Bienvenue to W Montreal

Close to everything, yet an experience unto itself, the W Montreal was my first foray into the W brand. I went in with unusually high expectations that ended up met or surpassed.

I expected swanky and got it. The entire hotel has the vibe of a converted nightclub. Going into my room, I was stunned to see a mini-bar that was art unto itself. Snacks beyond the usual peanut-and-cracker-fare and full bottles of Jack Daniel’s, along with supplies to make your own martini. I was initially dismayed to have a shower where I couldn’t adjust the head. Silly me. It’s a “rainforest shower”, a delightful experience.

The hotel houses Away Spa, which offers facial, body, and massage treatments. I received the best massage of my life from Melanie Dolron, who asserted that she gives clients a treatment “how [she] would like to be massaged”. An excellent philosophy, to be sure. I was told by the spa manager, Teresa Mastrogiacomo, that all of the spa’s therapists are at a matching level.

So named because it is the eighth of Montreal Gourmet‘s restaurants, Ristorante Otto‘s menu is diverse and seasonal. When I was there, I started with the tuna tartar, had the black cod for a main and indulged in gelate and budino for dessert. In every dish, the sauces and temperature all balanced out for complementary courses, resulting in a very satisfying meal. With its focus on quality and being on top of the latest food trends, Otto is much more than just “the hotel restaurant”.

I hope to have the chance to get back to a W soon, because it’s clear the pride that they take in their brand. If you get the chance to stay at the W in Montreal, don’t neglect to balance the history you can find outside (such as Notre-Dame Basilica and Old Montreal) with all of the modern amenities that you have within the W itself.

Roni Weiss is Author of roniweiss.com.

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  1. Michael says:

    You always know what to expect when you stay at the W. I’d like to see them grow their aloft brand (which is inspired by the W, but lower cost) to more mainstream locations. Both are great brands.

  2. Anja says:

    I had my first experience with the W hotels in 2013 and been in three of them now. I simply LOVE them!! The luxury, the esthetics, the quirky details and the artistic touches everywhere! Good to know that there is one in Montreal too, since that is one of my favorite cities;-).

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