Boutique plans set for Montreal's Old Town

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MONTREAL -- While single-handedly saving much of Montreal's Old Town from the wrecker's ball, the Antonopoulos family from Greece created three of the finest boutique hotels in North America.

The family is offering a cluster of special packages and plans to travelers. All deals are in effect until April 30.

Leading the list are: the Romantic Getaway; Montreal Jazz Nights; Skip Work! Stay In Bed Late; Discover Montreal; and Midweek Urban Aixperience, which includes dining at Janick Bouchard's new Aix Cuisine au Terroir restaurant.

The family offers a choice of rooms or suites at any of their three hotels -- Hotel Nelligan, Auberge du Vieux-Montreal or Hotel Place D'Armes -- and offers a mix of amenities and services, including continental breakfast, wine and cheese daily, gastronomic dinners, Montreal tours, champagne, Porto, Jazz compact discs and chocolates.

Packages range from $190 to $350 plus tax for two nights, for two people.

Costa Antonopoulos, a tool-and-die-maker turned real estate developer, and his brother, Tony, managed to accomplish what years of local government could not in this francophone city: They restored a bevy of heritage buildings to their former glory and, in the process, re-invigorated the Old Town's tourism trade.

For package details or additional information, call (877) 788-2040, (888) 450-1887 or (888) 660-7678, or check the Web at www.oldmontrealhotels.com.

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