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Fancy a memorable stay in Quebec’s largest city? Make use of this guide to the top unique hotels in Montreal from Contributor Sue Kelly for an unforgettable luxury experience.
Founded in 1642 as Ville Marie or City of Mary, Montreal is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city, which is centred on the island of Montreal and extends up and down the Saint Lawrence River. Montreal is the second largest primarily French – speaking city in the developed world after Paris – with the majority of the residents and businesses speaking both English and French.
Montreal has earned a reputation as a city that never sleeps. Home of the 1976 Summer Olympics and Expo 67, Montreal attracts events and festivals that occur annually, including the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Just for Laughs Festival. This vibrant city is also home to the professional ice hockey team the Montreal Canadiens, the franchise with the most Stanley Cup wins.
Montreal is one of the most popular places to visit in Quebec. With an outstanding collection of upscale hotels, award-winning restaurants, and fun things to do, Montreal is not only a great city for tourists and business travellers but also for families. Be sure to discover the Biosphere, the only environmental museum in North America, and La Ronde, the most popular amusement park in the city. During the month of October, the park transforms into a haunted playground to scare the whole family.
Planning a special family holiday, urban escape, or weekend getaway to this popular Canadian city? Here are some of the top most unique hotels in Montreal…
The Top Most Unique Hotels in Montreal
Hotel Alt Montreal
If you’re a minimalist who enjoys upscale luxury at a reasonable price, then this top unique hotel in Montreal will fit the bill. Located in Montreal’s newest neighborhood, Griffintown, the Alt Hotel Montreal is bordered by Wellington, Peel, Young, and Smith Streets. The property is literally at the gates of the city and within walking distance to the Old Port, the downtown commercial hub, and Lachine Canal.
The discerning traveller will enjoy the very cool, trendy design of this modern hotel, beckoning you to relax and relish its comforts and amenities. Large windows make each room bright and airy and come complete with great bedding, comfy reading chairs, rainfall shower, Nespresso coffee machine, HD TV and free Wi-Fi. Stroll on the terrace on the 7th floor for amazing views of the city.
With flexible check-out times, a 24-hour gym, yoga mat on request, and onsite Altcetera Grab & Go counter, Hotel Alt has everything for the savvy business traveller. Altcetera offers a scrumptious selection of snacks and cold meals, breakfast items, salads, fresh wraps, sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages.Looking for a glass of cider, local beer, wine, or seasonal cocktails? Just ask at the desk and enjoy your spirit in the lounge or take it to the 7th floor for happy hour. Cheers!
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Hotel Alt Montreal.
The road to heaven is paved with small details, and Hotel Monville provides a heavenly stay while away from home. Close to the Congress Centre (Palais des Congres), Quarter of Spectacles (Quartier des Spectacles), and within walking distance to the train station, Hotel Monville is one of the top unique hotels in Montreal.
Clean, modern, sensuous comforts prevail in Hotel Monville’s gorgeous guest rooms. Beautiful linens top cozy king beds, contemporary bathrooms are stocked with Oneka bath products, and connecting and mobility-reduced rooms available. There’s a gym onsite, too. Monville’s executive meeting centre in Montreal’s downtown core will meet and surpass all your logistical and technological requirements in stunning, well-lit corporate rooms.
And talking about business, do you require an office away from home? One of the unique features about Monville is the ability to reserve a suite as private office space, but with the comfort of a hotel. Each studio office includes high-speed Wi-Fi, natural light, a king bed, a spacious bathroom, and a Nespresso coffee machine.
The warm and attentive Hotel Monville staff cater to every small detail to ensure your home away from home is perfect.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Hotel Monville.
Hotel Place d’Armes
If you like a mix of history and modernism, then Hotel Place d’Armes is perfect for you. It’s located in the heart of Old Montreal, opposite the breath-taking Notre-Dame Basilica where Celine Dion got married. Housed in four stunning 19th century neoclassical buildings, the Hotel Place d’Armes is ideally situated minutes from restaurants, shops, attractions and the subway (Le Metro).
Deliciousness is at its best at this most unique Montreal hotel, where you have the choice of three culinary options:
- The French Brasserie 701 – This classic French bistro will make you feel like you’re in Paris in the Golden Era; relax amidst the gorgeous décor and soothing ambience while you savor a glass of your favorite spirit.
- The very cool Isakaya Kyo Bar Japonais – With the liveliness of an izakaya (little plates) and the coziness of a sushi bar, this is a popular place to gather with friends. Enjoy the innovative selection of Japanese delicacies and Montreal’s largest selection of sake.
- The rooftop Terrasse Place d’Armes – Open seasonally, enjoy a new perspective of Old Montreal from this 8th floor outdoor terrace, and relish the outstanding food and original cocktails while secluded in this popular hideaway.
Just when you think life can’t get much better, the luxurious rooms at Hotel Place d’Armes will whisk you away to another place and time. Pamper your senses with down comforters and billowy pillows by Marie L’Oie, cotton robes and slippers, multi-jet rainfall showers, jetted tubs, and Le Labo bath amenities.
Consider this top unique Montreal hotel for your future needs, where guests can also expect complimentary Wi-Fi, 49-inch TV with HD channels, movies on demand, a well-stocked mini-bar, and Nespresso coffee maker. Its 116 rooms, 53 suites, private terraces, and five large penthouses are sure to satisfy.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Hotel Place d’Armes.
Hôtel Ruby Foo’s
Discover one of the most unique hotels in Montreal. The 4-star Hôtel Ruby Foo’s is located between Montreal’s International Airport and downtown, close to major highways and shopping, and is just one block from the subway (Namur Metro). Consider exploring the nearby Holocaust Museum, St. Joseph’s Oratory, or the University of Montreal.
Hotel Ruby Foo’s offers eight banquet halls, two restaurants, massage therapy, a gym, a seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool, a barbershop, and free parking. Kickstart your day with a wholesome breakfast at Eggspectation and later enjoy fresh global fare at Otago-known for its oven-fired pizzas. The talented pizzaiolo will satisfy your pizza-lover’s desire with thick or thin crust, traditional or gourmet, vegetarian or meat lover’s … and much more.
The spacious, redesigned deluxe bedrooms boast an Asian-inspired décor with premium bedding and all the touches that you would expect, including plush robes, slippers, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, internet access, refrigerators, coffee makers, and room service.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Hôtel Ruby Foo’s.
This innovative hotel in Montreal is all about the ‘U’: Hotel Uville is located on Youville Park and was created with YOU in mind. Located in Old Montreal and just a 2-minute walk to the port, Hotel Uville is one of the most unique hotels in Montreal and is perfect for a memorable stay.
Each room represents a page in history, and each floor is a chapter in the story. Submerse yourself into the history and culture of Old Montreal by personally experiencing the life and times of the transformative years of Montreal-the 60s and 70s. From the 1st floor to the 4th, discover the people and events that shaped the city, and access the exclusive story in each room, complete with photos, news clips, and films from the National Film Board of Canada.
As an example, the Expo 67 room has a theme reminiscent of the world fair, where people from around the globe fell in love with Montreal. It was a time of new ideas and great optimism. From the pink tiles in the bathroom to geometric designs, enjoy a walk back in time. Each of the 33 rooms offer memory foam mattresses, minibars, 43-inch Smart TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and safes. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads and hydromassage showerheads, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Remember when breakfast in bed was only for special occasions? Not at Hotel Uville-breakfast can be delivered to your room daily. Or choose to have your breakfast in the lobby and chill out while admiring the vintage décor. If you’re on the run, pick up a breakfast bag and get an early start to your day. Whichever way you choose breakfast, it is complimentary.
Enjoy a quiet moment in the Sainte-Laurent Lounge or grab some snacks from the bar/deli. The 24-hour concierge and front desk support is there to serve you-and your pet. Pet lovers will rejoice with the beautiful park at your doorstep. The Uville Hotel offers a slice of the past in a fun and fascinating exhibition of the metropolis of Montreal. Don’t be surprised if you receive a little parting gift at checkout.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Hotel Uville.
Le Saint Sulpice Hôtel Montréal
Treat yourself to one of the top luxury hotels in Montreal. Part charm and part chic, Le Saint Sulpice Hotel is located in the heart of Old Montreal, with its cobblestone streets and eclectic mix of trendy shops, museums, and restaurants. It’s close to Place des Arts and the downtown district renowned for the International Jazz Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal Music Festival, and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
At Le Saint Sulpice Hotel, your room key opens much more than your door–it opens a world that indulges your imagination in three distinct ways:
- Near the elevators, discover the hotel’s permanent exhibit called Body & Soul, featuring artwork by Quebec designer Jean-Claude Poitras.
- Waiting at your bedside for your perusal is the book Suite Stories, written exclusively by 14 international authors.
- When you’re in a cinematic mood, La Valise (The Suitcase) is a short film produced in the hotel that awaits your viewing pleasure.
Escape the everyday in one of the 108 distinctive hotel suites. The spacious rooms have a kitchenette equipped with microwave, sink, refrigerator, cooktop, and utensils, should you be inclined to cook. Sink into a comfy couch or relax in the sunshine and breezes that float through the long French windows. You can nestle under a soft premium duvet and exclusive linens, get cozy near the electric fireplace, or enjoy a beverage on the balcony or terrace. In the morning, sip a cup of world-famous Nespresso coffee, and enjoy an in-room massage, free Wi-Fi, turndown service, and valet parking.
Onsite is the famous Oskar Terrace restaurant, which is located by the courtyard and garden. Just follow the intoxicating scent of white lotus and you will be satiated by the bistro-style gastronomy. Enjoy drinks, lattes, and snacks in the lounge or choose the Oskar Terrace where, seasonally, alfresco dining can be enjoyed.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For further details, please visit Le Saint Sulpice Hotel.
Hotel 10 is Montreal’s hottest spot to stay. Built in 1915, its vintage feel is reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties, but the modern art nouveau décor makes it a perfect fit for today’s savvy traveller. Located in the heart of the entertainment district and the vibrant Latin Quarter, the Hotel 10 is close to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal), the borough of Mount Royal (Plateau Mont-Royal), The Distillery No.1 (La Distillerie No.1), and the subway (Le Metro).
Whether you are in Montreal for business or pleasure you can sleep, meet, work, dine, drink, and socialize in luxury at the Hotel 10. Spacious accommodations and wonderful amenities await you. The unique and well-appointed rooms feature custom-crafted furnishings, king beds, executive writing desk, Nespresso machine, spa bathroom with glass-walled shower, wireless high-speed internet, and 55-inch LCD TV.
If a corporate meeting or event is your desire, there are four well-appointed business meeting rooms that are spacious, bright, and well-equipped to address your group’s needs. Be sure to check out special offerings, such as late check-outs, pets stay free, second room for the kids at half price, and additional packages. With self-parking in the secure underground parking lot and electric and Tesla charging stations, the Hotel 10 is like a home away from home.
For further details, visit Hotel 10.
Contributor Sue Kelly is a frequent visitor to the island paradise of St Martin and St Maarten. She’s also a radio host, educator and author of Still Sexy After Sixty (www.stillsexyafter60.com)