Everything from the poised doorman to the well-stocked library and complimentary shoe shining service will make you feel as if you’ve very elegantly stepped back in time at the Hotel Le St-James.
Originally built in 1870, this former Merchants Bank building still maintains an old-world charm. Owners Karen and Lucien Rémillard travelled the globe to hand pick the exquisite furnishings for the hotel, including Venetian dressers and 18th-century Russian armoires.
It’s ideally situated in Old Montreal and is a relaxed six-minute walk to the gothic Notre-Dame Basilica. Also easily accessible are the Underground City, which is directly connected to the hotel. The Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Centre), is only a four-minute walk away – it often hosts exhibitions and galas, although it’s worth a visit to admire its strikingly colourful modern design alone.
Soothe any tension or stiff muscles with a hot stone massage at the hotel’s Le Spa, or choose an exfoliating body wrap that uses natural Pevonia skincare products to treat your skin.
At the XO restaurant, chef Oleg Reznikov prepares a delectable tasting menu and delicious à la carte options that change seasonally, such as sea bass with edamame purée and shiitake mushrooms. On Friday evenings, watch a live jazz band with your favourite cocktail in hand. Back in your room, drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep under fine goose down comforters and cotton pique sheets.