Hyatt brings Centric brand to Canada

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has opened the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Canada, the Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal, in collaboration with global real estate developer Jesta Group. Centrally located in Old Montréal, the property has 177 guestrooms, a restaurant fusing Québec and British cuisines, a rooftop pool (slated for summer 2023), and four meeting and event facilities.

“Montréal and particularly the neighborhood of Old Montréal offers an experience unlike most destinations in North America, as it boasts European flair and offers countless local and international events annually, making it an ideal location for this milestone opening,” Don Lougheed, regional VP, franchise operations and sales, Hyatt, said in a statement. “As part of the evolution of a dynamic neighborhood rich with history, Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal is housed within the Place Gare Viger development, infusing new life into a deep-rooted and profound part of the city.”

Place Gare Viger is a new urban campus in the middle of Old Montréal, taking shape around the Place Viger, historically known for being one of the first railway stations ever built in Canada. Drawing inspiration from the French-château design of the Hotel Viger station, Place Gare Viger provides office spaces, a retail selection, a residential complex and now the hotel.

Designs by local Montréal designers and architects are represented throughout the hotel, including lobby and meeting space design by Ivy Studio; and principal design and architecture by Provencher Roy. The design has been curated to showcase its local inspirations, iconography and culture. The building façade—comprised of Normand brick, white polished concrete and zinc metal—is influenced by the neighboring chateau, historic church roofs in the area and the clock tower on the waterfront near the hotel. Additionally, the lobby of Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal is inspired by the Jacques Cartier Bridge, with metal arches and wood paneling. The lobby also includes terrazzo floor tiles and railway-inspired artwork to achieve a vintage and modern feel.

Each of the hotel's five suites has a king bed, a separate living area and workspace, a 60-inch flat-screen HDTV, and picture windows with views of Square Dalhousie.

For business travelers, the hotel has multiple meeting and event spaces with audiovisual hybrid technology supplied by Encore Global. The four meeting venues are located on the hotel's main level with views of the city or the interior courtyard.

Cartier Arms is the hotel’s on-site restaurant developed by Burgundy Lion Group. The space includes a 130-seat restaurant, a 30-person terrace and a 20-person private dining room.