Dress up in your vintage-inspired outfit and take top-notch selfies or professional photos in Montreal’s brand new photo studio. The Saint Motel launches Saturday, April 30, with more than a dozen rooms decked out in a mix of retro roadside decor and Montreal memorabilia. Bright pink flamingos, palm trees, and vintage telephone receivers complete the ambiance.

Designed by three local photographers, who know how to create an immersive backdrop, Le Saint Motel offers a unique and self-guided experience. Each room has a creative environment for taking photos. For example, one offers nostalgia inspired by the Montreal Expo of the late 60s, while another features a heart-shaped pink ball pit that looks like it’s straight out of a Palm Springs motel. .

The rooms are all bathed in balanced lighting, to work well with cell phones and business equipment.

If you’re not comfortable taking your own photos, you can always visit your favorite photographer or work with the co-owner and resident photographer of the space. Marisa Pariselle.

“Le Saint-Motel is a fantastic interactive experience that puts the art direction in your hands,” said Parisella, who has an extensive portfolio of creative, boudoir and pin-up photography.

“You can text or email me directly to book a date, I’ll book the motel for us once I get your deposit,” she said.

There are both public and private rental options for Le Saint-Motel, with the latter being more expensive as it means you will have the whole place to yourself.

The space features murals by local artists, such as Angus Byer,Sean Arsenianand Mel Valiquette, as well as a custom-made staircaseElisia Lee.

Discounted tickets priced at $25 for one hour are available until May 1. The building is wheelchair accessible and paid parking is available at the rear.

The Saint Motel

When: opens April 30

Where: Château St-Ambroise, 4020 rue St-Ambroise

Cost: $25 for one hour until May 1, $50 for two hours; private rentals start at $300 for five people for up to an hour.



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