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Montréal has been a global epicentre of culture since the 1960s — chalk it up to Expo 67 putting the gorgeous French city on the map — and it has been regularly attracting famous artists, celebrities, and world leaders ever since. Perfect for whirlwind weekends or extended stopovers, Montréal has a definite allure for the creatively minded in search of a place to both work and play.

Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Montréal loves to host, and the bustling cosmopolitan centre knows how to welcome its guests in style. Teeming with sophisticated hotels and boutique gems, the city has plenty of options when it comes to accommodations; regardless of your preferences, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot to lay your head. The real problem may actually lay in narrowing down your options, and so we’ve curated a list below to help get you started.

Le Mount Stephen

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Address: 1440 Drummond Street, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, spa, fitness centre, room service, Wi-Fi

Price: $$$$

Located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, Le Mount Stephen sits amongst historic architectural treasures and is a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from the Museum of Fine Arts, McGill University, and the lively buzz of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the commercial core of Downtown Montréal. The hotel itself is situated within a neoclassical landmark that features old world grandeur; stemming from the top of the building, however, is a sleek, modern glass tower that houses the 90 guest suites. Speaking of suites, each one is quite spacious and comfortable, with no shortage of luxurious bells and whistles. Each room features digitally-controlled curtains and chronotherapy rain shower heads.

Loews Hôtel Vogue

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Address: 1425 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, fitness centre, room service, Wi-Fi, parking

Price: $$

Loews Hôtel Vogue, an award-winning boutique hotel, is also located in the fashionable district of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, making it a short 30-minute walk from Old Montréal or a 5-minute walk from the underground city. The hotel’s European flair is communicated through its grand ceilings, panoramic windows, and sparkling light fixtures. This contemporary hotel boasts 126 rooms, all generously sized and elegantly decorated. Each room includes a grand marble bathroom equipped with glazed showers, great lighting, and exclusive bath products.

The Ritz-Carlton Montréal

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Address: 11228 Sherbrooke Street W, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, laundry, pool, spa, sauna, steam room/hammam, bar, fitness centre, room service, Wi-Fi, parking

Price: $$$

Very few hotels are as synonymous with excellence and luxury as the Ritz Carlton. This highly acclaimed hotel is centrally located in downtown Montréal, situated within walking distance to several upscale boutiques, and neighbours one of Canada’s favourite luxury department stores, Holt Renfrew. Blending historic charm with contemporary design, the hotel’s 96 guest rooms and 33 suites all feature top-shelf amenities such as Japanese Toto toilets, in-floor heating, Nespresso machines, tech-savvy work stations, luxurious baths, petit reading nooks, and even a pillow menu. The rooms are decorated elegantly, with a primarily neutral colour palette accented by vibrant bursts of colour. As for amenities, the rooftop features an indoor saltwater infinity pool where one can soak up jaw-dropping views of the city. There’s also a steam room, large fitness centre, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hotel Gault

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Address: 449 Rue Sainte-Hélène, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service

Price: $$

If you’re looking for a boutique experience, Hotel Gault is where you’ll find it. With only 30 rooms and suites and a peaceful location, this hotel scores well for quietude and privacy. Hotel Gault is a short distance from the hustle and bustle of Montréal’s downtown core and an easy stroll from cafés, boutiques, and the historic Old Port. As soon as you enter the building, you’ll notice that the hotel borrows from both old and new; original columns juxtapose the industrial-looking steel partitions which separate the open-concept reception from the library. The loft-style guest rooms carry the same minimal vibe, mixing historic architectural elements of the building with contemporary design. Each room features modern geometric rugs, concrete floors, and sleek oak panels, all contrasted by exposed natural brick. The bathrooms are well-designed and equipped with in-floor heating.

Hotel Le St-James

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Address: 355 St Jacques Street, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, spa, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service

Price: $$$$

Hotel Le St-James once stood as a Second Empire bank building dating back to 1870. Since being gracefully restored, the building now exists as one of Montréal’s most luxurious boutique hotels. The ornate heritage building sits in the heart of opulent Old Montréal on the cobblestone street of St. Jacques. The opulence of Hotel Le St-James begins with the building’s majestic façade, featuring ornate mouldings and details that collectively lend themselves to the overall grandeur of the establishment. The interior is just as impressive, if not more. The owner is an avid art and antiques collector, and his talent for finding unique gems is shown throughout the decor of the hotel. Each piece of furniture holds an interesting backstory, as every piece in the hotel was hand-selected by the owner. The hotel’s 60 guest suites each feature unique, ornate pieces which lend to the Louis XV vibe of the hotel. Each guest suite also features freshly ironed Frette sheets, butter-soft bathrobes, and a marble bath oasis complete with Molton Brown products.

Hotel Le Crystal

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Address: 1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, spa, sauna, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service, parking,

Price: $$$

Situated on the west side of downtown, Hotel Le Crystal is a short distance away from posh shops, antique stores, trendy cafés, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, the hotel sits only steps away from the nightlife scene of Crescent Street, as well as rue Sainte-Catherine and the Bell Centre. As one of the more modern establishments in Montréal, the hotel stands as a striking black glass tower and features a grand, two-story lobby. All of its 131 urban-chic guest suites feature a sitting area, work desk, compact kitchenette, and a separate bedroom. The bathrooms are equally as impressive with large glass rain showers, super soaker tubs, and Oneka bath products.

William Gray

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Address: 1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service, parking

Price: $$

Hotel William Gray is located in the heart of Old Montréal, which makes it only a stone’s throw away from shops, cafés, the St. Lawrence River promenade, Notre-Dame Basilica, and the Pointe à Callière museum-cum-archaeological site. The hotel is the modern reimagining of two disparately historic buildings. The interior, designed by CAMDI Design, features a contrasting mix of warm leathers and unfinished concrete accented by floating staircases and sparkling light fixtures. As for the rooms, guest suites come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all carry the same modern aesthetic throughout. You can expect to see unique local art in each room and luxurious white marble bathrooms.

Hotel Birks

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Address: 1240 Phillips Square, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service, spa

Price: $$

This new luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Montréal sits in the iconic Birks jewelry building. Its location makes it only a short stroll away from Rue Sainte-Catherine, a shopper’s paradise. The Montréal designer Nicole Vekemans designed the 132-room hotel in a palette of greys and whites, with plenty of objets d’art to add to the hotel’s bling-y opulence. The rooms feature plenty of natural light, feather duvets, crisp sheets, Nespresso machines, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are also elegantly designed, featuring long marble vanities, glazed showers, thick waffle-knit towels, and Hotel Birks bath products.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

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Address: 1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service, spa, parking

Price: $$$$

Montréal’s latest bijou, the Four Seasons Montréal, opened its doors in May 2019. The hotel’s location in the Golden Square Mile makes the establishment an ideal perch, featuring 169 elegant suites, a dazzling ballroom, spa products infused with 24-carat gold, and a luxurious indoor pool. The Four Seasons’ signature classic/contemporary design is carried throughout the suites; each room is outfitted in a palette of soothing greys and cold whites, with accents of rose velvet and gold. Neatly cachéd within closets is where one can find plenty of luggage space, a mini-bar, Nespresso machine, and yoga mats for daily savasana. The control panels to operate the drapes, blackout shades, lighting, and privacy requests are conveniently located adjacent to the bed. One can expect a sound night’s sleep in the plush king-size beds, top-quality bedding, and fluffy pillows that provide the perfect amount of comfort. But before you head off to catch some z’s, a dinner at the hotel’s restaurant MARCUS is a must. This chic brasserie, named for celebrity chef Marcus Samulesson, features gourmet fare, resplendent black and white decor, monogrammed china, and immaculate service. After a night out at MARCUS, one can refresh and relax at the hotel’s plush spa, which features Kneipp Water Therapy, luxe products from Omorovicza, and anti-aging body treatments featuring gold infused oils.

W Hotel

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Address: 901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal

Rating: ★★★★

Amenities & Facilities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, room service, spa

Price: $$

The W Hotel is conveniently located in Old Montréal and abuts Square-Victoria. Only a short distance away are the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Lachine Canal, the Old Port, and Place Jacques Cartier. The hotel sits behind the historic façade of an old Bank of Canada building. Inside, however, the hotel features bold design, with clusters of hanging globe pendants, gold accents, plush seating, and French Neoclassical wall motifs as an ode to the building’s previous incarnation. All of the guest suites feature plush bathrobes, 350 thread count linens, a glass-encased rain shower, and a W MixBar, allowing guests to mix their own in-room cocktails. Each room is elegantly outfitted in a black and gold palette with French rococo wall coverings.

KHACHILIFE Editorial