Griffintown, one of Montréal’s oldest neighborhoods and now home to Montréal’s Fashion Week, is on its way to becoming the city’s next popular meeting destination. The 154-room ALT Hotel Montréal Griffintown will open later this month as the neighborhood’s first hotel.
Built with bricks that were recycled from local buildings and aluminum panels, the hotel design combines the city’s history with Groupe Germain Hospitalité’s emphasis on sustainable building. The mural displayed in the hotel lobby, called ALTexpo, features photos of Montréal taken by local amateur photographers and teenagers supported by Déclic, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help teenage drop-outs build their self-esteem and social skills through photography lessons, says François Têtu, sales manager at the property.
“We really like adding a touch of whimsy to each of our hotels,” says Têtu. “The suspended Solo Cello chairs in our lobby were custom-designed in Montréal for the hotel. Supporting local artists is part of our sustainable process and we are actually quite proud to say that Les Ateliers Guyon won the first prize at the Montréal International Design Show for this creation.”
The eight meeting rooms located on the seventh floor feature large-scale windows that provide natural light for groups as well as offer stunning views of the city from all angles. Each room is named after a vibrant color—lime, indigo and fuchsia, for instance—to further inspire creativity.
“Guests will also find inspiration thanks to [the hotel’s] two creative lounges that were designed specifically for those who want to conduct brainstorming sessions or have more casual meetings,” says Têtu. “You can even write on the walls.”
Têtu believes that the 800-sf outdoor patio located on the seventh floor will quickly become a guest favorite. It will provide space for attendees to get some fresh air during breaks while enjoying the views. The hotel staff can also organize different activities or “themed breaks” such as yoga, Zumba, tai chi or aerobics to relieve attendees from sitting all day in meetings.
The hotel is part of the largest multi-use real estate project in Montréal. Not only is the hotel conveniently nestled between Old Montréal and downtown, it is also very easily accessible from the south shore of Montréal and major roadways and serves as a gateway to the city.
Groupe Germain Hospitalité will continue to expand its portfolio beyond this latest hotel in Montréal. The hotel company is planning two other Canadian hotels, scheduled to open in Ottawa and Winnipeg in 2015.