hospitality | The St-James has finally closed

The star hotel in Old Montreal, which once hosted the Rolling Stones, has finally closed, this was confirmed The press the owner of the building, Vincent Chiara.

Posted at 7:00 p.m

Andre Dubuc

Andre Dubuc
The press

The classroom had remained closed since the pandemic. We didn’t know what would become of him until then.

“Our goal is to give the building a vocation to live in,” explained the President of Groupe Mach in an exchange of SMS.

Some St James stars

  • The Edge, by U2

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    The Edge, by U2

  • Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones

    PHOTO ALAIN ROBERGE, LA PRESS ARCHIVE

    Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones

  • Stéphane Rousseau in the hotel library, 2015

    PHOTO ANDRÉ PICHETTE, ANDRE PICHETTE PRESS ARCHIVE

    Stéphane Rousseau in the hotel library, 2015

  • Madonna left the hotel in 2006

    PHOTO FRANÇOIS ROY, THE PRESS

    Madonna left the hotel in 2006

  • Adib Alkhalidey, Julien Lacroix, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Philippe Laprise, Katherine Levac and Jay Du Temple at the hotel's penthouse in 2019

    PHOTO DAVID BOILY LA PRESSE, LA PRESSE ARCHIVE

    Adib Alkhalidey, Julien Lacroix, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Philippe Laprise, Katherine Levac and Jay Du Temple at the hotel’s penthouse in 2019

  • Michael Schumacher in 2006

    PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, PRESS ARCHIVE

    Michael Schumacher in 2006

  • Bruno Pelletier, at the hotel, in 2003

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    Bruno Pelletier, at the hotel, in 2003

  • Author Kathy Reichs

    PHOTO ROBERT MAILLOUX, PRESS ARCHIVE

    Author Kathy Reichs

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Le St-James opened in 2002 and was redesigned by waste magnate Lucien Rémillard. He had required works of 18 million. Mr Rémillard had paid 2 million in 1999 to acquire the historic building.

“The building from 1870 was initially the seat of a bank (merchant’s bank) and initially only had 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 Nesbitt Thompson brokerage firm,” wrote our retired colleague Jacques Benoit in June 2001.


PHOTO ALAIN ROBERGE, LA PRESS ARCHIVE

Vincent Chiara, owner of 355 rue Saint-Jacques

The antique collector then had 275 opulent condominiums set up in the neighboring Le St-Régis building on Rue Saint-Jacques. Former Quebec Prime Minister Pauline Marois once lived there.

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

As is well known, the Stones booked the entire luxury hotel twice during their tour stop in Montreal in 2003 and 2006.

“In addition to a large business clientele, the St-James Hotel welcomes notable celebrities such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, U2, Elton John, Mick Jagger and many others,” the establishment attorney had described 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 to Groupe Mach for 24 million in 2015. A similar amount appears on this municipal tax list. The running of the hotel was then entrusted to a company owned by the owner of the Keg restaurants.

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