Get the star treatment
The kind of luxury reserved to a boutique hotel is all about the particulars – the property’s aesthetic, 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.
Stay in a retrofitted 19th century building
Located a few steps away from the Notre-Dame Basilica, this 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.
Visit one of the city’s most stunning views
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 the weekly fireworks from a rooftop
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.
Home away from home
Set all over Old Montréal and serviced by the Auberge du Vieux Port, these 22 living spaces range from studios to two-bedroom lofts, decorated with exposed stonework and plush furnishings, and fully equipped with the most luxurious amenities, from flat screen TV and dishwasher to stainless cookware in the well-appointed kitchen.
Enjoy an award-winning coffee from the lobby
Its name says it: 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!
Put culture forward
With a special interest in local art, which you’ll see everywhere from the hallways to the grandiose lobby, this all-suite hotel appoints 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.
Be treated like a king
The opulence at this luxurious boutique hotel 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-start 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.)
Start a relaxing experience
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, this completely retrofitted five-storey building from 1871 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.
Reserve a table in an elegant hotel
Modernist is the name of the game is this elegant hotel, 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.
Smack bang in the Golden Square Mile
Smack bang in the Golden Square Mile, in Montréal’s downtown, this nine-storey property is a vast 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, this hotel 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.
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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