Hotel Spy: Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, Montreal

The view of Montreal from the Marriott Chateau Champlain.

hotel, Marriott, Montreal
Photo by author.

When I stayed there: December 2012

Location: Downtown Montreal

Number of Rooms: 592

Eating and Drinking: A restaurant, a lobby bar, and a Starbucks

WiFi: Paid

Keywords: Elegant, Chain

Marriott, Montreal

A Few Scenes from Montréal

I didn’t travel as much or as far as I would have liked this year, a state of affairs perhaps perfectly encapsulated by my final trip of 2012: a few days in Canada, just a few hundred miles north of home.

It was my first time in Montréal though it felt comfortably familiar, like a second or third European city. I got the chance to hop on frozen toes through the snow; curl up snug in my hotel room overlooking the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde; practice my terrible French, and overcome my irrational fear of ice skating (which stems from a childhood urban legend that told of severed fingers and blood on the ice.)

Though only a short break and a short hop, I was utterly charmed by Montréal.

View from the hotel room.
View from the hotel room.

 

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

 

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

 

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

 

Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

 

Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

 

Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde
Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

 

Quartier des Spectacles
Quartier des Spectacles

 

Downtown Montreal at night
Downtown Montreal at night