Les Cours Mont-Royal
Designed by Ross and Macdonald, a prolific architectural firm in Montreal and across Canada, and completed in 1922, the Mount Royal Hotel was the largest of its kind in the British Empire, with 1,100 rooms. Erected on the site of Montreal High School at 1455 Peel Street, the construction of this building in the Beaux-Arts architectural style was part of a larger trend in the then largest city of Canada to attract high-class tourists with luxurious edifices. Other famous buildings by Ross and Macdonald in Montreal include Holt Renfrew, the Montreal Neurological Institute, the downtown Eaton's building (now Complexe les Ailes), the Dominion Square Building and Trinity Memorial Church in Westmount.
The interior was gutted and the exterior was cleaned and repaired in the late 1980s. The only internal remnant of the hotel is the ceiling of the big entrance lobby. This lobby has a huge chandelier taken from the Monte Carlo casino. The shopping area is organized around four large courts, hence the French name "Les Cours". Under the main skylight there are six bird-human sculptures by the Inuit artist David Ruben Piqtoukun.
Tenants and Facilities
The top of the building has several floors of luxury condos. They have separate elevators and entrances, set apart from those of the shopping centre's street doors and subway tunnels. In between the top condo levels and the mall at the base there are several floors of office space.
The building is accessible via Peel Metro Station and connects to the city's underground network of shopping centers, hotels and transportation hubs. Known for its unique fashion boutiques, Les Cours Mont-Royal Shopping Centre is mainly composed of fashion retailers, with a few additional features and services including Montreal's largest spa (Spa Diva), Montreal's leading medical clinic Les Cours Medical Centre and a catwalk for fashion shows and other events.
As one of the anchor stores in the impressive Les Cours Mont-Royal Shopping Gallery, DKNY lives up to its status. Open since 1999, this location has been the official Montreal Flagship.
DShop by Desigual - the official flagship Montreal Desigual store carries men’s wear, women’s wear, kid’s wear as well as footwear and accessories. Located on the second level at Les Cours Mont-Royal, the colourful and unique designs of the world-renowned Barcelona-based brand are sure to brighten up any wardrobe.
Three Monkeys is proud to have grown alongside and introduced some of today’s most amazing Montreal-based brands including Naked & Famous Denim, Valerie Dumaine, Eve Gravel, Travis Taddeo, Betina Lou and many more over the years. They firmly believe in encouraging homegrown talent. Although they hold an extensive brand repertoire, they reserve a large part of their space for Montrealers. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and great at helping you find the perfect fit for denim or that party dress to make some jaws drop. Come out to the shop, have a look around, listen to some good music and hang out a little!
Matinique / InWear
Matinique was founded in 1973 by Niels Martinsen nn Copenhagen. His vision was to create comfortable, high-quality and fashionable clothing for men. Matinique is about clear and simple choices, about making it easy for the modern man to express his individuality whether at work or play – without sacrificing style.
Enter a world of extraordinary service at Montreal’s largest and most luxurious spa. Our mission at Spa Diva is to provide you with the finest treatments and services available anywhere and ultimately make you feel better than you have felt in a long time.
Les Cours Medical Centre is Montreal's leading private medical and aesthetic clinic, devoted entirely to enhancing your health and well being. We pride ourselves on providing only the latest and highest level of medical and aesthetic treatments.
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- Official Website
- Official Medical Website
- Official Spa Website
- Photograph:Mount Royal Hotel, 1923 - McCord Museum