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Canadian hotels make the Hot List

By on July 29, 2013

Four Canadian hotels have received the ultimate stamp of approval, making it into the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List. Two are from Ontario and two are located in Quebec; the Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, the Four Seasons and Shangri-La in Toronto and La Ferme in Baie-St-Paul, Que., joining a record 154 properties on the annual list of best new hotels in the world. Last year only the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto and Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver made the cut.

            The Hot List is compiled by the magazine’s editors, who anonymously checked out 201 new hotels in 57 countries. The magazine described the Shangri-la as ideal “for a city vacation” and highlighted David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant. The new Four Seasons was praised for being “a clear departure from the old-fashioned, out-of-date original”.

            In Montreal, the Ritz-Carlton, which underwent a $200-million renovation, scored raves for its “turn-of-the-century grandeur” and for Maison Boulud, another outpost of superstar French chef Daniel Boulud.

            La Ferme is part of the Le Massif de Charlevoix resort, which has undergone massive change since being bought by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Daniel Gauthier in 2002. Inspired by farm buildings that used to occupy the site, the hotel features a railway station, a public square and a spa. The magazine described it as “eclectic and whimsical” – as you’d expect from Gauthier.



            The Hot List issue hit newsstands April 23.

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