A major renovation has paid off handsomely at Montreal’s Le Meridien Versailles hotel. Contemporary carpeting, fabrics, furniture, lighting fixtures and wallpaper, along with a muted but sophisticated color palette, have given the hotel’s guest rooms a brand new look. One of the features I appreciated the most was the extra-large desk which nearly took up an entire wall. It had plenty of surface area for a laptop, multiple electrical outlets, and storage space. Although the desk featured ambient light from the large adjacent windows, it also had an LED desk lamp. Ridiculously slim, it gave off excellent but cool light. And as you would expect from Le Meridien’s parent, Starwood, which also owns the Loft, Westin and W imprints, the new bed and bath linens are without equal.
The most significant change, however, is obvious as soon as you enter the hotel. The front desk has been repositioned and the wall behind its former location removed, making the newly designed restaurant, Branzino, stand out. The combined lobby and restaurant entrance feature sitting areas that invite relaxing and chatting with friends, all while enjoying the excellent food, drink and service the staff provide.