Monday, July 11, 2011

Older Sister Gets a Makeover

I absolutely adore - and have written here about - Le Westin Montreal. “She” has certainly enjoyed the spotlight since opening a couple of years ago – and rightly so, for her prime location across from the Palais de Congres and bordering on Old Montreal, her generous space-to-rooms ratio, and branded Westin amenities which garner well-deserved customer loyalty. Oh – and you just might be met by a mermaid swimming above you as you arrive….

Not to be overlooked, though is Le Centre Sheraton – located near the Via Rail station, the Bell Centre, Crescent Street, and all the fabulous shopping on St. Catherine Street – AND whose guestroom renovations completed in November 2009 resulted in each of her 825 rooms receiving a $23,000 facelift. The lobby also benefitted from some of the $24 million attention, with new Front Desk “pods” and the Sheraton-branded lobby internet lounge known as “The Link”. Next on the multi-million dollar To-Do List are the meeting rooms (Le Centre Sheraton boasts a 13,000 sq.ft. grand ballroom and two 4,000 sq.ft. junior ballooms), the atrium lobby, and expanded health and fitness facilities. The Cafe Bar, too, will see some improvements – but please don’t change it too much – we really dig it as it is.

One thing that the Sheraton brand of hotels has that Westin Hotels don’t is a Club Lounge, and the one at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is “magnifique”. It, too, will be see some changes in the upcoming round of renovations.

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