Hipmunk City Love: Best of Montreal’s Historic Hotels

In a city that is home to distinct neighborhoods, there are plenty of accommodation options catering to the preferences of every traveler in terms of location, budget and service. Whether you fancy a restored historic property in downtown or just a billet in old Montreal, guests are spoilt with choice. Here’s a list of hotels situated in Old Montreal for all those who’d to like to experience history in style.

Hotel Gault

A vacation paradise for celebrities, Hotel Gault dates back to 1800s when it was home to a cotton factory. Adorned with classic pieces from the 20th century but still managing to offer a minimalist design, the property offers thirty individually style guest suites. The apartments are a great option for guests who’d like to feel at home with the lavish service of a hotel. Plus, the hotel also invites guests to bring their furry companions.

Hotel Le St-James

Step into history with a reservation at the Hotel Le St-Jame. This unique venue occupies the renovated Merchant’s Bank on the cobbled streets of Old Montreal. The interiors are tastefully designed, employing an avant-garde style to all the rooms. Like any authentic classic, the hotel boasts traditional European decor. Take the time to admire the historic elements at Le Spa, which is nestled in the Merchants Bank vault — note the preserved stone wall that was part of the fortification of Montreal city.

Auberge du Vieux-Port

Facing the Saint Lawrence River, Auberge du Vieux-Port was once a warehouse at the time when the waterway was part of the city’s lifeline. This 45-room hotel is adorned with 19th-century architecture and furnished with wood beam ceilings, wrought iron beds, exposed stone and brick walls, and wooden floors. You might want to book a room that affords views of the Saint Lawrence View, although the rooms overlooking Rue De La Commune and Old Port are equally appealing. If you decide to hang around, grab a drink at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Terrasse sur l’Auberge.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Unlike other historic hotels, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is not a restored or a renovated property. The hotel takes pride in the reputation it has honed since its opening in 1958. Famous dignitaries like Queen Elizabeth, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Prince Charles and many others have left their footprints at the gracious suites of the Fairmont. The most famous guest room is Suite 1742, called the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite, where the famous musician wrote and recorded “Bed-in for Peace” in 1969.

Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites

Residing in a neoclassical building, the Le Place d’Armes Hotels & Suites offers intimate and cozy suites. The exposed brick wall and hardwood flooring maximizes the vintage look in their classic king and queen rooms, while the other rooms are furnished in a contemporary style featuring amenities like an electric fireplace, an oversized rain shower, therapeutic soaker tub, and a home theatre system. After a hectic day of meetings or sightseeing, unwind at the hotel’s Suite 701 to savor brasserie cuisine with a glass of martini.

Featured Photo by Code6 via Trover

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