by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2014
The city of Montreal, in Canada's Quebec province, offers groups a delightful blend of Old European charm and cutting-edge facilities, along with superb entertainment opportunities (this is home of Cirque du Soleil) and a rich and varied cuisine.

Hotel News
Among the newest offerings on the hotel front is the 212-room Courtyard Montreal Downtown. The property, which has six meeting rooms and a restaurant, Le Darlington, is within walking distance of the Palais des Congres de Montreal, the city's main convention center, and Old Montreal.

Another newcomer to the city's hotel roster is the ALT Griffintown. The eco-friendly property has 154 guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and eight meeting rooms.

The Omni Mont-Royal completed an extensive facelift last fall. All of the property's 299 guest rooms, public spaces, 15 meeting rooms (spanning a total of more than 21,000 square feet) and restaurant were upgraded via the US$20 million project.

The 129-room Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, built in 1912, has unveiled its $200 million restoration. The four-year project included the renovation of all guest rooms; refurbishment of the property's 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and the addition of Daniel Boulud's restaurant, Maison Boulud, as well as an indoor saltwater pool.

Venue Update
The Palais des Congres de Montreal recently introduced a series of technology upgrades, including a new Internet network infrastructure that accommodates up to 20,000 simultaneous connections throughout the venue, complimentary Wi-Fi access in all public areas and new digital signage. In addition, last month saw the introduction of a new e-commerce web platform for exhibitors and an event-focused customizable mobile app. Currently, the center is expanding its wireless high-speed Internet to a two-mile radius around the facility; the project is expected to be completed in 2016. In all, the venue has approximately 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and 113 meeting rooms.

The Grevin Wax Museum is among the newest venues to open that accommodate groups events. Two spaces -- a  temporary exhibit area and a ballroom -- each can host up to 250 people for receptions.