27 Montréal hotel pools to plunge into

Isa Tousignant

There’s nothing like a morning plunge to set a travel day off to a good start. Get your swim on at these 26 Montréal hotels, where the pools are something to write home about.

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Saltwater pools

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal’s indoor saltwater pool overlooks the city from its Golden Mile rooftop, where you can order snacks and a drink on the terrace. Other cool factoid: it’s heated by reclaimed energy. Hôtel le Crystal’s indoor saltwater pool also has a stunning view: it’s located on the 12th floor rooftop. Hop outside for a dip in the hot tub or Swedish sauna! The saltwater indoor pool on the rooftop of the Courtyard Marriott Montréal Downtown opens as early as 5 am, meaning you can take in the sunrise through the floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. Nice way to wake up! Just inside from the landscaped patio, the 15-metre saltwater lap pool at the InterContinental Montréal is a great place to dip before a session in the dry sauna.

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Indoor-outdoor

With both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, the Hotel Universel Montréal right downtown has everything to please—especially kids! There are few grander pools than the indoor-outdoor pool at Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, where you can dive in indoors and swim through to the huge outdoor pool any time of year, even when it’s snowing. In the summer, the big rooftop deck is a great place to lounge.

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Cool designs

The recent redesign of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth didn’t forget the pool: float on your back and take in the stunning wooden slats in the ceiling, in keeping with the cool use of natural materials throughout the hotel. Unwind on a deck chair after a day or meetings at the Hyatt Regency Montréal indoor pool—its unusual geometric shape gives it a resort-like vibe, awash in natural daylight. The cool Tetris-piece shape of the indoor heated pool at the Centre Sheraton Montréal means you can chat and paddle on the pool’s edge at the same time as someone’s doing laps. The segmented indoor pool at Le Westin Montréal is one of the hotels’ coolest architectural features—not to mention the glass bottom segment that hovers above the grand entranceway! Don’t worry: there are two other sections to choose from if you’re shy. It couldn’t be simpler, with its gray terrazzo floor and royal blue-painted details, but there’s something about the indoor rooftop pool at La Tour Belvédère Apartment Hotel that’s particularly stylish—maybe it’s the beautiful wood-panelled ceiling!

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Family friendly

With its pool open from 5 am to 11 pm, the indoor heated pool at the Holiday Inn Montréal Downtown is sure to provide entertainment for the whole family whatever time you want it. Plus, there’s a whirlpool! Order a Cobb salad from the poolside menu at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, while your kids munch down on burgers. This seasonal sunny oasis on the hotel’s third floor has a lifeguard on duty during the pool’s opening hours—though kids require adult supervision at all times. The indoor heated pool and sundeck at L’Appartement-Hôtel in downtown Montréal is only one of the hotel’s kid-friendly services: they also offer babysitting. Can anyone say date night?

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Tiny but mighty

The indoor rooftop pool at Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites may only be two aisles wide, but it’s all you need to get your laps in and take in the stunning downtown view. Take a moment to soak up rays on the sundeck. The perfect square of the indoor pool at the Marriott Residence Inn Montreal Westmount is just the right size for a rejuvenating swim. Relish in a refreshing dip in the outdoor heated dipping pool on the second floor of Le St-Martin Hotel Particulier Downtown—what it lacks in breadth it makes up for by being cute, heated and open year-round! Follow a workout in the well outfitted gym room at the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain with a plunge into the small indoor pool next door. The view from the petite pool and whirlpool at the AC Hotel Montréal Downtown by Marriott is stunning, especially as the sun rises. Wash away a day of meetings with a plunge into the stylish small pool at the Ramada Plaza Montréal.

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Seasonal swims

At the Renaissance Montréal Downtown, the stainless-steel rooftop plunge pool is only open in summer months, when a dip is exactly what you need after a hot day exploring. The beautiful wooden deck surrounding the heated rooftop pool at Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites makes it the perfect place to soak up summer. And have you seen that view? Hôtel Ruby Foo's has an outdoor heated pool that’s open in the summer months and has a lifeguard on duty at all times. After a workout in the fitness room at the Hôtel Espresso Montréal Downtown, head outdoors in summer months for a dip in the sweet splash pool. Relax on a deck chair in the summer heat before a dip into the beguiling turquoise pool at Le Nouvel Hôtel & Spa. Finally, the kidney shaped outdoor pool at Auberge Royal Versailles near the Olympic Stadium is a sweet summer treat.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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