A stay filled with history

by Jessica McGovern

If your days in Montréal will be filled with history, culture, and local flavour (and they will!), then why not treat yourself to accommodation that gives you all these things too? While in this gorgeous city, you deserve somewhere cozy, unique, and full of personality, not to mention the personalised service that comes with a boutique hotel. Trust us, it is possible to have quality and comfort, along with a generous helping of charm. Here are eight independent gems that feel like they’re an organic extension of our stylish city:

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True affordable luxury

If you want to be close to Saint Denis Street, with its lively restaurant terraces and funky boutiques, you can’t go wrong with the fantastic Hôtel Château de l’Argoat. This is true affordable luxury, with just 24 rooms and the personalized service you’d expect from a boutique, three star hotel. And as well as a quaint room and delicious breakfast – until noon, late sleepers rejoice! – you’ll get an introduction to some of Quebec’s most celebrated artists, sculptors and photographers – their work is all over the hotel (you won’t be surprised to learn that the owner, a patron of the arts, owns a gallery close by).

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Try a ‘Teaching Hotel’

Boasting an envious location a stone’s throw from Quartier des Spectacles, between the charming Latin Quarter and Bohemian Plateau Mont-Royal, Hôtel de l’Institut is a 4-star property connected to the Institute for Tourism and Hospitality, and is officially a ‘Teaching Hotel’, which means that every staff member you meet will be educated and eager to please. As a bonus, you’re right next to the Institute’s excellent restaurant, where future culinary stars flex their talent in the kitchen, and where you can take one of their highly respected culinary workshops.

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Find the best of both worlds

Another gem in Montréal’s collection of small hotels, Auberge Le Jardin d’Antoine is just a few minutes’ walk from the festivals of Place des Spectacles, theatres, bars, restaurants, and transport.  There’s no shortage of personality to the rooms (divided into four price categories, from suite to budget), with everything from exposed brick walls to carved wooden bedposts. But there’s no sacrificing mod cons here – enjoy free Wi-Fi and a continental buffet breakfast throughout your stay. That’s what we call the best of both worlds.

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Sleep in an ancestral home

Everything you’ve heard about Old Montréal is true – the cobblestone streets, the chic bars and bistros, the excellent museums, the sunny plazas, and the historic European atmosphere that makes Montréal unlike any city in North America. If this is where you want to retire at night, then you’ll need to book one of the romantic rooms at La Maison Pierre du Calvet.  Built in 1725, this ancestral home is the oldest historical home open as public accommodation; with its exposed wooden beams and stone walls you’ll feel like you’re saying in a petit chateau. And although you shouldn’t need any more convincing, you’ll dine in style among the silk-draped windows, leather armchairs, and Victorian chandeliers (need we mention the wine cellar?)

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Enjoy a hundred-year-old elegance

After a night in the ‘Deluxe Room’ who wouldn’t want breakfast in the ‘Grand Salon’?  Well, the dream can be a reality at the century-old Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke. At this historic manor, every room is uniquely decorated, with tasteful Victorian features like wood paneling and fireplaces, plus modern favourites like jacuzzi bathtubs and a first-class concierge service. Situated between the Plateau and Latin Quarter neighborhoods, you’re within walking distance to downtown Montréal, Chinatown, the Gay Village, and Montréal’s Old Port. We won’t blame you for checking the prices twice – this is exceptional Montréal value and hundred-year-old elegance at its best.

Find fresh croissants at your door

Ever heard the saying “good things come in small packages”? Well, it couldn’t be truer for the 17-room hotel, Anne ma soeur Anne. First, the location couldn’t be better, right on Saint-Denis street just minutes from beautiful Parc La Fontaine and Mont Royal mountain, The rooms are actually studios, so you have a micro-kitchen to prepare and store snacks for your stay, and you can request either a balcony overlooking the shady courtyard behind, or one of the four studios with a private terrace. This is a great option for anyone on a business trip, as the murphy beds hide away to give you a daytime office, complete with desk, phone and voicemail. In the evening, relax at the jazz club downstairs, and in the morning, you’ll find fresh croissants at your door.

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Recharge after a day of sightseeing

For travellers looking for the perfect base to explore the entire city, Auberge Le Pomerol wins hands down: it’s situated right downtown, across the street from Berri-UQAM metro station, where three metro lines intersect and whisk visitors to every corner of Montréal. The homely, eclectic atmosphere is the perfect place to recharge after a day of sightseeing, and the modern decor in a historic building perfectly capture Montréal’s diverse spirit. Cozy up in front of the fire in the welcoming lounge, or enjoy your personal breakfast basket in bed.

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watch fireworks from your room

Our choice for extended stays or families travelling with kids, Le Roberval is the perfect combination of excellent location (in the heart of the Latin Quarter, where you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to drinking and dining), a high standard of service, and value for money. You can choose between rooms, studios, and suites with full kitchens and closed bedrooms (some can sleep up to six people, perfect for a group trip). Just a few minutes’ walk away you’ll find the clock tower beach and Old Port promenade, or head east for the Gay Village and Jacques Cartier Bridge – the perfect spot for viewing one of the many fireworks shows in the summer.

 

 

Jessica McGovern is a journalist, editor, and teacher with published work around the world in newspapers, magazines, blogs and Websites.

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