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The Best Guided Tours in Montreal

Montreal, a city full of history

Montreal, this beautiful island filled with history. But how do we get to know her in only a few days? By living here, we get to know her little by little. In the winter, she is cold and calm. In the spring, she flowers and in the summer, she is festive and animated. Without forgetting fall when she exposes her prettiest colours before she goes back to sleep for the winter. Montreal, this city that just celebrated its 375th anniversary is rich in history, gastronomy, culture and art. But how do we get to know her when you are just passing by? Guided tours are simple and fun ways to discover the city the fastest way possible.

Only a few steps away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel, located in the heart of Old Montreal’s history, we can find many ways to discover this charming city: By foot for the curious, by bus for those in a hurry, at night for the night owls, by bike for the adventurers, or through gastronomy for the foodies. No matter how you wish to discover Montreal, all ways are possible. We list a few of the best guided tours in Montreal here.

Historic Tours

Montreal Ghosts

If you are looking for a guided tour that will make you go through all sorts of emotions at nightfall, all while telling you sordid stories, legends and criminal intrigues, Montreal Ghosts is the ideal tour for you. Located a few steps away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel, this tour offered by Guidatour will make you live a unique and memorable experience.

Cité Mémoire

Since the beginning of the year, Montréal en Histoires was able to created a unique and interactive walking tour, all for free. By downloading the free app, discover Old Montreal through more than 20 outdoor displays in the form of images, lyrics and music. These projections tell the stories of different characters who witnessed the evolution of the city through time. Cité Mémoire, is, also, only a few steps away from the hotel and is available every evening from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Cité Mémore, Montréal en Histoires

Cité Mémoire, Montréal en Histoires



Montréal à la loupe

No matter how old we are, riddles and puzzles have always known to wake the child in us. Montréal à la loupe is a track game which will awaken the detective in you and help you discover the city through 3 different games: Robbery in Old Montreal, Mystery at the Casino (Plateau Mont-Royal), or threat in the underground. In a team, you will need to solve a puzzle where the hints can be found in the different pieces of public art of the city. Our team recently tried it, and we highly recommend it!

Underground City and Downtown

Our guests are always intrigued to find out “What is this underground city that everybody talks about?” They hear about it so often back home that it becomes a must on their list during their stay at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel. Underground City by Guidatour is an urban excursion that will guide you through the streets of downtown and through the RÉSO (underground pedestrian network). You will be able to admire the artworks of Dorchester Square, pass by the big Ville-Marie tower or go shopping on the commercial street of Sainte-Catherine.

Bike Tours

What’s great about Montreal is its bike lane network that goes through the whole city, to Sainte-Hélène Island and beyond. In Montreal, it is possible to go from the North of the city and get to the South Shore, all on a bike lane. For adventurers and nature lovers, Montreal offers you two companies with which you will be able to discover Montreal all while riding a bike.

Montreal On Wheels

First of all, Montreal on Wheels, which is located less than a minute away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, offers many guided bike tours, bike rentals and even bike lessons. Isn’t that great? They specialize mostly in tours around Old Montreal, the Lachine Canal and Sainte-Hélène Island/Jean-Drapeau Park.

Fitz & Follwell

Comparatively, Fitz & Follwell offer itineraries in the North of Montreal, in the South, or from North to South, allowing you to see the entire city. This family company that started in a home garage in 2008, concentrates on fun, informative and social tours.

Ça Roule Montréal On Wheels

Ça Roule Montréal On Wheels

Fitz and Follwell

Fitz and Follwell Tour à velo, Bike Tour

Foodie Tours

Spade & Palacio

Spade & Palacio were really able to build their brand by offering “non-touristy tours” that will give you the impression of leaving as a true Montrealer. In this foodie tour, you will discover 6 restaurants and bars, passing by the famous Jean-Talon Market and the Mile-Ex, this rapidly expanding gastronomic neighborhood. You will even have the chance to taste the best little Salvadorian restaurant in Montreal, this city that shines by its multicultural flavors. At the end of the tour, you will be able to sit down with the people you met during the day and chat around a nice craft beer. Then, continue your gourmet discovery on your own thanks to the list of suggestions offered by Spade & Palacio.

Spade & Palacio

Spade & Palacio

Local Montreal Tours

What’s great with Local Montreal Tours is that they offer tours in the three most foodie neighborhoods of the city: Old Montreal, Mile-End and the Plateau Mont-Royal & “The Main” (St-Laurent Street, where is located the famous Schwartz Deli). They also offer evening tours of Mile-End, for those who like to marry the tastes of food with local craft beers from this vibrant neighborhood.

Local Montreal Tours, Mile-End

Local Montreal Tours, Mile-End

Montreal Craft Beer Tours

For those who love craft beers, you will be happy to know that Montreal Craft Beer Tours offers two itineraries either in Rosemont or the Quartier des spectacles (Festival Quarter). Discover not less than 6 tastings with pairings, including a delicious poutine!

Bus Tours

Gray Line Bus Tours

For rainy days, short vacations or simply for those who like the admire the scenery, the “Double-Decker” bus tours from Gray Line will be ideal for you. For as low as 55$ per person and valid for two days, discover all the major attractions of the city, passing by Old Montreal, Chinatown, the Quartier des spectacles, the Village, the St-Joseph Oratory, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Mont-Royal Park, among others. What is great with this tour is the “hop-on, hop-off” concept, where you will be able to get off and back on at whichever destination you prefer visiting.

Gray Line Tours

Gray Line Tours, Oratoire St-Joseph

On behalf of our entire team at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we wish you a pleasant discovery of this beautiful city that is Montreal.

Jennifer Bédard
Marketing Manager

Montreal destination

Montreal, City of Festivals

A Summer of Festivities in Montreal

Montreal, during the summer, is the city of festivals. There are major events happening almost every week throughout the summer, attracting a great number of visitors. This year being the 375th anniversary of the city, there are even more sights to visit and grand events to attend.

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

Festivals of Art, Music and Culture

Of course, Montreal is famous for its Formula 1 Grand Prix, the event that launches the high season for tourism and that provides a crazy week of celebrations, but also for the Jazz Festival, the largest in the world, which brings together hundreds of indoor concerts and free concerts in the streets of Montreal and for the Just For Laughs Festival. Also, Les Francofolies is the largest celebration of French language music and its artists.

Among the many major festivals that were added in the recent years, the more notable ones include Montreal Complètement Cirque (Circus), which benefits from the presence in the city of the Cirque du Soleil, of the TOHU, of the Cirque Eloize and of the 7 Doigts de la Main circus company.



Osheaga has grown over the years to become one the largest gatherings of pop music outdoor concerts, bringing together dozens of world class bands and tens of thousands of music fans coming from all parts to attend the three days of wild concerts.

As for sporting events, besides the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Rogers Cup of Tennis brings us, each year, one of the most competitive tournaments in the world, with most of the best players in the world. The Men and Women players alternate from year to year; in 2017 we are welcoming the men from the ATP! Furthermore, for the first time in Montreal, the electric race cars will be speeding through the streets during the brand new Formula E serie.

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

Your Festival Guide

To help you find your way through all those festivals and to better plan your touristic and cultural schedule this summer, here is a list of the numerous major festivals and events in Montreal in 2017 :

Volta – Cirque Du Soleil – May 25 to July 23 / Jacques Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Avudo – May 18 to September 2 / Jacques-Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Grand Prix Formula 1 – June 9, 10, 11 / Notre-Dame Island

Mondial de la Bière (Beerfest) – June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017 / Palais des Congrès

Francofolies – June 8 to 18 / Place Des Arts

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – June 28 to July 8 / Place Des Arts

L’international des Feux Loto-Québec – July 1, 8, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and August 5 / La Ronde

Montréal Complètement Cirque – July 6 to 16 / Montreal

Comic Con Montréal – July 7, 8, 9 / Palais des Congrès

Just for Laughs Festival– July 14 to 30 / Place Des Arts

Formula E Race – July 29 and 30 / Downtown

Rogers Cup of Tennis – August 4 to 13 / Uniprix Stadium

Osheaga – August 4, 5, 6 / Jean-Drapeau Park

ÎleSoniq – August 10, 11, 12 / Jean-Drapeau Park

OSM, Classical Spree – August 10, 11, 12, 14 / Maison Symphonique

Nomad Fest – Urban Rodeo – August 24, 25, 26, 27 / Jacques-Cartier Pier

Festival Yul Eat – September 2, 3, 4 / Old-Montreal

For further information, for help to purchase tickets or to make reservations, contact our concierge desk at 514-350-1152 or at . Our concierge team will be pleased to help you make the best out of this amazing festival season in Montreal.

We wish you a wonderful summer in Montreal and we hope to have the opportunity to share our most amazing season with you.

Alain Ethier

Montreal destination

Discover spring in Montreal

A spring in Montreal

If you talk about spring to a Montrealer, he will immediately smile. The arrival of spring in Montreal means the end of winter. After the cold and the snowstorms finally comes the warm and sunny season. At Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we are right in the heart of the action where you can enjoy the return of this beautiful season.

What describes spring in Montreal?

The start of spring involves different meanings with many being true to the Montreal and Quebec culture. We will mention a few of them here and maybe, it will convince you to come for a visit…

Happy Season

Ah Spring… the season we all wait for! You might notice that Montrealers seem to smile more. People laugh, people get out of the house to walk around everywhere and all the parks quickly become animated with life. Picnics, barbecues, it only takes a few degrees above zero for us to put away our winter coats. Montrealers are known to be welcoming and friendly, however, there’s something about spring that suddenly makes people happier.

Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square © Tourisme Montréal

Sugar Shack Season

A very popular Quebec tradition has always been the annual harvesting of our famous maple syrup, which also means a visit to the sugar shack with family and friends. From the beginning of March until the end of April, producers welcome young and old to come enjoy typical Quebec meals. Meat pie, omelette, maple syrup sausage and last but not least, maple taffy on snow.

Un Chef à l'érable

© Un Chef à l’érable

A very famous sugar shack is the Cabane à sucre du Pied de Cochon, all as decadent as its restaurant of the same name and is a destination of choice for foodies. However, beware! Is it so good that this season is already fully booked and reservations for 2018 will quickly sell out as of midnight on January 1st 2018.

More and more, you don’t even need to drive out of the city to visit the sugar shack since many restaurants have now started opening urban sugar shacks! A new discovery this year is Un Chef à l’érable with the guest of honor, the very talented chef Laurent Godbout. An urban and modern version of the sugar shack theme. This restaurant is at la Scena in Old Montreal, only a few minutes walk away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal.

Un chef à l'érable

© Un Chef à l’érable

Montreal’s Sunny Terraces

Who says spring, says the reopening of terraces. Old Montreal is known for its beautiful terraces on the cobblestone streets, on rooftops or hidden behind building walls. At Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we have the chance of having a beautiful hidden garden in our interior court and as soon as the weather gets warm, mid-May, we cannot wait to open it up again. Every year, our creative plant experts from Vertuose help us prepare a colourful terrace and the Sinclair restaurant finally opens its windows where you can enjoy a drink and a meal in the middle of the sunny gardens.

Sinclair Terrasse, Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel

Sinclair Terrasse, Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel

Montreal : The Destination

For us at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, its already time to get on our best behaviour because tourists from around the globe are coming to Montreal! Spring for us means the beginning of high season, wedding season and the neighborhood starts to fill up. For us, spring means excitement!

The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal fill up with people walking and our reservations increase exponentially. If you have the chance to walk around near Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel during springtime, you might notice many brides walking in their dresses because spring is also a very popular time when to get married in Montreal.

We all know, Old Montreal is an ideal place to be during spring: the favorite season of our guests to discover Montreal.

Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal celebrates its 15th year anniversary!

During spring, Montreal regains its colours. In fact, it is this spring that Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal will be celebrating its 15th year anniversary. For the occasion, we are preparing many surprises and upgrades to the hotel that will make you want to rediscover us, again and again.

Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal wishes you a wondeful spring and we look forward to welcoming you soon during the warm season!

Jennifer Bédard

Place Jacques-Cartier

© MTTQ, Vlan Communication

Montreal destination

Montreal’s Best Viewpoints

Where to find the best viewpoints of Montreal

At the concierge desk of Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we often get asked by our guests where can they find panoramic viewpoints of Montreal. Until recently, the options were very limited, but now, there are some new and exciting places where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Montreal.

Au Sommet PVM

Montreal viewpoint

Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie observation deck.     Photo:

The most important new addition to Montreal’s touristic offer is certainly the observation deck on top of Place Ville-Marie, called Au Sommet PVM. Au Sommet offers a unique viewpoint of the city, occupying the 45th and 46th floors, at 185 meters (607 feet) above ground.

An immersive viewpoint

Its informative exhibits allow visitors to immerse themselves in Montreal’s daily rituals through 55 video portraits and more than 500 images from the City of Montreal’s archives and social media. Hockey, gastronomy, performance art, language, and neighbourhoods like the Plateau Mont-Royal and Old Montreal are some of the key themes explored in this exhibit. Visitors can also explore 55 portraits of famous Montrealers. Entrance fees to Sommet PVM go from $13 to $19 and it is only a short metro ride away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal.

Dine and enjoy the view

On the floor below the observation deck, Les Enfants Terribles, a French bistro, opened its doors at the same time. Along with a spectacular view towards the North, East and South sides of the city, the bistro offers a bold and reinvented Québec cuisine. On the menu, local products are honored to revisit childhood classics or explore new trends in cuisine.

Montreal viewpoint

Bistro Les Enfants Terribles PVM     Photo: Les Enfants Terribles

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Portus 360

For the first time since the 80’s, Montreal’s only revolving restaurant is NOT a tourist trap but rather a fine dining Portuguese cuisine restaurant. Portus 360 moved last year from its Plateau location to take over as the 360 degrees revolving restaurant on top of the EVO building, at 777 Robert Bourassa boulevard.

Montreal viewpoint

Portus 360 Photo: Alain Ethier

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Portus 360     Photo: Alain Ethier

The owner/chef, Helena Loureiro, is one of Montreal’s most popular and talented chefs. Helena and her team of professionals offer typical Portuguese dishes, specializing in fish and seafood but also grilled meats and petiscos (tapas), prepared with a creative and modern touch. Add the great food to the fantastic, constantly changing view of Montreal and you can see how Portus 360 can turn (!) your touristic visit into a full sensorial experience that you will always remember.

Montreal viewpoint

Portus 360 on top of the EVO building. “Point me in the right direction!”                            Photo: Alain Ethier

Conveniently located on the border between Old Montreal and Downtown, the 777 Robert-Bourassa boulevard building was recently transformed from a hotel into a residence for McGill University students. This amazing restaurant and viewpoint can be found at only 12 minutes walk from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel or a short cab ride.

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Other great viewpoints of Montreal

Of course, for great panoramic views of Montreal, you can always count on these ever popular sites:

The Chalet at the top of Mont-Royal Park and the Belvedere, on its eastern flank;

The Olympic Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world;

The Jean-Drapeau Park, on Ste-Hélène Island and

– The end of the Jacques-Cartier pier in the Old Port.

Stop by the concierge desk of Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel for directions to one of Montreal’s best viewpoints, to buy your tickets for the observation deck Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie or for reservations at Portus 360 or Les Enfants Terribles.

We recommend that during your next stay at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, you plan a visit to one of these interesting viewpoints to fill your eyes, and perhaps your stomach too, with lasting memories of Montreal.

Alain Ethier
Member, Les Clefs d’Or Canada


St-Sulpice stories

Valentine’s Day for all in Old Montreal

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

We often think that Valentine’s Day is only dedicated to couples and if we don’t have a significant other, we cannot celebrate it. Some people even prefer to boycott this Holiday.

At Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we believe that Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in many different ways.

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day with the family

Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love. So, why not spend the day with the family and, for example, go skating on the Natrel Skating rink; only a few minutes away from the hotel, walk around the streets of Old Montreal

Old Montreal skating rink

© MTTQ, Pictures Canada

and maybe go visit the Nordik Village organized by Igloofest on Place Jacques-Cartier. At Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we welcome families, big and small, every week. Some come from different areas of Quebec, others from the rest of Canada, the Unites Stated and even Europe. No matter where they come from, they all come to the hotel to spend some quality time with their family. Valentine’s Day is a special day where family activities are often overseen. Therefore, why not make it happen this year ?


 Valentine’s Day with friends

Me, being a single woman, I do not plan on spending Valentine’s Day with candles and a romantic dinner. Instead, I will enjoy this day by spending it with my best girlfriends. With the nice weather that we had this past January, we would walk around the neighborhood and go out for dinner at Dolcetto & Co.: my favorite place where to find the best italian pizza. A trendy, affordable and friendly ambiance offering one of my favorite pizzas, the Bianca: wild mushrooms, Tartufo, goat cheese and arugula. Simple and delicious. If you’re a chocolate lover, you will be excited to know that they offer a Nutella-Smores pizza for dessert.

Later, let’s all put on our prettiest dresses and go have a drink at Flyjin, a very reputable club in Old Montreal where the clientele is classy and the music is banging.

A weekend getaway in Montreal with your friends, what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you’re from Montreal or from elsewhere, Old Montreal has plenty of activities to offer.

Valentine’s Day alone

Scandinave Spa Old Montréal

©Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal

What’s great when we’re single, is that we can treat ourselves as we want. We sometimes think that being alone is something bad, but we often forget the perks of it. Why not spend Valentine’s Day celebrating the love we have for ourselves? Only a few steps away from Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, you will find the Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal. With their bath therapy, their different types of massages and most of all, their attentive service, are all the reasons that make this a perfect place where to go relax on Valentine’s Day. Even better? Our guests get 25% off massages and 35% off the bath access.

Valentine’s Day with your significant other

Last but not least: Valentine’s Day is mostly celebrated by couples. In fact, Valentine’s Day is a busy period at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal and our guests want everything to be perfect for their special one. With the help of our Concierge team, we answer all sorts of requests and it is a pleasure for us to help make these moments memorable. Flower deliveries, restaurant reservations, wedding proposals, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne in the suite: couples do everything to surprise their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife. They want everything to be perfect, and we’re there to help! In fact, if you’re looking for something to offer this Valentine’s Day, our Valentine’s Day package offers all the surprise effect, without you having to do anything. We take care of the preparation. The package includes a one-night stay at Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, a 3-course dinner at Sinclair restaurant, chocolate truffles and a bottle of sparkling wine in your suites as well as continental breakfast for two. The perfect getaway.

No matter why you celebrate Valentine’s Day, know that all reasons are good to celebrate love. Either with your family, with friends, by yourself or with your loved one, what’s important is to celebrate love and remind ourselves, as well as our close ones, that we love each other.

At Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal, we are here to make your biggest Valentine’s Day dreams, reality.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jennifer Bédard

St-Sulpice stories

Le St-Sulpice, one of the first boutique hotels in Old Montreal

Boutique hotel concept:

The concept of a boutique hotel appears in the 1980s’ in the United States. The aim was to find a response to the larger hotel chains standardization. This distinctiveness was based on location, the size, the architecture and design, the history of the hotel and the development of ultra-personalized services.

Boutique hotels appeared in Old Montreal in the early 2000s’. Le St-Sulpice hotel Montreal, built in 2001, belongs to the first boutique hotel wave and gathers all the characteristics of a boutique hotel.

The warm of the lobby in a boutique hotel

Our cosy lobby awaits you! Take the time and relax in front of the fireplace…

Its location:

Ideally located in the heart of Old Montreal, steps away from the Basilica Notre-Dame, one of the most historic attractions of Old Montreal. Old Montreal is the most touristic, historic and cultural area of Montreal: with its numerous museums, historic buildings with their unique French colonial style, boutiques and art galleries, bars and award- winning restaurants and all the touristic attractions of the Old Port…You will be in the heart of the action! See the map

Ideally located : adjacent to Notre-Dame Basilica

Adjacent to Notre-Dame Basilica one of the most popular attraction

Its history:

This boutique hotel was built on the historic foundation of Charles Le Moyne and Jacques Le Ber’s house, both were famous fur traders in the 17th century. The site became in the early 19th the head office of the Consolidated Plate Glass of Canada Ltd and later on a parking. The first stone of le Saint-Sulpice hotel was laid on March 2001.

To notice, the hotel offers a great view on the discrete but famous garden of the St-Sulpice Seminary, occupied by the Sulpicians since 1685. This seminary and the St-Sulpice religious community are linked to the evangelization and Christian movement coming from France in the 17th century. And more specifically though the missionary M. Jean-Jacques Olier who wanted to settle a colony in Ville-Marie (Montreal) in 1642 and to evangelize the Native American.

Suites with balcony with garden view

The suites with balcony offers a great view on the courtyard garden

Its size:

With 108 elegant and spacious suites the hotel welcomes you in a warm, cozy atmosphere and invites you to feel at home. The U-shape building opens on the hotel’s courtyard garden and creates a lovely and friendly environment.

The attentive staff, some of whom have worked for the hotel since its opening, welcomes you warmly and offers an ultra-personalized service. Many of our guests appreciate our staff loyalty: they always welcome with a smile and they will be able to anticipate your needs, by knowing your habits and preferences.

Its design :

With its European touch, the architecture of le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal respects the spirit of the French colonial style of Old Montreal. The simple stone facade doesn’t reveal all of  about the warm and friendly atmosphere you will experience once you enter our boutique hotel.

The cozy lobby with its warm and gold colors invites you to relax on the couch in front of the fireplace. Follow the hall of caramel leather columns and discover the modern and glass space of the Sinclair restaurant.

As the hotel was built on a parking lot, the architects of Béïque, Thuot, Legault could have all liberty and the space to draw the plans of the 108 different suites.

The classical and cozy style of our suites is reflected in the woodwork you can find on the walls and kitchenettes. Year after year, the designers added contemporary touches like the arabesque figures in the black and white carpet, the red in the bed covers or in the artworks, or the modern design of the glass coffee tables and the lights.

Luxuary Suites

The elegant and contemporary design of the suites

In a boutique hotel, everything is for sale!

Do you like the comfort of our mattresses and pillows, our bathrobes, the nice and subtle fragrance of L’Occitane en Provence amenities products, our branded umbrellas or one of the artworks exhibited in the hotel? They are for sale! You can buy them at reception and for the biggest items, we will give you the contact of our suppliers.

uxury amenities by L'Occitane

You will appreciate the refined amenities by L’Occitane en Provence

Karin Janssen, marketing manager