Located on Salt Spring Island, just outside Vancouver, Bloom Organic B&B is a small sanctuary of peace and relaxation with just two cosy rooms.
How would you describe Casa Bianca in a nutshell?
Casa Bianca is a Bed and Breakfast in a beautiful pearl white maison facing the Mont-Royal park, in the epicentre of Montreal’s most vibrant neighbourhoods; the Plateau, Mile-End and Downtown. It is a gorgeous space with a rich history and such character that you feel it immediately upon entering. Imagine a boutique hotel in Brooklyn but… facing Central Park.
Please tell us a bit about the history of the house and its architecture.
The Casa was built by an Italian architect a century ago which explains the terra cotta tiles making up the façade as well as the focal point in the entrance — the fountain. The Casa has been privately owned for most of her history. She was home to Montreal’s first private Jewish clinic and operated as such for quite some time, making her precious and famous among the Jewish community and locals alike.
We have chosen a minimalist and modern design which simply accentuates the elegant richness of the details and workmanship of the house itself.
You mention that you care for mother earth as much as you care for your guests. What do you mean by that?
We care for our vacation guests and are attentive to their needs. We want them to have a great experience in this magical city. It is the same for mother nature; we care for her and want her to be taken care of. We believe that it is our responsibility to honour her the way we honour the house and our guests. We care about the details. Everything from the mattresses to the coffee we serve is fair trade or local and organic. We serve a vegetarian breakfast and use eco-friendly practices and products.
To you personally, what is so special about Casa Bianca?
Imagine a Victorian Mansion situated in the heart of Montreal’s cultural hub, all while having the tranquility and picturesque nature of facing the city’s central park.
What do you particularly like about Montreal?
Someone once told me that Montréalers are people who know how to enjoy themselves and life. He continued, we would rather spend our money on going out and eating great food and enjoying wine than paying our rents. That is exactly right!
To you personally, what has been the biggest reward about receiving guests at the B&B?
My biggest reward is that I have the luxury of meeting wonderful people who give me the ability to rediscover my city every day through their eyes.