From a tiny village to a major metropolis, the city of Montreal has evolved tremendously. One may say Montréal is a perfect blend of old Europe with contemporary design. Old Montreal’s Parisian-style streets are a wonderful place to wander—stop at a small bistro or sidewalk café for a taste of Europe. But in addition to all the old-fashioned elegance, you’ll also find a vibrant dining and club scene that reflects Montreal’s culturally diverse population.
Wander through the 18th-century facades of Old Montréal before a cycling tour of the lovely Canal de Lachine, or shop and dine in downtown Plateau Mont-Royal.
The beautiful sights of the heritage churches such as the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame, as well as 20th-century icons like the Stade Olympique and Habitat 67 are sure to take your breath away!
Montréal has recently seen a bumper crop of new boutique hotels that add to the already wide selection of hotels this vibrant city has to offer. We give you the best 5 hotels of Montreal to pick from.
In an historic building dating from 1870, this grand hotel is ideally situated in vibrant Old Montréal, near shopping areas, restaurants, and the financial centre. Each room and suite possesses its own character and personal charm. The public rooms are impressive, full of restored period details, like faux-Greek columns and antique chandeliers and candelabras. The in-house restaurant called Le XO, is awaits your presence for all meals, though the Grand Salon is a perfectly, well, grand setting, for breakfast or afternoon tea. There is a small but complete fitness centre, and a spa to rival any city hotel. Oh just by the way, The Rolling Stones famously booked the entire hotel on the occasion of their last visit. 4. Hotel Le Crystal, Rue De La Montagne
One of the finest boutique hotels in the city, Hotel Le Crystal is ideally located in downtown Montreal. The luxury boutique hotel features an indoor saltwater pool and one of the most recognised spas in the city with 9,000 square feet of space offering bespoke treatments and massages. The room ambience is contemporary with lots of wood accents, while the lobby delivers more of a wow factor with its sleek, trendy style. The lovely indoor pool offers great views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, while the French bakery is a must try.
At the centre of Montréal’s vibrant cultural and commercial district sits the deluxe hotel, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Offering 982 rooms, of which 91 are suites, this modern downtown Montréal hotel’s accommodations are internationally renowned and a favourite of many. Les Voyageurs Bar and Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar are favoured destinations offering an authentically local dining experience at the legendary Montreal hotel. 2. Ritz Carlton Montreal, Rue Sherbrooke
Set in downtown Montreal, this Ritz-Carlton earns extra points for its stylish guest rooms, decorated in neutral tones with bright pink accents. Some suites also feature hardwood floors and marble fireplaces. After a long day, you can satisfy your craving for gourmet French fare at renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, Maison Boulud. Yet despite all of these on-site offerings, it’s the Ritz’s impeccable customer service that impresses travellers time and time again.
Located at the foot of lush Mount Royal Park and next to the renowned McGill University and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the 241-room Sofitel Montreal is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the historic Golden Square Mile. The hotel enjoys a masterful blend of minimalist design and warm sophistication with hues of Victorian accents. The beautifully designed rooms offer L’Occitane products while featuring stylish decor and modern amenities. Chef Oliver Perret’s Renoir is a must visit if you relish French delicacies.