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More (15) Fine Places To Stay: Montréal

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The inspirational choice. Renaissance Montreal Downtown is a new hotel set in a former office building from 1951 featuring an eclectic mix of art deco architecture, unconventional interior styling and a location right in de heart of Montréal. The lobby has street art by local artist Alexandre Veilleux, live DJs and a cocktail bar by master mixologist Lawrence Piccard.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 142 rooms, including 22 suites (36-50m2) • hotel opened: January 2016 • architecture & interior design: CAMDI Design (Montréal) • valet parking • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The curator’s choice. The historic LHotel Montreal (set in a former bank building from 1870) is a funky design hotel housing a stunning art collection with over 250 works from the likes of Lichtenstein, Chagall, Warhol and Johns, to name a few. It is located in Old Montréal, one block from the Palais des Congres Convention Center and a 5-minute walk to Place d’Armes Metro Station.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 59 rooms & suites • hotel opened: 2010 • bathroom amenities: Gilchrist & Soames • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The authentic choice. Housed in a building from 1871 – a former carpet factory – in Old Montreal, Hotel Gault is an indie boutique hotel where you will find none of the French country style many competitors offer. Instead, sleek and minimalist open spaces set the tone. The spacious, loft-style rooms and suites feature large picture windows, designer Italian beds and heated bathroom floors. With its Arne Jacobsen swan chairs, Shin and Tomoko Azumi bar stools and Francesco Binfaré sofas, the lounge and bar could be a location for Mad Men.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 30 rooms (32-95m2) • bathroom amenities: Molton Brown • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The avant-garde choice. Set in a restored landmark Beaux-Arts building from 1900, Hotel St. Paul is a design hotel located in the heart of Montreal. The ‘heavy’ exterior conceals the ethereal, airy, and light interiors with a perfect blend of old and new. Surrounding the hotel is Vieux Montréal (or Old Town) and the historic Port of Montreal, the World Trade Center and the charming shops of St. Catherine Street.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 119 rooms, including 19 suites • hotel opened: 2001 • architecture: In Situ Design • interior design: Ana Borrallo • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The budget-chic choice. The no-frills Hôtel Le Dauphin Montréal Centre-Ville is a three generation, family owned hotel which offers four other locations in the Québec Province. This outlet, next to the Convention Center, offers contemporary decor with exposed concrete walls and wooden floors. Each room has an iMac computer. Breakfast included in the rate.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 114 rooms • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The architect’s choice. To see what the future of luxury hospitality might look like, turn to Hôtel Monville. Though billed as a four-star hotel, the 269-room property in Montréal’s Quartier International neighbourhood is a (tech) savvy mix of DIY services including smart car charging docks, electronic check-in kiosks and, literally, robotic room service. The lobby features artwork by photographer Valérie Jodoin Keaton, and staff uniforms are designed by Frank and Oak.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 269 rooms • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture & interior design: acdf* • bathroom amenities: Oneka • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk

The luxury choice. Set partly within a 1926, neoclassical landmark mansion, the luxury Le Mount Stephen ( a member of The Leading Hotels of the World) first impressions are of old world grandeur with rich wood panelling, stained glass details and ornate cornicing. A sleek modern tower houses the guestrooms and suites where shiny surfaces, modern furnishings and bold lighting are linked to the historic section with small details such as a large glossy photo of the original building’s stained glass windows alongside an ornate wooden grand piano in the lobby.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 90 rooms (32-50m2), including 21 suites (63-465m2) • hotel opened: May 2017 • architecture & interior design: Lemay (Montréal), Provencher Roy (Montréal) • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk

The retro&vintage choice. Located in Old Montreal, the Hôtel Uville Montréal pays hommage to the city with its 1960s and 70s photos and films from the National Film Board of Canada showing people and events like the Expo 67 and 1976 Olympics that shaped Montreal and left their mark on the city’s culture. Rooms come outfitted with vinyl players (and records by favourites like Leonard Cohen) and there is a (wine) bar. Breakfast, included in the rate, is delivered to the room.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 33 rooms • hotel opened: October 2019 • valet parking or parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk

The happening choice. Clusters of hanging globe lighting fixtures accentuate the impressive double-height lobby of the W Montreal. Plush seating and low lighting in the lobby’s living room create a comfortable and welcoming space. The hotel’s design is bold, contemporary and full of winks to its historic past as a bank – for example, the reception and concierge desks at opposite sides of the lobby area are located in the exact spots where the bank teller desks used to sit, while recurrent French Neoclassic wall motifs and gold accents are also a reminder of the building’s previous incarnation.

• Wi-Fi at a charge • 152 rooms • bathroom amenities: Davines • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The designer choice. Located in Old Montreal, Hôtel William Gray is set in two historic buildings adjoined by a glass atrium and an eight-floor tower with rooftop terrace. Glass walls and roofs provide bags of light; bold artworks add colour. The Living Room has a trendy high, communal table, but also low chairs for traditionalists. The small bar serves drinks and cocktails. A successful marriage of old and new, the hotel feels smaller than it really is. Large spa and swimming pool.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 127 rooms • hotel opened: 2017 • architecture: Béïque Legault Thuot Architectes (Montréal) • interior design: CAMDI Design (Montréal) • bathroom amenities: Le Labo • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The heritage choice. Part of Montréal’s Épik Group (also see the Uville above, and others coming), who renovate emblematic properties into boutique hotels. Not the way you expect, fusing the old with contemporary. The Épik Montréal is no exception, set in a 200 year old warehouse with its rustic beams, bare stone walls contrasting with designer furniture and stainless steal. The hotel offers 10 rooms, a bar and an Italian restaurant.

✅ free Wi-Fi • 10 rooms • hotel opened: 2015 • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The big&bold choice. A landmark since 1958, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth -aka Le Reine Elizabeth- has come full circle thanks to a recent $140 million refurbishment that has promptly nudged the hotel into the 21st century with a slick new look that connects the lobby and the lower level public spaces with a striking staircase. The guestrooms highlight the building’s modernist heritage with a subtle colour palette dominant from that era, and mid century-style furnishings.

• Wi-Fi at a charge • size matters: 950 rooms & suites (23-139m2) (248-1,496 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1958 • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The iconic choice. Known as “The Cheesegrater”, the iconic 1967 Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain was built by Canadian Pacific (Railway) Hotels for the 1967 Expo. With 40 floors, the building stands out with its arch-shaped windows which are intended to complement the Romanesque Revival arches of nearby Windsor Station. A recent renovations brings it back into the 21st-century.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 610 rooms (28m2) (312 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1967 • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The boutique choice. The first thing you’ll notice at Le Petit Hôtel when you enter is the scent of artisan baked goods from an old-world style bistro — the café also quaintly serves as the front desk. As night falls, the café lights dim and the space transforms into a hipster lounge ready for mingling. The twenty-four rooms with their exposed brick, contemporary stonework and hardwood floors combined with the cozy, mod furniture give the impression you’re staying in friend’s urban loft rather than a hotel at all.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 28 rooms (22-40m2) (237-431 sq ft) • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

The Grand Choice. At the The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, the city’s only still operating grand hotel and indeed the first Ritz-Carlton hotel, décor blends modern comfort with more classic features. The elegant Palm Court in the entrance lobby sets the tone – think grand marble fireplace, vaulted painted ceilings and chandeliers. In rooms, the general theme is classic with a contemporary finish in the colours and lines, kitsch light fixtures and feature walls. The rooftop indoor pool, with its view of the city skyline, is a design highlight.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 129 rooms & suites (37-530m2) (398-5,705 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1912 • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk

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