While the rest of the country is celebrating (but) 150 years of Confederation, the island of Montreal is upping the ante with a 375th birthday in 2017. Whether under the smiling summer sun or winter’s snowy blanket, Old Montreal is undoubtedly the smooth talker of Montreal’s neighbourhoods. It is, of course, no mistake that Pointe-à-Callière (a museum built on the site of Montreal’s founding) is a centrepoint of this historic district.
Up there with Quebec City’s fortified Upper and Lower Towns, Vieux-Port (as it’s known in French) can not seem to resist the moniker of a ‘taste of Europe in Canada’. Quintessential experiences like grabbing a steaming hot poutine on Place Jacques-Cartier and marvelling in the brilliant details of Notre-Dame Basilica can only really be beaten by click-clacking your way along the cobblestones back to your cozy boutique hotel room.
Where to Stay in Old Montreal
№ 1 – Le Petit Hotel
In spite of its narrow streetside frontage on Rue Saint-Paul, Le Petit Hotel is not only about all things small with rooms ranging from S to XL (for four sleepers). This boutique hotel cranks up the cozy factor with platform beds bedecked with goose down comforters set against the building’s original masonry.See photos on trivago »
Early risers should be able to get their hands on both of the hotel’s rental bikes, but not before a quick café allongé at the lobby bar before rolling out!
№ 2 – Hôtel Nelligan
You never know what secrets the walls of Vieux-Port hold. Looking up from the lobby into the four-storey atrium of Hôtel Nelligan, the hotel challenges the original structure of the four buildings that collectively date back more than 150 years. This glorious hotel is located in Vieux-Port, across from boutique art galleries and romantic eateries for gourmands looking for that five-course prix fixe menu.See photos on trivago »
In the summer, join Montreal’s office warriors for a post-work day 5à7 up on the roof overlooking the Port and Rue Saint-Paul. Santé!
№ 3 – Place d’Armes Hotel
Facing the landmark Notre-Dame Basilica, the Place D’Armes Hotel is located on one of the prettiest public squares in all of Montreal, close enough to be slowly awoken by Quebec’s largest church bell. You’ll be straddling both Old Montreal charm and a short slide downhill to the intoxicating whiffs from Chinatown, all the shopping on Rue Sainte-Catherine, and the city’s nightlife.See photos on trivago »
A freestanding soak tub, turndown service and walk-in rain showers round out this romantic Old Montreal hotel.
№ 4 – Lofts du Vieux-Port
Sometimes you simply want more. If more is two-storey high ceilings, exposed beams, full kitchens and separate bedrooms, then the Lofts du Vieux-Port are the answer. Overlooking Rue de la Commune, the Lofts are close enough to send your air kisses to the piers and Île Sainte-Helene and Habitat 67.See photos on trivago »
As the upstairs neighbour of the Auberge du Vieux-Port, guests can also make use of the property’s concierge and room service around the clock.
№ 5 – Auberge de la Place Royale
The Auberge is a family-owned and -operated historic inn with a covetable location overlooking the St. Lawrence. Its airy and lofty atmosphere mixes with the charming surroundings like an expertly prepared cocktail.See photos on trivago »
Spacious rooms are uniquely decorated with select rooms equipped with jacuzzi tubs for those looking for an end-of-day soak.
№ 6 – LHotel Montreal
LHotel, housed in a French Renaissance building, is steps away from the shopping flurry of Rue Sainte-Catherine and some of the city’s best eats. Owing to its Old World-style architecture, guests are treated to wonderfully high ceilings with impressive décor to match.See photos on trivago »
Original artworks lines the corridors and guestrooms, with a similar elegant theme playing out at the swanky Botero Wine Bar.
№ 7 – Le Saint-Sulpice
Le Saint-Sulpice, within skipping distance of Notre-Dame Basilica, maintains a business chic attitude down to guestroom amenities like Nespresso machines and L’Occitane bath products.See photos on trivago »
For those looking to keep up their workout routine while in Montreal, Le Saint-Sulpice has partnered with UNI Training next door to offer guests a full gym experience including exercise classes.
Which stay would you say is the coziest of them all?
Text adapted from The Eight Coolest Hotels in Montreal from Room5 US.