Hotel Le St. James Montreal Review
Located in old Montreal, Hotel Le St. James is the epitome of luxury. It’s obvious why this five star establishment receives the honor of being a Leading Hotel Of The World.
Josh and I visited Montreal for the weekend last month, and even though we were there in the heart of winter (and didn’t get to see the gorgeous green vine facade this hotel is recognized for), Hotel Le St. James’ small feel and attention to detail had us feeling like we were in the midst of Europe, rather than only a six hour drive from New York City.
Between the friendly and attentive staff (complete with gorgeous French accents), the glamorous XO restaurant located just off the lobby (which I’ll get to in my next post), and the in-house library, it’s hard not to feel like a million bucks.
There’s something I find amazing about hotels that can accommodate guests whom check in prior to the designated check in time. It’s such a little thing that instantly impresses me, and Hotel Le St. James did not disappoint on this end – they had a gorgeous room waiting for us. We were promptly escorted there within minutes of giving the valet our car key, and speaking of keys, guests aren’t given a typical room key, but rather an extremely updated, yet old world-looking key that only adds to the hotel’s ambiance.
As if this hotel isn’t amazing enough, once an old bank in the 1870s, none of the guest rooms are the same. Technically, we can return 60 times and stay in an uniquely laid out and decorated room each time. If that’s not cool, I just don’t know what is!
Our room was amazing, and not just because it had its own private entrance, or the fact that we walked in and were greeted by beautiful classical music playing.
Hotel Le St James is everything I wanted the Waldorf Astoria to be – elegantly appointed and old worldly, yet graciously updated with today’s latest technologies (like a totally awesome touch phone).
The luxuries continued into the bathroom, complete with an extra-large rain head shower, Molton Brown bath products, monogrammed bath towels, and a heated floor.
In general, my favorite luxury hotel amenity is turndown service. From laying out robes and slippers, to letting guests know the next day’s weather, replenishing towels and bath products, and even adding a soothing, relaxing scent to the room (not to mention delicious chocolates), Hotel Le St. James shines.
There’s no place else I’d ever want to stay in Montreal!