Since its inauguration in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton in Montreal has been frequented by royals, business barons and A-list celebrities. In 1964, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton tied the knot in their suite after giving the room service waiter only two hours’ notice. In 1972, the Rolling Stones were refused service in the main dining room for not complying with the dress code. And in 1988, the Queen Mother paid a visit to the historic, luxury hotel on Sherbrooke Street West.
La Grande Dame underwent an extensive $250 million renovation, which was unveiled in 2012. A total of 45 private residences were added onto the property, incorporating both contemporary and traditional architecture.
Penthouse 20 is the largest suite on the market at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton with three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a den/study. Offering views of Mount Royal and the activity below on the Golden Square Mile, the two-storey penthouse is outfitted with a sweeping curved staircase, private elevator, butler’s pantry, wine cellar, cornice mouldings plus his and hers walk-in closets. At a whopping 375 square feet, the ensuite is roughly the size of a studio apartment — with a freestanding bathroom, walk-in shower and sitting area.
Outside, the wraparound terrace boasts built-in planters and wood flooring with a snow melting system. Its future owner is slated to become a part of history, too. At $10 million, the suite has one of the highest listing prices in the city.
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Development: The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton
Highlight: The 24-hour room service and valet parking.