Hotel Le St. James Montreal Review
Last month we took a long weekend and headed up to Montreal. It’s the heart of winter, so we didn’t get to see the gorgeous green vine facade this hotel is recognized for. But even so, Hotel Le St. James’ small feel and attention to detail had us feeling like we were in the midst of Europe.
Between the attentive staff (complete with gorgeous French accents), the glamorous XO restaurant (located just off the lobby), and the in-house library, it’s hard not to feel like a million bucks while here.
I find it so accommodating when hotels have a room ready for guests who check in early. It’s such a little thing that instantly impresses me. Hotel Le St. James did not disappoint on this end. They had a gorgeous room waiting for us, and we were promptly escorted there within minutes of giving the valet our car keys.
Speaking of keys, guests here aren’t given a typical room key, but rather an extremely updated, yet old world-looking key that only adds to the hotel’s fabulous ambiance. You really enter into a new and fantastic world when staying here.
As if this hotel isn’t amazing enough, once an old bank in the 1870s, none of the guest rooms are the same. You 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 wonderful, and not just because it had a special entrance, or the fact that when we walked in it smelled beyond amazing, or that there was beautiful classical music playing as we entered. It was understated, yet extremely opulent.
It’s everything I wanted the Waldorf Astoria to be and more. It was so elegantly appointed and old fashioned, yet graciously updated with the latest technology (like a totally awesome touch phone).
The luxuries continued into the bathroom. There was an extra-large rain head shower, Molton Brown bath products, monogrammed towels, and a heated floor.
One of my favorite hotel amenities is turndown service. From laying out robes and slippers, to letting guests know tomorrow’s weather, replenishing towels and bath products, and even adding a soothing and relaxing scent to the room (and chocolates), Hotel Le St. James shines in everything they do.
If you’re looking for elegance and luxury in the old Montreal, this is it!