Hi loves! Thanks for stopping by! We just got back from our Canada adventure – our first international trip with the twins – and I couldn’t wait to share more about it with you! I have so much to share, I am going to break it up into two posts for you. In this post I wanted to share more about the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and why we chose to visit, as well as answer some of your questions from my Instagram. In the second post (linked here!) I am sharing our personal experience at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello – so you do not we want to miss that!
The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello was built in 1930 just outside Montreal, Quebec, and is known for it’s rustic charm and being the world’s LARGEST log cabin structure. How cool!?! When I first learned about Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, I knew I had to plan a visit and see this for myself! For our first trip as a family, we really wanted to visit a resort destination that offered both amazing activities and great food – a place that once we got there, we wouldn’t have to or even want to leave. The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello was exactly that.
The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello has so much to offer! They have two restaurant spaces – Aux Chantignoles, which features a fresh and seasonal upscale menu and Bistro La Seigneurie, which serves more casual fare like salads, sandwiches and soups. Both were fantastic and did not disappoint! Sunday brunch is also a very popular tradition and it was incredible! Make sure you try the maple syrup crepes, they were my favorite! Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello also has Bar Le Foyer, which serves up both drinks and hot chocolate is their bar that sides alongside their three story, six sided fireplace in the lobby. Dreamy, right!? It was beyond cozy! Their lobby is one of the most inviting spaces I’ve ever walking into. It was a place you actually wanted to spend time in, and not hurry away to your room. In the lobby sits a grand piano, where a pianist played all the favorites!
Also in the lobby you can find a gift shop, concierge, bellman and resort and area experiences team. I’ll be touching on this in my other blog post, but everyone was extremely welcoming and accommodating! The hotel is shaped like star, with the Lobby central to the 210 hotel guest rooms and suites that branch off. I really admire this about the resort! It really pulls you into it’s core, encouraging you to come together and just enjoy life. Just like the rest of the resort, the rooms reflect the cozy Quebecois lifestyle and charm! The resort also has several conference and event spaces and hosts everything from weddings to corporate events. There was a wedding while we stayed there and it was beyond lovely!
The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is also incredibly family friendly! They allow pets, offer babysitting services (for both children and pets!), have a ton of activities for the whole family to enjoy on property – both indoors and outdoors and they offer children’s programs at Bello Club, which includes access to toys and games, art projects and movie nights! Marc and I only scraped the surface of what the resort offers, including: Dogsledding, Curling, Sleigh Ride, Tube Sliding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Cross-country skiing,
Ice Skating and Hockey, Tennis and squash, health club, spa, indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzis, sauna, Land Rover Experience, Board Games, Arcade Room, not to mention it’s 300 Acres of land to walk and explore! In the summer, boats from all over stop by to visit their yacht club. The indoor pool is BEYOND incredible!! They designed it with the same log architecture as the resort, fully surrounded by windows, a hand painted ceiling and to be just short of olympic size, so they could keep it private to it’s guests. I love that they designed it with that intention. It’s like a metaphor for the rest of the hotel – to create amazing hospitality FOR the guests.
I hope this helps shed some more light on The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. Below I covered some of the questions I received and in my next post, I’m going to share OUR time spent at The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. Of course if you have any more questions, feel free to drop a comment below! xx A
Where did you fly into? We flew into Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Depending on where you are flying from I believe there are other airports too!
How far away is The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello from the airport? How did you get there? It was about a 90 minute drive. We used a private taxi service and had reserved arrival and departure times with them pre-traveling. I’m happy to share if you’re interested! You could also rent a car. We were also asked if you needed a car to visit. You do not need one once you’re on property, but if you’re interested in off-site activities it would be quite handy!
How old is the lodge? It was built in the 1930s! In 2019 they put millions of dollars into renovating the guest rooms. We stayed in one of the upgraded rooms and it was modern, rustic chic! I loved that they kept the exposed log walls and rustic window frame. That was my favorite part!
Did you do off-site activities? We did not, but there is a LOT you can do off-site! Including, but not limited to skiing and driving around Omega Park to see the area’s wildlife that comes up to your car! The only time we left the property was to walk to the old Montebello train station, which is now a chocolate factory! It’s called ChocoMotive, and was just off property.
Is this just for families? Oh no! While they are extremely accommodating to families, it would be so fun to come here with a group of friends or for a bachelor/bachelorette weekend, especially if you’re into outdoor activities. You could spend time here and then travel the hour or so ride to visit Montreal city for a combination of going out and relaxing/having fun or to Mont Tremblant, which is a ski town. Also, while we were there there were several work groups and conferences going on. You can really tailor the resort and experiences for whatever your needs are.