Wedding destination options close to home aren’t necessarily short on style or interest— from coast to coast Canada offers great venues in diverse cities, each with their own sense of romance. Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal is home to one of these options, 115 years into it’s operation, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal still sets the standard for the city’s luxury accommodations and events, blending historic splendour with contemporary style as Quebec’s only five diamond hotel.
Those who have been, know that Quebec is the closest thing Canada’s got to European charm. Last year’s $200 million dollar renovation saw the enhancement of many of the Ritz-Carlton’s features as well as the addition of a new residential wing.
Signature King Room
With a long history of hosting spectacular weddings, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal knows exactly how to create an air of enchantment, as was the case in 1964 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were actually married in the Royal Suite.
Left: Actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at their intimate 1964 wedding ceremony in the Royal Suite of Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Right: the Royal Suite today.
Today, you and your guests will probably be better accommodated in one of the hotel’s larger spaces which still reflect the lavish elegance of their time, or outside on some of the city’s most coveted terraces. Your invited guests will enjoy special room rates and you’ll enjoy entering ‘the honeymoon phase’ in style, nestled away in a spacious luxury suite complete with living area and fireplace.
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Photo: Michael Greenberg
In addition to it’s cozy accommodations, guests can take delight in the hotel’s tradition of Afternoon Tea, served every day at the Palm Court, and, fine dining at Maison Boulud, where modern interpretations of classic French cuisine are savoured in an upscale setting under the culinary direction of internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. The new Dom Pérignon champagne bar, situated in the Palm Court Lobby is a gorgeous addition, styled to posh perfection it is the first of it’s kind in Canada and boasts a drink list of exclusive cocktails and spirits.
Despite impressive event spaces, dining and amenities — among them the luxurious St. James Spa where senses are awakened on a rooftop sanctuary with indoor saltwater pool, sauna, terrace and stunning views overlooking the city — our favourite feature has got to be that the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is home to the Cosner Art Gallery where the masterful works of great painters who shaped the history of art in Canada are presented to guests of the hotel. In fact, some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including the Biodôme, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Botanical Garden, and Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, are all within easy reach of the hotel’s downtown location.
One Bedroom Suite
The luxury suites at Ritz-Carlton Montreal capture the essence of this sophisticated urban metropolis, bridging the gap between the desires for exploration and relaxation with thoughtful amenities that indulge your penchant for art and culture.