Walking into the revamped Ritz-Carlton Montreal is already enough to take your breath away and reason enough for a visit. The spectacular Palm Court room faces the lobby and instantly invites you into its elegant arm chairs. This is the spot where I would enjoy a glass of champagne before heading across the lobby to Maison Boulud for dinner. Having famed Chef Daniel Boulud open his latest restaurant at the Ritz is just another feather in this luxury hotel’s cap since it’s also home to the gorgeously chic Tiffany & Co. boutique. Bling and Boulud… what more could a lady ask for? A sleepover, of course!A visit to the Ritz should definitely include a night’s stay in one of their sophisticated suites, at least for a special occasion. My favourite was the Junior Suite which had a latticed wall separating the bed from the entrance, a spacious sitting area and a gorgeous bathroom. The best part of the bathroom? It’s a toss-up between the $1000 hands-free toilet (that washes and dries your fanny) or the ritzy rubber ducky. The Bvlgari toiletries aren’t bad either. And if the bathtub isn’t big enough for you and your rubber ducky then head to the rooftop salt-water pool which is environmentally heated by the hotel’s kitchen.One special occasion that would warrant being celebrated at the Ritz? I’d bet that getting hitched at the Ritz is going to once again be a popular thing to do. After having lunch in the glamorous Oval Ballroom, I’m convinced that I’ll be back for somebody’s wedding someday. If it worked for Liz Taylor in ‘64, then it’s got to be ok for a lady today. And if the groom forgets the wedding bands – Tiffany’s is right there to save the day!
1228 Sherbrooke Street West