Beautiful and historic Montreal is one of the most enjoyable and unique places to visit in Canada. With a rich history, influences from different cultures, and a forward-thinking population, the once called Ville-Marie is a must visit destination for any world traveler.
Andrew Rivkin takes to Montreal quite often, a city that is just a short car ride from Toronto, Ottawa, and New England. When traveling to the city, however, it is wise to take some time to plan the outing, with picking out a hotel among the most important step.
When Andrew travels to the Canadian metropolis, he likes to stay at the luxurious Germain, or Hotel le Germain as it is said in French. This boutique hotel is indeed an oasis of tranquility amid the excitement of the city. It is located on the corner of Mansfield Street and President-Kennedy Avenue. Its ideal location, right in the heart of downtown, is just steps from major office buildings as well as restaurants, cafés, boutiques and the shopping centres on Sainte-Catherine Streets.
It offers a sophisticated, refined and enveloping environment where comfort and well-being reign supreme. In a trendy downtown neighbourhood stands the chic and intimate boutique-hotel, intended for both business and leisure clients alike, both of which suit Rivkin’s lifestyle perfectly. The product of the astonishing transformation of a former office building, the hotel offers a unique concept in accommodation.
Upon entering the hall, the eyes are immediately drawn to the luxurious furnishings, bouquets of fresh flowers, the warm fireplace and intimate lounge areas. The hotel’s 99 rooms and suites are inspired by loft-style architecture and allow guests to make the most of the natural light and views of the city.
The rooms at Germain were completely renovated in 2009, and Rivkin can attest to the improvements. The rooms feature contemporary decor replete with refined details and outstanding amenities. Technology is everywhere, notably the flat screen HD TV, the computer connectivity panel and iPod docking station. The lighting helps to create a serene ambience; whether the trip to Montreal is for business or pleasure, the Germain serves all your needs.
Moreover, the beds offer among the best in comfort. Marie Saint Pierre signature bedding and accessories are exclusive to Le Germain Montréal. Rooms also include goose down duvets and feather pillows. Even the bathroom is equipped with sumptuous towels, soft Germain bathrobes and luxurious bath products.
Andrew also loves eating in the hotel, which features Laurie Raphael restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Explore an authentic menu, created in collaboration with Quebec producers that chef Daniel Vézina has worked with for thirty years. The menu gives you the opportunity to taste many “appetizer” size specialties in the same meal.
On whole, Andrew Rivkin and others who have stayed at the Germain will laud the experience. The Groupe Germain philosophy was founded on the search for elegance combined with authenticity, and they have succeeded. The philosophy is embodied in many ways: warm and attentive staff, a relaxing space with a fireplace and complimentary espresso bar in the hall, original works of art in the rooms and public spaces, signature bedding and accessories and room furniture custom built in Quebec. Check out all they have to offer when you take a trip to historic Montreal.