A Weekend Retreat To La Bell Montreal

Warm weather brings a sense of adventure. With this in mind, I decided to take a road trip to one of my favorite cities in the world. Montreal has always been special to me; I love the culture, the people, the food and my own personal history having lived there in my early twenties. Whenever I return to Montreal it feels like visiting an old friend.

Hitting the road at 7am in the Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox is a compact SUV and the perfect road trip vehicle with the efficiency you want and the space you need. My friends and I are not known for our ability to pack light and luckily we were traveling with Rimowa suitcases. The Equinox was spacious and comfortably fit everyone and everything for an exciting journey. Gas consumption was excellent and we were able to cruise the Trans Canada with Sirius XM radio and OnStar navigation.

We arrived at 400 Sherbrooke West to check in at our condo at Corporate Stays. Corporate stays specializes in creating personalized corporate housing experiences . It offers thousands of specialty properties in a growing list of worldwide destinations including Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, Paris, Rio, Medellin and many more. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a helpful staff from the reception to the parking garage. After driving from Toronto it was convenient to park and ride the elevator directly to the 33rd floor. The condo was bright and open with a perfect mix of practicality and elegance. Designed for the business traveler, the condo features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining room with a fully functional kitchen. Personally my highlight was the ceiling to floor windows and wrap around balcony that provided a panoramic view of the city from Mont Royal to the Olympic stadium all the way east to pond Jacques Cartier.

Montreal is a great city to experience a wide variety of food, nightlife, art and culture. The food has a perfect blend of European charm mixed with Canadian hearty sensibility. I experienced smoked meat from the legendary Swartz restaurant, explored the boutiques and galleries of the old port and went vintage shopping on the plateau. I have always felt that Montreal has something for everyone and the city never disappoints.



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