InterContinental Montreal Hotel: Hotel Review
Located exactly where you need to be, the InterContinental Montreal hotel exudes grace and comfort, elegantly seducing you with tranquil decor and hints of Provence, but it is the local flair that really makes you feel welcome from the moment you step on the escalator to the main lobby on the second floor. I am told the decor reflects the seasons…and you can see the InterContinental Montreal has embraced the Quebec winter in colour scheme and accents. This is no wonder as they are also the partner hotel for the Snow Village – a unique experience that needs to be experienced to be appreciated!
Located in the heart of the International Quarter above Montreal’s World Trade Centre, the InterContinental Montreal is ideal for business or pleasure. The hotel leads out to the popular tourist district of Old Montreal with chic boutiques, amazing restaurants and the historic Old Port (Vieux Port de Montreal). With everything so accessible, you can check your car at the door…you won’t be needing it during your stay! Connected to Montreal’s Underground City and shopping district (officially known as Le RÉSO or La Ville Souterraine), blustery winter days won’t slow you down.
The comforts of the room were exactly as you would expect in a 4 diamond boutique hotel. Waking up in the morning, I couldn’t help but linger a little longer before getting my day started…I was just that comfortable. Breakfast continued the decadence with a flair of Provence in the French style brasserie. The hotel prides itself on the use of locally sourced ingredients and it was clearly represented in the flavours (hint: try the maple syrup crêpes - you are in for a treat!) All the staff I spoke with made me feel like I had come home rather than checked into an international hotel. I was given the “insider tips” to Montreal on a number of occasions, including where to go for a drink, and where to shop while in town. The attention to detail was incredible. It is no wonder the InterContinental Montreal won the Ulysse Trophy for best hotel in Montreal in 2010/2011.
The Sarah B (Absinthe) Bar
Every night of my stay, the Sarah B Bar was packed for the cinq à sept. Clearly, this was the place to be. Named after none other than the Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), this atmospheric bar will enchant you. With an intermingling of past and present rituals, you will become enveloped in this cozy bar with “sexytude” where the spirit of the divine Sarah B lives on! For a special occasion or a gathering of friends, reserve the “Green Fairy” alcove for a more intimate night. Experience the specially crafted absinthe cocktails or partake in the Absinthe ritual - it’s part of the fascination of absinthe. No other drink is consumed in such a traditional manner with such carefully calibrated and executed ceremony. The Green Fairy host will walk you through the traditions of Absinthe and the special fountain used to recreate the perfect sample of Belle Epoque Absinthe.
InterContinental Montreal – Hotel Features
- 357 rooms including 23 suites
- Club InterContinental Lounge
- Concierge with business centre
- Valet parking underground
- The Nordheimer and The Vaults meeting and banquet centre
- Current Snow Village partner offering unique adventure opportunities and packages
- Unique hotel features include 23 points of interest (see the porcelain plate wall display outside the Sara B Bar among other features. Ask at front desk for more information.)
- Salt water lap pool and gym facility
InterContinental Montreal near Old Montreal’s Tourist and Business District
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport – 20Km (20 – 30 minutes)
- Bota Bota spa sur l’eau – 1Km (10 minutes walking)
- Clock Tower Quay (including marina, Peche Blanche Vieux Montreal, urban beach) – 1.5K (20 minutes walking)
- Walking distance to many restaurants, shops and Montreal’s Artist Alley
- Across the street from the Palais de Congres (Montreal Convention Centre)
- Pointe-a-Calliere: Museum of Archaeology and History – 0.7Km (8 minutes walking)
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 2.2Km (30 minutes walking)
- Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art – 0.8Km (10 minutes walking)
- Notre Dame Basilica – 0.6Km (10 minutes walking)
- Marche Bonsecours – 1.3Km (15 minutes walking)
- Biodome – 8Km (16 minutes by car)
- Mount Royal Park – 6K (15 minutes by car)
- InterContinental Montreal Hotel
- InterContinental Montreal Concierge Video…this is my Montreal
- Montreal Bucket List: Unique winter experiences you have to try
- Montreal Tourism Board
I enjoyed a discounted rate on my room at the InterContinental Montreal Hotel, however all opinions remain my own.