montreal, perched on posh Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal, is no different, with its towering concrete-and-glass facade. Inside, the lobby is bright with natural light and filled with creative touches: a metal stairway extending up and across the room, massive Jurassic-Park-like plants, a colorful Picasso-esque rug, and clean-lined black and white leather seating. There are wood-and-glass shelves displaying jewelry for sale and built-in wooden bookshelves against a wall, giving the room something of an urban-museum/gift-shop look. Hallways, however, can be somewhat dark, with their blah gray carpeting and wood paneling. The on-site restaurant, Renoir, is also somewhat underwhelming in its aesthetic, although the floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic modern-gothic chandeliers do jazz up the basic white tablecloths and beige chairs. Clientele includes an upscale crowd of business travelers, tourists, and visitors to McGill University.
The hotel is on Sherbrooke Street, a stylish, lengthy thoroughfare known for having some of the city's best designer boutiques, antique shops, thrift stores, and art galleries. McGill University is next to the hotel, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a five-minute walk away, and pretty Mont Royal Park is within a seven- to 10-minute walk. The Financial District is about 15 minutes away on foot, and Old Montreal is about a 10-minute drive. There are lots more shops and restaurants on Rue Peel, which is a block from the Sofitel Montreal. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is about a 20-minute drive or 40 minutes by express bus, which leaves from René-Lévesque/Peel station, an eight-minute walk from the hotel.
Modern and artistic, with plush beds and luxe touches
Guest rooms at the Sofitel Montreal are a mix of artsy touches and clean-lined, modern furnishings. Colorful Impressionist-style paintings accent Luxury King Rooms, which come with modern light-wood paneling and stylish, block-patterned ottomans, Keurig coffeemakers, well-stocked minibars, and marble bathrooms with separate glassed-in showers and shower/tub combos. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, goose-feather comforters and pillows on the plush SoBeds, flat-screen TVs, Bose radio alarm clocks with iPod docks, and gray-veined marble bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and Lanvin products. The result is a quiet luxury that shies away from trendy additions.
Upscale restaurant and bar, meeting space, and small gym with sauna
The Sofitel Montreal stands out for its sophisticated interiors and location on Sherbrooke Street. Its upscale Renoir restaurant, which offers a tasting menu, serves fresh, seasonal French fare -- including oysters and rich breakfast dishes such as raisin-brioche French Toast. Le Bar, a full-service cocktail/wine/Champagne bar, has a lounge atmosphere and a warm-weather terrace. The hotel has a small, somewhat dated (but clean) gym and a petite sauna, a business center, and event space for business functions, weddings, and parties. Wi-Fi is free, but the signal can be shaky.