Sophisticated and cosy, Hotel Monville reflects the city’s rich history and contemporary flavour. It offers inviting public spaces and carefully designed guest suites, giving travellers a distinct taste of Montreal chic. ACDF Architecture set out to design a 269-room property located in downtown Montreal. Distinguished from the surrounding buildings by its height and its modernist trompe-l’oeil design, the slender building’s facade is comprised of prefabricated concrete panels – each window demarcating a single suite. At grade, a three-storey curtain wall podium gives passers-by views into the lobby. The hotel’s elegant and monochromatic exterior matches the clean aesthetic of its interior public spaces which include a lobby bar, a cafe, and various meeting areas, as well as a library and two rooftop rooms with a spacious outdoor terrace.
Guests enter through a low-ceiling glass vestibule before arriving in the soaring triple-height lobby. There, oversized columns impart monumentality, while also establishing distinct zones and areas of privacy. Their white bases help to provide the lobby with more human-scaled proportions. Along the windows oak-clad fins both channel and shield views inside from the street, further contributing the lobby’s play between openness and intimacy. ACDF Architecture believe that the lobby is the key aspect of the project. Characterised by contrasting elements that gives the place a unique character. At the same time vast and human in scale, the lobby is an environment where it is good to eat, work, and socialise. The Hotel Monville’s lobby is an open space that offers a wide variety of spaces perfectly adapted to the users of the hotel as well as the passers-by.
ACDF Architecture believe that the hotel fits perfectly with its environment. The pictorial character of the upper storey facades captures the attention of passers-by and at the same time contributes to the commercial positioning of the hotel in the city. In addition, this iconic architectural signature contributes very positively to the redevelopment of this strategic sector of the city that connects the downtown area to the heritage sector of Old Montreal. Flagship for a future collection of properties, Hotel Monville is unique in Montreal: it offers a sophisticated stay in the heart of the city at an affordable price.