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The Antonopoulos Group Completing $21 million
Investment in the Le Place d'Armes
Hotel & Suites, Montreal 

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MONTREAL, QC - May 12, 2005 - The newly launched Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites, one of Montreal's most distinguished addresses for unparalleled hospitality, is an unequivocal living monument to Montreal's rich heritage.  Comprised of the award-winning, former Hotel Place d'Armes-Old Montreal's first boutique hotel, which opened in 2000-and two adjacent historic buildings, Le Place d'Armes's expansion represents a $21 million investment in regional tourism by its proprietors, the Antonopoulos Group, and will officially open its doors to guests June 2, 2005.

A melange of three stunning 19th century heritage buildings-the Great Scottish Life Insurance building, the former Banque du Peuple headquarters and the Alexander Cross building-Le Place d'Armes embraces the spirit of the city's historic past and serves as a time capsule of Montreal lore. The exterior of these structures are a magnificent fusion of architecture spanning three different centuries, while the interior gives way to a seamless integration of contemporary decor and design elements. This sophisticated boutique hotel will have extensive conference and meeting space, banquet facilities and a 2,000-square foot, full-service spa with Montreal's first Hammam.

"Guests get the best of both worlds at Le Place d'Armes, the old-world charm as well as upscale, modern comforts," said Line Beauchamp, Minister of Culture and Communications for the province of Quebec. "The painstaking preservation of original architectural detailing, the restoration of brick and stone work, the rejuvenation of historic facades and the overall attention to detail ensure visitors will have a window into the past for generations to come."

Modern Comfort

This elegant boutique hotel is both contemporary and warm, with high-end services and amenities to pamper every guest. Each aspect of Le Place d'Armes has been uniquely designed for maximum guest enjoyment, from the furniture, to the lamps, to the extraordinarily spacious bathrooms-a signature amenity of this hotel. Upscale materials and fabrics such as marble, slate, leather, and rich woods are used carefully in the decor.

Le Place d'Armes features 83 rooms and 52 suites, including six balcony studios with private terrace and five large penthouses. Luxurious options include jetted or therapeutic baths, exposed brick walls, electric fireplaces and city views. Standard room amenities include goose down comforters and pillows, soft terry cloth Frette bathrobes, an in-room electronic safe, a hi-fi stereo system with electronic alarm clock and CD player, access to a CD library and an umbrella in every room.

"Le Place d'Armes offers a truly unique experience to our guests, whether they be leisure or business travelers," said Dimitri Antonopoulos, General Manager.  "We go beyond the boundaries of the traditional hotel to provide unparalleled personal service and luxurious comfort. Our concierge also boasts the Clef d'Or distinction, promising guests nothing less than the best service."

Soothe The Senses

Enter a space infused with calm and tranquility, right down to the cascading waterfall adorning the entranceway. Le Place d'Armes is proud to offer visitors the opportunity to experience its 2,000-square foot, full-service spa.  Comfortable rattan chairs add casual elegance to this chic retreat, which features four treatment rooms, one Vichy shower room, a relaxation room, and Montreal's first Hammam-a soothing steam bath steeped in Middle Eastern authentic traditions that calms the body and invigorates the senses, along with a separate room for private treatments.

Fine Cuisine

A modern, more refined take on the French brasserie style, AIX Cuisine du Terroir offers guests an unparalleled fine dining experience in Old Montreal.  Chef Anthony Young's menu features fresh local and regional produce.  Sophisticated interior design, including beige banquettes, bamboo screens and a sleek black bar, helped the restaurant earn the 2004 Prix du Jury from Commerce Design Montreal. Most recently, AIX Cuisine du Terroir was chosen as one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada by enRoute magazine.

Guests and visitors alike may enjoy soaking in the sun at Le Place d'Armes' rooftop retreat, Aix La Terrace, which features an open kitchen with exterior grill, and offers gourmet sandwiches, salads, pasta and an ever-changing menu of main courses.  In the evenings, Aix La Terrace features a gourmet grazing menu with cheese plates, antipasto and other light fare.

Le Place d'Armes also offers trendy urbanites the sophisticated bar Suite 701, a new destination for drinking, dining and people watching.  Suite 701 exudes classic urban chic, with a stainless steel and wood bar and two-story ceilings, and will serve tempting tapas from Aix Cuisine du Terroir.

Business As Usual

Business guests at Le Place d'Armes will find themselves just steps from the Palais des Congres, Montreal's state-of-the-art convention centre, and equally close to Multimedia City and the Montreal Court House. In-room business services include voice mail and high-speed Internet access, while the hotel also offers access to secretarial services. Other elite business services include the presentation of personalized business cards upon arrival, delivery of a daily newspaper, continental breakfast and morning shuttle to Montreal's downtown core. The hotel boasts five conference and banquet rooms, the largest of which accommodates 350 people for cocktails, or 120 people in a school setting. Conference rooms are equipped with up-to-date audio-visual technology and high-speed Internet connections.

"Le Place d'Armes offers business travelers every possible amenity and service to make their stay relaxing, rejuvenating and successful," explained Dimitri Antonopoulos(HPd3). "We go the extra mile for business guests, from offering last minute laptop and cell phone rentals, to presenting complimentary personalized business cards. We also know that being able to relax and unwind is key for business travelers, so we're pleased to offer our spa, gorgeous rooftop terrace and chic bar-Suite 701-as the perfect antidotes to stress."

Montreal - A City With So Much To Offer

Old Montreal is the birthplace of a modern day city that ranks among the most beautiful cities in the world. With its magnificent buildings and monuments spanning for centuries, Old Montreal is a living attestation to the evolution of the city. A romantic walk along the district's cobble-stoned streets will take you back in time as you stroll pas the St-Sulpice seminary, built in 1685.

From an entertainment perspective, Old Montreal is home to some of the city's most exciting attractions, fine dining and historic sites. The Old Port is a 2.5-kilometre-long recreational area that entertains seven million visitors annually with its abundance of indoor and outdoor activities. The Montreal Science Centre, gold medal winner in the "Tourist Attraction" category of the Grand Prix du Tourisme Quebecois, is a scientific exhibition with interactive kiosks. Also at the King Edward Pier, you can enjoy amazing cinematography on the giant IMAX screen. You can also enjoy the relaxation of a horse-drawn caleche ride, taking in the sights and sounds of Old Montreal. At nearby Place Jacques Cartier, history and modern art collide as Montreal artisans craft their wares.

Old Montreal is just minutes from the Casino, as well as the shopping and business centres of beautiful downtown Montreal. Also, just minutes away are La Ronde, an exciting amusement park located on an island in the middle of the St.  Lawrence River. In the summer months, La Ronde is host to an international fireworks competition that offers spectacular views from Old Montreal. Summer is festival time in the city, and this is one city that knows how to throw a party. Beginning in March with one of North America's biggest St-Patrick's Day Parades, Montrealers take to the streets in celebration. In late June, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz celebrations in the world, puts Old Montreal near the heart of the action.

About The Antonopoulos Group
Since arriving in Canada 30 years ago from their native Greece, brothers Tony and Costa Antonopoulos have built a portfolio of elegant restaurants and boutique hotels in the historic district of Old Montreal. Their consistent delivery of outstanding client services has raised the bar on hospitality industry standards. They have been instrumental in the development of area tourism, as recognized by the Tourism Montreal 2000 Special Development Prize.  Their work in support of Quebec culture and heritage has also been recognized, and they were proud recipients of the 1998 Exceptional Achievement Award from the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada. Antonopoulos Group operations employ 340 people, and hotel and restaurant holdings include Restaurant du Vieux Port, Galiano's, Modavie Restaurant Wine Bar, Auberge du Vieux-Port, Restaurant Les Remparts, Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites, AIX Cuisine du Terroir, Hotel Nelligan and Verses Restaurant. 

Contact:
The Antonopoulos Group
Julie Lepsetz
(514) 288-8500 ext. 233
jlepsetz@meca.ca
www.hotelplacedarmes.com
Also See: The Former Banque du Canada Building in Old Montreal Transformed Into the 152-room W Montreal / November 2004
CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. Acquires Wyndham Montreal, Re-flags Property as Hyatt Regency / December 2003

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