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Chateau Montebello, Quebec: hotel review

Hotel review:  Chateau Montebello

Looking for a romantic weekend getaway? or perhaps a weekend with the family?  There is plenty to do at the Chateau Montebello.

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Chateau on a number of occasions, although they have all be for work conferences.  I look forward to the opportunity to visit for a few days of fun and relaxation and leave the meetings behind!  Although, truth be told, if I have to be sequestered away at a hotel for 2 -3 days of meetings, I could not ask for a better place.

The Chateau Montebello is steeped in history – having opened during the depression on July 1st, 1930.  The hotel was built around the central fireplace, a three storey, hexagonal stone centrepiece with room annexes and the restaurant off in various directions.  In the winter, fires warming the hearth, what better place is there to unwind?  I can almost taste the glass of wine and feel the warmth of the fire as I look into through the pictures from my recent visit.

While looking online for more information about the Chateau Montebello, I came across the following story (in wikipedia) about the time when it was built:

Saddlemire envisioned a private wilderness retreat for business and political leaders. He initially called this project “Lucerne-in-Quebec;” subsequently came to be known as the Seigniory Club. Despite the 1929 stock market crash, work on the planned wilderness retreat began as planned in early 1930.  The economic uncertainty did not delay the project, as it did so many others, due perhaps to thefact that the presidents of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the National Bank of Canada, the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada respectively, not to mention the Premier of Quebec, were all club directors. A special spur from the nearby CPR line had to be built to allow for the transport of red cedar logs and other supplies to the site. The Scandinavian log construction project was supervised by Finnish master-builder, Victor Nymark and construction manager Harold Landry Furst. Construction and woodworking teams worked in overlapping shifts around the clock using electric lighting at night.”  My favourite part of the story: “In this era, the church did not approve of working on the Sabbath; but by coincidence, the local curé was dispatched on an all-expenses paid trip to Rome for two months while the work proceeded apace.  An army of 3500 laborers ensured that the project could reach completion in only four months.”

  The Chateau Montebello in 1930.  Photo from Wikipedia.

Today, the Chateau is well known for its food; the chef has a number of options to tantalize your tastebuds, and is happy to work with special dietary needs of the guests.  Mornings start with a spectacular breakfast buffet complete with omelette station, fresh cut fruit and assorted traditional french delicacies.  Lunch offers both a la carte and hot or cold buffets, but in my opinion, it is the a la carte dinner menu that steals the show.  (Sorry – no pictures!)

There are activities for all seasons too. Winter – bring the family and the kids for a day out cross country skiing or for a sleigh ride.  Have you considered going on a dog sledding experience?  This is on my list of things to do (see Bucket List #1).  Not bringing the kids – relax the afternoon away in the spa or spend some time swimming in the olympic sized pool.  Summer – traditional activities such as golf and tennis are available – but have you tried the Land Rover Experience?  There is also skeet shooting, horse riding and walking/jogging trails.

Misty morning walk along the river

The Chateau Montebello may be a rustic hotel steeped in history, however the service I have received year over year has been anything but rustic.  From the moment the car pulls up to the entrance, the staff at the Chateau are there to greet you, help with your bags and cater to your needs.  There are 211 guest rooms in the 4 wings that fan out from the fireplace.  The Chateau is also home to a number of meeting rooms and dining areas to suit your needs.  Many exclusive guests and dignitaries have visited the Chateau over the years, including political meetings such as the 1981 G-7 International Economic Summit and the 2007 trilateral summit with leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States. They have won numerous awards including most recently:

Glammed up for Christmas, the Chateau is a picture perfect holiday wonderland. With an amazing 3 story Christmas tree, the elaborate wood cabin has decked the halls to perfection.  At approximately 1 1/2 hours from Ottawa or Montreal, the Chateau Montebello makes for a wonderful weekend getaway.

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The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!

Discussion

21 thoughts on “Chateau Montebello, Quebec: hotel review

  1. These photos just made my eyes light up. What a gorgeous place. Great review of it too. :)

    Posted by KatiesCameraBlog | December 9, 2011, 9:20 am
  2. What a great place to stay! definitely on my list if I should head out that way :)

    Posted by andy1076 | December 9, 2011, 9:27 am
  3. Quebec is lovely and your photos are beautiful too.

    Posted by blisstravelsnews | December 9, 2011, 9:29 am
  4. OMG – that Christmas Tree is massive and simply GORGEOUS! What a beautiful place – you may never want to leave once stepping in the place though. Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Weekend!

    Posted by cravesadventure | December 9, 2011, 12:38 pm
  5. Thanks everyone – I have to agree – the Christmas Tree is a stunner! I love coming to the Chateau in the winter – the place just feels so warm and cozy! It is so nice to sit by the fire in the evening – cocktail in hand, chatting with friends by the fire! When I can, I love to steal a little quiet time with a book and a jazzy hot chocolate in front of the fire place!

    Posted by Anita Mac | December 9, 2011, 1:34 pm
  6. What a wonderful hotel. It looks amazingly warm with its Christmas decorations.

    Posted by Oldmarion | December 9, 2011, 8:54 pm
  7. Amazing photos. I love all of them. In Canada I have been only in Toronto (thrice).

    I love that Christmas tree also, so huge and inside!

    Happy weekend.

    Posted by sartenada | December 10, 2011, 4:56 am
  8. Nice photos, Anita, and a great article to go with it! Cheers!

    Posted by Steve | December 11, 2011, 1:05 pm
  9. What beauty! I had no idea this type of place existed there! I love it! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by Her Thirties | December 11, 2011, 5:30 pm
  10. What lovely colors, great pictures. Happy holidays :D

    Posted by Nandini | December 14, 2011, 8:00 am
  11. Thanks for commenting to my blog — I speak French and was thinking about taking some refresher classes and then rewarding myself with a trip to Quebec, this post makes me determined to do exactly that. Cheers!

    Posted by bethfinke | December 31, 2011, 8:56 pm
  12. Thanks for this post –I learned French in school and was just contemplating taking a refresher course. Having read your review I am more motivated. I know I don’t *need* French to get by in Quebec, but wouldn’t it be fun to be able to speak French in such a luxurious hotel? Merci!

    Posted by bethfinke | January 2, 2012, 8:56 am
  13. Would it be ok with you if I use this post as a guest blog? I absolutely love it!

    Posted by sojournwithstacey | January 9, 2012, 3:26 pm
  14. I can see why you give it such accolades! Looks pretty spectacular, and worth visiting even if one can’t afford a stay; my husband and I have learned on decades of artist/educator pay that where you spend your shuteye time is far less relevant if it happens to be adjacent to a great and fabulous place (like this) to go for dinner or drinks or an afternoon sipping hot chocolate by the fire with a book, or just to play tourist and soak up atmosphere. Definitely worthy of a splurge if and when possible, though! Glad you shared it with us. :)
    Kathryn

    Posted by kathryningrid | January 10, 2012, 10:53 pm
    • It is quite spectacular. I can’t believe I will miss my annual visit this year! If you are unable to stay, it is worth it to come for drinks and dinner. Their Sunday morning brunch is also spectacular! Warning – you will need to save time for a walk afterwards as the food is so good, you will want to try a little of everything! They also have a nice walking track around the property – they really have thought of everything!

      Posted by Anita Mac | October 19, 2012, 7:37 am

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