Wrecker’s ball for Hotel de la Montagne
Part of $140 million downtown remake…
by John Symon
Montreal’s prestigious Hotel de la Montagne—on downtown’s de la Montagne Street–closed on September 9 after 30 years of operation. The hotel is now being demolished to make way for a $140 million reconstruction project on the site, including a massive Ogilvy’s project, a larger hotel and condos. But the hotel is coming down slowly and The Times understands that it might take close to a year before the Hotel de la Montagne is fully demolished.
The Ogilvy’s project has been described as, “Spanning 220,000 square feet, the new specialty store will expand to include an adjacent site and become the largest in the Holt Renfrew network, offering innovative new retail concepts and Canada’s richest assortment of luxury fashion and beauty brands. Following a $60 million investment, the new store is slated for completion in late 2017.”
Hotel de la Montagne, with 143 guestrooms, was smaller than some other competing downtown hotels. The former hotel was renowned for its proximity to local nightlight (mainly on Crescent Street) and restaurants, the Belle Epoque lobby, and for its rooftop pool and views.
“We would like to express our gratitude to our many loyal guests!” states the hotel website. “We recommend you stay with one of our well-known neighbors,” suggests the website, referring guests to other hotels such as Fairmount The Queen Elizabeth.
Strangely, on this same website, promotions are still displayed for the hotel that closed four months ago, advertising “romantic getaways” for “enchanting weekends” at the hotel for two with prices starting at $160 per night. But it seems as if the website’s booking section has been disabled so guests cannot complete the transaction. The hotel telephone number still works and a recorded bilingual message advises that, “Thursday’s Bar and Hotel de la Montagne are closed. Leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.”
The Times also tried to contact Bernard Ragueneau whom we understand is the current owner. We asked for an update on the reconstruction project but did not hear back by press time.