There’s a lot to consider when buying a home. Everyone needs a place to eat and sleep, but it’s the extras and the details that really make a house feel like a home. Just remember that there is a difference between what you need and what you want. Developing a wish list before you purchase involves listing the specific features that you need and want and be sure to give some thought to the importance of each item. This lays down a blueprint for your house hunt and it keeps you in check.
Places to Stay
During a stay at the five-star Hôtel Le Crystal, enjoy personalized service and staff members who are experts at anticipating your needs. Residents and hotel guests alike can take in panoramic views of the Montreal skyline from the indoor saltwater pool, outdoor hot tub and Swedish sauna on the rooftop In the evening, return to one of the spacious suites which features high-end amenities for a truly unique experience.
When it opened its doors in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal set a new standard for luxury. Today, more than 100 years later, the Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street blends its historic splendor with contemporary design, offering an unparalleled boutique hotel experience and coveted residences in the heart of downtown. Boasting a long list of high-end amenities it’s no wonder that the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is the only Quebec hotel to hold the prestigious AAA Five Diamond. One thing not to miss? Afternoon Tea, which originated at this downtown Montreal hotel. Stay a day, or stay a lifetime.
To experience the five-star lifestyle every day, ask us how you can make one of the luxury condominium residences above a hotel your home. Residents have access to amenities, from white-glove concierge and private valet, to the conveniences of room service and on-site dining and fitness facilities. To learn more, contact one of our Montreal area offices.
PLACES TO SHOP
Ludovik is a long running lifestyle boutique that offers an unmatched variety of contemporary, eclectic furniture, decorative accessories, lamps and artworks. Located in beautiful Griffintown, Ludovik is one of the pioneers of contemporary design in Montreal and carries the collections of various famous designers.
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The Laurier West neighbourhood is a busy spot for shoppers and diners from various bordering neighbourhoods due to its central location. The outdoor restaurants, patios and shops make it a pleasurable experience all year round. From rustic to sophisticated, Laurier West offers something for everyone.
If you are looking for luxury fashion in Montreal, look no further. The Henriette L shop has been in business for over 35 years and offers brand new collections from top global designers each season. Quality and originality are encouraged and favoured in this famous boutique and shopping here is an experience.
Nestled on the charming Sherbrooke Street West this lifestyle shop stocks a carefully edited selection of international fashion brands, beauty and body care products and home wares. Patrons will enjoy unparalleled personalized service, and be encouraged to confidently pamper themselves with purchases that fulfill their daily needs… and wants.
PLACES TO EAT
Diners feel welcomed by the quaint and quirky décor and the delicious food at this buzzed about new seafood spot, oyster house & cocktail lounge. Le Majestique stays open until the wee hours and is always a packed house. Located in the Saint Laurent neighbourhood it is self-described as a “creative and contemporary” restaurant.
Park is a sushi restaurant that pairs Japanese cuisine with Korean and South American flavours. It is located in Westmount and is one of the only restaurants in Canada influenced by Kaiseki cuisine. Aesthetic presentation is at the forefront at Park and matters as much as the deliciousness itself.
Rib ‘N Reef is a classic Montreal steakhouse and has been rated one of the top steakhouses in the city for over 10 years. It is a swanky restaurant reminiscent of the old school steakhouses and focuses on charbroiled meats and seafood. Rib ‘N Reef is known for their extravagant rooftop terrace, wine cellar and cigar cave.
Le Serpent is a contemporary bistro and bar with industrial-chic décor that serves up creative Italian fare & drinks. It is the latest trendy restaurant from Claude Pelletier and Hubert Marsolais. Be prepared for a special evening.
THINGS TO DO
Inspired by the age-old tradition of public baths, Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal is a veritable Eden in the heart of the city. A contemporary and authentic environment, the spa promotes privacy and relaxation for a feeling of absolute escape.
With 130 years of history, MAA is the country’s oldest athletic club. Winner of 4 Stanley Cups (1893, 1894, 1902 and 1903), Grey Cup Champions (1931), the home of Canada’s first Gold Olympian (1904) and was voted the best fitness club in the country by Readers Digest in 2006. The elite club is in the heart of downtown Montreal and offers a spacious 8000 sq. ft. multisport gymnasium and pools. In addition to the huge gymnasium, the club offers a bistro, boutique, health services and a luxurious day spa.
Place des Arts is a major performing arts centre in Montreal, Quebec, and the largest cultural and artistic complex in Canada. It is made up of six performance halls comprising a total of 8,000 seats and has close to one million spectators in attendance during the artistic season. Hosting close to 500 shows and events each year, it is the main presenter of performing arts in Québec. Place des Arts’ programming is intended for audiences of all ages and includes shows by artists from home and abroad.
In the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in Montreal, opening in 1933. Known for its numerous local fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the cultural diversity of its shopkeepers, it is like a little village. One of the largest public markets in North America its atmosphere is lively in both summer and winter. You will find fruits and vegetables, flowers, spices, oils, cheese, meat, fish and artisanal bakery goods, in addition to a wide selection of regional products from all over Quebec!
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