Montreal, a bustling hub full of art and culture and rightfully named the culture capital of Canada, features an array of museums, galleries, festivals, displays of impressive architecture, and a recent influx of new boutique hotels dedicated to showcasing the beauty of this historic city. Here’s ten of the city’s most uniquely designed, upscale hotels.
St Paul Hotel
Located in the historic district of Vieux 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 Old Montreal, the hotel benefits from sprawling spaces, high ceilings and large picture windows. The rooms are decorated with traditional materials like polished hardwoods and exposed stone, with panoramic views of the old quarter. The hotel has received numerous national and international awards, and its beautifully mastered décor has resulted in it being called Canada’s first design hotel.
Formerly known as the Opus 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 for all of you pet owners looking to get away for the weekend.
Hotel Le St-James
Hotel Le St-James, once a Second Empire bank building dating back to 1870, was restored and converted to a boutique hotel. Its interior design features restored period details such as faux-Greek columns, antique chandeliers and candelabras, keeping its original character in tact. The hotel’s restaurant, XO Le, was created by celebrated chef, Michele Mercuri, and in 2009, was named as Montreal’s highest rated restaurant with a clientele of celebrities like Madonna and The Rolling Stones.
Auberge Du Vieux-Port
Auberge Du Vieux-Port is a hotel full of history. The interior includes vintage stone and brick walls with timbered ceilings from the late 1800s. Down in the cellar of the hotel lies Taverne Gaspar, a gastro-pub serving mouthwatering grub and where guests can see an unearthed relic from Montréal’s past, a piece of the fort that once defended the city hundreds of years ago. Don’t forget to catch the best view of the waterfront from one of the fifteen guest rooms which face the Old Port (some of which even have whirlpool baths.). The loft suites, a short walk from the hotel, are great for longer stays with kitchenettes and more privacy away from the hotel.
LHotel, a popular choice by many for its location, is surrounded by numerous museums, monuments, art galleries, cafés 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.
The highly acclaimed Ritz-Carlton, located in Golden Square Mile, is known to attract many high profile clients and celebrities (Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon have all stayed at this location), and with its beautiful greenhouse, carefully manicured garden, and famous Maison Boulud Restaurant, it’s apparent why this is the first choice for many. Aside from the incredible interior and décor, the Ritz Carlton offers residencies for various artists and projects.
Loews Hôtel Vogue
Loews Hôtel Vogue, an award-winning boutique hotel, is located in the fashionable area of downtown Montreal. Just a 30-minute walk from Old Montreal, or a 5-minute walk from the underground city. This modern hotel boasts impressive panoramic views of the city and the rooms feature French-inspired design. The interior is so grand, it is fit to host weddings, events and meetings. The hotel also has a day spa and popular restaurant where guests can learn about the craft of mixology, making this the perfect stay for any occasion.
Hotel Gault is another historic building from 1871 that has been restored and converted to a hotel — this five-storey space is a combination of minimalist design and historic features. The 19th century cast-iron pillars in the lobby are the sole remaining interior element from the original design and have served as the main inspiration for this modern boutique hotel project. In the lobby, these columns are harmoniously paired against modern architectural materials, such as concrete and steel.
Le Petit Hôtel & Café
Le Petit Hôtel & Café is an intimate boutique hotel with historic charm. Housed in a 19th century building and situated on rue Saint Paul, this hotel is right in the heart of Old Montreal, the perfect location for the city’s visitors. The décor is contemporary with a European flair and the rooms feature design elements most prominently with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors.
Hotel Le Germain
The interior of Hotel Le Germain has loft-style ceilings with large French windows that bring in natural light and boast magical views of the city. The décor (and staff uniforms) were all designed by Christiane Germain, a nationally renowned Quebec fashion designer and co-president of Groupe Germain and Marie Saint Pierre. The hotel, located on the corner of Mansfield Street and President-Kennedy Avenue, is right in the heart of downtown Montreal making it the prime spot for those looking to get out in the city.