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$300-$399
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Adara Hotel
4122 Village Green
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 905 4009
info@adarahotel.com
www.adarahotel.com

Not everybody comes to Whistler simply for the skiing: If you're a fashion-forward type from Vancouver or elsewhere looking for a weekend away, you might find yourself at this 41-room boutique hotel. Opened in 2006, the Adara injected some needed style and funk into the Whistler hotel scene: Note the vinyl headboards and the Jetsons-esque plastic chairs topped with faux sheepskin throws. There are also such niceties as a Bodum French press coffeemaker, a docking station for MP3 players (you can borrow a preprogrammed iPod or laptop), and a rain shower stocked with products from Fresh. Gas fireplaces are the one nod to traditional ski lodges (and, since it is in Whistler Village, it's still only five-minute walk from the mountains' gondolas).

$199 or less
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Alexandre Logan (1870)
1631 Alexandre DeSève
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2L 2V8
Tel: 514 598 0555
Tel: 866 895 0555
info@alexandrelogan.com
www.alexandrelogan.com

Passersby might never guess that this inconspicuous brown brick building on the edge of the Gay Village is actually a historic 1870 mansion that houses a bed and breakfast. Owner Alain Pigeon spent three years restoring the period arches, moldings, and hardwood floors—original details still found in local apartments. The spotless rooms are furnished simply (to be expected, given the reasonable rates), but they're quite cozy, thanks to finishing touches like a chaise longue, knotty pine floor, or claw-foot tub. Two of the five rooms share a hallway bathroom; book as early as possible to guarantee en suite facilities. The communal living room, with an electric fireplace, (unstocked) fridge, and an outdoor courtyard add to the homey, congenial vibe. There is also a computer for guests as well as free wireless Internet access in all the rooms. Complimentary breakfast is served between 9 and 10:30 a.m. according to the chef's whim (usually something heavy and traditional, like French toast or crêpes) but the staff is sensitive to dietary restrictions.

$200-$299
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Auberge du Vieux-Port
97 Commune Street East
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2Y 1J1
Tel: 514 876 0081
Tel: 888 660 7678
Fax: 514 876 8923
www.aubergeduvieuxport.com

Located on the riverfront in Old Montréal, the 27-room Auberge du Vieux-Port has shabby-chic charm in spades. Exposed brick or stone walls, casement windows opening onto the St. Lawrence River (ask for that view), wood floors, and brass beds make it all romantic; wireless Internet, a glass of wine a day, and inclusive full American breakfast are just candy. Many rooms have Jacuzzis; all have the use of the gorgeous rooftop terrace. There are also 19 lofts and apartments in four buildings behind the hotel, useful for business stays and families—they're similar in decor, but they lack that river view.

$200-$299
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Auberge Saint-Antoine
8 Saint-Antoine Street
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 4C9
Tel: 888 692 2211 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 692 2211
Fax: 418 692 1177
www.saint-antoine.com

A standout property in the Basse-Ville, the Auberge Saint-Antoine opened in 1992 in the last remaining 19th-century warehouse along the Old Port. Owned by a longtime local family, the hotel is decorated with artifacts unearthed when the hotel was built, including a 17th-century cannon that dominates the lobby. There's nothing ancient about accommodations, though: The 94 rooms are stuffed with amenities such as heated bathroom floors, gratis high-speed Internet access, fluffy beds, and, in some, fireplaces and hot tubs. A Relais & Châteaux property, it houses Panache, one of the most notable restaurants in the area.

$200-$299
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Banff Boundary Lodge
1000 Harvie Heights Road
Harvie Heights , Alberta
Canada T1W 2W2
Tel: 877 678 9555 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 678 9555
info@banffboundarylodge.com
www.banffboundarylodge.com

Just a half mile from the gates of Banff National Park, and eight more from the town of Banff, this condo-style lodge is ideal for outdoorsy travelers. It's convenient to numerous hiking and biking trails, six golf courses, and five ski areas (ask about ski packages when booking a room). The 42 one- and two-bedroom suites aren't exactly plush, but the blond wood furniture and forest-green sofas positioned before gas fireplaces do the trick. There's an outdoor hot tub, laundry facilities, and movie rentals for those who believe that après-ski means curling up in front of the TV.

$199 or less
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Bear Trail Lodge
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
visitbeartrail@aol.com
www.beartraillodge.co.uk

This fully catered and hosted on-mountain log cabin affords great views across the Elk Valley. Inside, the scenery includes vaulted ceilings, a full kitchen, and a games room (with pool table, bar, and cable TV). Of the comfortable wood-paneled bedrooms, the best is the one on the top floor, with its own Jacuzzi and fantastic vistas. The room price includes breakfast, afternoon tea, and a homemade three-course evening meal with local beer and wine. The chummy staff will ferry you to the ski hill free of charge. The lodge sleeps ten, with a one-week minimum stay. (Parties of less than eight must pay a supplement.) Reservations are made by e-mail. Guests are picked up at Calgary or Cranbrook airports (or driving directions are provided on request).

$199 or less
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Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge
1622 7th Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 5500
info@bestwesternfernie.com
www.bestwesternfernie.com

A block from the Elk River and 5 kilometers from the ski resort, this Best Western has friendly employees and pleasant rooms with modern furnishings. Its in-town location means prices are more reasonable than those closer to the ski hill. Rooms fall into three categories. Standard rooms include microwave, fridge, Internet, and cable; some even have fireplaces. Executive suites feature a separate living area and kitchenette. Theme suites are luxurious (albeit kitschy) and have Jacuzzis and customized décor (the French Country unit is the most tasteful). Boston Pizza has a lounge with satellite sports TV and a deck; the hotel's Uptown Café serves acceptable breakfasts.

$199 or less
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Chalet Europe
5063 Madsen Road
Radium Hot Springs , British Columbia
Canada V0A 1M0
Tel: 888 428 9998 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 347 9305
info@chaleteurope.com
www.chaleteurope.com

Located on a mountainside 600 feet above the Columbia Valley, this family-owned, 17-suite chalet is minutes away by car from Radium Hot Springs. All rooms have balconies, fireplaces, and kitchenettes, and the aptly named Owls Nest, Osprey Nest, and Eagles Nest suites come with a second private balcony, telescopes, and bird's-eye views. For entertainment, there's a hot tub, a Ping-Pong room, an exercise room, and an outdoor do-it-yourself barbecue area. Complimentary coffee and homemade breakfast pastries are served each morning.

$200-$299
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Cosmopolitan Toronto Hotel & Spa
8 Colborne Street
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5E 1E1
Tel: 866 852 1777 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 945 5455
reservations@cosmotoronto.com
www.cosmotoronto.com

Billing itself as a "boutique Zen hotel," the Cosmopolitan is an affordable downtown hotel with an aesthetic that seems way out of its price range. Situated at the foot of Yonge Street between the financial district and the waterfront, rates as low as $189 per night will get you a flat-screen TV, a 600-thread-count duvet, a kitchenette, bamboo slippers, a yoga mat, a balcony with a view of the downtown or out toward the lake, and, yes, Zen-style water feature. Eight Wine Bar, the restaurant, serves grown-up takes on comfort food: The shepherd's pie is made with duck, a veal demi-glace, and 20-year port, and the donuts have foie gras, Empire apples, and an espresso sauce.

$199 or less
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Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M6J 1J3
Tel: 866 372 5386 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 531 5042
info@thedrakehotel.ca
www.thedrakehotel.ca

A gloriously successful pet project of a dot-com millionaire, the Drake Hotel is a case study in urban gentrification. First opened in the late 19th century and expanded in 1949, the Drake fell on notoriously hard times in the '70s and '80s, along with the surrounding neighborhood of Parkdale. Its guardian angel arrived on the scene around the turn of the millennium and updated the interior with a decidedly design-forward appearance along with 19 hotel rooms. These days, the Drake is known more for its performance-art installations and bar scene than as a place to stay—you'd never know it was a hotel by looking at it—and lines to get in can get ugly on Friday and Saturday nights. Though there may not be a pool or spa, it's not every hotel that offers a legitimately cool nightlife scene, not to mention a great coffee shop to get you through the next morning. For anyone who wants to live hard, party with locals, and see the city's younger, hipper side, there's no better place to lay your weary head.

$200-$299
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Emerald Lake Lodge
Field , British Columbia
Canada V0A 1G0
Tel: 800 663 6336 (toll-free)
ellmanager@crmr.com
www.crmr.com/emerald-lake-lodge.php

"It is as stunning as the brochure says." Overlooking Emerald Lake, this 1902 timber-and-birch lodge has a dining room, a games room, and stone fireplaces. Rooms in two-story alpine cabins with willow furnishings are either "a little shabby" or "high-end rustic." Mount Burgess Dining Room's bison, caribou, elk, and salmon are "fresh, innovative, and beautifully presented." "Friendly staff treated me like family."

(85 rooms)

$400 or more
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Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff , Alberta
Canada T1L 1J4
Tel: 403 762 2211
banffsprings@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/banffsprings/

For more than a century, this opulent, immense (778 rooms!) hotel has sat on its own plot of forested land, just outside of downtown Banff, proving that, sometimes, manmade beauty can almost match nature's. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, the imposing structure has had a long history: It opened in 1888, was rebuilt in 1920 after a fire, and most recently underwent a massive remodeling in 2001 under the management of Fairmont. Improvements include a less cramped arrival area: Now a seamless roundabout takes guests and their luggage right to the doors and soaring ceilings of a grand lobby, where staffers can easily accommodate check-ins even if slack-jawed tourists are aimlessly wandering around, ogling. Service is efficient, but nobody is likely to remember your name. Remodeling of the rooms has affected some more than others: Be wary of getting stuck in the smallest rooms in the older castle portion. If you're looking to truly live it up, there's always the Presidential Suite (accessed via private elevator), with 1,500 square feet and panoramic views of the Spray and Bow River valleys. The Willow Stream Spa has also been renovated, and now has 29 treatment areas, mineral pools, and waterfall-fed whirlpools.

$400 or more
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise , Alberta
Canada T0L 1E0
Tel: 403 522 3511
chateaulakelouise@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/lakelouise/

Alpine settings don't get more awesome than this: The Chateau Lake Louise is perched on the banks of aquamarine Lake Louise, with dramatic Victoria Glacier just off the distance. The actual structure is nowhere near as dramatic as the Fairmont Banff Springs, and there is always a distracting throng of tourists walking around the lake path. Nonetheless, when everyone else goes elsewhere for the evening, you'll still have that view—and it's also ideal for forays into the surrounding mountains. Though the lobby is elegant, decorated with an antique chandelier, historic photographs, and portraits of British royalty, the staff won't purse their lips if your muddy boots drip onto the carpet. Open since 1892, the hotel's 552 guest rooms have been built or renovated over the last five years. Need lots of space? Avoid the standard rooms in the original 19th-century building, which are sized according to European standards of the time. Instead, reserve a suite in the new Mountain Temple wing or the exclusive Gold floor (the 7th), which offers appetizers, private check-in, and a devoted concierge. Its Gold Lounge is decorated with museum paintings and heritage artwork, and serves a deluxe breakfast, too.

$300-$399
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 800 606 8244 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 938 8000
chateauwhistlerresort@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/whistler

The Chateau has towered above the Blackcomb base since 1989, and even though the newer Four Seasons challenges its status as Whistler's definitive luxury resort, the Fairmont is far from outdated. Both its location (steps from the Wizard chairlift and snuggled tight against the slopes) and architecture (a fortress topped by soaring green steeples) render it Whistler's best-known landmark. Grand by design, the Chateau fills its lobby (sorry, "Great Hall") with Mennonite rugs and a redwood-size fireplace. The 550 traditionally furnished rooms make for good rest at night, and the hotel offers a number of suite options. The rooms really aren't the thing, though: Even during the off-season, guests can take a spin around the seven-store shopping floor, sip fireside cocktails in the expansive Mallard Lounge, or play the mountainside 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. And the service is spot on: If you need dinner reservations at Araxi, a quick ski tune-up, or a facial at the on-site Vida Wellness Spa on a moment's notice, the capable and congenial staff will attend to it all with genuine B.C. hospitality.

$300-$399
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Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street
Victoria , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 384 8111
theempress@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/empress/

Be "transported back 100 years" at this 1908 landmark on the Inner Harbour—"the best location." Refurbished in early 2010, rooms in earth tones are "large and pleasant." An Indian curry buffet for lunch and dinner awaits patrons of the Bengal Lounge. The spa is "modern and well laid out," and staff "are very courteous."

(477 rooms)

$300-$399
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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2W6
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 684 3131
reservations@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/

There's been a grand château-style hotel on this spot since 1888, when the Canadian Pacific Railway opened the first Hotel Vancouver. The hotel's current incarnation, with its peaked copper roof, opened in 1939 for the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and is one of the city's most striking landmarks. The 556 rooms and suites are decorated with old-school elegance: lots of cherry wood, heavy drapes, and floral upholstery. The best are the 39 Fairmont Gold rooms on the ninth floor, which are extra-spacious (averaging 750 square feet) and also give guests access to a private check-in desk, concierge, and posh lounge with an honor bar, deluxe continental breakfast, and evening hors d'oeuvres. There's a health club with a 50-foot lap pool beneath skylights, and on the lower level is the Absolute Spa, Canada's first men's concept spa. In contrast to the rest of the property, the spa is startlingly modern, with free Wi-Fi, pedicure chairs with built-in flat-screen TVs, and treatments like 60-minute back "facials."—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1 Rue des Carrières
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1R 4P5
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 692 3861
chateaufrontenac@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/frontenac

All around Canada, the Fairmont chain owns many of the most prominent properties, and they're often spectacularly sited. Le Château Frontenac is no exception. A former fort used to defend the city (it looks like a cross between a medieval castle and an 18th-century château), it straddles the topmost part of old town like the lord of the province. Like many of its brethren, it has a huge lobby and a few too many rooms (618 in this case). Though staff are efficient and courteous, the size means that the efficient service can also feel a tad impersonal, and the number of conventioneers can dilute the experience. Also be specific about which room you're booking: Some are much smaller than others, and they don't all have river views. A benefit of its size is the expansive fitness center with indoor pool and the bevy of restaurant options, including Restaurant Le Champlain (serving upscale French food) and more informal La Café Terrasse and Le Bistro. Overall, it's a good place to stay, with amazing views and a sense of history. To avoid the institutional feel, opt for one of the new 46 Gold Level rooms: Located on the main tower's upper floors, they have their own concierge and dedicated check-in area.

$400 or more
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Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 0B9
Tel: 877 900 5350 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 695 5300
pacificrim@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/pacificrim

Opened on the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Pacific Rim conveys urban high-style comfort in a high-energy atmosphere, minus the corporate feel of most hotels popular with both business and leisure travelers. This is the most modern and cosmopolitan property of the three Fairmonts in Vancouver, with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Coal Harbour, and Stanley Park from the 337 rooms. There are spacious standard rooms, deluxes, and suites, done up in a palette of warm beige and taupe with American walnut walls and soft leather furniture. Plush beds have puffy "Euro" pillow-topped Stearns and Foster mattresses and Mascioni bed linens, and the bathrooms are decked out in white Italian marble. Every room is high-tech, with TV-imbedded bathroom mirrors, bedside-controlled drapes, and lighting panels. The Gold Floor (approx. $150 extra) rooms have all that and more, including deeper, richer hues with gold-flecked, chocolate-brown granite in the bathrooms, and terraces that overlook the rooftop patio or the harbor. An outdoor rooftop pool—a rarity in Vancouver—with private cabanas and iron fire pits has excellent food and bar offerings, including Canada's signature Caesar cocktail with vodka and Clamato juice, and apps of yam tempura rolls and Dungeness crab sushi. The fifth-floor Willow Stream Spa has a 4,000-square-foot fitness and relaxation zone, complete with fireplace-warmed lounges and an outdoor terrace. Executive Chef Darren Brown oversees the second-floor Oru Pan-Asian Bistro and two watering holes: the Skybar overlooking the lobby lounge and a cool bar at the entrance to the hotel. Popular Asian afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge features sushi and tea sandwiches. All that, plus the hotel's friendly staff, comes at a price, but the hotel's resort-style charm makes it worth the splurge.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5J 1E3
Tel: 800 441 1414 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 368 2511
royalyorkhotel@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/royalyork

With 1,365 rooms, plus bars, restaurants, and shops, this vast Toronto landmark feels as self-contained as an ocean liner. Guests staying on the elite Gold Floor enjoy a private lounge, concierge, separate check-in and checkout, free Continental breakfast, cocktail-hour canapés, obsequious service, and other perks. Dining options open to all guests include the Benihana Japanese steakhouse and the EPIC restaurant, which serves sophisticated French-inspired cuisine using local ingredients at every meal from breakfast through dinner, including tea (served from 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m.). Thursdays are Tea & Tarot days: a "Certified Grand Master of Tarot" will predict your future.

$300-$399
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Fairmont Vancouver Airport
3111 Grant McConachie Way
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 207 5200
fvares@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/vancouverairport/

"The best airport hotel in the world." Expect a "quiet, mellow vibe" and "well-soundproofed rooms" at this glass tower above the U.S. departure gates. Staff are "prepared to respond to any need." Rooms have flashes of paprika and saffron color, as well as "spectacular views of mountains" and air traffic. The breakfast buffet at Globe@YVR is "to die for."

(392 rooms)

$300-$399
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Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 3L5
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 691 1991
thewaterfronthotel@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/waterfront

With a prime location right on Vancouver's harbor, this 23-story hotel has some of the city's most spectacular views. The best place to enjoy the panorama is, without a doubt, the heated pool surrounded by an herb garden on the third-floor terrace, which seems to hang suspended between vistas of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. Dinner at the on-site Herons Restaurant, with its two-story panes of glass overlooking city foot traffic, isn't too shabby, either. Most of the 489 classically plush rooms and suites face the harbor, but the Signature suites and rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and especially incredible views—including from the spacious marble bathrooms. For the ultimate in pampering, splurge on a Fairmont Gold Club room featuring a private concierge, complimentary breakfast, and late-afternoon appetizers; you'll quickly grow accustomed to feeling like a member of the royal court. Note that the hotel gets packed during high season because of its proximity to the Alaska cruise ship terminal.—Kasey Wilson

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
21 Avenue Road
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5R 2G1
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 964 0411
Fax: 416 964 2301
www.fourseasons.com/toronto/

When the 380-room flagship of the homegrown luxury chain underwent a recent refurbishment, a more contemporary aesthetic replaced the ostentatious gilt-and-marble decor of old. The staff, used to dealing with visiting movie moguls during the Toronto International Film Festival, is assiduously attentive. Ask for a room on one of the top floors-on a clear day, you can see across Lake Ontario. The Studio Cafe serves Mediterranean-inspired food, and the restaurant Truffles, one of the city's finest, features contemporary French dishes.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Whistler
4591 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 888 935 2460 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 935 3400
reservations.whi@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/whistler

The Fairmont may have come first, but it's no shock that its main luxury rival is the Four Seasons, which opened to rave reviews in 2005. Four Seasons veterans will recognize the zealous service, but newcomers to the chain who are here just for the snow might be taken aback. (Use your "Privacy Please" door hanger if you don't want staffers checking on your well-being every two hours.) The hotel has 273 rooms, all with fireplaces and balconies—and even the smallest feels pretty darn big at more than 500 square feet. Guests can reach either mountain via shuttle bus, but it's a mere four-minute walk to Blackcomb's base, where the hotel posts a top-flight ski concierge to store your equipment and lend advice on the best runs. When the ski day is done, head to Fifty Two 80 Bistro, where chef Scott Dolbee celebrates his Californian roots with dishes based around locally sourced ingredients. His seared sablefish, with open-faced oxtail ravioli, butternut squash, and sorrel julienne, is a novel treat.

$300-$399
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Four Seasons Vancouver
791 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2T4
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 9333
Fax: 604 684 4555
www.fourseasons.com/vancouver

Four Seasons' impeccable service and a great downtown location are the main draws at this 373-room property. The hotel is impeccably maintained, and the staff is ready to assist with just about any request (for example, the kitchen will gladly put together a picnic in a sporty backpack if you plan to go on a hike in Stanley Park). A $20-million renovation in 2009 updated the 35-year-old decor, but the bathrooms are still on the small side. All rooms now include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHome radios with iPod docks, and super-plush beds; Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. An impressive sundeck surrounds Vancouver's only year-round indoor/outdoor pool, making it a great spot to laze away a warm day. The happening Yew Restaurant and Bar, with its soaring ceilings, glassed-in private dining room, and 14-seat communal table, focuses on Pacific Northwest sustainable seafood and has a talented team of bartenders. Shoppers and culture-vultures will appreciate the location: The Vancouver Art Gallery is right across the street and the Pacific Centre Mall right next door.—Kasey Wilson

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The Hazelton
118 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5R 1C2
Tel: 866 473 6301 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 963 6300
info@thehazeltonhotel.com
www.thehazeltonhotel.com

Opened in the summer of 2007, the Hazelton instantly became the hottest place to stay in Yorkville, particularly during the Toronto International Film Festival. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg (of St. Regis San Francisco and W Times Square fame), it is warmly contemporary with rich but muted touches: copper screens, green granite floors, cowhide wall panels. The 77 rooms are quiet and spacious—620 square feet on average, with nine-foot ceilings—and have a dark, masculine feeling, their surfaces dressed in leather and zebrawood. Each has a generously sized dressing area (at last—deep drawers!) and a huge bathroom with a wide soaker tub, separate shower, heated floors, and a flat-screen TV embedded into the mirror. We also like thoughtful amenities such as gratis shoe shine, plentiful laptop plugs, and a fridge stocked with free water, soft drinks, and real milk for your coffee. Downstairs you'll find a small spa; a popular restaurant, One, that serves indulgences like lobster mac-and-cheese; and what may well be the nicest hotel screening room on the continent. Two quibbles: Despite French doors that open wide, the rooms don't offer much of a view (the hotel ends at the fourth floor), and prices for both rooms and extras can be steep (that mac-and-cheese will set you back around $25). Wi-Fi, on the other hand, is refreshingly free.

$200-$299
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Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
4295 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 938 0878
mail@whistlerhi.com
www.whistlerhi.com

Most ski villages have a budget option that stands out for skiing practicality. After all, design and decor matters little to hard-core types who just want to get up and out early when the snow is good. In Whistler's case, that option is the Holiday Inn (go figure), which has a prime location in Village Centre alongside the upscale properties. Suffer the overly shiny bedspreads, but enjoy the kitchenettes, fireplaces in every room, and cable TV. There's also a small gym and 10-person hot tub. Plus, you can bring your equipment into the rooms—try that at the Four Seasons.

$199 or less
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Horstman House
4653 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 888 621 1177 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 935 1177
bookings@whistlerpremier.com
www.horstmanhouse.com

Although budget-friendly hotels aren't easy to come by in Whistler, a night at the Horstman House can cost you as little as $180 in high season—a fraction of what the higher-end places will run. The standard-issue mountain rental decor isn't going to win any awards, but at 700 to 1,000 square feet, the lodge's 51 one- and two-bedroom suites are massive by Whistler standards and include full kitchens, private balconies, gas fireplaces, living and dining rooms, and laundry facilities. What's the catch? It's a 10-minute walk from the hotel to the Blackcomb Mountain base, and 15 to 20 minutes to the center of Whistler Village. The free Whistler shuttle does stop here roughly every 15 minutes between 5:30 am and 3 am, and there are plenty of distractions on-property, including a mountain-view pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a kid-friendly lobby with foosball and pool tables.

$199 or less
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Hôtel 71
71 Rue Saint-Pierre
Québec City , Québec
Canada
Tel: 418 692 1171
info@hotel71.ca
hotel71.ca

Located in the heart of the Old Port, this 40-room hotel in a former nineteenth-century bank has shed all traces of colonial pretense. The lobby has limestone walls and a walnut ceiling, and the guest rooms, which occupy the top four floors (the rest is office space), are loftlike, with 15-foot ceilings and platform beds swathed in puffy white duvets. Corridors are dimly lit, and illuminated room numbers change color to indicate whether housekeeping should enter (green) or not (red). The intimate scale gives the hotel a distinctly personal feel, but smallness comes at a price: There is only a café, and although staff are friendly, at times it feels as though only one person is running the entire hotel.

$200-$299
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Hôtel Gault
449 St. Hélène Street
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2Y 2K9
Tel: 514 904 1616
Tel: 866 904 1616
Fax: 514 904 1717
www.hotelgault.com

A converted textile warehouse in Old Montréal, the Gault's 30 loftlike rooms have polished concrete floors, cast-iron columns, exposed brickwork, and large arched windows, all most tastefully outfitted with Artemide lamps, copies of Harry Bertoia chairs, big couches, and bright rugs. There's a bar, a breakfast room, 24-hour room service, but no restaurant; a fitness center, but no spa. The floor of your glamorously minimal bathroom, however, is heated.

$200-$299
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Hôtel Le Germain
2050 Mansfield Street
Montréal , Québec
Canada H3A 1Y9
Tel: 514 849 2050
Tel: 877 333 2050
reservations@hotelgermain.com
www.hotelgermain.com

The location of this swish, though somewhat spare, contemporary hotel is unrivaled, especially if you have business in buzzing centre-ville. Accoutrements of the 99 earth-tone rooms run to glass walls; cosmopolitan, dark-wood furnishings; and refined erotic artwork—it's like house-sitting for your successful art-dealer aunt while she jets off to Hong Kong. Goose-down duvets and plush bathrobes encourage lazy mornings, which likely doesn't help the hotel's mostly corporate guests much. The downside is that service can be inattentive (don't be surprised if a maid bursts into your room without knocking) and, sure, the bowls of green apples that are ubiquitous in Montréal boutique hotels are getting tired. But for the energy and European sensibility rooted in the belief that style is substance, Le Germain delivers a sumptuous taste of that vie en rose visitors come to Montréal to find—right down to the supermodel staff and private-label bottled water.

$200-$299
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Hôtel Le Germain-Dominion
126 Rue Saint-Pierre
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 4A8
Tel: 888 833 5253 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 692 2224
reservations@hoteldominion.com
www.hoteldominion.com

This is one of those places where everybody seems to have got it right. From the early-20th-century building in the Old Port area to the "just-right" number of rooms (60) and the lobby's large fireplace and oversized sofas. Then there's the little stuff like gratis Wi-Fi, free self-serve cappuccino and espresso, and the price-included continental breakfast—fresh-squeezed juice, rabbit pâté, croissants, and coffee. Lastly, the hotel's service is unfailingly gracious. You'll get smiles from all the staff, and turndown service includes chocolates and cards with the weather forecast for the next day.

$199 or less
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Hôtel Le Priori
15 Rue Sault-au-Matelot
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 3Y7
Tel: 800 351 3992 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 692 3992
priori@biz.videotron.ca
www.hotellepriori.com

Be glad that Le Priori has escaped the attention of most travelers. With 26 rooms, it's intimate yet never hovering-over-your-every-move so. And it shares the same prime Old Port location as better-known (and more expensive) top-tier hotels like Auberge Saint Antoine and Hôtel Dominion. Once a private residence, the tall, narrow building sits on a cobblestone street, and a designer's touches are evident throughout: Many walls are exposed slate or brick, attractive wall sconces shed offset light, and furniture is modern but comfy. Even the least expensive rooms upstairs have duvet-covered queen beds, lounging chairs, and sinks (and sometimes full-sized tubs) in the bedrooms themselves. The most winning are the six suites in a building out back, separated by a small courtyard. Each has its own furniture and color scheme and is rife with personality and warmth (a good thing in the region's not-so-kind winters). The second-floor NewTone suite, for instance, has massive windows along a beautiful slate wall, a working fireplace with a bearskin laid out in front of it, a glass-walled bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and an expansive bathroom that includes a large sunken bathtub surrounded by candles.

$200-$299
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Hotel Le Soleil
567 Hornby Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2E8
Tel: 877 632 3030 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 632 3000
reservations@hotellesoleil.com
www.hotellesoleil.com

One of Vancouver's few boutique hotels, the 112-room Hotel Le Soleil is all about cozy romance. The rooms are done up in crimson and gold, silk brocade, and ornate Louis XVI–style furnishings. Almost all of the rooms are suites, with small but elegant living rooms perfect for relaxing with a bottle of wine from the minibar. Avoid the third-floor suites, which have no living-room windows and are a bit gloomy (corner suites, which do have floor-to-ceiling windows, are a better choice for light-lovers). There's no gym or spa, but fitness-minded guests can get day passes to the YWCA next door, and treatment packages are available at the nearby Spa Utopia at the Pan Pacific hotel. The on-site restaurant is cute, but for a really special and affordable lunch, head one block north and one block east to Sclué, a Roman-style café where the panini are out of this world.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Hôtel Le St-James
355 St. Jacques Street
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2Y 1N9
Tel: 514 841 3111
Tel: 866 841 3111
reservations@hotellestjames.com
www.hotellestjames.com

This restored fin-de-siècle hôtel particulier set a new standard for boutique luxury when it opened in 2002 in Old Montréal. The owners traveled around the world to handpick antiques, furniture, and paintings to individually furnish the 60 rooms; the result is an eclectic mix of Russian armoires, Thai silk wall hangings, wood floors imported from Italian castles, and imposing Grecian sculptures. Ask to stay in one of the high-ceilinged, wood-paneled Heritage Collection Suites for a glimpse of Old Montréal when it was still young. Or for something a bit more contemporary, book the 1,800-square-foot Royal Suite or 2,200-square-foot Presidential Suite—both connect to a second (optional) bedroom and have a (gas) fireplace and a marble bathroom with a soaking tub and a rain shower. The latter suite has a separate dining room that seats ten, as well as a separate kitchen and a grand piano. At $5,000 per night, the Terrace Apartment Suite is the priciest night's stay in Canada: It ups the amenities of the Presidential Suite with almost double the space, a screening room, a terrace with panoramic city views, and private access. Need a reservation at a booked-solid Au Pied de Cochon or Joe Beef? No problem, just ask the concierge. And the spa menu is a compilation of caviar masks, seaweed body wraps, and Pevonia treatments. No wonder Madonna stays here when she's in town, and the Rolling Stones rented the whole place on their 2005 tour.

$200-$299
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Hotel Nelligan
106 St. Paul Street West
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2Y 1Z3
Tel: 514 788 2040
Tel: 877 788 2040
info@hotelnelligan.com
www.hotelnelligan.com

A stone's throw from the old port, the 105-room Nelligan, opened in 2002, combines classic Old Montréal charm (original stonework, dark woods) with modern touches (a soaring atrium). It's a favorite of visiting Hollywood producers, and its brasserie, Verses, is equally popular among locals. As with most design-motivated hotels, service isn't its strongest asset (it's best to order room service before you feel a hunger pang). And for those seeking a sumptuous spa retreat, the modest massage salon will be a disappointment—although you can trek to the sister Hôtel Place d'Armes (55 St. Jacques St. W.; 514-842-1887; www.hotelplacedarmes.com) for more elaborate treatments if you're desperate. The Nelligan's fortes are its hipness, its ambience, and its location. All told, the fluffy cushions, overstuffed sofas, and padded area rugs make the rooms feel warm and inviting, or très chaleureux, as they say in Montréal. The owners have purchased the building next door, and in 2007 opened an expansion that holds 44 guest rooms, conference facilities, and a second brassierie, Méchant Boeuf.

$199 or less
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Hume Hotel
442 Vernon Street
Nelson , British Columbia
Canada V1L 4E5
Tel: 877 568 0888 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 352 5331
info@humehotel.com
www.humehotel.com

Formerly known as the Heritage Inn, the Hume Hotel is a restored turn-of-the-century set piece, complete with hardwood floors, cavernous leather armchairs, and beds so deep and comfortable you could disappear into them. This landmark first opened its doors in 1898, and thanks to a consistently hospitable staff, it remains a favorite hangout for visitors and locals alike. There are 43 rooms and one suite, which has a full kitchen, living room, and dining room. Nelson's college-age contingent flocks to the in-house Mike's Place Pub—a three-tiered British-style pub with flat-screen TVs, pool tables, and a collection of local memorabilia to rival any Bennigan's. Guests wind down at the refined Library Lounge, where a roaring fire and ornately carved oak bar channel the hotel's Victorian roots.

$400 or more
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Ice Hotel
143 Route Duchesnay
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier , Québec
Canada G0A 3M0
Tel: 418 875 4522
information@icehotel-canada.com
www.icehotel-canada.com

Ever dreamed about staying in Superman's Fortress of Solitude? Well, Québec's Ice Hotel, with intricate columns and architectural details (including chandeliers) all hewn from the cold stuff, is pretty close. But before you decide to actually spend the night, think carefully: This was the first-ever ice hotel (there are similar, independent outfits in Sweden and Iceland), and the experience, while novel, is also uncomfortable. Have too many vodkas out of those made-from-ice glasses, and you'll find yourself waking up in the middle of night and making the bitterly cold dash to the heated bathroom, located in another building. (Your bed, too, is made of ice, though it's covered by a pad and fur blanket.) , the 36 rooms and suites hover in the mid-20s; guests are supplied with mummy-style sleeping bags. If you're up to the chilly challenge, best make plans for only one night. Otherwise, why not just stop in during the day for a look— it's just 30 minutes west of downtown Québec City— and then return to your own (heated) room in town. Tours are available between 10:30 and 4:40 for $15 a person.

Open January through April.

$199 or less
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Island Lake Lodge
602A 2nd Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 3700
Tel: 888 422 8754
Fax: 250 423 4055
www.islandlakelodge.com

Set in a stunning location—frozen (in winter) lake in front, cedar forest behind, and a network of ski trails all around—Island Lake Lodge is an ultra-exclusive enclave, accommodating only 32 guests. The lodge has three buildings, all built from larch and tamarack trunks, that vary in price and amenities: the Bear, with shared bathrooms, is the cheapest option; the Eagle has en suite facilities; and the Cedar, the most expensive choice, features its own outdoor hot tub. A private snowcat whisks skiers up the mountain. The fine restaurant serves a new menu every season and has an extensive wine list.

$200-$299
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Jasper Inn Alpine Resort
98 Geikie Street
Jasper , Alberta
Canada T0E 1E0
Tel: 780 852 4461
reservations@jasperinn.com
www.jasperinn.com

This homey 144-room hotel in Jasper has both standard hotel rooms and kitchen-equipped suites. Families with kids dig the two-bedroom floor plan that includes three twin beds in a loft. For adventurous guests of all ages, there are local activities such as back-country hiking, white-water rafting, trout fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. An indoor heated pool and a sauna are on-site. Coffee and pastry shops, wine tastings, and an art gallery lure visitors to the nearby Jasper Marketplace (616 Patricia St.; 780-852-3152; www.jaspermarketplace.com).

$200-$299
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The Juniper
1 Juniper Way
Banff , Alberta
Canada T1L 1E1
Tel: 866 551 2281 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 762 2281
Fax: 403 762 8331
www.thejuniper.com

Opened in 2004 on the site of a venerable motor lodge at the base of Mount Norquay, half a mile outside of town, the Juniper aims for a contemporary boutique feel. It largely succeeds, nicely mixing reclaimed wood, slate tile, and nature photos in its public spaces. The 52 rooms come with sleek duvets, balconies, and CD players. This is a good choice if you're looking for a place with energy rather than solitude. After all, it's a tad close to the highway and also attracts a youngish crowd who like to whoop it up in the outdoor hot tub, which has commanding views of Mount Rundle.

$400 or more
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The Keefer
133 Keefer Street
Chinatown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6A 1X3
Tel: 888 688 1983
reservations@thekeefer.com
thekeefer.com

The Keefer is much cooler than you are. The four-suite hotel is a boon to shabby Chinatown, and a good indication that the area is becoming hip again. Intended as a high-end apartment building (until the housing meltdown), these super-luxe pads are available for the night, the week, or indefinitely. High-maintenance guests should head elsewhere: There's no turndown service, 24-hour room service, or other typical hotel amenities. But for scenesters with deep pockets, this is the place to hang your hat. Each 2,400-square-foot dwelling has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a modern kitchen, a living room (complete with a punching bag), and a TV so large it might be classified as a mini movie screen. It's tempting to want to throw a blowout party here, especially if you book the penthouse, whose roof deck has a sexy lap pool with a transparent bottom looking into the suite. The decor manages to be chic and well balanced despite the air of playful excess: Retro paintings in lollipop hues and oversized prints of old boxing photos (all by Canadian artist/writer Douglas Coupland) are juxtaposed against unfinished blond-wood floors and matte-gray walls. By contrast, the bedrooms, with their white-and-silver aesthetic, seem almost dull. No matter, you're here for the party.

$400 or more
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King Pacific Lodge
Barnard Harbour
Princess Royal Island , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 888 592 5464 (toll-free)
info@kingpacificlodge.com
www.kingpacificlodge.com

"There's nothing like it in the world." Arrive by hydroplane at this pine, fir, and stone lodge on a barge. Through "the giant windows in my room I could have a bath and watch the eagles sitting on top of the trees." Menus change daily in the dining room, where the large open fireplace, wine pairings, and pastries and desserts "are remarkable." Staff are "well educated about their surroundings. Most of them are handsome too!" Though "it rains a lot," "I cried when I had to leave."

(17 rooms)

$300-$399
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Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
1 Langdon Drive
Cambridge , Ontario
Canada
Tel: 800 268 1898 (toll-free)
Tel: 519 740 2100
reservations@langdonhall.ca
www.langdonhall.ca

"It's in the countryside an hour from Toronto but has the food and accommodations to match any city hotel." At this 1890s American Federal Revival retreat, "professional staff are so friendly." Indoors, the "elegant, comfortable" guest rooms are appointed with feather beds and wood-burning fireplaces. Seasonal picks from the property's garden and Ontario wines are highlights in the dining room.

(52 rooms)

$400 or more
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Le Germain
30 Mercer Street
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5V 1H3
Tel: 866 345 9501 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 345 9500
reservations@germaintoronto.com
www.germaintoronto.com

Toronto waited too long for a hotel like Le Germain, which opened in 2003. Designed by Lemay Michaud Architecture Design, its 122 rooms and suites feature downy beds and Aveda toiletries. A glass wall separates the shower from the bedroom so you can be admired by your companion if you wish (or draw the shutters for privacy). The two-level lobby, with its soft white couches and double-sided fireplace, is perfect for lounging. The on-site seasonal French restaurant, Chez Victor, serves classic fare like pan roasted scallops with Jerusalem artichoke risotto and Porcini butter.

$199 or less
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Le Hôtel du Capitole
972 Rue Saint-Jean
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1R 1R5
Tel: 800 363 4040 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 694 4040
hotel@lecapitole.com
www.lecapitole.com

Set just outside Porte Saint-Jean and the city walls of Vieux-Québec, this retro-chic establishment is part of a complex that includes a lavish, gilt-encrusted theater and a bustling Italian restaurant, Il Teatro. The hotel itself is in a restored 1903 building, with 40 Art Deco–style rooms that, although a little on the small side, are full of thoughtful extras: well-stocked minibar, Jacuzzi, CD player. Our only complaint is that the TVs are equipped with outdated VCRs, but movies are available for free at the front desk.

$200-$299
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Le Royal Méridien King Edward
37 King Street E.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5C 1E9
Tel: 416 863 9700
Fax: 416 367 5515
reservations.toronto@lemeridien.com
www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien

Opened in 1903, the “King Eddie” offers plush Edwardian-style rooms, well-appointed with high speed Internet access and 24-hour room service. Victoria's Restaurant is popular with the power-breakfast crowd and serves high tea later in the afternoon. Facilities include a 1,500-square-foot gym, "Le Fitness," and the Nouvelle Maria Spa. Three ballrooms, 12 conference rooms, and a business center make this property ideal for business travelers.

$200-$299
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Lizard Creek Lodge
5346 Highline Dr.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 2057
Fax: 250 423 2058
www.lizardcreek.com

Just yards from the Elk Quad Chair lift at the foot of the ski hill, luxurious Lizard Creek Lodge offers suites that sleep two to eight, with mountain balconies and fireplaces. All units are condominium-style, with a living-room area and full kitchen (pre-arrival grocery shopping is available). You can also rent condos with washer/dryers that sleep larger parties. The stunning great room has a huge fireplace and large armchairs. Don't want to cook on vacation? The Lizard Creek restaurant serves excellent upscale nosh and an epic Sunday brunch.

$300-$399
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Loden Vancouver
1177 Melville Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6E 0A3
Tel: 877 563 3622 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 669 5060
reservations@theloden.com
www.theloden.com

Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Coal Harbour, the 14-story, 77-room property is just blocks from Stanley Park, Robson Street shopping, and the financial district. Design-wise, the Loden is all about serenity and discretion—blink and you'll drive right past the hotel's understated signage—which may be why celebs like Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones have stayed here. The extensive use of glass on the facade mimics the nearby ocean; massive wooden front doors lead to a lobby centered on a double-sided zebra onyx fireplace. The guest rooms are compact at just over 400 square feet, but floor-to-ceiling windows flood them with natural light, and a sliding wall separates the bathroom from the sleeping area. The look is modern but not minimalist: Coral velvet chaises and blond-wood cabinets stand out against boldly patterned carpeting and, in the bathrooms, chocolate-brown marble. Ask for a high room to get a sliver of a mountain or ocean view, or a garden room for a step-out patio; rooms on lower floors look onto buildings. Voya, the former '40s-style dining room, has been renovated to half its size and replaced by Tableau, a no-attitude French bistro where chef Marc-André Choquette serves flavorful, moderately priced dishes with an affordable wine list.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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Nita Lake Lodge
2131 Lake Placid Road
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B2
Tel: 888 755 6482 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 966 5700
res.nita@bhrbc.com
www.nitalakelodge.com

At the edge of lovely little Nita Lake, this boutique lodge is a haven for skiers who dig quiet evenings, alpine views, and easy mountain access. It's located in Whistler Creekside—three miles south of the late-night hooting and hollering for which Whistler Village is sometimes known, and a five-minute walk from the Creekside gondola. The look here is a polished take on rustic (fir beams, woven rugs, leather furnishings), while the amenities are thoroughly modern: All 77 guest rooms are equipped with basalt rock fireplaces, heated stone floors, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. (Large groups should book one of the two guesthouses, which include four or five bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, and hot tubs.) At sunset, guests gather on Lakeside Lounge's patio (it's heated in winter) to enjoy a glass of wine and swap tales of trails conquered.

$300-$399
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Opus Hotel
322 Davie Street
Yaletown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6B 5Z6
Tel: 866 642 6787 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 642 6787
info@opushotel.com
www.opushotel.com

Yaletown's only hotel and the most design-centric place in Vancouver, Opus is once again one of our top choices, thanks to quick access to and from the airport via the Yaletown subway station next door. Opus's 96 immaculate rooms are painted in bright primary colors (lipstick red, sunflower yellow), furnished with modern pieces by designers (from Starck bar stools to Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs), and accessorized with cutting-edge touches (lots of chrome, sliding frosted-glass doors leading to starkly spacious bathrooms). Celebs like Lady Gaga and Bono have stayed here, but even everyday folks get VIP perks such as complimentary rides in the hotel's BMW 7 Series and automatic entry into the still-hip Opus Bar. The amenities, from the L'Occitane bath products to the free mountain bikes, are top-notch. What used to be the Elixir brasserie has become a pop-up restaurant that changes every 100 days.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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Opus Hotel Montréal
10 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2X 4C9
Tel: 866 744 6346 (toll-free)
Tel: 514 843 8000
info@opusmontreal.com
www.opushotel.com

The 136-room Opus Hotel Montréal combines two distinct wings: The 1914 Godin building (formerly the Hotel Godin) is fitted like a puzzle piece into a modern concrete-and-steel structure. The hotel's location, on the cusp of Boulevard St. Laurent's commercial bustle and the city's stark downtown business district, also has a split personality. But inside, the Opus comes into its own with a fanciful design that includes surrealist statements such as a life-size ebony horse with a lampshade sprouting from its head in the lobby. As at its sister property, in Vancouver, the hotel has five color-coded room categories, each of which corresponds to a fictional guest archetype (for example, masculine brown rooms were designed for "Mike," a young doctor; purple rooms are for "Didi," a shopaholic actress who really likes leopard print). But more important than your color choice is snagging a room on an upper floor—especially on weekends, when the hotel's pan-Asian restaurant, Koko, and the outdoor roof deck of the Suco Lounge turn into buzzy hot spots.—Cathay Che

$300-$399
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Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
300–999 Canada Place Way
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 3B5
Tel: 800 937 1515 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 662 8111
info@panpacific-hotel.com
www.panpacific.com/Vancouver

Set right on the downtown harbor and adjacent to Canada Place (home of the Vancouver Convention Centre), this modern 23-story tower is big with business travelers and conference attendees. The 503 rooms are beige, beige, and more beige, but they're also large and airy, with big windows overlooking the water and the mountains beyond. Of the three on-site restaurants, the Cascades Lounge, in the atrium lobby, morphs into a swank nightspot, where jazz musicians often play. The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are both heated, the Spa Utopia's treatments are sumptuous, and the 2,000-square-foot fitness center is far and away the best hotel gym in the city. Book early during spring and summer (the Alaska cruise ship season). If you're easily put off by crowds of people wearing suits and name tags, you might prefer the Fairmont Waterfront across the street.—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
4299 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 966 5500
vc-concierge@panpacific.com
whistlervc.panpacific.com

"Gorgeous views and lots of colorful flower beds" are hallmarks of this metal-roofed resort "central to the action." "Crisp and stylish suites" are equipped with fireplaces, kitchens, and Aveda products. Expect a ski valet, a heated outdoor saltwater lap pool, and two hot tubs. At Pacific Lounge, the breakfast buffet is "more than a juice and muffin carbohydrate load."

(83 suites)

$300-$399
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Park Hyatt Toronto
4 Avenue Road
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5R 2E8
Tel: 800 233 1234 (toll-free)
Tel: 416 925 1234
Fax: 416 924 6693
www.parktoronto.hyatt.com

Extensive improvements to the Park Hyatt have resulted in a luxurious, if chintzy interior. Its location—a stone's throw from the shops and restaurants of tony Yorkville—is hard to beat, and the service is friendly and accommodating. The hotel's restaurant, Annona, is known for its extensive wine list and fine, seafood-based cooking. The traditional steakhouse, Morton's, serves more robust fare. Make sure you stop for drinks at the cozy Roof Lounge for superb views over the lake and city skyline. The hotel's Stillwater Spa is probably the best in downtown Toronto.

$400 or more
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Post Hotel & Spa
200 Pipestone Road
Lake Louise , Alberta
Canada T0L 1E0
Tel: 800 661 1586 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 522 3989
info@posthotel.com
www.posthotel.com

Opened in 1942 as a lodge for mountaineers, the Post sits on a bucolic parcel of the valley floor, next to a stream. It's evolved into a warm, luxury alpine chalet under the 28-year ownership of Swiss brothers George and André Schwarz, who for many years served as Lake Louise's ski school director. The 103 rooms have lots of dark wood and glass doors that open to the outdoors, allowing in loads of light. A distinction is made between "standard side" rooms—with views to the parking lot—and "preferred side" that open onto a slice of woods. The suites and private cabins have stone-ringed fireplaces, refrigerators, and Jacuzzi tubs. Despite the sophistication of the Relais & Châteaux restaurant and the Temple Mountain Spa, the Post has never lost its down-home appeal. Guests sometimes coax André to ski with them—or at the least, to share a drink in the cozy Post bar, where light comes from painted branches strung with Christmas lights.

$200-$299
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Queen's Landing
155 Byron Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake , Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0
Tel: 888 669 5566 (toll-free)
Tel: 905 468 2195
Fax: 905 468 1472
www.vintage-hotels.com/niagara-on-the-lake/hotels/queens-landing.php

This Georgian property "takes you back in time" and provides "easy access to walking trails, the waterfront, and town." The mansion's interior has marble floors, stained glass, and Venetian accents. Rooms are "elegantly furnished with dark woods and English chintz fabrics—very country British." French foodies praise Tiara restaurant, "especially the pastry chef, who performs miracles with sugar."

(142 rooms)

$300-$399
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The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
181 Wellington Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada
Tel: 416 585 2500
toronto.reservations@ritzcarlton.com
www.ritzcarlton.com/toronto

After a wave of style-over-substance hotel openings, Toronto, still in need of more rooms at peak times, was ready for a Ritz-Carlton. Opened in February 2011 in the heart of the financial and performing arts district (close enough to the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox to scoop up the influx of tired celebrities), the Toronto Ritz hews closely to the brand's patented model of confident, solid luxury. There are few design surprises in the 267 guest rooms (predominantly taupe furnishings with leather headboards, deep soaking tubs, and honor bars), though the spaces are large by Toronto standards (starting at 450 square feet) and absolutely quiet. To make the most of the floor-to-ceiling windows, opt for a waterfront room showcasing Lake Ontario views. The hotel's defining sense of comfort is buoyed by the spa's 16 treatment rooms, saltwater pool, and yoga studio. The casual DEQ Terrace and Lounge serves an eclectic mix of flatbreads, afternoon tea, and specialty drinks (consider the watermelon-aloe cocktail), while the formal TOCA restaurant is centered on chef Tom Brodi's locally sourced menu. If he's serving his beef tenderloin with oxtail, or the bone marrow stuffed with sweet crabmeat, you will forgive the hair-curling prices.—Raphael Kadushin

$300-$399
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Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 West Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6P 1P7
Tel: 888 767 3966 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 682 5566
hotelgeorgia@rosewoodhotels.com
www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotelgeorgia

Opened in 1927, the Hotel Georgia's guest book rivals that of any in the city, catering to British royalty, music legends, and Hollywood celebs. And thanks to a $125-million renovation in 2011, guests of this historic landmark are once again sleeping in style. Toronto designer Alessandro Munge has preserved the history of the building and created a soothing nest for business travelers and other visitors. The moody color palette of cocoa, taupe, and custard is complemented by Art Deco accents throughout the lobby and its "1927" bar; the largest privately owned collection of Canadian artwork flanks the walls on every floor. The 155 rooms are done up in Parisian blue and silver tones and range from 325 to 400 square feet with sleeping and living areas, and luxurious spa-grade bathrooms featuring heated flooring, deep soaking tubs, and rainwater-head showers. (Best views are from the south side, facing the neoclassical Vancouver Art Gallery.) The roomy feel carries over to the full fitness center and spa with its 52-foot indoor saltwater lap pool. The friendly, enthusiastic staffers gamely do all they can to accommodate guests, especially kids in their "Rosebud" program. Hawksworth, the high-wattage in-house wine-centric restaurant run by much-heralded chef David Hawksworth, is just an elevator ride away. The morning is the time to score a proper "English Breakfast" or Dungeness crab Benedict with a perfect hollandaise.—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
1128 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6E 0A8
Tel: 888 818 1120 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 1120
slv@shangri-la.com
www.shangri-la.com/vancouver

For its entry into North America, the Hong Kong–based Shangri-La chain fired a dramatic opening salvo. The 119-room Shangri-La Vancouver takes up the first 15 floors of a 62-story glass tower (Vancouver's tallest) located between downtown and the residential West End. The Asian-style hospitality is evident in the doting, singular focus on guests: After entering, you are greeted by a hostess in Mandarin-style attire, then led to a discreet check-in area on the lower level (and if you've booked a suite, you'll be served a pot of steaming tea on arrival). The interiors are sumptuous, particularly the three-story lobby with its limestone walls and floors, crystal chandeliers, rosewood paneling, and plush leather chairs. Rooms—there are seven different configurations—start at a spacious 450 square feet and have contemporary furniture with Asian touches and a Chinese color scheme of gold and bronze. Marble bathrooms are the biggest in town, with enormous walk-in showers and mirrors that double as ten-inch televisions. Food is covered by Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market, and classic cocktails, Asian-inspired snacks, and a formal afternoon tea are served in the revamped Xi Shi (Iron Lotus) Lobby Lounge. The Chi spa pampers patrons with a range of Chinese and Himalayan treatments in six individual suites with fireplaces.—Kasey Wilson

$199 or less
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Snow Creek Lodge
5258 Highline Dr.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 6878
Tel: 800 667 9911
www.snowcreeklodge.com

Set in a convenient ski-in/ski-down location at the base of the mountain, Snow Creek Lodge offers studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, built in early Canadian style. All have a deck or balcony, full kitchen facilities, a gas fireplace, cable TV, and Internet access. The two-bedroom cabins are tucked into the trees above the main lodge and have wraparound decks or balconies: at the end of each day, you can watch the last skiers finishing up their runs. Friendly and low-key, Snow Creek is a great choice for families.

$300-$399
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SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences
318 Wellington Street. W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5V 3T4
Tel: 416 599 8800
Tel: 866 764 6638
reservations@soho.metropolitan.com
www.soho.metropolitan.com

The SoHo Metropolitan is known for conscientious service and a convenient location close to major attractions such as the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. The king-size beds in the 89 rooms and suites have European down duvets and snowy Frette linens: Sleeping in them is like sinking into a bowl of whipped cream. The Senses Bakery & Restaurant serves the innovative fusion cooking of Patrick Lin, a French-trained chef who has worked extensively in Hong Kong. It also has an exceptional wine list.

$300-$399
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Sooke Harbour House
1528 Whiffen Spit Road
Sooke , British Columbia
Canada V9Z 0T4
Tel: 250 642 3421
info@sookeharbourhouse.com
www.sookeharbourhouse.com

At this white clapboard former summer camp, it's impossible to "feel like a stranger." Themed guest rooms have fireplaces and hand-painted ceramic sinks; some have soaking tubs. "The owners take pride in overseeing every detail." The "utterly fabulous" menu blends seasonal local ingredients, such as mussels and fennel. "We loved watching the tide and the otters leaving the harbor."

(28 rooms)

$200-$299
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St. Regis Hotel
602 Dunsmuir Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V68 1Y6
Tel: 800 770 7929 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 681 1135
Fax: 604 681 1126
info@stregishotel.com
www.stregishotel.com

Formerly a run-down hotel with a stripper pole in the basement, this 1913 relic (which holds no relation to St. Regis luxury brand) had an $11-million face-lift in 2008. Now it caters to style- and budget-conscious families and business travelers in the core of downtown. The 65 rooms and suites feel larger than their size (under 300 square feet) and are handsomely tailored in shades of gray with dark-brown wood furniture. All that gray can be a bit somber—especially in winter—so book one of the corner rooms (04s and 10s), which have more windows. The drapes aren't heavy enough to defeat the street noise, but on the flip side, you're in the heart of the bustle, close to shopping (chic department store Holt Renfrew is across the street), sporting events, the convention center, and Gastown. You'll give up your expensive waterfront view, but you still have plenty of mod cons, including free local and long-distance calling, Wi-Fi, and iPod docks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, plus a large work desk with plenty of outlets. Also free is a full daily breakfast—although there's a Starbucks on property. Free passes are available to the Steve Nash Sports Club, one of the city's best gyms.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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Summit Lodge & Spa
4359 Main Street
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 932 2778
reservations@summitlodge.com
www.summitlodge.com

The Summit has fashioned itself as a purveyor of "Western Zen," with touches such as a 24-hour yoga channel, yoga mats, serene water features, and sand gardens available for your room. Less enlightened visitors just like its peaceful location near a gurgling creek in the North Village. The 81 suites come with refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, and 300-thread-count bed linens. (Ask for room 410, which overlooks a grove of majestic Douglas firs, promising an early-morning birdsong alarm clock.) There are also two good restaurants here, Elements and Sachi Sushi. Despite its overly florid name, we like the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, which specializes in Javanese treatments, an Indonesian discipline with lots of deep kneading and pressure—a welcome release after a day of hiking, skiing, or boarding.

$400 or more
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Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
845 Burrard Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6Z 2K6
Tel: 866 378 8866 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 682 5511
cro@suttonplace.com
www.vancouver.suttonplace.com

When locals think of the 397-room Sutton Place, they think of chocolate. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the hotel's Fleuri restaurant hosts an all-you-can-eat Chocoholic Buffet, where guests can load up on desserts like chocolate profiteroles, chocolate cheesecake, and triple-chocolate croissant pudding. It's one of many decadent perks that guests here can take advantage of; others include daily high tea, Sunday Jazz Brunches, Ayurvedic treatments at the Vida Wellness Spa, and a unique shopping program that gives guests 10 to 30 percent off any purchases they make at local boutique stores on Robson Street. Tipplers shouldn't miss the wood-paneled Gerard Lounge, where bartenders reportedly make the city's best martinis. Keep an eye out for visiting celebrities; the hotel's adjoining Grande Residence has fully equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments that are popular with film crews and stars working on location (including Pierce Brosnan).

$199 or less
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Sylvia Hotel
1154 Gilford St
West End
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 681 9321
www.sylviahotel.com

Charming and blowsy, the Sylvia is the Blanche DuBois of hotels. A 1912 eight-story brick apartment building on the bayfront, it's been a hotel since 1954—when it also became the site of Vancouver's first-ever cocktail bar. The 120 old-fashioned rooms and suites have never met a decorator, but they're the best bargains in town, especially those with views—who's watching the salmon-pink nylon faux-patchwork bedspread when you can see the rollerblade parade along the seawall through the window? A sunset cocktail in the bar is a treat, '70s airport-lounge vibe notwithstanding—and you can keep the kids amused by reading them Mr. Got To Go, a book about the infamous hotel cat.

$400 or more
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Thompson Toronto
550 Wellington Street W.
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5V 2V4
Tel: 416 640 7778
infotoronto@thompsonhotels.com
www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/toronto/thompson-toronto

Thompson hotels have a well-deserved reputation for doing double duty as hip places to stay and to play. So, it's no surprise that Thompson Toronto—the hotel chain's first foray outside the United States—quickly became Toronto's hottest hangout after its 2010 opening in the city's already trendy Central King West Village neighborhood. The big draws are the hotel's lobby bar, the rooftop pool and lounge (hotel guests only, or by invitation), the subterranean Club 1812 (open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays), and the glam outpost of Scott Conant's Scarpetta. The 102 rooms are generically tasteful, with a neutral palette, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wall of handsome dark-wood cabinets to match the dark-wood floors. There are a few caveats: Only the 18 suites have a bathtub. And light sleepers will want to avoid street-facing rooms, though the 24-hour diner and fitness studio offer refuge if you do wake up.—Raphael Kadushin

$400 or more
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Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
845 Hornby Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6Z 1V1
Tel: 800 663 0666 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 7777
reservations@wedgewoodhotel.com
www.wedgewoodhotel.com

Greek-born owner Eleni Skalbania, who opened the Wedgewood in 1984, is fond of traditional decor: Inlaid parquet floors, Turkish rugs, leather armchairs, antiques, brocades, and gilded fixtures are everywhere in her 83-room hotel. But modern comforts aren't neglected here—especially in the four penthouse suites, updated in summer 2006 to include Jacuzzi tubs for two, walk-in showers, heated limestone floors, and 37-inch flat-screen TVs. If the small gym isn't hitting the spot, call on general manager Philip Meyer. A former Tour de France cyclist, Meyer leads guests on spins around the seawall, the Gastown area, or even further afield (advance request required). After a ride, sampling chef Lee Parsons' French menus at the on-site Bacchus Restaurant should be nearly guilt-free.

$300-$399
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Wickaninnish Inn
500 Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach
Tofino , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 725 3100
Tel: 800 333 4604
info@wickinn.com
www.wickinn.com

Experience "an unforgettable connection with nature." The inn has rooms with furniture crafted from driftwood, wall-to-wall windows, and forest and ocean views: "It is so amazing to roll over, open your eyes, and see the waves framed by the majestic pines" of Pacific Rim National Park. Pointe Restaurant provides uninterrupted vistas and local seafood, game, and avocado ice cream.

(75 rooms)

$300-$399
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Windsor Arms Hotel
18 St. Thomas Street
Toronto , Ontario
Canada M5S 3E7
Tel: 416 971 9666
Tel: 877 999 2767
reserve@windsorarmshotel.com
www.windsorarmshotel.com

The Windsor Arms, tucked off central Bloor Street on a quiet side alley, claims to have the highest staff-to-guest ratio (one to six) of any hotel in Canada, and it shows. Employees are as courteous, helpful, and discreet as the rooms are luxurious. You'll find elegant mahogany or birch furnishings, Frette linens, and limestone-floored bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs in each of the 28 suites. The Courtyard Café serves breakfast and lunch. Club 22 offers lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and live music from 5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. A traditional English tea is served at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Tea Room, whose genteel atmosphere will make you feel as if you should be wearing white gloves.

$200-$299
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W Montréal
901 Victoria Square
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2Z 1R1
Tel: 514 395 3100
Fax: 514 395 3150
www.whotels.com/montreal

Converted from the late Art Deco–style Banque du Canada building, the 152-room W Montréal does the usual W thing with the wacky names (the gym is called "Sweat" and the penthouse suites are dubbed "Wow" and "Extreme Wow") and the high-concept design—glowing panels and a fountain in the middle of the Living Room. Otto, the restaurant, was an instant trend when it opened with the hotel in 2004, with seashell-studded banquettes as uncomfortable and cute as Jimmy Choos, and the four—count 'em, four—bars also pack them in. The location has something to do with it: Victoria Square was recently spiffed up, and the hotel feeds you directly into Montreal's Underground City (an amazing subterranean warren of malls), and Métro system.

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