449 rue Ste-Hélène, Montréal, Québec H2V 2K9, Canada
A heritage boutique hotel with serious design chops, the Gault attracts movie stars and style mavens, none of whom would ever guess it was a cotton factory in the 1800s. The dramatic corner entrance is an unexpected delight.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Gault is hard to find among the tangled side streets of the Old Port.
In the loft-style rooms, the design veers between rooms with tile-and-concrete floors brightened by boldly patterned geometric rugs and others with sleek, blond-wood furnishings and rough brick walls.
Heated floors are the living end—especially if the A/C is cranked on high. Plus, there are freestanding modern bathtubs.
The lobby has a dramatic corner entrance and large-scale contemporary art everywhere.
There are iPads to borrow at the front desk, and DVDs to rent from the library. You can rent an iPad and watch a DVD, at the same time--nice.
While the kitchen closes at 2 pm in the afternoon, there is breakfast and lunch, featuring a smoked meat Reuben sandwich and a famous tuna tartar.
Taxis and Ubers are good options for the Gault. It’s located on a little-known side street with zero parking. Avoid renting a car if you’re staying in the Old Port, where the roads are narrow and parking tickets are plentiful. The hotel is just a 7-minute walk from the Square Victoria metro.
Right down the street is the acclaimed Olive et Gourmondo (5-minute walk) for salads, pastries, and celebrity spotting. For noisy nighttime fun, go to Suite 701 (10-minute walk) in the lobby of Le Place d'Armes Hotel and Suites.
There’s a small lobby bar at the Gault, but venture out to WunderBar (10-minute walk) for curated sound and advanced mixology. If you want to sample local craft beer, head to Pub BreWskey (15-minute walk) for a bottle of Jukebox or SMAC Cider.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With soaring ceilings and original cast iron columns, this boutique hotel makes the most of its architectural heritage while "upping" the wow factor with dramatic art and design. We love the location, nestled in the quiet core of the Old Port, surrounded by other buildings with an industrial past. The rooms are the working definition of minimal chic, with clean lines and unfussy furnishings. We've relived the kitchen isn't open for an evening meal, which would cause too much commotion in the lobby.
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