Montreal is Canada’s cultural cool – a piece of culinary heaven and the home of contemporary design. Its hard not to fall in love with a city where French finesse collides with North American friendliness. As the grand prix races into town, it’s the perfect excuse for exploring the hip hotel scene that Montreal has to offer. From exquisite neoclassical style to converted warehouse spaces – here’s where to stay in the city…
Le Hotel Crystal
Perfectly placed for enjoying the delights of downtown, Le Hotel Crystal doesn’t cut corners in-keeping with her name, the shimmering building is all sparkling chandeliers and walls of glass. An outdoor hot tub, saltwater pool and sophisticated spa can all be found on the 12th floor ensuring that pampering comes with a view. Humungous bathrooms brim with marble and the penthouse comes with a cozy roaring fireplace, balcony and beautiful vistas. With gorgeous art galleries and boutiques on your doorstep, this is the best of Montreal.
Hotel William Gray
Cool sexy and stylish, the Hotel William Gray sits beautifully against the backdrop of Old Montreal looking like it should be in the glossy pages of a magazine. Two atmospheric old buildings are beautifully connected by a shiny glass atrium, light soars in to touch every angle, and the bright flashes of color from imaginative artwork stand out against the softer palettes of stone and crema. Once owned by an 18th century merchant, this home is all fabulous nooks and crannies. The rooftop terrace patio is also a divine spot for people watching with a smoked Canadian rye in hand.
These once upon a time warehouses have been lovingly transformed into a land of boutique bliss – all while keeping the draughts well and truly out. Beautiful brick and stone walls, a glaze of green plants, a pretty atrium, and contemporary alcoves make us swoon. Warm colors perfectly compliment the laid-back vibes, and suites and penthouses come with whirlpool baths and shimmering city views. Being in the cobbled quarters of Rue St Paul would be a waste without a roof terrace to languish in the cocktail fueled summer atmosphere -fortunately Hotel Nelligan doesn’t disappoint.
Le St James Hotel
A hotel curated by art collectors who traveled across the globe? What’s not to fall in love with when it comes to the eclectic folklore of the St James Hotel. 18th century Russian armoires adorn regal halls, and everything comes with that fun pinch of grandiose style. This attention to theatrical detail shows when you scour the prior guest list to see both Madonna and Elton John have stayed here. Along with lavish touches you will find all the mod cons like Italian marble bathrooms and flat screen TVs. To boot, the XO restaurant is said to be one of the best on the Montreal culinary scene.
Mount Stephen House
Grand neoclassical style is there to sweep you off your feet at the Mount Stephen House. Once upon a time former residence of Lord George Stephen, his rich wood paneled home has been turned into a finely-tuned hotel. Sparkling stained glass windows, antique furniture, and ornate grand pianos adorn the scene, suites have showers with light therapy and state of the art Japanese toilets. The historic bar is also said to be one of the places to see and be seen in the Montreal socialite scene, in short – the Mount Stephen House is there to mesmerize.