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Fairmont Château Laurier is a luxury hotel located in the heart of
Wilfrid's offers a table d'hôte menu featuring a variety of dishes with new offerings each week. Visit Zoe's Lounge for classic cocktails or the very popular afternoon tea.
There's an indoor art-deco swimming pool, which is something to see even if you don't swim. There are dry saunas and a fitness center with the usual machines. A massage therapist is available for acupressure, neuromuscular massage, sports therapy and Swedish massages.
Stay in a Fairmont Gold room on a private floor with private check-in and check-out and exclusive concierge services. Fairmont Gold guests have an exclusive lounge, with deluxe continental breakfast, morning newspaper, coffee and tea throughout the day, with canapés served at cocktail hour. Complimentary high speed Internet service is also available.
1 Rideau Street ,
Supposedly the most photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac certainly can justify such a claim. The Canada luxury hotel looks like a fairy-tale castle and was built in 1893. It sits on a cliff above the
This dining room serves fresh, local ingredients. The staff is outfitted in delightful period costumes for a journey back in time. It has earned the AAA/CAA 4 diamonds rating and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
The Club Frontenac features an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, indoor kid's wading pool, steam rooms and a fully equipped exercise room
“ Fairmont Gold” is a small deluxe ''hotel within a large hotel'' and includes the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th floors, for a total of 46 guestrooms and suites. You'll have a personalized check-in, a dedicated concierge team, access to a private lounge which offers cocktail-hour canapés with honor bar service and a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast daily.
1 Rue des
Tel: 418 692 3861
The Opus Hotel, located in trendy Yaletown, is near the inner harbor, outdoor recreation and many hot, new restaurants, spas and shops.
Elixir and Opus Bar are the food venues. Opus was voted Best of the Best, one of the world's top 100 hotels by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Opus has a contemporary approach to classic French cuisine and you can eat in the bistro, an airy garden room or in the comfy plush velvet room.
There is a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and strength equipment, LCD TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yaletown. There is no spa on site, but there are many nearby.
The Penthouse Suite is a corner suite, with more than 600 square feet, equipped with a Bang & Olufsen stereo with CD library, plasma screen television, wet bar, a two-sided fireplace between the living room and the bedroom and a wrap-around balcony with sweeping views of downtown Vancouver, mountains and False Creek.
322 Davie Street ,
Tel: 866 642 6787
Hôtel Le St-James is located in historic Old Montreal with architecture originating in 1870. Each room and suite is individually decorated and furnished with pieces purchased from different continents of the world. The décor is eclectic with a mixture of antiques and works of art giving a contemporary feeling. Guests have included Madonna and the Rolling Stones. It was on the T+L 500 list in 2007.
The Grand Salon, formerly known as the Bankers Hall, has two mezzanines fit for an opera. Smaller alcoves are clustered around the room for intimate tête-à-tête.
Le Spa has the finest facilities for health, fitness and relaxation. The fitness area has all the latest work-out apparel. There are massage rooms with gentle therapies and body treatments, too.
Choose a car from Le St-James Private Luxury Car Fleet, which include a Rolls-Royce Phantom (limited edition), Maybach 57S (limited edition) and Bentley Continental GT(coupe). Or take a cruise in the St-James Yacht, a Mangusta 80, with three bedrooms, each one with its own bathroom containing Italian marble flooring.
Hôtel Le St-James
355, rue Saint-Jacques Montréal (Québec)
The Metropolitan Hotel Toronto is a member of the luxury collection of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and boasts a four-diamond CAA/AAA rating. For the fifth consecutive year, the Metropolitan has achieved the feat of being Canada's only 12-diamond hotel. The Toronto luxury hotel got the award from the American Automobile Association/Canadian Automobile Association for the hotel and its restaurant, Hemispheres. It's in the heart of downtown Toronto, close to the theatre district, world-class shopping venues and all the major commerce and finance offices.
Hemispheres @ the Met has been recognized by Mobil Travel Guide with a four-star designation and by CAA/AAA with a four-diamond designation. Each dish is served on custom-designed Rosenthal china. The secluded Chef's Table Room is perfect for small groups.
The Fitness Centre features cardio machines, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and saunas.
There is a complimentary limousine service downtown in the mornings.
108 Chestnut Street Toronto, Ontario
TEL: (416) 977-5000
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA), which uses diamonds to rate properties, so you may see hotels reporting they received five diamonds from the CAA. Hotels apply to be rated, then inspectors secretly come to evaluate the property. Diamond ratings, from one to five, are given depending on the service and amenities. A one-diamond hotel would be a basic, clean accommodation, but a five-star is supposed to offer the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Canada luxury hotels will advertise how many diamonds that they have received.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|