Montréal, May 16, 2016 – When it comes to travel, hotel accommodations tend to come in one of two flavours. It’s either the traditional business hotels that haven’t changed in over a decade or the vacation-ready hotspots. You can add the discount hotels to the list, but we don’t talk about them and neither should you. Unless of course, you’re still in college.
As a business traveler, what are you to do? Do you go with the mind numbingly boring, traditional business hotel that’s built to the same institutional design specs and atmosphere of the sterile office space you work in? Or do you risk the contemporary boutique hotel full of boisterous tourists and party goers? The former is a buzzkill and the latter won’t impress the boss or clients.
The once conservative Renaissance Hotels brand is addressing that grey area by bridging the gap between conventional business hotels and popular tourist hotels. Their new Fearlessly Chic design philosophy centres on a high-low design approach that harmoniously incorporates luxurious high-end finishes with raw, gritty, concrete and street art surfaces, while providing surprising new discoveries within each of their 160 hotels.
“Our goal from the start has been to pay tribute to Montreal’s creativity and make the Renaissance Montréal Downtown a showcase for our city’s many talents,” says Bertrand Leboeuf, owner of the hotel and president of Groupe Daca, a Montreal-based developer and general contractor. “We are proud to offer visitors and Montrealers a stylish, creative hotel that expresses its boldness through a reinvention of Montreal hospitality.”
Last week, we were invited to the Opening Celebration & Rooftop Terrace Launch of the new 142-room, Groupe Daca designed Renaissance Montreal. The hotel captures the spirit of Wanderlust and the brand’s new global design philosophy reflecting a contemporary transformation to appeal to the a new generation of business traveler who seeks adventure with every business trip. The arts, the lifeblood of Montreal, are brilliantly incorporated into the hotel’s look and feel using local artists and designers. The city’s architecture is appreciated from both the Art Deco ground level facade of the hotel and the panoramic view of the city from the rooftop terrace – downtown Montreal’s only outdoor heated and covered rooftop terrace.
Renaissance Montreal Launch Party
The launch party was full of unexpected sensory experiences, including finely-crafted cocktails by the hotel’s master mixologist Lawrence Piccard, contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine provided by in-house restaurant East, and beats by Canada’s DJ Evalicious and Brendan Fallis.
“The Renaissance Hotels brand is going through its own global ‘renaissance’ to meet the needs of the diverse, creative class of the next generation,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice president of Lifestyle Brands for Marriott International. “Tonight’s opening event embodies the brand’s approach to independent, indigenous programming—Renaissance Montreal’s spectacular outdoor terrace will feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests, with a panoramic view of downtown Montreal as the backdrop.”
Staying at the hotel was a great experience and Renaissance has successfully created something for the business traveler that is actually functional and fun. The loft suite ($309/night) is a stunning corner room on each floor with a curved wide angled view of the city. Feeling more like a condo than a hotel room, it gets plenty of natural light and is full of modern artwork mounted or painted onto the walls and ceilings. Even the closet is lined with colourful graffitied wallpaper. From the minimalist furniture, large bathroom, and in-room Nespresso machine – there’s a stylish home-away-from-home feel. The hotel’s boardrooms, restaurant and gym are great conveniences that keep with the hotel’s theme.
Finally, you can’t talk about Renaissance Montreal without mentioning the incredible staff. The navigators are a modern spin on the traditional concierge. You’ll save a lot of time if you make use of their local knowledge regarding local hotspots, nightlife, what’s happening in and around the city including where to shop. Renaissance Montreal’s downtown location (Cathcart Street and Robert-Bourassa Boulevard) is just south of Saint Catherine Street making it a natural starting point to both work from and explore Montreal.
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