A room with a view: six Montréal venues that rise above it all
Planning meetings means prioritizing practical logistics like room capacity, high-tech amenities and proximity to the city’s attractions. While all those elements are important, of course, we humans also have an innate attraction to all things beautiful. A venue that looks out to panoramic open spaces and gorgeous views also soothe the soul, rev up creativity (yes, that’s a real thing) and will score major points with your attendees.
With that in mind, here are six Montréal venue ideas where your group will be able to enjoy, literally, “a room with a view”.
That panoramic view | Perched on the 46th floor, Au Sommet Place Ville Marie is a meeting venue that pretty much has it all. Located right in the heart of the city’s downtown core, it has breath-taking panoramic 360° views where an observation deck allows guests to take in the city from every gorgeous angle, day or night. With a 200-person room capacity and its own restaurant that opens out to a spacious terrace, the venue is ideal for an intimate cocktail setting looking out to stellar views that will have your guests oohing and aahing.
Penthouse perfection | The Marriott Château Champlain’s Maisonneuve Penthouse is an urban landmark forever linked to Montréal’s Expo ’67 era. Located in the city’s tallest hotel, it offers that perfect touch of class with a thoroughly modern feel. Standing 40 stories high, the hotel’s Maisonneuve Penthouse looks out to the city’s downtown urban skyline and offers floor-to-ceiling half-moon window views, ideal for gazing out at any time of day or season. With a 200-person room capacity (in Maisonneuve D, smaller spaces also available on this floor) within a hotel that’s adjacent to the Bell Centre and connected to the city’s underground city, this venue is all kinds of perfect.
A view you can dig | When thinking of meeting venues, an archeology and history complex might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but sometimes the best finds are worth digging for. Perched on the Mariner’s House in the Pointe-à-Callière museum, the Montréal 360° Space is one of the most spectacular spaces in the city. The glass-walled space offers an unobstructed view of Old Montréal, the majestic St. Lawrence River, the Old Port and downtown. With a capacity for 200 people, the venue is perfect for corporate events.
Mountain magic | If you’re thinking of panoramic views, it makes perfect sense to look towards the city’s highest natural landmark: Mount Royal and its Chalet de la Montagne. With its elegant architecture, peaceful surroundings and exquisite panoramic views of the entire city, it’s a natural choice for creating a memorable special event. Keep in mind that the city only rents it for larger events of 300 people or more. With a maximum capacity of 700 people, 9634 sq. ft. of space with 30-foot ceilings and outdoor balcony space overlooking the city, this is a sweet option for big events.
Old Montréal views with an artistic touch | It doesn’t get any prettier than the Old Port to hold a meeting. If you’re looking for an intimate setting for your next one, the Phi Centre’s Terrace offers sublime views of historic Old Montréal, the St. Lawrence River, and Habitat 67. Located on the roof of a highly versatile artistic hub that’s constantly buzzing with action, exhibits and creativity, the Phi Centre’s Terrace is ideally suited for intimate meetings of up to 50 people.
A medal-worthy view | Located in the city’s east end, and only ten minutes from downtown, Montréal’s Olympic Tower is an extremely popular tourist attraction in a vibrant neighbourhood and the site of the city’s 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Currently undergoing a major face-lift and reopening in 2018, the venue not only offers unique panoramic views, but a singularly unique experience. Two halls, located at the top of the Olympic Park’s Tower, can accommodate all types of corporate events and up to 400 people can be welcomed on its lookout, offering striking day and night-time views. At 165 metres, the Montréal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world, ensuring quite the panoramic views from its summit.