Effortlessly bridging the mansion’s 19th century heritage with the world of contemporary art, this auberge is charming without forsaking the "mod cons." Striking paintings and sculpture, on loan from the museum, gives it a stylistic edge.
There’s an expansive terrace on the roof, with 360-degree views and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Bring a bottle of wine and make a night of it.
In 24 sound-proof rooms spread over two heritage mansions, there is fancy Marie L’oie bedding, pillow top beds, wood flooring, rustic bed platforms, some exposed brick and stone wall fragments from 1852. The abstract art and shag wall hangings are daring—maybe too daring for some—and stark against white walls and accent wall textures.
The entry-level rooms, called “classic,” aren’t very big, so splurge on a Superior King or one of the suites if you’re booking for more than three nights.
In keeping with the scale of the auberge’s rooms, the bathrooms aren’t spacious. However, everything is stylish, modern and clean, so don’t bother feeling deprived.
Welcoming and personal, the lobby is the mansion’s original entryway, with heritage door fixtures and glass. It opens into the breakfast area and lounge, with a fireplace and newspapers to read.
There’s an elevator to help spirit your luggage up the three flights of stairs. This is quite rare in a property that was formerly residential.
There’s $15/night self-serve parking (in and out), and some street parking. But consider taking the local buses along Grand Allée West and René-Levesque. They zip along to the Old Port in five minutes--but make sure you’re going the right direction! Otherwise, simply walk around the Crescent area boutiques, cafés, historic parks and local sites.
There are hotel packages with Le Graffiti (5-minute walk), offering a multi-course meal of French or Italian cuisine. They have a great salmon tartar with mango and pineapple chutney.
A young crowd mingles at Maurice Nightclub, (10-minute walk) because of its two thumping dance floors and a big terrace—both are perfect for hosting theme nights and local bachelorette parties.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What’s not to love about an ivy-covered auberge with a residential feel? Some of the bold contemporary art may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the overall look is one of undeniable high style. We also appreciate the proximity to a real neighborhood, not a tourist area. Yet, it’s steps from the museum, the Plaines of Abraham and bustling Cartier Avenue. After a day on your feet, head up to the spacious rooftop terrace for a 360-degree view of the area and a chat with fellow guests.