Renovated Ritz Carlton Montreal To Reopen On May 28

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal Hotel in Montreal, Canada, will be reopening on May 28, 2012, after completing an extensive renovation project.

The USD200 million restoration project has been completed with the aim of recapturing the glory days of the hotel, which has remained a period icon with the people of the city.

Andrew Torriani, the president and general manager of hotel, said, ‘We are extremely proud to reopen this emblem of the very best Montreal has to offer. ‘The hotel today is a showcase of modern luxury, but it has not lost the discreet charm of the past or the patina of history.’

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is currently offering 98 rooms and 31 suites, including the luxurious 4,700-square-foot, Royal Suite. The current restoration project has preserved the building’s facade, as well as its lobby, the Palm Court, the Oval Room and the famous garden, maintaining many of its early twentieth century decorative details.

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, which originally opened in 1912, can also provide 10,000 square feet of meeting space, three dining venues, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

The mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, said, ‘The Ritz-Carlton is reclaiming its rightful place here in Montreal and among the guests who stay there. Since it opened in 1912, the hotel has been one of the most elegant addresses in our city and the jewel of the storied Golden Square Mile, close to high-end boutiques, galleries and museums. Our city has changed a great deal-for the better. The reopening of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal makes a notable contribution to what makes our city different.’


Hong Kong’s Ritz Carlton Soon to Set the World Hotel Height Record

For years, one of the world’s most well-known hotel chains lacked a presence in Hong Kong. While the Conrad and Intercontinental reserved spots in Hong Kong Island’s immense skyline, there was no sight of the acclaimed Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel on either side of the city’s harbour. Was it a lack of corporate interest, or merely an oversight in one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations?

It appears to have been neither, as the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company recently announced it will return to Hong Kong with a spectacular new Kowloon-based property. The luxury hotel chain has bought a sixteen-floor share in the brand new International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong’s tallest building  and the world’s tallest mixed-use commercial office and hotel building.

Ritz-Carlton will be joining Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley in the building, which is currently one of Hong Kong’s most expensive office spaces. With the ICC nearing its official opening, hotel employees expect that rooms will be ready within the coming months. The hotel itself will occupy the building’s top sixteen floors, stretching from level 102 all the way to the building’s peak at 118.

Rooms are expected to stretch from fifty to three-hundred square metres, each offering a different experience for guests and a variety of harbour views. The hotel itself has been designed to use both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon as part of its panoramic display, billing itself as one of the world’s best in-room views and offering an unparalleled experience for international visitors.

Expensive? No doubt. While high-end travel has taken a hit throughout the recession, the timely opening of the Ritz-Carlton reflects an upwards turn in global travel spending. Boasting one of the world’s most impressive views and an untouched level of luxury, we’re betting this one’s worth the price tag, however opulent and nonsensical it may be.