The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is a hotel that is located at 1228 Sherbrooke Street West, on the corner of Drummond Street, in Montreal, Quebec. Opened in 1912, it was the first hotel in North America to bear the "Ritz Carlton" name. The Ritz-Carlton hotel located in the luxurious Golden Square Mile is only partially branded by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as it is otherwise independently owned.
The original builders called themselves the Carlton Hotel Company of Montreal with the concept of naming it after London's celebrated Carlton Hotel. However, one of the investors, Charles Hosmer, was a personal friend of César Ritz and he successfully persuaded his colleagues to incorporate the 'Ritz' name, owing to the success of the Hôtel Ritz Paris, opened in 1898.
For a fee of $25,000, Ritz agreed to lend his name, but stipulated that in accordance with the 'Ritz standards', every room was to have its own bathroom; there was to be a kitchen on every floor so room-service meals could be served course by course; and a round-the-clock valet and concierge service was to be made available to the guests for, amongst other duties, tracking lost luggage or ordering theatre tickets etc. Finally, the lobby was to be small and intimate yet with a curved grand staircase for the ladies to show off their ball gowns on their descent.