Summer Getaway: Montreal

After much anticipation, it’s hard to believe our Montreal trip has already come and passed. Justine and I had an amazing time on our trip. The city is so vibrant and beautiful, especially in these warm summer months. We were charmed by the European architecture and enjoyed many delicious meals during our 3-day getaway.

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SPG Gold Level room at W Montreal

With all this travelling I’ve been doing for work and through using my Amex SPG Card for my day-to-day expenses we were able to use our Starpoints to book the W Montréal for 12,000 Starpoints a night, located right in the heart of Old Montreal at Victoria Square. The location was convenient and central to many of the places we wanted to visit while in town. Upon arrival we were given a key to the most beautiful room on the top floor of the hotel that boasted high, lofty ceilings and 20ft floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. We were in heaven! From my experiences, having outdoor space in a hotel room is pretty rare, so this room at the W Montréal was quite a treat. To get an enhanced room no matter where you stay, the Gold level of the SPG Card can earn you enhanced rooms, higher earn rate and a choice of welcome gift upon arrival.

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Lunch at Boris Bistro

We arrived in Montreal around noon and after checking in to the hotel we decided to head out and have lunch somewhere in the city. As we exited the elevators and walked through the lobby we were greeted by a gentleman from the concierge team who asked us if we needed a suggestion for lunch (how did he know?!). Since the weather was beautiful that afternoon, we asked for a spot with a great patio. He suggested a short 3-block walk down the street to Boris Bistro. And what a great suggestion that was! The patio was just gorgeous and the food was delicious. We finished with cold, iced lattes that were a perfect thirst quencher on a warm summer’s day.

Following lunch, we spent the better part of the afternoon walking through Old Montreal and taking in the city scenes. Thinking ahead to dinner, we called on the W Montréal concierge once again, since their lunch suggestion was so good. This time they suggested another nearby restaurant called Le Local. Within minutes, the concierge was able to get us a reservation on the patio, as well as directions on how to get there. The meal was excellent, again!

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Justine in Old Montreal

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

On Tuesday, the weather took a turn with rain and a thunderstorm rolling in. However, that didn’t put a damper on our trip at all. We started the day with breakfast in bed and plans to spend the afternoon at the W Montréal Away Spa. It was to be a day of rest and relaxation. At the Away Spa, Justine and I both opted for 90 minute treatments that consisted of a Swedish massage and facial. Our masseuses were very experienced and made us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Something Justine and I were looking forward to on this trip.

Le Majestique

Le Majestique

That evening we met up with a friend who lives in Montreal, to try out Le Majestique in the Plateau area. It’s a newer restaurant with a cool, hip vibe. The decor is eclectic and warm and the kitchen features a unique and creative menu.

Brunch at Le Cartet

Brunch at Le Cartet

For our last morning in Montreal, we had breakfast at the famed Le Cartet. Hailed as one of (if not the) best breakfast/brunch restaurant in Montreal, Le Cartet did not disappoint!

One of the greatest things about our trip to Montreal was knowing that we were racking up Starpoints to use towards our next vacation. Even though we redeemed points for our trip, we knew we could get them back in a flash with purchasing our flight, spa and dining experiences on our Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express throughout the trip. Who knows, with all my travelling we may be able to fly off somewhere more exotic next time!

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This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.