In Montreal, the boutiques have all but run the big chains out of town — and Hôtel le Germain is the place that started it all. Once a deeply unfashionable Sixties office block, this was the first hotel in town to embrace the sort of high-concept hotel design made famous by Starck and Schrager in places like LA’s Mondrian or New York’s Paramount Hotel.
This touched off something of a revolution in Montreal hotels, and the cobbled streets of Vieux Montréal are heavy with chic little boutiques. Hôtel Le Germain, though, is in the city’s downtown business district, just off Ste. Catherine Street, home to the finest designer shops and boutiques in town.
Le Germain’s interiors are minimal and fashion-forward, the rooms laid out loft-style, the old bank’s windows letting plenty of sunlight in. A subtle Zen flavor predominates, as dark mahogany furniture stands out against backgrounds of whites and creams, and down duvets and Aveda bath products add a measure of pampering. Glass-walled bathrooms are a staple of boutique boudoirs, but strike some as a bit tacky — here instead a subtle and tasteful window offers a view from the bed, and can be shuttered in cases where modesty is called for.
Breakfast is served in the mezzanine lounge, complete with newspapers in both local languages, and the cappuccino bar is available around the clock. Laurie Raphaël is the restaurant, sequel to one of Quebec City’s most highly regarded restaurants, with a view from the seventh floor. And the best part may be the decided lack of a scene; though this place has looks to spare, and plenty of atmosphere, there’s little of the back-slapping cliquishness one would expect from a similar hotel in New York or LA.
Guests over the age of 12 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Deluxe room with 2 double beds" room sleeps up to 4 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Superior room 1 queen bed" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "Deluxe room 1 king bed" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Deluxe room with 2 double beds" room or larger.
Cribs are available for an additional fee of Can$0.00. Roll-away beds available for an additional fee of Can$30.00. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.
Babysitting services provided by screened outside help at Can$20.00 per hour. boardgames; suggestions from concierge
Emergency amenities include playpen;.
2050 Mansfield Street, Montreal, Quebec
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