Mathieu Duguay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montreal-based Cogir Real Estate, cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the official opening of the new Humaniti Hotel Montreal, Autograph Collection. He was joined by artist Marc Seguin, who’s tree-shaped sculpture Hanima occupies a place of prominence near the entrance of the hotel, Louis Aubuchon, Manager, Investments – Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Serge Primeau, Vice President, Urgo Hotels Canada, and seasoned hotelier Mathieu LaRochelle, General Manager of the new property.
Humaniti Hotel is the flagship component of the developer’s multisensory live-work-play community known as Humaniti Montreal. The city’s first Smart Vertical Community™, Humaniti is an architectural landmark that places both lifestyle and location at the heart of the design. The development is Duguay’s largest hospitality project to date.
“Humaniti is heavily influenced by what we’ve been lacking most this year—socialization,” he said. “As we’re coming out of the pandemic, people are craving human interaction. We didn’t set out to create to-go experiences, though we’ve pivoted to accommodate them. The true ethos of this hotel is open and all encompassing. Here the energy is carefully designed to flow from one space to the next, playing off one another. We’ll continue forward with safety as our top priority, and look ahead to the day when the hotel is truly able to embody its motto: Live Well. Live Together. We’re getting closer every day.”
Of his new sculpture artist Marc Seguin said, “Hanima is a symbol of life in itself. A tree here, like there used to be thousands of them at the foot of Mount Royal. It’s a life pulse in the heart of a city, made from the same materials that built urbanity. A tree, which seeks its place and finds it. Rooted among skyscrapers, a tree that will never shed its leaves. And, a work to remind us that if we now live in nature, it must also continue to live in us.”
OCCUPYING A PRIME PERCH
Situated in the heart of Montreal’s International District at the crossroads of the Quartier des Spectacles and Old Montreal, the 193-room property is a prime perch for enjoying sweeping views of both the urban landscape and the St. Lawrence River. The sprawling rooftop space will surely become Montreal’s most coveted destinations—not only is it one of the largest rooftop spaces in the city, it’s destined to be one of the most desirable. Whether you’re looking to dine alfresco this summer, sip a cocktail under the stars, lounge poolside, or swim a few laps, Humaniti Hotel has got you covered.
The hotel is a beacon of modernity in one of North America’s most historic cities. With a focus on sustainability, thoughtfully appointed accommodations, a restorative spa & wellness center, rooftop patio built around a stunning outdoor pool, light-filled event spaces, retail, and several-distinct dining spaces, it’s both a destination unto itself and a gateway to all the city has to offer.
“We hope that Humaniti Hotel will stand as a sign of hope for Montreal’s resilient hospitality industry and we are proud to be recruiting a world class team made up of the city’s most hardworking and talented individuals,” says Mathieu Larochelle, General Manager, Humaniti Hotel Montreal. “Together, we are looking forward to welcoming guests from all over to their new home away from home, in the heart of one of Montreal’s most vibrant districts.”
A few highlights of what guests can expect:
• Each room and suite is designed as a light-filled sanctuary with floor-to-ceiling windows ranging in size from the 334 square foot ‘HOP’ room to the 1,200 square foot, fully appointed ‘HERO’ suite.
• At reception, a team of hospitality ‘Artisans’ await, recruited for their knowledge of, and passion for, the city of Montreal.
• Members of the Marriott Bonvoy global travel program who prefer a contactless experience, will be invited to use the Marriott Bonvoy app to simply check-in online and make their way directly to their room for a completely contactless experience.
• Tranquil 2,000 square-foot Spa Humaniti featuring all natural, eco-friendly products from Huna Skin, BKIND, and JB Skin Sävvi by Montreal’s skincare guru Jennifer Brodeur, who counts Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama among fans. Brodeur conceived a line of signature facials that will be available exclusively at the spa.
• Three distinct dining and drinking spaces featuring a regional menu designed by Chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère (La Cabane du coureur and Coureur des bois). For now, guests can enjoy a special 4-course $60 per person meal from h3 restaurant in the comfort of their room (available on Fridays & Saturdays).
• A focal point is undoubtedly the 3,000 bottle wine cellar prominently on view for guests to enjoy. It houses an impressive collection of locally produced wines curated by Sommelier Hugo Duchesne, crowned Best Sommelier of Quebec 2020.
• Like all Autograph Collection hotels, Humaniti Hotel Montreal is following Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean protocols, created in partnership with leading experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations. These protocols include mandated mask wearing for all associates within the hotel, and the use of high-grade disinfectants to sanitize surfaces in the hotels.
For more visit www.humanitihotel.com.