Patricia Gajo

Correspondent

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Born in Toronto, Patricia Gajo followed her heart to Montréal and now covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Her first big gig was as Jet Set editor at EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine. She is Montréal editor at FASHION and style contributor for Global Montréal’s morning show. In 2012, she authored the 22nd edition of Frommer’s Montréal & Québec City, as well as co-authored Frommer’s Far & Wide. She has also penned numerous articles, among them cover stories on Jean Paul Gaultier and Michael Kors for NUVO, and an expertly researched street food column for Morning Calm (Korean Air). To this day, Gajo has never met a poutine she didn’t like.

  • On March 30, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best hotels in Old Montreal?

    Photo by Patricia Gajo When someone asks me to recommend my favourite hotel in Old Montreal, my reflex answer is almost always Hotel Place d’Armes. (Hotel St-James is a close second and of course another stellar option, but for different reasons to be discussed another day.)

    The impressive corner property attracts a handsome corporate clientele, as well as romantic couples and bands of girl-getaway besties or male-bonding best mates. Kitty-corner to its namesake square, this awarding-winning jewel is also a neighbour to the famous Notre-Dame Basilica where, FYI, Montreal’s most famous songstress Céline Dion married her manager René Angélil in the most lavish fairy tale wedding the city has ever seen.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the hotel offers chic yuppies an adult hangout in the Suite 701 resto/lounge/bar; in season, the party continues on the rooftop terrasse (read: terrace) – the raspberry mojitos are a must. I’ve also just received news that the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Aix will reopen as a “Japanese tavern” this June, 2013.

    The second newer part of the hotel spills over into the adjacent two buildings making a grand total of 132 tastefully attended rooms. I recently stayed in suite 3306 that had the grandest white ceramic tub and chicest raindrop shower. If you’re in need of some pampering, the hotels’ in-house Rainspa features an urban chic co-ed hammam, Dermalogica facials and a fresh new nail salon.
  • On March 30, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best hotels in Old Montreal?

    Photo by Patricia Gajo When someone asks me to recommend my favourite hotel in Old Montreal, my reflex answer is almost always Hotel Place d’Armes. (Hotel St-James is a close second and of course another stellar option, but for different reasons to be discussed another day.)

    The impressive corner property attracts a handsome corporate clientele, as well as romantic couples and bands of girl-getaway besties or male-bonding best mates. Kitty-corner to its namesake square, this awarding-winning jewel is also a neighbour to the famous Notre-Dame Basilica where, FYI, Montreal’s most famous songstress Céline Dion married her manager René Angélil in the most lavish fairy tale wedding the city has ever seen.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the hotel offers chic yuppies an adult hangout in the Suite 701 resto/lounge/bar; in season, the party continues on the rooftop terrasse (read: terrace) – the raspberry mojitos are a must. I’ve also just received news that the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Aix will reopen as a “Japanese tavern” this June, 2013.

    The second newer part of the hotel spills over into the adjacent two buildings making a grand total of 132 tastefully attended rooms. I recently stayed in suite 3306 that had the grandest white ceramic tub and chicest raindrop shower. If you’re in need of some pampering, the hotels’ in-house Rainspa features an urban chic co-ed hammam, Dermalogica facials and a fresh new nail salon.
  • On March 30, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best hotels in Old Montreal?

    Photo by Patricia Gajo When someone asks me to recommend my favourite hotel in Old Montreal, my reflex answer is almost always Hotel Place d’Armes. (Hotel St-James is a close second and of course another stellar option, but for different reasons to be discussed another day.)

    The impressive corner property attracts a handsome corporate clientele, as well as romantic couples and bands of girl-getaway besties or male-bonding best mates. Kitty-corner to its namesake square, this awarding-winning jewel is also a neighbour to the famous Notre-Dame Basilica where, FYI, Montreal’s most famous songstress Céline Dion married her manager René Angélil in the most lavish fairy tale wedding the city has ever seen.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the hotel offers chic yuppies an adult hangout in the Suite 701 resto/lounge/bar; in season, the party continues on the rooftop terrasse (read: terrace) – the raspberry mojitos are a must. I’ve also just received news that the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Aix will reopen as a “Japanese tavern” this June, 2013.

    The second newer part of the hotel spills over into the adjacent two buildings making a grand total of 132 tastefully attended rooms. I recently stayed in suite 3306 that had the grandest white ceramic tub and chicest raindrop shower. If you’re in need of some pampering, the hotels’ in-house Rainspa features an urban chic co-ed hammam, Dermalogica facials and a fresh new nail salon.
  • On March 30, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best hotels in Old Montreal?

    Photo by Patricia Gajo When someone asks me to recommend my favourite hotel in Old Montreal, my reflex answer is almost always Hotel Place d’Armes. (Hotel St-James is a close second and of course another stellar option, but for different reasons to be discussed another day.)

    The impressive corner property attracts a handsome corporate clientele, as well as romantic couples and bands of girl-getaway besties or male-bonding best mates. Kitty-corner to its namesake square, this awarding-winning jewel is also a neighbour to the famous Notre-Dame Basilica where, FYI, Montreal’s most famous songstress Céline Dion married her manager René Angélil in the most lavish fairy tale wedding the city has ever seen.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the hotel offers chic yuppies an adult hangout in the Suite 701 resto/lounge/bar; in season, the party continues on the rooftop terrasse (read: terrace) – the raspberry mojitos are a must. I’ve also just received news that the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Aix will reopen as a “Japanese tavern” this June, 2013.

    The second newer part of the hotel spills over into the adjacent two buildings making a grand total of 132 tastefully attended rooms. I recently stayed in suite 3306 that had the grandest white ceramic tub and chicest raindrop shower. If you’re in need of some pampering, the hotels’ in-house Rainspa features an urban chic co-ed hammam, Dermalogica facials and a new girly nail salon.
  • On March 30, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best hotels in Old Montreal?

    Photo by Patricia Gajo When someone asks me to recommend my favourite hotel in Old Montreal, my reflex answer is almost always Hotel Place d’Armes. (Hotel St-James is a close second and of course another stellar option, but for different reasons to be discussed another day.)

    The impressive corner property attracts a handsome corporate clientele, as well as romantic couples and bands of girl-getaway besties or male-bonding best mates. Kitty-corner to its namesake square, this awarding-winning jewel is also a neighbour to the famous Notre-Dame Basilica where, FYI, Montreal’s most famous songstress Céline Dion married her manager René Angélil in the most lavish fairy tale wedding the city has ever seen.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the hotel offers chic yuppies an adult hangout in the Suite 701 resto/lounge/bar; in season, the party continues on the rooftop terrasse (read: terrace) – the raspberry mojitos are a must. I’ve also just received news that the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Aix will reopen as a “Japanese tavern” this June, 2013.

    The second newer part of the hotel spills over into the adjacent two buildings making a grand total of 132 tastefully attended rooms. I recently stayed in suite 3306 that had the grandest white ceramic tub and chicest raindrop shower. If you’re in need of some pampering, the hotels’ in-house Rainspa features an urban chic co-ed hammam, Dermalogica facials and a new girly nail salon.
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