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Montreal's Euro-chic style and old-world elegance once prompted The New York Times to dub the city "Paris without the jet lag", and with this week's escape, you can get a taste of grand Paree with an evening at the four-star Hotel Du Fort.

You and your beau will enjoy panoramic views of the St Lawrence River and Mount Royal from your signature room with a king-size bed at the dapper boutique hotel known for its outstanding personalized service ($125).

Within walking distance of three Métro stations, the property features custom-crafted furnishings, a breakfast buffet, early 11 am check-in and late 3 pm. checkout and VIP turn-down service — all in the centre of a vibrant metropolis.

"Montreal is one of those cities that defies expectation," says BBC Travel. "With a mix of North American swagger and Euro-cool, the city has a cutting-edge culture that outshines its Canadian brethren."

Prime your Provençal palate with a visit to the ecosystems of the Americas at the Montréal Biodôme, followed by an afternoon soaking in the heritage and culture of historic Old Montreal.

Then, savour a merveilleux meal at one of the city's eclectic eateries. At L'Orignal, start with an appetizer of fresh oysters and follow them up with an entrée such as venison with foie gras emulsion, cauliflower, dates, shiitake mushrooms and Marcona almonds.

You don't need to hop a transatlantic flight to see the City of Light: "With a French Catholic heritage, Montreal traditionally pulls out every bell, whistle and pâté for the holidays," says The New York Times. "People here string lights, festoon shop windows and eat with abandon all through December... The joy is palpable. Everything from chandeliers in restaurants to food in markets is decked with holly."

Escape to a city known for its international flavour and rich cultural exchange with a glamorous getaway on a bourgeois budget.

Escape kit

  • A one-night stay for two in a signature room with king-size bed
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Early 11 am check-in and late 3 pm checkout
  • VIP turn-down service
  • Book by 20 November

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