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Looking for somewhere luxurious to stay in Montreal Canada? Contributor Rossana Wyatt shares this list of the top luxury hotels in Montreal Quebec
A vibrant city known for its joie de vivre, Montreal is the perfect place to explore for a weekend getaway… or longer. Whether on foot, or via the various modes of transport available in this bustling city in Quebec – including horse drawn carriage – Montreal is visually stunning, and a treat for all the senses. The city has a distinctive European feel, with a sophistication to match.
The skyscraper-laden skyline confirms its status as one of Canada’s leading cosmopolitan and metropolitan areas, while the cobblestone streets of historic Old Montreal still connect it to old world charm and its European roots. It provides us a window into the city’s rich history from the 16th century to the present.
At the heart of the city lies Mount Royal. Now part of Mont-Royal Park, an oasis of greenery designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, it’s a favorite for Montrealer’s to congregate It is also a must-visit spot for its impressive views of the city, of the St Lawrence River, and the surrounding countryside.
Whether you are visiting Montreal for its gastronomic delights, the trendy boutiques, its art and culture, or its incredible neighbourhoods – or just a city escape – check out some of the very best luxury hotels in Montreal listed below to find the perfect accommodations for your stay. (You can learn more about Montreal at www.mtl.org/en).
The Top Luxury Hotels in Montreal
Hotel Le Mount Stephen
Awarded the 2020 Traveler’s choice ‘Best of the Best’ award by TripAdvisor, and sitting in the heart of Montreal on the historic Golden Square Mile, Le Mont Stephen Hotel is one of the very best luxury hotels in Montreal you need to check out. This historic hotel was once a stately mansion that belonged to Lord George Stephen, dating back to 1880. It set the standard for sophistication and luxury lifestyles even before it became one of the best hotels in Montreal.
Le Mont Stephen’s beautifully preserved façade embraces the Italian Renaissance style architecture of the Victorian era, while the sleek and sophisticated upgraded interiors exude a contemporary style and elegance. All 90 rooms have been updated and offer luxurious comforts along with the latest in technology and state of the art amenities; its rooms, suites, and unique sky-lofts designed for the most discerning of travelers.
Offering classic English fare with a Quebecois twist, Bar George features restored original details such as its 300-year-old stained glass windows, the 15 ft Ceylon satinwood paneled walls, and 22-carat gold fixtures – all reminiscent of the luxuriousness of the former men’s club. The location also offers the best in shopping, arts, restaurants, and incredible architecture, all within walking distance.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details visit www.lemountstephen.com.
Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
The chic, and elegantly modern Four Seasons Montreal Hotel at the epicenter of the Golden Square Mile is the perfect stay in Montreal. Together with its spa, this luxury hotel has been awarded a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award for 2021. The striking floral-inspired installation by Pascale Girardin cascades down the building’s open-air atrium adding to the sleek, open, and modern design seen throughout the hotel.
Guestrooms are infused with natural light through the floor to ceiling windows, adding to their open-air feeling. The rooms are bathed in neutral colours, mirrored surfaces, gold and dark wood accents, and come with generous washrooms with freestanding tubs, making it a standout Montreal hotel.
The MARCUS Restaurant and MARCUS Lounge by award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson provide a unique dining experience. Its reinvented brasserie concept focuses on fish, seafood, and fresh vegetables. Marcus also offers distinctive masterclass culinary experiences such as winetasting with the sommelier, or you can try your hand at making French pastry with a pastry chef.
You can also unwind at the Spa Four Seasons Montreal, the only urban spa in the area with the Kneipp water experience. A direct indoor connection provides convenient access to the upscale Holt Renfrew Ogilvy department store for some shopping when needed.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: To make reservations, visit www.fourseasons.com/montreal/.
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
An AAA Five Diamond property, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, is one of the best historic, Montreal hotels downtown. Known as the ‘Grande Dame of Sherbrook Street’, this chic Montreal hotel definitely tops most lists of luxury hotels in Montreal. The rich history of the hotel is still very evident in this European-inspired oasis, with the latest renovations combining a striking blend of modern touches with historical elements, making it a showcase of contemporary luxury.
Maison Boulud, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, features traditional French cuisine with a twist, prepared with fresh, local products. As well as indulging in the artful creations at the restaurant, you can take in the signature Afternoon Tea experience in the elegant Palm Court, or sip on champagne in the first Dom Perignon bar in Canada. Afterward, relax in the full-service St James Spa with its rooftop indoor saltwater pool and spectacular views overlooking Montreal.
The upgraded rooms are relaxing and spacious with built-in intuitive technology. Rooms have either a garden or city view, and special touches like marble bathrooms with heated floors. The central location gives it access to galleries and boutiques within a five-minute walk of the hotel; Tiffany’s also has a small store located inside the hotel. Old Montreal is just a short 10-minute drive away.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For reservations, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal.
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks, Montreal is located in the iconic Birks Building, the flagship store for the Birks Jewelry chain. The hotel is the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice award, and its ideal location on Phillips Square places it within walking distance of several of the city’s top attractions.
The careful restoration of the hotel has brought back the original magnificence of the building and its heritage. Original architectural details combine with contemporary accents, creating a luxurious blend of modern and classical that coexist harmoniously.
Elegant, intimate spaces are created throughout the main floor by several fireplaces, wood paneling, and columns topped with cherubs.
Rooms are tastefully decorated and imbued with a classic look, and cool, contemporary lines. The elegant marble bathrooms contain walk-in glass showers, bathrobes, and signature Hôtel Birks toiletries. Fireplaces found in some of the upper category rooms and suites add to the feeling of luxury.
Henri Brasserie Française, located next to the hotel, serves traditional and contemporary French brasserie cuisine. Restored Birks stained glass, pendant lamps, an ornately carved ceiling, and mirrored walls make up its decor and add to its charm. Located onsite, Spa Valmont takes care of all your pampering needs. It is a full-service spa with a line of skincare products.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Visit Hotel Birks to book your stay.
Hôtel Le Crystal
Topping the list of luxury hotels in Montreal, and a 2020 Travellers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ award winner, is the Hotel Le Crystal, a 5-star hotel nestled in the heart of downtown. The lobby’s sleek, dramatic decor is enhanced by its enormous ‘snowball’ chandeliers, the contemporary seating, impressive columns, and a branded waterfall wall.
Floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize the spaciousness of these condo-style suites that include a kitchenette. It is the perfect hideaway for those who want a little bit more privacy and space. Some rooms also have a living room, while some feature a cozy fireplace, soaking tubs, and balconies overlooking the city.
An indoor saltwater pool and outdoor hot tub are on the Wellness Floor. This floor also houses the high-end spa with saunas, providing various treatments. The Siam Centre-ville restaurant offers fine authentic Thai cuisine for you to discover. There is no need to leave your fur baby at home either; the Hotel Le Crystal has pet-friendly rooms and free pet kits available, too.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit www.hotellecrystal.com.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
As a luxury property in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is unrivaled when it comes to style, facilities, and overall attention to detail. Many prestigious personalities have made appearances here, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their famous ‘Bed-in for Peace’. The couple even wrote and recorded Give Peace a Chance in their room.
The Queen Elizabeth hotel is directly connected to Montreal’s central train station, and subway, as well as the famous Underground City, a 30-km-long pedestrian network linking restaurants, malls, attractions, sporting venues, and more. This makes it a particularly wonderful perk during cold, winter months. The iconic property was transformed after completing a major renovation in 2017, when ‘Queen E’, as it’s known by locals, unveiled a modern new look that’s both inviting and refreshing, while retaining its traditional and historical façade.
The guest rooms are decorated with a contemporary flair in rich earth tones, and are equipped with the latest in modern amenities. The bright, dynamic interiors are decorated with tasteful mid-century furnishings which, along with the open spaces throughout the hotel, create a seamless elegant comfort.
Visit Roselys, where Chef Maxime Delmont serves gastronomic bistro fare focusing on seasonal local food, with the menu reflecting the French and English culture of Montreal. Order a creative cocktail at Nacarat Terrace, a hotel bar with a twist… and a chic setting. Here you can choose from a wheel of tastes to select your beverage, and the mixologists will provide an amazing taste experience based on flavors you choose.
There is even an 8,000 sq ft gourmet food shop with an endless selection of artisanal delights, where you can grab a quick lunch at one of the many made-to-order counters, pick up ready-to-eat dishes, or satisfy your sweet tooth at the pastry counter. The hotel’s Moment Spa provides a range of treatments if you are in the need for some pampering.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/queen-elizabeth-montreal.
Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown
Widely regarded as one of the best luxury hotels in Montreal, Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown is located smack-dab in the heart of Downtown Montreal. If you are a shopper, you will love the location, with its many nearby boutiques, tourist attractions, and restaurants.
The recently renovated guestrooms are a mix of contemporary chic, and charming European flair. The sleek and modern décor is what really makes this luxury boutique downtown Montreal hotel stand out; the white-on-white color palette adds to this look with funky accents such as colourful accents thrown in to add a fun vibe to the decor.
Beautiful, elegant marble bathrooms have separate showers and deep whirlpool tubs for those extra-long soaks.
The lobby bar, restaurant, along with the wonderful garden patio are the perfect place to unwind after a busy day out in the city. The hotel’s new restaurant, the elegant French bistro, La Société, will flood your senses with flavours from Paris, enjoyed while dining under a breathtaking stained glass ceiling. Indulge in a full spa treatment in the comfort of your own room, a new offering in conjunction with Spa Appia. What’s better than a massage without having to rush to get dressed?
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is set in a unique, luscious garden setting located in the heart of Downtown Montreal. This luxurious hotel is located within 2.5 acres of gardens filled with streams and fountains that are inhabited by ducks and fish, as well as an outdoor pool that is heated year round.
The hotel is situated on the top two floors of Place Bonaventure, a huge convention center with access to the Metro. Its location, 17 floors above ground, offers breathtaking views of Montreal and the surrounding area to its guests. Visitors are treated to an awe-inspiring oasis of greenery as soon as they step through the hotel doors revealing the tranquility of the countryside right in the heart of the city.
The building is an exceptional example of the Brutalist design that was popular between 1950 to 1970, and is recognized primarily for its geometric shapes and emphasis on rough and raw materials. These concrete elements are incorporated beautifully into the décor of the hotel to create an elegant and refined space. The clean, geometric lines of the wallpaper and wood throughout the lobby combine with the natural concrete to create a distinctive minimal chic, sexy, and modern feel.
The guestrooms are spacious, with classic furnishings, burgundy accents, and abstract art to enhance the clean design. Bathrooms have glassed in showers, marble counters and soft lighting. In-room pampering is available via the Mia Spa. Th hotel’s restaurant, Le Bisco, features casual dining during the day, and as Le Kube in the evening features a fine dining experience.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Visit Hotel Bonaventure for more details.
The luxurious W Montreal is located at the crossroads of Downtown and Old Montreal within the historic Banque du Canada building. The well-known upscale style of the W brand is evident throughout, its vibe hip and chic, the contemporary stylish décor combining the modern with classical visual effects and splashes of bold colour. The streamlined, open-concept rooms also feature fun and hip décor, and include high-tech modern amenities, large open bathrooms, and high ceilings that add to the great atmosphere.
The hotel’s ‘Living Room’ is a unique space with a dual purpose, designed to be a coworking space throughout the day and turning into a mingling bar at night, with music and DJs. If you are a gin aficionado, Bartizen, a Quebec-style gin lounge, features artisanal flavors in unique cocktails.
The hotel’s Restaurant Tbsp is an Italian inspired eatery with a focus on market fresh produce. Their culinary expertise focuses on not only the freshness of the ingredients, but the combinations which make the entire dish. The hotel is also pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave your furry kids at home.
For more information, visit W Montreal.
Contributor Rossana Wyatt is a travel blogger specializing in family and solo travel that includes teens and the 50+, as well as specialty diets. She is also a member of the International Travel Writers’ Alliance. Visit her website at www.lifeisfullofadventures.com.