Marriot Chateau Champlain, Montreal
Montreal’s Chateau Champlain, now known as the Marriot Chateau Champlain, was one of the hotels in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s chain of unique luxury lodgings. It was opened in 1967, ready for Expo 67, which even today is considered perhaps the most famous World’s Fair of the last century.
The hotel shares the arch-style window design with the CP Rail station at that time, Windsor Station. The windows make for an interesting look when combined with its 60s-era high-rise style.
The old Windsor Station, designed in Romanesque Revival style, was built in 1889 to service CP passengers and served as the railway’s headquarters until 1996.
Today the hotel still maintains its luxury style with a 4-star rating. Their basic double room rate is around CAD 191.20 (£135.36).
The hotel has a long list of facilities, including fine dining, cocktail bar, health club, swimming pool, business services and more.
The Marriott Chateau Champlain is found in the beautiful downtown part of the city near Old Montreal, with its historic French Canadian architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Today, Via Rail operates passenger services through Montreal, with a popular service running between Montreal and Toronto. Via uses the Montreal Central Station which is just a few hundred metres from the Marriot Chateau Champlain. You basically head northeast crossing Mansfield St and pass Place Bonaventure.
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