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Taxi drivers call it the “love hotel” and that is no surprise. While it’s real name is Lhotel (opposite, top), it is the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture to the left of the front door that is memorable. And to the right, a Botero sculpture balances the entrance. Big art. Inside, the theme continues. Georges Marciano (of Guess Jeans) bought a 59-room hotel in a landmark historic renovated bank and filled it with his collection of original pop art. Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Mirò, Andy Warhol, to name a few artists whose works are part of the 120 artworks permanent collection. Of course, rooms have all the comforts we expect. Sleeping in an art gallery in the heart of Old Montreal is a bonus. www.lhotelmontreal.com
At the Le Centre Sheraton, they know the pulse of the city. There is an instantaneous feeling that we are in capable hands the minute we check in. It tells us much about professionalism and an experienced hotelier. While our accommodation is splendid, with an oversized work desk, exceptionally comfortable furnishings and the luxurious bathroom we always hope for, we can hardly wait to go back to the lobby and partake of the Sheraton Social Hour in Le Cafe Bar. They have curated a wide selection of some of the finest wines in the world, usually unavailable by the glass, and offer gently priced pours and tastings as well as conversation with wine experts. This is an opportunity not to be missed. www.sheratoncentremontreal.com
Le Centre Sheraton in room dining service