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Montreal’s W Hotel just unveiled their newly renovated suites

Located in the financial district, since 2014, Montreal’s W Hotel is in aprime location  for both locals and avid travelers who seek luxury and an extraordinary stay. With their newly renovated restaurant and bar, it was only a matter of time until the Montreal location decided to revamp their suites. For an Extreme WOW effect (EWOW),  you can now sojourn at the W’s newly renovated suites created by Sid Lee Architecture which both have a terrace overlooking Square Victoria Park from the 10th floor and offers an incredible city view. The design itself is also an homage to Montreal as many aspects recalls the city’s iconic features. For example one can notice the cubic shapes that pays homage to Habitat 67 and also the colorful facade of Montreal Convention Center. Both suites have a separate living room with sofa beds, a full-size dining room with seating capacity for 8… and wait…

The Best Bars and Clubs for a Night Out in Old Montreal

Cover image Tis the season of bachelor/bachelorette parties in La Belle Province’s largest city.  Many travel great lengths to experience Montreal’s nightlife and there’s no denying the city offers a great selection of bars to visit. Whether you’re a local, or in town for a special event and don’t wish to venture too far from the city center, here’s a list of our favorite places to dance until dawn all located in Old Montreal.  To help you plan a pub crawl, all bars and clubs listed here are pretty close to one another. If you’re looking for terrasses and patios, feel free to check our Montreal’s Top 15 List as some of the establishments are located in the area. La Voûte – 360 Saint-Jacques Street  Set in a 1920’s bank vault, this club will make you travel back in time. Rumor has it that this vault once contained diadems and…

Montreal: The Unabashedly Posh Bar, Mayfair, Launches New Menu

Named after  London’s most opulent neighborhood, Mayfair is today the perfect embodiment of a late 19th century English bar and posh ambiance located in Montreal’s Plateau borough. By being both a tea room and a night club, Mayfair has become throughout the years the perfect place for a girls night out, a romantic evening or simply a place to hang out just to feel like an aristocrat. Featuring here is a cocktail worthy of mischief: “Noble Intentions” made with Hendricks’ gin, white hibiscus and pomegranate syrup and cider.  With weekly jazz nights happening on Tuesdays and DJs entertaining the crowd on the weekend, Mayfair never stops to mesmerize the audience. With teatime spiced with alcoholic beverages created by renowned mixologist Lawrence Picard, it was only a matter of time before Marie-Ève Lemieux from Lucilles came on board to rejuvenate Mayfair’s menu. The latter now offers affordable dishes all made from fresh, local…

15 Terraces to Visit in Montreal this Summer

Since Montreal is known for having a week-long summer (we’re kidding! Yet it feels like it goes by so fast), we’ve rounded up our favourite terraces perfect to soak up the sun whilst enjoying a well-deserved pitcher of sangria or a cold brew. From the most popular to hidden gems, here are some of Montreal’s best summer terraces. Marché des Éclusiers This ephemeral summer market opened its doors not too long ago by allowing local farmers to promote their services to locals and tourists allowing them to bring home or consume on site their products. With a patio overlooking the Old Port, Marché des Éclusiers has become one of the best spots in the whole city. source 400 Rue de la Commune West Terrasses Bonsecours Known to be a nightclub in the wee hours of the night, Terrasses Bonsecours is indeed a well-established venue for Montrealers both during night and…

AC Hotels by Marriott Now Calls Montreal Home

It all started when Spanish hotelier, Antonio Catalan,  affiliated himself with AC Hotels by Marriott brand by opening hotels in Europe back  in 2011. The hotels were inspired by classic European design, featuring simple, clean and crisp lines that create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity which is perfectly suited for the modern business traveler. To this day, the hotel chain counts more than 120 hotels located in 15 countries across Europe, Latin and North America. Just up until recently, Canada was still waiting for AC Hotels by Marriott to call one Canadian metropolis home. Montreal was the lucky winner as it is the first city of the country to welcome the hotel chain. AC Hotel  by Marriott Montreal Downtown offers unmistakable urban spirit and blends contemporary design with cosmopolitan sophistication. Located in the heart of the city right on Boulevard René-Lévesque, it is not only near the Quartier…

Montreal: IBÉRICOS

Not too long ago, TRAVEL + DESIGN had the fortunate chance of attending the launch of Tapas 24 MTL’s Aperitivo menu in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port. We all know Catalan reputed chef, Carles Abellan, has come to  Montreal  to open this tapas destination with the help of Venezuelan-born Chef, Hassaim Souki Tamayo. Three years after Tapas 24 became a well-established destination in the city, Tamayo partnered up with Joseph Ramirez, an importer who started bringing  local products from Spain to Canada  since 2011 in the hope of opening a new restaurant. As Ramirez is known to seek the best Jamon Iberico,  Iberian acorn ham (Bellota, Pata Negra) and other products that customers will be able to get their hands on in Montreal, Ramirez and Tamayo have decided to open IBÉRICOS, a Spanish tapas tavern that combines both delicacies from Spain and local fresh ingredients from Quebec. Located in…

Montreal: Leo’s Taproom

Located not too far from Montreal’s city center,  Leo’s Taproom is now filling a void in the bar scene of Saint-Leonard’s neighborhood. With an impressive choice of local craft beers, this new spot will soon become the place to be during a night out in the city. From the same masterminds behind Montreal’s popular pool bar Fitzroy (Kyle Fowler and Kevin Latrem) and with the help of their interior designer accomplice, Amlyne Phillips, who created the design of Jatoba, Kampai Garden and Madame Bovary, the 3 musketeers decided to join forces again in order to give their clientele a new hot spot worthy of our fondest childhood memories. In other words, their goal was to recreate our favorite uncle’s man cave, who here, figuratively goes by the name of  Leo. We all have a Leo in our lives. He’s the cool uncle with the most insane basement which was the place by…

10 of the unique bars and restaurants In Montreal to try

Whenever you’re looking for an adventurous night out Quebec’s largest city, chances are Montreal will instantly bless you with its abundance of unusual bars and restaurants. Montreal just oozes coolness from every street corner and it’s no wonder it sits right behind New York City as the city that holds the most restaurants per capita. This means the competition is fierce among businesses forcing them to be unique, singular, and most importantly, memorable. In the spirit, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite unusual places in Montreal that will make your night one to remember. The Lockhart Cocktail Bar Harry Potter… Nuff’ Said. source  3979 rue Saint-Denis Chez Serge The perfect setting for sports nights and if you don’t scare easily, hop on the mechanical bull! source 5301 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Candi Bar Candy-based cocktails, the menu made of legos, burlesque decor with a VERY colourful design and dance floor:…

Montreal: Tapas 24 Launches their Evening Aperitivo

From Mondays to Thursdays, you can now enjoy the magic of pre-dining at Tapas 24 taking happy hour to a whole new level. For only 25$, you will get  2 glasses of wine or Cava and one tapas at Chef Carles Abellan’s restaurant.  Located in Old Montreal, Tapas 24 is first and foremost an homage to Barcelona’s cuisine: also home to its sister restaurant of the same name. This high end, yet very affordable,  tapas restaurant offers an extensive list of delicious homemade dishes from Patatas Bravas to an impressive Paella de Barcelona and a wine selection inspired by Catalan cuisine. source This homage is also portrayed in the interior design which is set amid warm colors, greenery and a friendly ambiance that reigns over Tapas 24. Even the spacious outdoor terrace reminds us of the beautiful city of Barcelona  with its vibrant colors (we can’t wait for its return…

City Guide: Berlin

Looking for a cosmopolitan, affordable weekend getaway in one of Europe’s most thrilling capitals? Long gone are the days of bitter Cold War Germany in a city that was once divided by a wall. Now a combination of glamour and grit, the country’s largest city is a must-see, making Berlin a wonderful destination for any upcoming euro trip. Where to Stay 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin  Located in former West Berlin, now Charlottenburg, this hotel directly faces the zoologischen Tiergarten and offers wonderful views of the park. It is also home  to Neni Restaurant and Monkey Bar which both have roof access: AMAZING VIEWS! source Budget Friendly (average fare of CA$20 a night) Wombat’s City Hostel Berlin: for its’ rooftop bar and  St Christopher’s Inn Hostel for its’ convenient location in Mitte and bar. source To Do From the iconic Brandenburg Gate to the Museum Island or Tiergarten, Berlin has it…