Housed in a bank building from the 1950s, the W’s austere exterior hides a bold, brash, ultra-hip interior rich in contemporary design with a pleasingly high level of attention to detail. The signature red lobby, known as the Living Room, offers a warm, energizing hangout space with specially curated music and lighting that changes throughout the day. Rooms, freshly renovated in 2015, are spacious enough to invite a friend over for a pre-dinner drink, and they showcase that bold design aesthetic in monochrome with splashes of gold and yellow. Design, culture, and music play a significant role within the hotel, which curates various events throughout the year, such as a furniture design conference or regular Lululemon yoga sessions in the park. A popular choice for Montrealers, the W’s bar and club scene enables guests to get a taste of what’s hot in the city without ever leaving the hotel.
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Adjacent to Old Montreal in the International Quarter, with picturesque Victoria Square right in front, the W offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in Montreal’s famously rich cultural life just a few steps away. Events like the annual MUTEK festival of technology, music and performance are on the doorstep. Become inspired and take a few arty shots at the Palais des Congrès as the sun sets and blazes through the dazzling stained glass.
Need to Know
Rooms: 129 rooms, 23 suites. From $239. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Otto restaurant offers a modern take on Italian flavors with weekly-changing seasonal menus. Bartini is an intimate six-seat bar with a creative bartender mixing up custom cocktails. The soothing, warm-toned, autumnal forest–themed Plateau Lounge is above the Living Room, serving cocktails and snacks from Otto. Wunderbar is a staple of the city’s nightlife for guests and locals, with DJs and dancing in a cutting-edge design club. Spa and gym details: The FIT gym is open 24 hours daily, with personal trainers available by appointment. The Away Spa has six treatment rooms and specializes in organic skincare treatments including the Aroma Soul.
Who’s it for: Corporate and business travelers seeking a stylish take on hotel life during the week. On weekends, hip couples and singles come for the lively scene, locals come to staycation, and bachelorette groups come for spa breaks. Our favorite rooms: Room 1001 is the largest Extreme Wow suite, with 1,000 square feet of lavish space, 15-foot-high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows with an outdoor terrace looking out over Victoria Square and the downtown skyline. On the 9th floor, the Mega Room Park View has a deep soaker tub that can open to the main bedroom, offering a spalike experience. Good to know: Smartphone users can download the W’s app, which tells guests when their room is ready for check-in. This way, guests can bypass the front desk and use their phone to unlock the room.