Photo courtesy Auberge du Vieux Port
Montreal hotels offer plenty of great options for those seeking luxury accommodations. To help you find the perfect luxury experience, here’s our list of best boutique hotels in Montreal Quebec
Located in Quebec in Eastern Canada where the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers meet, Montreal is home to 40 million people and is the second largest French-speaking city on the planet after Paris.
Offering visitors a rich cultural life, word-class museums, historic architecture, and a charming old town experience, these attractions provide the backdrop to superb international and French restaurants, a re-imagined harbor-front district, and an eclectic nightlife. Consequently, Montreal has become a magnet for travelers with a fabulous collection of luxurious hotels to stay at, too.
To help you find the best places to stay in this vibrant city, here’s our pick of the very best boutique hotels in Montreal.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Montreal Canada
Consistently voted one of the best boutique hotels in Montreal, the luxurious Hotel Gault is housed in an historic greystone building with elegant interiors that make full use of the exposed stone and brickwork, complementing its Old Montreal location.
Guests looking for intimate accommodations and superb service will find both at this 30-room and suite hotel which offers loft, suite, terrace or apartment stays. Suffused with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows, the design is minimalist but never stark thanks to eye-popping colour accents.
We love the terrace suites: order room service and plan your day’s activities over coffee and pancakes and (pure!) maple syrup. Or lie-in and saunter down to the in-house Gault restaurant for a late gourmet lunch and fabulous cocktails at the bar.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Gault
The cobbled 17th century streets of Old Montreal are a delight to stroll along so a stay at the luxury 4-star Hotel Nelliganin the heart of the old town is a must. Located across four historic buildings, this award-winning hotel offers guests a choice of penthouses, rooms and suites, all furnished in keeping with the contemporary vibe of the hotel.
Its architectural heritage is revealed in the restored brickwork, high ceilings, and sophisticated furnishings. For panoramic views over Old Montreal, we recommend the one or two-bedroom penthouses with private terraces, an expansive separate lounge area and a full kitchenette. These exquisite accommodations are ideal for longer stays or a romantic weekend getaway à deux.
Room service is 24/7, while the Terrace Nelligan, Versus Bistro, and Mechant Beouf bar-brasserie all offer a range of fine cuisine.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Nelligan
Auberge de La Fontaine
Blessed with its Plateau-Mont-Royal location next to La Fontaine Park, the Auberge de La Fontaine is one of the most popular boutique hotels in Montreal. Interior design in the 21 rooms and suites is thoroughly modern with a warm, calm atmosphere.
Our favourite is the Executive Suite overlooking the park; the perfect buffet breakfast spot on the balcony overlooking the trees. Indulge in the jacuzzi tub and the divine queen size bed before a saunter among the local galleries and boutiques.
If you need to work during your stay, the Auberge has high-speed internet. The Avenue du Mont-Royal close by, as is Rue Saint-Denis, both of which are perfect for strolling with their eclectic cafes, restaurants, bars, and galleries.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Auberge de La Fontaine
Hotel William Gray
One of the best located boutique hotels in Old Montreal, Hotel William Gray is near the Old Port and within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica and the vibrant Place Jacques Cartier with its restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and galleries.
This fabulous glass tower astride the former warehouse of merchant Edward William Gray is an homage to its Victorian roots and has a thoroughly modern aesthetic with all the comforts you’d expect. All the action takes place on the ground floor ‘The Living Room’ , which is ideal for its pool, or for casual conversation at the bar. There’s also a full library.
Rooms and suites all offer a unique vista, some with stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and balconies. We love the Residences. Imagine your own private entrance, separate living area, and even a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for longer stays. If you’d rather get someone else to cook, then order room service or head downstairs to Perche terrace on the 4th floor for Californian-inspired cuisine.
For further details, visit Hotel William Gray
Le Petit Hôtel
Artfully combining its industrial heritage with modern comforts, the boutique Le Petit Hôtel on historic St Paul Street is close to all Old Montreal’s main attractions, including the Basilique Notre-Dame and the fabulous Marché Bonsecours. Surrounded by an abundance of cafés, restaurants and galleries makes Le Petit Hôtel one of the best places to stay in Montreal.
With just 28 well-appointed rooms (we love the goose-down duvets and signature Quebec furnishings) against a brick-walled backdrop and arched windows, we suggest staying in the extra-large room with its loft-like vibe. Perfect for a family or a group of friends – it fits four – there’s a futon in the separate living area. And not only do you get a complimentary breakfast, but also a choice of room service dinner from Hotel Nelligan’s Verses Bistro and Merchant Boeuf Bra-Brasserie.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Le Petit Hôtel
Auberge du Vieux Port
In keeping with its Old Montreal location, this former 19th century warehouse on Saint Paul Street is an homage to the area’s industrial past with its original stone and brick walls, vintage casement windows and engineered oak floorings. The beautiful Première rooms at Auberge du Vieux Port offer panoramic views over the St Lawrence River and a sophisticated mix of vintage and modern aesthetics in the interior design and antique furnishings.
Take in the river views from the rooftop terrace and book a table at the Auberge’s in-house restaurant. Art buffs will enjoy the neighbourhood’s galleries while the perfect apero stop is yours at pitstops like Le P’tit bar. Take a ride on the local zipline and soar above the Old Port.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Auberge du Vieux Port
Hôtel Épik Montréal
Epik by name and epic by nature, this top luxury boutique hotel in Montreal is a popular choice for visitors to the city. Cosy and intimate, the 10 well-appointed rooms and suites at Hôtel Épik embody the architectural heritage that Old Montreal is famous for.
We love the Penthouse Suite here. Imagine dressed tone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows opening out onto St Paul Street. This three-level loft-style suite has not one but two private roof terraces, two bedrooms with private bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a jaw-dropping living and dining room that seats 12. Perfect for special occasions, romantic weekends away, breaks with friends and essential business meetings that demand the utmost privacy.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details about what is widely regarded as one of the top boutique hotels in Montreal, visit Hotel Epik Montreal, Montreal
Boutique Lofts Milton Parc
Within walking distance of McGill University and Mont Royal Park, Boutique Lofts Milton Parc are ideally located on rue Parc, just a few minutes’ walk from the Place des Arts and a short cab ride to the old port where visitors can take a boat trip along the St Lawrence River. Montreal’s Le Vieux old town boasts world-class restaurants and bars, independent boutiques and galleries, alongside a vibrant arts and cultural scene.
We love Milton Parc’s three loft-style penthouses with their own private terraces. Montreal serviced accommodation at its finest, these turnkey boutique loft apartments can be rented for any time period and provide a welcome alternative to corporate hotels with their fully equipped kitchen islands and panoramic views over the city.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Boutique Lofts Milton Parc
Hôtel Chez Swann
Award-winning Hotel Chez Swann is a cool hipster hangout, and a sophisticated bolthole at that. Its eclectic design aesthetics from maestro Mary Moreflect the historic legacy of this 23-room, individually designed boutique hotel where work, rest, and play is encouraged amid the theatrical surroundings.
We love the sensual Les Mondaines suite. Imagine a rich red colour scheme with vintage furniture and a romantic window seat alongside modern comforts such as a 40-inch HD LCD TV, an in-room laptop-sized safe, free calls within the US and Canada, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout your stay.
Head to neighbouring Le Pois Penché and Liquid Nutrition for excellent food and drink. They will also deliver directly to the hotel.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, visit Hôtel Chez Swann
With a choice of 65 luxurious rooms and suites, this historic Downtown Montreal boutique hotel offers guests unique surroundings from its central location on Sherbrooke Street West.
Comprising four adjacent historic townhouses, this street was once home to the most successful of Montreal’s emerging merchant class who created elegant mansions along tree-lined avenues in the Golden Square Mile. Reserve the two-bed suite for the most luxurious stay and enjoy the separate living area and spacious bathroom.
The Château Versailles is proudly LGBT friendly – it’s just 15 minutes’ from Montreal’s Gay Village – and also allows your pets to stay in your room.
For further details, visit Château Versailles
Contributor Gina Baksa shares her passion for luxury travel at https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.