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Set on the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a charming, historical city that feels more European (thanks to its French roots) than Canadian. Cozy cafes and shops, cobblestone streets, and 19th-century buildings with both British and French architecture give it unique atmosphere. The city is easy to navigate on foot, and has an abundance of boutique hotels in popular neighborhoods such as Old Montreal, the Latin Quarter, Gay Village, Downtown and Le Plateau Mont Royal. Here are the top 10 boutique hotels in Montreal.
Best Overall: Le Petit Hotel
The 28-room, Le Petit Hotel is set on a cobblestone street in the historic district of Old Montreal and is our pick for the best overall hotel because of its service, extremely helpful staff, location and beautiful design. Rooms feature exposed brick walls, high ceilings, oversized windows, custom-designed Quebec furniture, goose-down duvets and spa-style baths with multi-jet showers. A basic, but fabulous continental breakfast is included with the room rate and baked goods are available all day. TripAdvisor members noted that rooms are on the smaller side (although upgrades are available). The hotel is steps from boutiques, art galleries and the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum.
Best for Business: Hotel Le Germain
Overlooking the business district in Montreal, the 101-room Hotel Germain is a reliable choice for people traveling for work. Shops, restaurants and the cruise ship terminal are all within an easy stroll from the hotel. Touches of industrial chic artwork can be found in the lobby area and in the guest rooms, which have a minimum of 305 square feet of space. Rooms have restful amenities such as goose down and feather duvets, as well as ergonomic workstations, bathrobes, bamboo towels and rainfall showers. Get a workout in at the fitness center or schedule an in-room massage. A continental breakfast is included in the room rates, and an on-site restaurant serves a creative menu of international favorites. There’s also a Lexus courtesy car on hand to zip around town and meet with clients.
Best for Romance: Hotel Nelligan
Oozing with special touches and little details, the 105-room Hotel Nelligan is perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Fronting a cobblestone street in Old Montreal, the beautiful hotel is a popular choice for weddings and anniversary trips. The dimly lit lobby has exposed brick walls date that back more than a century, as well as dark wood, brass and leather furnishings. The rooftop terrace is a popular place to take in the views of the city, and the French restaurant and bar are ideal for an intimate evening. Rooms feature refined decor, down comforters and bedding, luxurious baths with premium products, views of the city streets and indoor or outdoor atriums. Some rooms have also Jacuzzi tubs and working fireplaces.
Best Historic: Le Relais Lyonnais
Tucked away in the heart of the Latin Quarter in an elegant, 19th-century building, Le Relais Lyonnais has been meticulously maintained and is a charming option for travelers who appreciate historic lodgings. Design features such as glistening maple wood floors, polished banisters and exposed brick walls are blended together with modern comforts. The seven rooms and suites feature rain showers, feather bedding, bathrobes and leather furnishings. Suites also have separate living areas and more spacious baths. A basic breakfast is delivered to the room (included), and WiFi is fast and free. Guests will find a number of restaurants and shops within walking distance from the hotel, and the subway is just around the corner.
Best Splurge: Hotel Gault
If you appreciate the intimate decor and style of a boutique hotel, but need a little more space, Hotel Gault is worth the splurge. The lofts have a minimum of 350 square feet while sprawling suites, terraces, and apartments have a much as 1,200 square feet to spread out. The 30, home-like accommodations have cutting-edge, industrial-style decor, exposed brick walls, oversized work areas and luxurious baths with heated floors (a must in Montreal winters). The refined Gault restaurant on the lower level serves breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites (or it can be delivered to your room). The meeting areas and event space make it a convenient choice for business travelers, too.
Best Design: Hotel Kutuma
With just nine rooms, the African-themed Hotel Kutuma is a hidden gem in Montreal. Rooms have kitchenettes, zebra-print bedding, leopard lamps, private entrances, African artwork, balconies or patios and luxurious bathrooms with tiled tubs and shower combinations. For a change from European dining, a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant is located on the ground floor. There’s no elevator, but the staff will assist with bringing luggage up the stairs. The hotel is located in Le Plateau Mont-Royal and is within walking distance to a number of shops and restaurants, but the subway is also nearby.
Best for Solo Travelers: Chateau de l'Argoat
Chateau de l'Argoat has a warm and welcoming vibe with rooms that are sized – and priced – within a solo traveler’s budget. The hotel is located in the up-and-coming “Quartier des Spectacles” directly across from the Sherbrooke metro station and within walking distance of the bustling Latin Quarter. Each of the 25 rooms have different designs and are basic, but comfortable. Budget Rooms have a double bed, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and access to a refrigerator and microwave. Free parking, continental breakfast and WiFi are included in the rates. TripAdvisor members noted that the stairs of the three-story hotel could be challenging for some guests and there is no elevator.
Best Budget: Auberge Le Pomerol
For a convenient base to explore the city at an affordable price, the 27-room Auberge Le Pomerol is located in The Village directly from the Berri-UQAM metro station. And it's just a short walk to downtown Montreal, the Old Port, Latin Quarter and Quartier des Spectacles. The charming, eco-friendly hotel has an inviting fireplace lounge and a communal use kitchen for light snacks (included). Economy Rooms are small, but adequate, and have cheerful décor, WiFi, hardwood floors and a free breakfast basket that is delivered to the room. TripAdvisor users felt that this hotel was an excellent value overall.
Best Eco-Friendly: Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
If you prefer staying at a boutique hotel in Montreal that places extra emphasis on its eco-friendly practices, then Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke is an excellent choice at an affordable price. A member of the Green Key eco-rating program, the hotel follows energy and water conservation practices and additional sustainable practices. Wedged between Plateau Mont Royal and the Latin Quarter, it is easy to explore other neighborhoods, shops and attractions on foot. The 30 rooms are uniquely decorated and may have hardwood floors, vibrant color schemes, decorative fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs or exposed stone walls. Continental breakfast is served daily, and coffee and tea are available at any time.
Best Art Hotel: LHotel Montreal
Art aficionados will love staying at the LHotel, a 59-room French Revival building the heart of Old Montreal with a fresh, contemporary look and an array of fabulous modern artwork. Smooth jazz in the lobby provides the perfect soundtrack while viewing works from Sol Lewitt, Andy Warhol, Sam Francis and Robert Rauschenberg. In addition to the art, the hotel features amenities such as a continental breakfast in the winter garden room, a chic wine bar, as well as a business and fitness centers. Spacious rooms have oversized windows, soothing color palettes wooden and lofty ceilings – plus even more unique works of art.