Le Mount Stephen, a gem of Montreal’s urban heritage located right downtown, is celebrating two years in operation, consolidating its place as one of the city’s top hotels. Opened just in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, it has since been drawing tourists from around world, delighted by its cachet, personalized service and gourmet dining. Classified as an historic monument, the George Stephen House, built as a residence in 1880 by an ultra-wealthy Canadian railway pioneer, George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen, subsequently served as the prestigious private Mount Stephen Club for nearly a century, before its transformation into a luxury destination.
The hotel at 1440 Drummond combines neoclassicism and contemporary lines in an intimate atmosphere. This exceptional facility has been attracting a faithful clientele from the business, leisure, sports and arts communities ever since it opened. Le Mount Stephen embodies classic elegance, while seamlessly accommodating an avant-garde lifestyle.
“The hotel is a resounding success, surpassing all expectations: thousands of people seeking a unique experience come and stay here. On entering Le Mount Stephen, our customers are charmed by its splendors and period architecture, which are a sharp contrast to its modern amenities. To many people, Le Mount Stephen is a kind of open-air museum in the heart of the Golden Square Mile,” explained General Manager Antoine Naoum.
But beyond the unique decor reminiscent of an English manor house, Le Mount Stephen is a five-star luxury boutique hotel that offers Clefs d’Or concierge service. There are 90 exclusive rooms and suites, all featuring multipane floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-made beds, Cura Aquademy chromotherapy rainfall showerheads and, in some cases, a private patio. The hotel also offers more than 6,500 square feet of elegant space for weddings and other events, as well as an on-site spa and fitness centre.
Bar George, an extra touch of class
The British-inspired restaurant, Bar George, with its cosy atmosphere and cheeky contemporary cuisine, has rapidly become a prime downtown business meeting place, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the dining room or drinks in the adjoining bar. A variety of events are held on its large festive terrace, the ideal spot for cocktails in the sun all summer long.
Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Walsh of Oliver & Bonacini—who, over the course of his career, has won critical acclaim from national and international media and has garnered numerous awards, including gold medals from Taste of Canada, Black Box, Salon Culinaire and the Ontario Hostelry Institute—and Chef de Cuisine Kevin Ramasawmy (formerly of Maison Boulud) cook up innovative, distinctly Quebec twists on classic U.K. fare made from fresh local ingredients.