Hotel Le St-James
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Star Gazing at the 5 Star Le St James
Run, do not walk to this fabulous hotel! We stayed for 4 wonderful nights in July. Upon arrival, the doorman began using our names, cleverly read from of our luggage tags. Nice touch! From the engraved invitations for two complimentary 30 minute Spa treatments to amazing, last minute dinner reservations made for us by the concierge, this hotel oozes class and sophistication. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we visited with Charlie Sheen and his wife, Denise while sharing the Spa! Opulent rooms, palatial bathrooms and friendly service! We can't wait to get back. This time we are not leaving the hotel!!!!
My Best Hotel Experience
Let me get this bold statement and get it out of the way quickly . . . the Hotel Le James was absolutely the best hotel experience I have had in my life! Obviously, how one rates a hotel is purely subjective but, to give you a frame of reference, my trip also included three nights at the famous Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City and there was no comparison . . . the Hotel Le St. James pampers you and pampers some more. I have always stayed in larger resorts/hotels but the Le St. James will make me rethink that.
To fully appreciate everything this jewel has to offer, LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME! The Le St. James is the perfect setting and creates the perfect mood for a special anniversary or any other occasion for that matter.
The service and amentities are incomparable. Being new to Montreal, the conceirege helped us with dinner recommendations and reservations, theatre tickets, train tickets, etc. All were outstanding.
The room has so many amentities, it just makes you feel special. There are just too many to mention. I won't even try because I am beginning to sound as if I work for the hotel (I wish I did so I could stay there more often.)
I loved it and, on that next special occasion, I will love it again.
We took a spur of the moment trip up to Montreal in February, and had a most fabulous time at the St. James! We chose it based on the TripAdvisor reviews, as no one seemed to have anything bad to say about it, and it more than lived up to our expectations. The service was superb throughout our stay. Jean Pierre was our favorite concierge, and he made our stay oh-so-wonderful with fabulous dinner reservations (he really was instrumental in all ways in helping us to enjoy Montreal and Quebec). The common rooms at the St. James have an old world feel, and there's nothing like taking a cognac in the library at the end of the evening, sitting at the fire in a cozy leather chair. Our room was simple and terribly elegent in its furnishings, in beautiful muted tones with great attention to detail. The marble bathroom was something to behold, with a roman-style tub and a separate shower stall with a rainforest shower head, and Penhalligon's toiletries (the scent was out of this world). The spa (in the former vault of this onetime bank) was astounding, with stone walls and a vaulted ceiling, and underlit marble floors. We had facials and massages together, and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The changing room has a sauna, a steamroom, and a shower room (again, marble) with ten or so shower heads so it feels like taking a bath standing up. We loved the St. James, and most highly recommend a stay at this fabulous hotel!
I have been to Montreal several times over the past year and a half and have stayed at the luxurious St. James twice. This is as nice a hotel as any I have stayed at anywhere in the world. It is impeccably decorated in the manner of a European boutique hotel and is located in the outskirts of Old Montreal. It is elegant without being pretentious. The hotel staff are top rate. I have been to Montreal mainly on business, and enjoy this hotel even under those circumstances when I haven't typically had a lot of time to spend enjoying its amenities; however, on one occasion I had my wife with me and this is definitely one of the places to stay if you are looking for a romantic (albeit higher end for Montreal--this is not a hotel with bargain hunter's prices) accomodation.
A true definition of class.
The Le St.James is a hotel you have to stay at when in Montreal. The exterior architecture is stunning, the interior has been done to a tee. The service is excellent and the quality of food delivered to your room is second to none. Granted the price of this hotel may not be for everyone, but if you can afford it then make it a definite stay on your next visit to Montreal and you will not be dissappointed. The hotel does cater to many high profile guests. It is small but that does add to the intimacy and service that you would expect. This is a definite 5 stars plus in my books.
Far from the ordinary
The architecture, design elements, interior spaces, feeling, were all extroadinary. The manager greeted me on entering. I didn't want to leave my special corner of this rare and unique hostelry that is truly a destination in itself. Thank you!
Elegance, Charm and Friendliness
Stayed at the St. James from 12/26/03 to 01/02/04. The hotel is in a wonderful location in Old Montreal. The staff are friendly, helpful and consistent in providing exceptional service. The rooms are exquisite, down comforters and pillows, top-of-the line sound system, impeccably clean with full amenities. The bathrooms are marble with plenty of personal storage space, lovely towels, robes, slippers, and bath products. The spa is open to all guests for steam, sauna and exercize as well as a fee based massage service. Take the time to enjoy it all.
We loved also the breakfast and dinner service. The food was excellent.
As were the late night offerings of drinks in what I think is the most beautiful hotel library in the world. Fireplace burning, great books lining the walls. An elegantly relaxing way to end a day of sightseeing and a perfect place to watch the snow settle over the city before you make your way up to a room of comfort and quiet sleep. If you love to be taken care of well in your travels, this hotel offers value that meets the price. I will definitely return.
See it to Believe it
This is the most incredible hotel in Montreal. On par with Windsor Arms in Toronto. Only 60 rooms, most suites. We got upgraded to the Nesbitt suite, what a pleasure! Spa accepts only one client at a time, very personal service. Each room has a unique style, so be sure to discuss that with res desk before you commit. They will reserve specific rooms for you.
Very nice, but for the price?
Le St. James is right next to the InterContinental, on the NW edge of the Old Port. This location is great as you miss all the touristy junk associated with the area, and are closer to downtown and the (excellent) Metro system.
The hotel itself is gorgeous - main lobby, restaurant, etc. really are quite stunning in an ornate, classical way. As a result, our extremely modern room was a bit of a surprise. Spartan walls with new-age lighting and funky furniture - all of which were beautiful, but a bit out of place. Furthermore, the hotel gives NO indication that this style is used in decorations. The room itself is quite spacious, with a super bathroom - great shower, wonderful amenities, etc. The pillows on the bed are to die for.
We got a 4 nights for the price of 3 deal, which is really the only way this hotel is worth it. Otherwise, you can stay at some of the other modern new boutiques like the Nelligan, the Saint Sulpice or the St.
Germain for much less money and get the same type of atmosphere. Though the service at Le St. James was excellent, it was likely not worth the extra $100-$150 per night that it costed.
Finally - be advised, the concierege is extremely condescending. Could have been because we are young or because we are American, but his arrogance was untolerable.
This is a perfect small hotel. The decor is in perfect taste, the public rooms are stunning, the service is unobtrusive and flawless. Morning coffee, ordered for 7:30, came at exactly 7:30.
There is no restaurant, but there is a breakfast buffet and some room service, and many restaurants within a block or two.
This is the best hotel in Montreal for a quiet stay. It is also the most expensive hotel in Montreal. Our suite was 900$ ($550 US) but I thought it was worth it.
My one concern was the occasional creak in the floors. This is an old builiding. Did the renovation keep the original woodedn floors, and what does that mean for fire safety?
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... and packed lightly.
We will have no check-in luggage and will be trekking through with our 2 carry-on items.
The plan is to stay in Hostel International's hostels the majority of the time during our travels. I am very excited for this trip. Especially because I have never been to Europe (and many parts of Asia either). Not only that, but I will get a chance to visit friends from school that I haven't seen in a while.
Off we go!
-- Ryan L.