The star hotel in Old Montreal, which once hosted the Rolling Stones, has closed for good, building owner Vincent Chiara confirmed to La Presse.

The classroom had remained closed since the pandemic. We did not know until then what would become of him.

“Our goal is to give the building a residential vocation,” explained the president of Groupe Mach in a text message exchange.

Opened in 2002, Le St-James was transformed by waste magnate Lucien Rémillard. He had needed works of 18 million. Mr. Rémillard paid $2 million to acquire the heritage building in 1999.

“Dating back to 1870, the building was first the headquarters of a bank (Merchant’s Bank), and initially had only four floors. Five were added in 1899, after which it was occupied by the ancestor of the Power Corporation group (the name was the same), then by the brokerage firm Nesbitt Thompson,” wrote our retired colleague Jacques Benoit in June 2001.

Subsequently, the antique collector had opulent condos fitted out in the neighboring building, Le St-Régis, at 275, rue Saint-Jacques. Former Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois once occupied an apartment there.

When it opened, Le St-James, at 355 Saint-Jacques Street, had 61 rooms, including 24 suites. The hotel used to be fully booked on Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends.

“In addition to a large business clientele, the St. James Hotel hosts big-name celebrities, such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, U2, Elton John, Mick Jagger and many more,” said describes the establishment’s lawyer in her lawsuit against Revenu Québec in 2013, during one of the many disputes between Mr. Rémillard, his companies and the tax authorities.

Lucien Rémillard sold Le St-James in 2015 to Groupe Mach for 24 million. A similar amount appears on this municipal assessment roll. The operation of the hotel was then entrusted to a company belonging to the owner of the Keg restaurants.


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