Chic Mon­treal

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Con­sis­tently ranked one of the world’s most ro­man­tic cities, Mon­treal of­fers a beau­ti­ful Euro-feel­ing city escape here at home that has it all—history, old­world charm, cul­ture, amaz­ing shop­ping, in­cred­i­ble restau­rants and one of the coun­try’s most lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel stays.

The hit-list of what to do when in town in­cludes wan­der­ing the cob­bles of Vieux Mon­treal and check­ing out the cen­ter­piece of town, Notre-Dame Basil­ica, the or­nate Baroque-style church dat­ing back to 1657. For one of the best art ex­pe­ri­ences in Canada, visit the Musée des beaux-arts de Mon­tréal (MMFA), home to 42,000 works in its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, spread over four pavil­ions on Sher­brooke Street. Its Euro­pean and Cana­dian col­lec­tions are par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, as is the out­door sculp­ture gar­den.

Lo­cated two blocks from the MMFA is the sweet­est sleep in the city: the RitzCarl­ton Mon­treal. Built in 1912, the ho­tel has a sto­ried history of host­ing the world’s political and celebrity elite—most fa­mously El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton, who mar­ried in the ho­tel’s Royal Suite in 1964. The rooms at the Ritz are spa­cious, com­fort­able and in­cred­i­bly plush, and the ser­vice is im­pec­ca­ble—no guest re­quest is too small or too big. For a new­ly­wed treat, book a suite com­plete with liv­ing area and fire­place. Other Ritz musts: tea in the op­u­lent Palm Court; din­ing at Mai­son Boulud and vis­it­ing Spa St. James, a sanc­tu­ary of pam­per­ing. Re­lax fire­side in the lounge pre- and post-treat­ment and en­joy cheers with a glass of bub­bles.— A.M.

From top: Out­side the fa­mous Ritz-Carl­ton Mon­treal; the ho­tel’s Palm Court; beau­ti­ful Old Mon­treal; suite life at the Ritz.

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