Montreal never ceases to amaze me. The opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel in the Golden Square Mile is the perfect example of the right people coming together to create something spectacular. The new space is the creative expression of some of our finest and most adept designers: Atelier Zebulon Perron conceived the spaces that flow on the 3rd-floor lobby area as well as the collaboration of Paris-based Gilles & Boissier along with Montreal-based architect and designer Philip Hazan who created hotel interiors including guest rooms, Palais des Possibles ballroom and other public areas. From white marble, gold elevators, metallic ribbons and pink velvet walls, this hotel is the culmination of sophistication meets chic and everything in between.
The official opening was May 8 and what a party we had to welcome the new ecosystem into our beloved Golden Square Mile. The Four Seasons Hotel seamlessly connects our luxury shopping boutique Holt Renfrew Ogilvy and has integrated a few other boastful amenities like the Spa and Wellness Sanctuary, a state-of-the-art gym designed by celebrity fitness expert Harley Pasternak, and a sky-lit indoor pool (yes please!).
There are over 160 guest rooms and suites each designed in a modern, residential style. The rooms are beautiful and obviously stylish, but my favourite part is the Byredo toiletries – they have the best scents!
Our city is the host to so many festivals, events and parties. I am so happy to finally have a new venue to hit up for anything from a wedding to a Grand Prix blow out! The Palais des Possibles is gorgeous – I want to say lush, but the truth is that although it feels so posh and high-end, it’s also so accessible and gives out onto the Belvedere Terrace which overlooks some of Montreal’s nicest scenery.
Along with all of the amazing features and comforts the hotel offers, the Four Seasons went all out when it came time to find the chef to snag the highly coveted restaurant. They went big – Marcus Samuelsson is a celebrity chef best known for his stint on TV when he won Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, he is the owner of the acclaimed restaurants Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. He brought his award-winning skills to the Four Seasons with his eponymous MARCUS restaurant. Marcus is a modern brasseries focused on local, fresh seafood. Menu items include seafood towers, seafood stew or roasted oyster king mushrooms – it all looked so good! Anything from casual lunch to elegant dining, and of course a hot place for strong drink – complete with DJ and a space designed by BelloSound (come on music lovers!).
Hospitality that knows no bounds, Andrew Lutfy, owner of Groupe Dynamite and currently developing the billion-dollar Royalmount project through Carbonleo Real Estate group, really hit this one out of the park. Enchanting, extravagant, and the perfect addition to my hometown. I look forward to many fun nights and stayovers at the Four Seasons Hotel. It might just be new favourite place to come out and play!
Photography by Patricia Brochu