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The Golden Square Mile of Montreal is where you’ll find high-end shopping, the city’s best art museums and galleries and an array of luxurious hotels. Like Montreal itself, these properties range from ultra-modern complexes with unparalleled views to historic 19th-century buildings brimming with charm. Read on to discover the finest luxury hotels in the second largest city in Canada.
The first Five Diamond property in Quebec, the Ritz-Carlton touts 129 luxurious rooms, each featuring a city or garden view. Find waterfalls, fireplaces and an indoor saltwater pool at the Spa St James and dine on a meal by renowned chef Daniel Boulud at the property’s French restaurant, Maison Boulud. After a day of sightseeing, be sure to book a decadent afternoon tea at the The Palm Court.
Centrally located at Rene Levesque and Mansfield, this five-star spot is one of the largest hotels in Montreal, with an impressive 950 rooms across 21 floors. Despite its size, many guests flock for its storied past: it was here that John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their iconic Bed-in for Peace protest in 1969. There’s also a lush wellness centre and indoor pool, two restaurants, and a charming lobby cafe that draws just as many Montreal residents as it does hotel guests.
Best known for its immaculate third-floor terrace and bar by chef Marcus Samuelsson, this luxury haunt is tucked into Rue de la Montagne. Its position is walking distance to the party and shopping streets, but far enough away to ensure a good night’s sleep away from the city noise. 169 modern guest rooms span from the sixth to the 12th floor, each with sleek interiors, dramatic lighting, unparalleled city views and elegant four-poster beds.
This chic downtown hotel straddles Rue de la Montagne and Rene Levesque, just minutes from the Bell Center. The corner hotel resides in a glistening high rise, made even more glamorous by the massive namesake crystal chandelier that hangs over the lobby. Hotel Le Crystal sports wall-to-wall windows, large beds fitted with feather pillows and plush duvets, and soaking tubs. There’s also the Amerispa, a heated indoor pool and a rooftop hot tub with impressive city views.
This 90-room hotel on Drummond Street dates all the way back to 1880, when it was a well-known gentlemen’s club. Meticulously restored since then, the carved stone columns, onyx fireplaces and grand staircases still evoke the property’s history. The rooms themselves feature floor-to-ceiling windows, rainfall showers and in some cases, a private terrace. There’s also Bar George, a contemporary British pub, with wood paneling, plush leather seats, and an ornate marble fireplace.
Housed in an impressive, standalone glass tower, the interior is complemented with Victorian antiques from the estate of North American railroad pioneer William Cornelius Van Horne. Contemporary artwork also lines the walls, largely thanks to its proximity to some of the city’s best boutique art galleries and museums. The blend of minimalist design and warm sophistication continues into the stylish guest rooms and suites, which tout large windows, marble bathrooms, walk-in showers and Hermès bath products.
Fitting right into Montreal’s bustling Golden Square Mile, decor here is sleek and minimal, with comfortable furnishings and neutral tones. The hotel is home to La Societe Bistro, a cozy restaurant and bar that artfully blends Parisian flair with contemporary North American cuisine. Enjoy a sundowner on the candlelit rooftop terrace, surrounded by flowers in the summer months.
Sandra MacGregor contributed additional reporting to this article.