A Historic Hideaway at Spa William Gray

A stainless-steel pool // Photos courtesy of Hôtel William Gray

In Old Montreal, the historic Hôtel William Gray tempts guests with an intimate spa hideaway. Spa William Gray, which features 10 treatment rooms in addition to a couples' pedicure room and a manicure area with three stations, comes complete with a thermal circuit including a Himalayan salt room, a Finnish sauna, a steam room, experiential showers, a cold room, an herbal sauna, and a seasonal outdoor pool made of stainless steel.

According to spa director Roxanne Hamel, the herbal sauna, which is the first in Montreal, incorporates fresh herbs, such as lavender in the summer and pine and cedar in the winter months. Built on the lower levels of the Maison Edward-William Gray and Maison Cherrier buildings, which date back to the 18th century, the 5,600-square-foot spa showcases some of the original stone walls, lending the treatment rooms a cozy and historic aesthetic.

Himalayan salt room at the urban spa.

The Gharieni treatment tables, such as the MLX Quartz, provide a more modern touch. Two of the treatment rooms even feature Gharieni’s Spa Wave system. Guests can indulge in a host of treatments incorporating products from Comfort Zone and Intraceuticals. For those who want the ultimate pampering, there is the William Gray Signature Treatment ($251, 1 hour 40 minutes), which takes place on a heated Gharieni quartz-sand bed.

It involves a balancing foot massage with a Kansa Wand, an Ayurvedic tool used to release negative energy, and a relaxing and decongesting facial massage with quartz poultices. The transformative treatment is just one of the many highlights helping the spa make wellness history.

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