Want to start off 2019 the right way? Plan a trip to Montreal this winter, and you’ll come home refreshed and recharged, ready to take on the challenges this year will present. Below, we’ll outline a few suggestions to help you put together a luxurious city break in Montreal this winter.
Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
After arriving at YUL, hire a limousine to take you to the front doors of The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Montreal. From the second you check in, guest relations will do their utmost to make your stay a special one.
If you book a signature room, you’ll enjoy your time here, as these suites boast 550 square feet of space which include a hardwood floor, walk-in closets, and a bathroom that comes with a rain shower and a Japanese toilet with heated seats.
With an outstanding breakfast buffet at Maison Boulud to start your day and turn down service at night to end it, there is no better place to stay in Montreal during a winter city break.
Once you tuck in, you might not be ready to drift off to sleep straight away. Entertain yourself by surfing over to your favourite gaming site. From roulette to video poker, there are many ways to take some seed money and attempt to grow it by hitting the jackpot.
Do: Explore Old Montreal
A well-preserved remnant one of the first major European settlements to take root in North America, Old Montreal is a rare taste of Europe within the country of Canada. Despite the chill of winter, strolling along its charming cobblestone streets is still worth it, as it is lined with exclusive boutiques, amazing restaurants and cafes, and outstanding art galleries.
As far as unique attractions go, the Notre Dame Basilica is the one that stands out the most in this part of town. Completed in 1656, this awe-inspiring church is easily one of Canada’s best. Its stained glass windows, massive pipe organ, and soaring interior are all highlights, so be sure to not miss it during your time in Old Montreal.
Dine: Ile Flottante
After a long day spent exploring every street and alley in Old Montreal, you’ll no doubt be famished. Treat your taste buds to the best cuisine this city has to offer by making reservations to dine at Ile Flottante.
Hiding in plain sight in the Mile End neighbourhood, this small establishment may not impress you much at first. After tucking into their tasting menu or having an entree like their take on sea bass, though, and you’ll be wondering why they haven’t earned a Michelin Star yet.
Drink: La Voûte
When darkness falls, Montreal reveals itself for the fun-loving place that it is. There are numerous clubs and bars which attract patrons from all walks of life in the vicinity of Ste Catherine’s Street, but if you are looking to start your evening in a dignified joint, we recommend La Voûte.
Located in the vault of an old Royal Bank branch in Montreal’s first skyscraper, you’ll dig the minimalist yet apropos furnishings, as well as the eclectic set of tunes played here. The bottle service is exemplary, as management has made the effort to stock their bar with top shelf alcohol – just be sure to book it prior to showing up at the bar.