Hotel Intel: Château Champlain makes dramatic second debut
The Montreal Marriott Château Champlain is making hospitality history for the second time.
It was one of the important hotels to open for Expo 67 and it became a downtown landmark primarily for its distinctive architecture by Montrealer Roger D’Astous, who also built the controversial Olympic Village.
The Château Champlain is known for its iconic curved bay windows, but that’s not all. With 614 rooms and suites, it is the third-largest hotel in town (after Fairmont Hotel Queen Elizabeth and Le Centre Sheraton).
The views are captivating. You can visit Montreal in a dizzying 360-degree panorama of landmarks: the CIBC tower, Mount Royal, the Bell Centre (almost next door), Place Ville Marie, Central Station, 1000 de la Gauchetière (with an indoor skating rink, also adjacent), and the St. Lawrence River, spanned by the Victoria and Jacques-Cartier bridges.
This season, the Château Champlain’s owner, Tidan Inc. (which also owns the five-star Mount Stephen Hôtel and the four-star Hotel & Spa Mont Gabriel), is gradually unveiling the Château Champlain’s first total overhaul. The influential firm Sid Lee Architecture has crafted a new look to everything. Everything inside, that is.
What has not changed are the amazing curved windows and the pivotal location. And the service. Marriott Château Champlain is a full-service hotel, and its team of front deskers, bellmen and servers know their business.
“Our location is ideal for visitors who want to explore Montreal’s culture,” said Jennifer Labrosse, director of sales and marketing. “And, as one of the largest hotels in Montreal with spectacular banquet spaces, we are ready for the return of our meeting and event clients.“