W Montréal – Vive le Québec

After my skiing trip in Mont Tremblant, I had another night in Montréal and decided to splurge a bit by staying at the W Montréal located opposite the Square Victoria. Located within an office complex, the hotel had an underground access available only to guests who have checked in and have access to a key card. This allowed guests to bypass the cold street weather during winter time to get to the subway. The location also meant an easy walk to the Notre-Dame and historic old town of Montréal, along with easy access to the nearby financial complexes.

Entrance to the hotel
Entrance to the W Hotel

Walking into the lobby of the hotel in the evening meant a very noisy discotheque ambience with dark glass panels and red chandeliers. All W Hotels’ lobby are referred to as the Living Room and this one was actually spacious and well stocked with coffee and tea in the morning. The small front desk is located right by the entrance door and I was helped in no time.

Living Room Lounge
Living Room lobby lounge

The front desk associate checked me in fast and went through all the amenities including mentioning to me of the upgrade to a suite for the one night. I was really pleased since my SPG Platinum status did not yield much of a suite upgrade scenario most of the time. For information’s sake, the rate I paid was around C$180 per night which was reasonable for the hotel since it is supposed to be one of the most luxurious in the city, and normal rates are closer to C$240-260.

Room No: 804 Category: Fabulous Suite

Unlike the Sheraton in Montréal, this hotel is located in a relatively short office complex and the 8th floor is one of the tallest room location. The suite is located in the corner of the floor facing Square Victoria so at least it is unblocked and also probably the best view of all the rooms.

Entrance foyer
Entrance foyer to the Fabulous Suite

On entering, there is a long bench by the foyer. There is also the closet and minibar cabinet by the wall and this extends into the standard sized work desk. Being a new hotel, the rooms have adequate plugs for all the gadgets today’s travellers are likely to carry.

Chaise lounge and work desk
Chaise lounge and work desk

By the window there is a huge chaise lounge that is also comfortable enough to sleep in for the day for an afternoon nap. The lounge chair has a side table which is stocked with magazines and city guides. In between the lounge chair and the King bed proper, there is a flat screen TV that can be swivelled so it can be watched from both sides of the room. The whole suite has an open concept layout which is cool to stay for a night or 2 but can get cumbersome since the bathroom and bedroom is separated only by this blue curtain. No doors whatsoever, except for the separate toilet cubicle.

Open concept suite
Open concept suite at the W

The bathroom has got to be as large as the bedroom with a huge soaking tub occupying the centre facing the bedroom. Along the wall is a pair of his and her vanity counter while there is also a standing shower room on the other end. It is also worth noting the separate toilet cubicle does have its own window that opens out to the office building atrium so do make sure it is closed before going on to do your business inside!

Open concept bathroom
Open concept bathroom

As far as W Hotel suites go, the one here was not as magnificent as the one I had in Sentosa, Singapore, since the Bliss Bath amenities comes in standard small bottles. Though I did find a small rubber duckie inside the suite.

Bath amenities with rubber duck
Bath amenities with rubber duck

I was pleasantly surprised by this suite since I appreciate being able to stay in hotel rooms that are special in terms of layout and amenities and not just look like any other chain hotel rooms. And the bathroom of this suite is special even though it might be quirky. And I do not expect families to enjoy this kind of suites either.

In the morning, the view outside from the suite’s floor-to-ceiling window was also nice enough even if it lacks the bird’s eye view from the Sheraton.

Square Victoria in winter
Square Victoria in winter

Finally, comparing my stay in both the W Montréal and the Le Centre Sheraton, I would definitely give the nod to the W Montréal for the better service from the staff and better Platinum recognition. However for the leisure travellers and families, the Sheraton might be more suitable for the standard room design and layout. Between the 2, I would be more likely to recommend the Sheraton for most travellers and unless you can enjoy the quirky room designs and modernist approach to living, the W is just not for everyone. Not to mention the usual rates in the hotel are certainly more expensive!

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