As the culture capital of Canada, it’s no wonder that Montreal is home to a bustling array of art galleries and museums. Stay at one of these top boutique hotels while exploring the Quebec city.
Montreal is a cool and contemporary city – it’s no surprise that it has accommodation options to match. Instead of a run-of-the-mill hotel, why not book something a little more boutique? From luxury pads with quirky round beds, to hotels displaying local art galore, there’s something for every type of traveler.
Located in the historic district of Old Montreal, St Paul Hotel presents a unique contrast to the old city with its modern and minimalist interior. Like many of the converted buildings in the area, the hotel benefits from high ceilings and large picture windows. Rooms are decorated with traditional materials, like polished hardwoods and exposed stone. The hotel has received numerous awards, and its beautifully mastered decor has resulted in it being called Canada’s first design hotel.
Hotel 10 is situated on the corner of Sherbrooke and St Laurent, close to the popular entertainment district and Old Montreal. The intriguing building has two distinct sections, the historical ‘Edifice Godin’ and the modern concrete addition, which offers both classic and modern designed rooms. This unique hotel is also pet friendly, plus it has a club on the basement level, BLVD 44.
Hotel Le St-James is former bank building dating back to 1870 that has been converted into a boutique hotel. Its interior design features faux-Greek columns and antique chandeliers, in line with the original character of the building. The hotel’s restaurant, James, is fronted by Michelin-starred chef Éric Gonzalez. Dine on contemporary cuisine within a classical setting that has seen the likes of Madonna and the Rolling Stones come through its doors.
Auberge du Vieux Port is another upscale, historic spot in Old Montreal, housing 45 rooms and Taverne Gaspar, a gastro-pub located in the cellar. Enjoy exclusive views from the rooftop terrace or one of the 15 rooms that face the waterfront. Amenities include deep soaker tubs, double hot tubs, and jetted showers, plus there is a 24-hour beverage bar in the lobby. There are also loft suites, which are located a short walk from the hotel and are great for longer stays, fitted with kitchenettes and offering more privacy away from the hotel.
LHotel, a popular choice by many for its location, is surrounded by numerous museums, art galleries, cafes and shops. The original building, once used as the head office of the Montreal City and District Savings Bank, was designed by Michel Laurent and built in 1870. There’s an impressive collection of private pop and contemporary art at this hotel (one of the largest collections in North America, in fact). Whether you’re in the halls, lobby, or staying in one of the guest rooms, you’ll have the chance to see works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Chagall and Botero.
Eleanor Cunningham contributed additional reporting to this article.