Get the star treatment

Isa Tousignant

Boutique-hotel luxury is all about the particulars – the style, the amenities, the unique touches that are offered only there. Treat yourself to the personalized experiences hidden all over the downtown core, at Montréal’s beautiful boutique hotels, and start building lifelong travel memories.

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Experience 19th century charm

Located a few steps away from the Notre-Dame Basilica, Le Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites is an Old Montréal hotel in a stunningly retrofitted 19th century building has a lively nightlife at Brasserie 701 and the rooftop bar, plus Japanese dining at the Kyo Bar Japonais. The great perks for guests include free wine and cheese tastings.

Gaze at the city’s most stunning view

On St-Paul in the heart of Old Montréal, Hôtel Nelligan boasts one of the city’s most stunning views from the rooftop deck. Settle in for an outdoor tête à tête in the summer, or in cooler months, sink deep into one of the armchairs in the lobby or the happening eatery, Méchant Boeuf. Reserve a room with a view onto the impressive Atrium.

Watch fireworks from a rooftop

Auberge du Vieux Port is another hotel with a fantastic rooftop! Because of its location facing the St-Lawrence River and the Old Port, nothing beats watching the weekly fireworks from the rooftop resto, Terrasse sur l’Auberge. The rooms’ exposed brick and flagstone walls and the windows that can open up onto De la Commune add a really special sense of authenticity.

Find your home away from home

Dotted around Old Montréal and serviced by the Auberge du Vieux Port, Lofts du Vieux Port is 22 distinct living spaces ranging from studios to two-bedroom lofts, decorated with exposed stonework and plush furnishings, and fully equipped with the most luxurious amenities. We’re talking flat screen TVs and everything from dishwasher to stainless cookware in the well-appointed kitchens.

Sip on award-winning coffee

Le Petit Hotel’s name says it all: this is among Montréal’s smallest boutique hotels, at one 28 rooms. It’s specially designed to accommodate the business set with a desk in each modern-designed room and a well-furnished business centre. Its award-winning coffee is available day and night from the lobby café – perfect for early risers!

Soak up some culture

With a special interest in local art, which you’ll see everywhere from the hallways to the grandiose lobby, Le St-Sulpice is an all-suite hotel that puts culture forward. You’re likely to see notable authors or actors munching brunch on the beautiful garden terrasse. Every room is appointed with a Nespresso machine and has French windows that open.

Get the star treatment

The opulence at Le St-James starts with the furniture that decorates all the individually designed rooms; it was personally collected by the owner in antique shops the world. From the countless-thread bedding to the dishes at Le XO to the five-star guest list (Rowan Atkinson, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the list goes on), you’ll be treated like a king around the clock (the Clef d’Or concierge is on-call 24/7.)

Relax in the best bath everrr

The calming, open lobby is just the start of the relaxing experience in this Old Montréal haven. Nestled away off the neighbourhood’s main thoroughfares, Hotel Gault is a completely retrofitted five-storey building from 1871 that features 30 rooms ranging from loft to apartment, all redesigned in sleek contemporary lines featuring shiny white porcelain, custom oak cabinetry and vast French windows. Ask for a room with a giant bath and heated bathroom floor.

Stay and dine in sheer elegance

Modernist is the name of the game at Hôtel Le Germain Montreal, where even the linens and staff uniforms are custom-designed (by local fashion icon Marie Saint Pierre) along the theme of black, white and neutrals. The rooms are spectacularly tasteful and judiciously adorned (think flat screen TV and delightful bathroom amenities), and every stay comes with free wifi and deluxe continental breakfast. Reserve a table at Laurie Raphaël for dinner.

Clink glasses in the Golden Square Mile

Smack bang in the Golden Square Mile in Montréal’s downtown, Loews Hotel Vogue is a nine-storey property that’s a meeting place between luxury and business travel. Decompress at the dark wood and brass bar of the Lux Lounge after a long day of meetings, or celebrate a closed deal by clinking glasses over a streak frites at La Société.

Sleep in a virtual museum

Featuring one of the biggest pop and contemporary art collections in Canada, LHotel is a virtual museum. Art floods every one of the 56 individually styled rooms plus all the common spaces in this 19th century building, originally the head office of the Montreal City and District Savings Bank. The lofty ceilings and grand windows overlooking Old Montréal’s cobblestones will fill you with a sense of history.

Relish Golden Mile glamour

One of only three Canadian properties listed in The Leading Hotels of the World, Le Mount Stephen Hotel combines old world glamour with cutting-edge modern design. Located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, the hotel embraces its past in the historic mansion at the front while celebrating the present in a sleek contemporary tower of 90 rooms and suites behind.

Enjoy a jewel of a stay

The newly renovated flagship Birks boutique built in 1894 now also houses the 120-room, high-end Hôtel Birks Montréal and bistro. The rooms and common spaces all add contemporary touches to the beautiful original and historically significant architecture. The iconic Birks building is a magnificent location on Phillips Square in downtown Montréal, a true retail and lifestyle destination.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic 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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