Montreal: Hotel Place D'Armes
Smack dab in the heart of Old Montreal across from the Notre-Dame Basilica, sits the restored 19th century neoclassical building that houses the breathtaking Hotel Place D’Armes. Though a sight of the stunning building itself leaves nothing to be desired, a stay at this hotel certainly matches the promise of its exterior. Featuring Rainspa, a full service spa with hammam, rooms and suites equipped with goose-down bedding, exposed brick walls and fireplaces and a rooftop terrace with transcendent views of the city, Hotel Place D’Armes is a true slice of European luxury in Canada. Worry not; the Canadian dollar is welcome.
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Address: 55 St Jacques St, Montreal, QC H2Y 1K9
Telephone: (514) 842-1887
Price: Doubles from about £220
Toronto:The Hazelton Hotel
Situated in the epicenter of Toronto’s chichi Yorkville neighbourhood is the city’s finest boutique hotel, The Hazelton. The small hotel boasts 77 rooms and 16 private residences that convey a sense of intimate luxury akin to a manor home – leather headboards wrap around beds in elegant L-shapes, dreamy walk-in closets with granite and wood trimmings and impossibly large bathrooms with charcoal stone soaker tubs and floor to ceiling granite. Among the hotel’s many offerings, not least of which is its private pool and spa, is world-renowned chef Mark McEwan’s upscale restaurant, One. Dine on the patio of this elegant yet modern spot and you may just catch a starlet (or two) dining right next to you. If that’s not worth the room fee, we simply don’t know what is.
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Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel
Although Winnipeg is technically the centre of Canada, it is often not top of mind when it comes to travel destinations. Still, the culturally rich city has a lot to offer and having a gem like the Fort Garry to usher in its visitors is a definite plus. Located on the tree-lined downtown street, Broadway, just steps from Manitoba’s Legislative building, the Fort Garry Hotel is a balanced melange of contemporary style and old-world elegance. Featuring farm-to-table cuisine, Turkish baths at Ten Spa and glamourous guest rooms with cutting-edge amenities and soaring ten-foot ceilings, the FGH may very well turn a one-night business trip into a three-night holiday.
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Calgary:The Fairmont Palliser
Since 1914, the newly renovated Fairmont Palliser has been Calgary’s premier address, the cornerstone of Calgary’s hospitality industry and a landmark building rich in history and architecture that has served royalty, world political leaders and the Hollywood elite. Set in the heart of the city, The Fairmont Palliser offers distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings – a grand lobby hinting toward a more lavish era but still modernly appointed and a full service spa and grand indoor pool area. This regal auberge ups the ante in the city commonly referred to as “Cowtown”.
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Victoria: Magnolia Hotel and Spa
With only 64 rooms, Victoria’s charming boutique hotel and spa, The Magnolia, is renowned for its curated experiences and personalized service. Guests can relax in the sophisticated Spa Magnolia or pick up a map to explore one of the hotel-designed trails of British Columbia’s capital either by foot or on a hotel bike. Magnolia Hotel & Spa is only one block from the harbour and the best restaurants, museums, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria.
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Vancouver: Fairmont Pacific Rim
Adjacent to the Pacific and located in Vancouver’s storied Coal Harbour is the glamourous and high-tech Fairmont Pacific Rim. From the glimmering glass exterior to the buzzing lobby – equipped with live music and raw bar, a rare flower shop and giovane café (one of the coolest coffee houses this side of the Pacific) – to bathrooms with spa lighting and mammoth marble bathtubs for languishing, the Pacific Rim offers state of the art, contemporary luxury.
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Toronto: Shangri-La Hotel
Only three years into its existence in Canada’s most buzzing city and the 66-story, avant-garde glass structure that is Toronto’s Shangri-La is living up to the excellence of its name. Featuring Asian-inspired guest rooms with bathrooms clad in floor-to-ceiling Italian Bianco Statuario marble, swank sleeping quarters equipped with personal iPads, bedside-controlled drapes and huge LED televisions, the Shangri-La has it guests slipping into serenity even before they make it to their private, eucalyptus-infused steam chamber at the famed Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.
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Vancouver: Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Amidst the Glass City that is Vancouver proudly stands the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. This stylish and elegant retreat featuring Vancouver’s famed contemporary restaurant, The Hawksworth, is a rare find in the heart of the downtown; a true revival of the past with a deep understanding of modern luxury. Boasting a return to the Golden Age of travel, the Hotel Georgia envelopes its guests in the grand spaces of the roaring ‘20s while lavishing them with impeccable spa services and contemporary amenities.
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Montreal: Hotel Le St. James
Housed within a beautifully restored merchant’s bank, atop the cobblestone streets of old Montreal is Hotel Le St. James, a tranquil and modern oasis offering guests a sleek escape from the busy city with personalized indulgences second to none. Patrons only need to test out one of the unique services (we suggest the Myoxi-Caviar Mask and Green Coffee Body Wrap) from the restored, seemingly gothic cellar that is Le Spa to be convinced of this hotel’s commitment to sublimity.
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Whistler: The Nita Lake Lodge
Redefining upscale mountain comfort, Nita Lake Lodge offers genuine service with a personal touch: oversized suites, a full-service spa, and innovative local cuisine are just the beginning. Nestled on the shores of a glacier-fed lake in Whistler, BC, the lodge is located only 500 meters from Whistler Mountain and the Creekside gondola – and is only a five-minute shuttle ride from Whistler village. Relax in the rooftop hot tubs, enjoy an après ski cocktail at Cure Lounge or grab a smoothie from Fix Café before a day of biking, hiking or snowshoeing along the Valley Trail that runs from the doorstep.
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