Quick, what’s your best memory of Montreal? Come on, we all have one. Whether it’s the joy of the Just for Laughs Festival, the thrush of Osheaga or the fantasy of Bal en Blanc, Montreal is home to many of our favourite memories. But between bouts of dancing and smoked meat sandwiches, you’ll need a place to stay.
Old Town, New Neighborhood
Griffintown is in the southwest of central Montreal just a few minutes walk from the Old Montreal, Rue St. Catherine and the Bonaventure Metro stop. Though the neighborhood went into a slump in the 70s, these days it’s being reinvigorated with shops, bars and condos faster than you can say “bonjour”. Seeing the development potential, the ALT Hotel hustled to break ground in the budding area. In fact, it was the first tower standing when the transition began a few years ago.
Why Can’t my House Look Like This?
ALT Hotel Montreal is a love letter to local artists. Guests are greeted by the warm and modern embrace of the lobby. The space offers an array of inviting places to lounge and hangout on one of the loungers, chairs and hammocks made from a sophisticated blend of wood, deep colours and soft textiles and designed to keep visitors in the lobby to hangout, socialize and have a drink. That drink by the way can be purchased in the lobby at the fully stocked, sheik-cantina. Here you can get specialty coffee, alcohol, snacks, fruit and breakfast. So to reiterate: you can buy a drink in the lobby. Like a real beer, in a bottle. I love Montreal.
Colour in Grey World
While cruising around the hotel guests will notice interpretations of the hotel’s colourful logo all around. These colours have been used to inform the overall design are featured and throughout the rooms. I stayed on the purple floor—purple walls, purple glassware, purple accents, purple joy. In each room signature paintings created by Pascale Girardin adorn the walls tying the overall design into a perfectly finished bow. Each suite features a queen bed, modern, finishings and an exquisite shape-shifting chair that may or may not have been the centerpiece of an impromptu in-room photo shoot. The chair (the only item in the room not sourced in Montreal) is Italian and is the perfect place to sit and take in Montreal skyline below.
You Should Leave, But You Don’t Have To
Inside the hotel there is a Brasserie, wine bar and a Starbucks. This is especially useful for businesses holding conferences or creative sessions in one of ALT’s highly functional, naturally lit creative lounges. Getting married? ALT Hotel can accommodate up to 150 guests who will surely enjoy looking out over the city on the Orange floor terrace. It’s also important to mention that their rates stay flat which means suites cost the same whether it’s Grand Prix or New Years Eve.
Selfie Like a Boss
Back in the lobby guests can pore over ALT’s colourful mosaic art installation. Made up of hundreds of tiny photos from around the city (each created and submitted by Altexpo is Déclic) the piece reimagines the hotel’s logo and signature colours. But it doesn’t end there. Guests of the Hotel can submit their own photo to (#ALTexpo) and see it appear on a screen within the installation in seconds. That means you can put a picture of your own face in giant piece of art and then take a selfie of the whole deal. Mind blown.
HOW TO BOOK
ALT Hotel has five locations around Canada with a new hotel opening in Winnipeg in 2015 and in Ottawa in 2016.
For more information about ALT Hotel Montreal or to make a reservation click here.
The writer was a guest of ALT Hotel Montreal. the hotel did not review or approve this article.