One of Montréal’s most iconic hotels — the Marriott Château Champlain — is radically redefining itself. The hotel has undergone a massive interior transformation, with bright, spacious, and functional spaces to attract a a new generation of travellers. Still some things remain: its grandiosity and its symbolism in the Montréal skyline.
First, some history
Opened in January of 1967, the Château Champlain was constructed to accommodate the impending travellers visiting Montréal for Expo 67. The building was designed by Québec architects Jean-Paul Pothier and Roger D'Astous, the latter who studied under celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The arch-shaped windows are intended to complement the Romanesque Revival arches of nearby Windsor Station, another Canadian Pacific property. With 40 floors, the hotel stands 139 metres (456 ft) high. At the time, it was the tallest hotel in Canada!
The modern Marriott Château Champlain
While the exterior of the building — its modern and harmonious design — remains intact, the interior has been completely upgraded. The new Marriott Château Champlain offers 614 rooms and suites offering views of Montréal from windows in a patented half-moon formation. The hotel now offers 24 meeting rooms that can accommodate between 10 to 1000 people, a new open concept bar and restaurant, and a sprawling updated fitness center.
The ground floor now offers dynamic and attractive spaces designed to enhance the customer experience. A modern and spacious reception is a nod to the urban and architectural evolution of the historic downtown district, a space with multiple usages that will become the defacto revolving door of the establishment. Also notable is the visual art, which was kept at the heart of the redesign process. The hotel has collaborated with world-renowned artists from Montréal, England, and Spain.
A room with a view
Event professionals take note: the Marriott Château Champlain offers one of the most stunning venues in Montréal. The 36th floor event space overlooks many of Montréal’s most emblematic features: the downtown skyline, the handsome Mount Royal Park, and the majestic St. Lawrence River. The hotel also features a mythical and intimate underground theater and 24 additional meeting spaces. With more than 35,000 square feet, the Marriott Château Champlain a must-see for get-togethers, executive meetings, and weddings.
Finally, the long-awaited new restaurant and bar, Lloyd, will undoubtedly become a popular downtown spot — not only for its service and catering, but also for happy hour. Moreover, the cuisine will focus on Nordic reflections, mixed with international techniques and tailor-made service. follow us on our social platforms and with #marriottchateauchamplain to find out more.
Property: Montréal Marriott Château Champlain
Address: 1050 de la Gauchetiere West
The hotel officially opens for clients on May 17!
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