Photo courtesy St Paul Hotel
Montreal is known the world over for its superb dining experiences. Contributor Gina Baksa shares our list of the top Montreal hotel restaurants in which to enjoy a great meal
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Montreal is Quebec’s largest city and located where the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers meet. The world’s second largest French-speaking city after Paris, its rich cultural life, word-class museums, historic architecture, and charming old town provides the backdrop to superb restaurants, a revitalised waterfront, and an eclectic nightlife, making Montreal a magnet for travelers.
Birthplace of the famous Cirque de Soleil group, Montreal is an ideal year-round destination. As well as a plethora of award-winning restaurants, many Montreal hotels have superb in-house restaurants to enjoy serving a variety of French-Canadian and international cuisine.
Here are a handful of Montreal hotel restaurants to visit during your stay in this vibrant metropolis.
The Top Luxury Montreal Hotel Restaurants
St Paul Hotel
Located in the city’s historic Old Montreal quarter, the St Paul Hotel is ideally placed to make the most of the many excellent Montreal restaurants, the area’s eclectic bar scene, as well as its many independent boutiques and contemporary art galleries, including DHC/ARTS and the Darling Foundry.
The Hambar is the hotel’s own eatery and one of the best restaurants in Montreal. It’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike thanks to its splendid seafood, charcuterie, pasta, and steak-filled menu. Lunch, dinner, and brunch here are Montreal musts for those wanting to experience the fresh market-to-table cuisine and the superb wine list – including rare vintages – curated by sommelier Philippe Poitras.
Enjoy the outdoor terrace in summer. Suite life at the St Paul is as luxurious as you’d expect: soaker tubs and Queen beds augment the sophisticated design, unique furnishings, and panoramic views of the l Downtown Montreal skyline.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit St Paul Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Montreal Downtown
Located in the downtown core, the Montreal hotel restaurant La Palma serves up a selection of tapas and traditional dishes for lunch and dinner. The focus is Mediterranean/Spanish cuisine with an extensive drinks list and excellent service.
Take a seat at the outside terrace and enjoy your meal in this quiet part of St Jacques. Have a bite to eat at the AC Lounge with its hand-crafted cocktails and tapas-style snacks, while a substantial breakfasts are served at the AC Kitchen. Perfect for the business traveller or vacationer, this central Montreal hotel boasts a 21-metre pool with views over the local area.
After a tough day’s sightseeing and shopping, retire to the guest rooms enjoy complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines. Relax in the one-bed suites: 54 square meters of air-conditioned comfort with separate living and sleeping areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 50-inch TVs to catch up on your Netflix faves.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit AC Hotel by Marriott Montreal Downtown
Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown
Blessed with one of the best hotel restaurants in Montreal, the Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown is ideally situated in the heart of the city’s shopping and entertainment district, with the major Montreal historical attractions close by.
Book at table at the in-hotel La Societé Bistro, an artful marriage of French and American cuisine with a plush bistro vibe, and an impressive glass ceiling dome that lights up this sophisticated dining room. Choose from a fresh farm-to-table menu, including an oyster bar and seafood platters, under the artful direction of local chef Anthony Picard.
Our favourite suite at the Vogue Hotel is the 1,100sq ft Presidential Suite. Indulge your senses in this luxurious 9th floor sanctuary with its freestanding tub and extra shower, luxe furnishings and a separate kitchenette and dining area. Ideal for relaxing after a hectic day’s sightseeing and shopping.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown
Château-Vaudreuil Hôtel & Suites
Although located a 30-minute drive outside of Montreal on the shores of Lac des Deux Montagnes, the 5-star luxurious Château-Vaudreuil Hôtel & Suites is the perfect spot for those wanting to explore Montreal’s many attractions.
It’s certainly the perfect setting for rest and relaxation in beautiful surroundings. Explore the hotel’s 10 acres of gardens, take a walk along the lake, do laps in the pool, lounge in the hot tub, or work out in the fitness room.
While you’re here, we recommend booking a table at one of Montreal’s best hotel restaurants: the Villa Fontana. Here, Chefs Franca Mazza and Luigi Dell Cioppa prepare Italian-inspired cuisine like your ‘nonna’ used to make – with a modern twist. Ingredients are locally sourced, and the service is impeccable. Sunday brunch here is an institution, and the terrace is open in summer.
As you’d expect, suite life here is luxurious: choose the two-story Regina presidential suite with its panoramic views of the lake and all the amenities you’d expect in 1,300 sq ft of indulgence.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit Château Vaudreuil Hôtel & Suites
Just a 10-minute walk from the historic attractions and eclectic nightlife in Old Montreal, Hotel Bonaparte is ideally located close to Pointe à Callière, Notre Dame Basilica, the promenade by the Old Port, and Old City Hall.
Three dining areas in the hotel have been serving up a fine menu of French-inspired cuisine since 1983. L’Imperatrice with its luxe interiors and chandeliers; the Hall Central for cosy alcoves and brick and stonework backdrop; and La Verrière, which is ideal for private parties.
Alternatively, you can order room service and retire to your Deluxe Room with two Queen beds, or the fabulous Suite Prestige with its own private terrace. The perfect sundowner spot to enjoy the views over the Notre-Dame Basilica gardens. The hotel gives free access to a local gym to work off all that superb cuisine.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details visit Hotel Bonaventure
Kutuma Hotel & Suites
Award-winning Kutuma Hotel & Suites ranks among the best hotels in Montreal for couples and families with just nine smoke-free guestrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Choose the Penthouse deluxe suite and enjoy a Jacuzzi before a relaxing drink on the balcony. A separate kitchenette area means you can keep the wine chilled before dinner at the in-house Ethiopian restaurant Le Nil Bleu.
This chic dining space boasts an interior fountain and an eclectic menu featuring meat and vegan dishes. Scallops, grilled lamb, and other favourites are available, alongside a selection of succulent starters. We highly recommend the tasting menu and there’s a superb wine list; service is attentive and efficient.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit Kutuma Hotel & Suites
Hôtel de l’ITHQ
If you are looking for Montreal hotels in the centre of the city, then the 4-star Hôtel de l’ITHQ is a well-located choice.
Recently renovated, this iconic hotel is near the Quarter des Spectacles with 42 air-conditioned rooms and two suites with balconies that offer views of Mont Royal or Downtown. Underground parking is available at extra cost and there are even indoor glamping packages with a pop-up tent in some bedrooms: perfect for young explorers.
As a teaching hotel and part of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) guests can expect superb, fresh cuisine under the creative helmship of Head Chef Pascale Beirouti who insists on the freshest local provenance from Quebec producers.
Diners will be aware that the restaurant is a teaching restaurant, so allowance must be made for the fact that students are serving at table and working in the kitchen alongside the professionals. All part of this hotel’s unique dining experience.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details visit Hôtel de l’ITHQ
Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites
A Montreal business district hotel, the Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites offers guests a superb location in the very centre of the CBD on Sherbrooke Street West. All 255 rooms offer guests panoramic views over Montreal and Mont Royal via their full-height windows. Choose the upscale Premier Suite with its club-like interiors and two queen beds alongside convenient work spaces, AV, inputs and plenty of power points. It’s an ideal accommodation for business travellers and families.
Two restaurants here are highly recommended: a bistro vibe at Le Mezz serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Zantewhich, as the name suggests, has the freshest Greek dishes from its Mediterranean-inspired menu. The wine list is memorable, and the seafood caught daily.
Enjoy a few laps in the top floor outdoor (seasonal) heated pool, sunbathe on the deck with the finest panoramic views of Montreal, or workout in the fitness centre.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites
Le Meridien Versailles
A snazzy Montreal boutique hotel with a superb Montreal restaurant, Le Méridien Versailles is at the heart of the Golden Square Mile with all the city’s cultural activities and historic sights quite literally on the doorstep. The College de Montreal and McGill University are nearby, as are a plethora of shops and restaurants.
Accommodation combines calming textures and tones to create a relaxing yet sophisticated environment. We love the one-bedroom Penthouse Suite with its fine linens, Mlin + Goetz amenities, separate dining and living areas and windows you can open (yeah!). The compact fitness room is open 24 hours a day.
Maiolo Restaurant Montreal is a favourite among locals as well as guests, with its flavourful seasonal Italian cuisine (try the tagliatelle with forest mushrooms). Vegans, vegetarians and lactose intolerants are well catered for.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For further details, visit Le Meridien Versailles
Contributor Gina Baksa is looking forward to a return to travel soon. You can read more of her travel and lifestyle journalism at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.
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