414 rue St-Sulpice, Montréal, Québec H2Y 2V5, Canada
The Belle Epoque meets Architectural Digest. Right off the cobblestone street and beside the Notre-Dame Basilica, it has a European sense of scale and refinement, but with updated flare.
Red décor accents are bold but not too brash. All the rooms are suites and have full kitchenettes with granite counters and big flat-screen televisions.
There are new Nespresso machines in every room, so plan accordingly. That’s code for “skip Starbucks.”
The glass bowl sinks and counters lend an air of modernity to the recently-renovated bathrooms. Europeans feel at home when they see the L’Occitane body products.
The lobby is underwhelming and a bit pokey. The décor is appropriately grand, but the layout feels constrained by building restrictions or lack of imagination.
There’s a handy computer station right near the front door, for email emergencies if international cell phones aren't cooperating.
Restaurant Sinclair is an upscale dining room with fresh market cuisine. Get the foie gras appetizer and the bison steak, or try the $40 fixed-price dinner.
There is a three-course weekday lunch with a fixed price of $25 plus tax. It draws savvy business locals who appreciate the value and quality.
Visiting comics joke about the indecipherable parking signs in Montreal. It's funny--because it's true. 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 Place d’arm metro. Taxis and Ubers are good options.
For a younger crowd, go to Holder (10-15 minute walk), a classic French bistro with great steak frites and mussels. Right around the corner is Stash Café (5-minute walk) for pirogues and borscht.
The in-house bar has an excellent selection of scotch, but you can always go flirt at Philémon (10-minute walk), where the red wine selection is vast and the mojitos are legendary. For more advanced mixology magic, go to Joverse (10-minute walk) and order a Canadian Tuxedo.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With its sought-after address beside the Basilica's chapel, this boutique hotel has few rivals. Business travelers like the lobby restaurant and well-stocked bar. The Sinclair's sight-lines please those who want to be seen ordering from one of the city's best menus while entertaining international clients. The garden terrace is magical, especially when the church bells ring.
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