This showcase for 19th-century architecture has it all—exposed brick walls, original pine floors, and views of the cobblestone streets below. It’s a magnet for romantics who like to step back in time without forsaking all the “mod cons.”
Brass beds set the mood in the cozy bedrooms, where there are stone walls and a healthy respect for heritage restoration.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Noise from summertime reverie can spill into rooms at the back, facing rue St-Paul.
White marble makes the bathrooms bright, while the bowl-style sink keeps it modern. The body products are from Le Labo, makers of an intoxicating shampoo.
Is that a vintage gramophone? Yes. Yes, it is. The lobby has its own quaint charm. There are Quebecois antiques, leather tub chairs, and a warm mantle around the hearth.
A full breakfast is included in the room rate, served at the Taverne Gaspar. Gaspar is also a hot spot on Thursday and Friday nights for the young tech workers who live nearby. Oysters or mussels? You decide.
Behind the bar, it’s all about of bourbon. Ask for a recommendation and get a Kentucky-based education.
You can walk everywhere in Old Montreal. Don’t rent a car. There’s very little parking--the streets are narrow and confusing. However, taxis and Ubers know the area well. Also, the Place d’arm metro is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Bocata (5-minute walk), is an exquisite French restaurant, which also serves paella that’s famous city-wide. Enjoy the understated excellence of Le Club Chasse et Pêche (10-minute walk). Their arty presentation is a sign of their chef’s attention to detail.
Why would you go looking for a bar when Taverne Gaspar is downstairs? Anyway, if you must, stroll over to Santos (5-minute walk) for drinks served in mason jars. Or try one of the 25 types of sake at Kyo Bar Japonaise (5-finute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The gold standard for intimate boutique hotels, this is a luxury experience with all the charm of the Old World. No wonder celebrities stay here while filming movies and meeting local directors who've made it big (we're talking to you, Jean-Marc Vallee, of Wild and Dallas Buyers Club). The roof-top terrace is a fine date spot for watching the annual fireworks competition and sipping wine from the hotel's impressive cellar of French reds.