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Le Germain Montreal’s game‑changing reno
MONTREAL — Germain Hotels is proud to announce the official reopening of Le Germain Hotel Montreal, following a bold transformationand an investment of over $30 million. Before and After.
MONTREAL — Germain Hotels is proud to announce the official reopening of Le Germain Hotel Montréal, following a bold transformation that demanded a full year of renovations and an investment of over $30 million. Guests can now experience a stay that’s perfectly harmonized with their needs, while enjoying the latest trends in design and amenities.
An exhaustive overhaul
From the hotel rooms to the lobby, restaurant and meeting spaces, Le Germain Hotel Montréal has been reimagined from top to bottom. In addition, six new floors were added to the top of the building, increasing the number of rooms from 101 to 136.
Opened in 1999, the hotel on Mansfield Street used to be the former headquarters of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, constructed during one of the metropolis’ most iconic years: 1967. It is this landmark birth year, a year of excitement and optimism in Montréal, that inspired the architectural firm LEMAYMICHAUD in its transformation of the premises. Featuring curved lines and molded plastic juxtaposed with softer accents of wood, the hotel invites guests to discover a design that is brilliantly inspired by the sixties, yet with a decidedly modern flair.
New suites were designed in the same spirit, including a fully equipped apartment suite located on the 18th floor, boasting a terrace offering a striking panorama of downtown Montréal. The new floors also include a fitness centre with breathtaking views of the city. It is equipped with all the latest fitness equipment, including intelligent stationary bikes and the “Mirror” training mirror, a state-of-the-art amenity that enables personalized interactive training.
To host guests’ meetings and events, the hotel now offers three inspiring spaces, including a creative lounge. The novel layout of this venue that makes it ideal for informal meetings. It also features a Samsung Flip digital board, a practical amenity that enables manual notetaking and presentation projection.
Le Boulevardier Restaurant and Flâneur Bar Lounge
At the helm of Le Boulevardier restaurant, renowned chef David Pellizzari offers a menu inspired by Parisian brasseries. With the restaurant’s unique view of President Kennedy Avenue, diners will want to linger longer. Flâneur Bar Lounge, located in the lobby, offers three great gourmet pleasures: coffee, bubbles and oysters. Now and for a limited time, the “4 à Huîtres” event is also the perfect excuse to sidle up to the bar between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Guests can enjoy freshly shucked oysters at $2 each, accompanied by a variety of bubbles at $12 per glass. Imagined by Atelier Zébulon Perron design firm, the restaurant and bar are all about elegance and contrasts, boasting rich materials such as velvet, leather and marble, as well as a skillfull play of mirrors.
From February 20 to March 1, Le Boulevardier Restaurant will be positively sparkling! In collaboration with Chez Guillaume bakery, Aux Terroirs cheesmakers and charcuteries Aliments Viens, Le Boulevardier restaurant will present a menu inspired by French brasseries while showcasing local artisans. Indulge in this exclusive three-course menu, including beers perfectly paired with the flavours. Discover the menu here.
This winter, stays of 2 nights or more from Thursday to Sunday are more tempting than ever! Guests will receive a $50 credit for Le Boulevardier restaurant, as well as complimentary parking. The offer is valid until April 13, 2020 and restrictions apply. Details here.
Night Creators web series
A picture says a thousand words! The Night Creators web series features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this colossal construction project. Comprising seven episodes, it showcases the creators that were instrumental in the transformation of the hotel.
At the completion of this grandiose project that necessitated the hotel’s closure, the team is as enthusiastic as ever to welcome guests once again.
“We are also delighted that nearly all of the employees who worked in the hotel before the renovation are still with us,” says Jacques-Alexandre Paquet, general manager of the Le Germain Hotel Montréal.
“That kind of loyalty is a testament to the tremendous family spirit that reigns throughout the company, as well as to the passion that our employees feel for their profession and for our guests,” continues Christiane Germain, co-founder and co-president of Germain Hotels.