The recently opened hotel invites guests and locals to connect in its amenity-laden Social Square.
By Annette Maxon with Claire Butwinick
Images courtesy Four Seasons
Imagine a place where fine dining, a bar, and a lush outdoor space are mere steps from your bed.
At the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, with its noted dedication to exceptional service, this fantasy comes true. Opened in May on Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, the 169-room hotel is designed to serve as a social hub for local and international travelers alike.
Inspired by the city’s lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the design team at Atelier Zébulon Perron created the Social Square on the hotel’s third floor. Including the aptly named Day Bar, Night Bar, MARCUS restaurant (celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s first foray in Canada), and a terrace, the four spaces are linked through a shared goal: to create an environment that encourages conversation. A winding marble bar connects each room of the communal space.
“The layout is very intentional because we want it to be conducive to people [bonding] and engaging,” says designer Zébulon Perron. “We want to set the stage for impromptu meetings.” From the muted gray décor of the Day Bar to the intimate Night Bar and lush, greenhouse-like terrace, spending time in the Social Square can be an hours-long experience. “We conceived of the square as a circadian rhythm—an entire day’s worth of moments,” Perron says. “We want the spaces to make sense at every point of the day.”