O Canada! My friends and I took a trip to Vancouver about two years ago for our collective November birthdays (yup, my b-day is coming up!), we planned it last minute, and to this date, it’s still one of my all-time favorite memories. So you can imagine my excitement when the W hotels invited me to their beautiful property in Montreal!
I had just arrived from NYFW and Guadalajara when I found myself packing for an express, three-day trip! Coincidently, it was the first day of fall and I was very happy to be celebrating it in a city where it actually felt like the season it said on the calendar! When I arrived at the airport, there was a driver waiting for us who took us directly to the hotel. Our hotel room had the most beautiful wallpaper, which ended up being a beautiful “welcoming” view as we walked through the door. Because we flew in late, we ended up having a quick dinner at JATOBA and then we called it a night.
The next day, my itinerary was far from blank. We started by visiting Montreal’s most known designers and their showrooms, and eating at the famous coffee shop called Tommy.
Montreal has a strong French and Canadian duality, therefore when they remodeled the suites, they emphasized that by giving each suite North Americanized French décor. They were wildly successful in creating their dual masterpiece if I say so myself! Still obsessed with that wallpaper!
After our midday stroll, we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit before the big party!
The W Montreal was hosting a Duality Takeover party, which was such a unique concept! As the doors opened on the 10th floor, 2 models were dressed doing each others nails in W bathrobes. A cool yet curious first impression. Every suite on the 10th floor was taken over by a theme – and guests were welcomed to enter each suite of this explorative party. Themes ranged from Winter, summer, modern and classic.
My favorite was the summer theme, where three models were sitting on the new gold couches, surrounded by flamingos. There was even flamingos on the balcony! It was so much fun taking photos with the models and seeing the room transformations. If you are an avid shopper like me, you will love the following list, it’s a shopping guide for Old Montreal with some cute restaurants that are Instagram-worthy along the way! Curated by Caroline Khangi, a W Insider at the Montreal Hotel.
Fashion rally in Old Montreal
1st stop: Rooney (Women and Man Clothing) 395 Notre Dame West
2nd stop: Cahier d’exercices (Women Clothing) 369 St-Paul West
3rd stop: Espace Pepin Home + Espace Pepin (Home) (Women Clothing) 350 St-Paul West
4th stop: Dubuc (Man clothing) 417 St-Pierre
5th stop: Chance (Women Clothing) 277 Saint-Paul West
6th stop: Rad Hourani (Women Clothing) 231 Saint-Paul West
7th stop: U&I (Women Clothing) 215 Saint Paul West
8th stop: Travis Tadeo (Women and Man Fashion) 209 Saint Paul West #400 MY FAVORITE!
9rd stop: Room Service (Women Clothing) 203 Place d’Youville
10th stop: SSENS (Women and Man high-end fashion) 90 St-Paul West
11th stop: Denis Gagnon (Women Clothing) 90 St-Paul West
Thank you to the W Montreal for sponsoring this trip!