262 rue St-Jacques Ouest, Montréal, Québec H2Y 1N1, Canada
Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenburg—you’ll find their art here, among other pop treasures. LHOTEL brings the glamor of the international art scene to Old Montreal.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the location is great for exploring the Old Port, rue St-Jacques is deadly dull after 6 p.m.
The rooms have second empire molding and impressive 14-foot ceilings. Rooms that aren’t painted bright hues of yellow, blue and green have polished wood-paneling. Vintage photos of movie stars, Warhols, and Persian rugs give everything a homey feel.
Airy and bright, the bathrooms have body products by Gilchrist & Soames.
Again, chalk full of art, model boats, cube seats, sofas, and sculpture. The Botera Wine Bar is lit with electric blue neon tubing that works well with the contemporary art.
A hot continental breakfast buffet is the only meal available ($19), and worth every penny to eat under the curved glass and wrought iron ceiling in the dining room.
Business guests appreciate the location in the middle of the financial district and a block from the city's convention center. Just a 10-minute walk from the Square Victoria metro in one direction and Place d’arm metor in the other direction, there’s no reason to rent a car. There’s very little parking and the streets are narrow, so this is no place for a Hummer. Take your Hummer elsewhere, thank you.
European foodies should head to Toqué! (20-minute walk), for the famous fois gras. For something more intimate, there’s Barroco (10-minute walk). Order the bone-in rib eye and truffle butter.
There are quirky microbrewery labels at Joverse (10-minute walk), or choose from the hot, cold, nigori or sparkling sake at Kyo Bar Japonaise (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's a slice of MOMA in Montreal. This hotel feels like a (wealthy) curator's private home, with lots of fancy guest bedrooms. We like the stately lobby, with a bar and boutique, but we really love wandering the hallways and poking our noses into the meeting rooms, looking at pieces of original modern art. The owner, an international fashion mogul, lives on the top floor, keeping standards up to snuff.
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